The Best of Bobby Rydell: Cameo Parkway 1959-1964

The Best of Bobby Rydell: Cameo Parkway 1959-1964

by Bobby Rydell


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Abkco's 2005 collection The Best of Bobby Rydell: Cameo Parkway 1959-1964 is the first time Rydell's biggest, best hits have been issued on a legitimate CD and while this is a long overdue release -- it's hard to believe that it took 20 years into the CD revolution for this and other Cameo Parkway recordings to be released -- it is a very well-executed collection. At a generous 25 tracks, this has all of Rydell's big hits -- "Kissin' Time," "We Got Love," "Sway," "Wild One," "Volare," "Good Time Baby," "The Cha-Cha-Cha," "Forget Him" -- along with a good selection of smaller hits and his better singles. Much of this does sounded dated -- it's teen idol from the early '60s, so it's no surprise that it sounds like its time -- but that's part of the fun of this music: it evokes its time and while some of the backing vocals are a little overblown and some of the songs are a little silly, it still remains an infectious good time. Rydell's best songs are on the four-disc Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 box set which was released earlier in 2005, so anybody that has that set may not need to dig deeper into his back catalog, but listeners wanting more of one of the biggest teen idols of the early '60s will find plenty to like on this disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Abkco
UPC: 0018771923022
catalogNumber: 92302
Rank: 38137

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Rydell   Primary Artist,Vocals
George Young   Saxophone
Dave Appell   Guitar
Bobby Gregg   Drums
Jimmy Wisner   Keyboards
Joe Macho   Bass
Joe Renzetti   Guitar
Buddy Savitt   Saxophone
Roy Stragis   Keyboards
Bob DiNardo   Guitar
Willa Ward   Background Vocals
Dan Dailey   Saxophone
Pete Cozzi   Drums
Vivian Dix   Background Vocals
Blanche Norton   Background Vocals
Joe Sgro   Guitar
Joe Sher   Drums
Ellis Tollin   Drums
Fred Nuzzillio   Saxophone

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Dave Appell   Engineer
Eddie Brackett   Engineer
Jim Economides   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Bones Howe   Engineer
Bernie Lowe   Executive Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Emil Korsen   Engineer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes

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The Best of Bobby Rydell: Cameo Parkway 1959-1964 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Henco More than 1 year ago
It's 1959 and the swingin' 60's are just around the corner. This good looking guy from Philly is turning heads and what a voice. Star potential. The top 40 is what it is, and the number 1 sound right now has the beat, has the sound, has everything, yes it's Wild One and when you hear it, you will once again travel to the best decade for music ever. Take a rock n roll ride to the past with Bobby Rydell and sing right along with him to Wild One, Swingin' School, Volare, Good Time Baby, Forget Him, and so many more. When you listen to this CD, it's the swingin 60's again.
grammyhanson25 More than 1 year ago
These are the original hits Bobby performed on American Bandstand. "Easy to Dance to, Good Beat and all those ratings from back in the day!" It's a great CD.
Recordlover More than 1 year ago
In 1959 a 17 year old Italian/American from South Philadelphia, Bobby Ridarelli, hit the national charts with "Kissin' Time" as Bobby Rydell. He didn't look back after that intial hit (#11 1959 on Billboard). For many, many years the only Bobby Rydell CDs featuring his Cameo Records hits were re-records. The original versions were not available. Now, ABKCO (Allen B. Klein Company) has finally released almost the entire Cameo & Parkway labels' late '50s & '60s hits on CD. This Bobby Rydell collection is proof positive that he could sing, whether on rockers like "Wild One" or "Kissin' Time"..........or more adult oriented material like "Volare" , "That Old Black Magic" and "Sway". Bobby fell into the "teen idol" category of early rock & roll. Unlike many of Bobby's teen idol peers, he was a musician as well. With 25 tracks here, this compilation CD is generous and moderately priced. Standout tracks are: "Volare", "Sway", "We Got Love", "Kissin' Time", "Forget Him" and "That Old Black Magic". Bobby Rydell was one of the first 10 personalities to be included in Philadelphia's "Walk of Fame".....and this CD belongs in any comprehensive '60s music collection! Bobby Lauser Salinas, CA