Frankie Avalon

25 All-Time Greatest Hits

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This package is part of the Varese Sarabande label's general campaign to put out new greatest-hits packages of artists they've already given the best-of treatment to, the chief difference being the inclusion of more tracks the second time around. The company's The Best of Frankie Avalon, issued in 1995, had 18 songs; 25 All-Time Greatest Hits, as is self-evident, has seven more. The biggest hits are on both CDs, but alas it's not an automatic given that 25 All-Time Greatest Hits makes other Avalon anthologies redundant, since it's missing a number 56 chart hit that was on The Best of Frankie Avalon, "The Puppet Song." Granted that tune's not a world-beater, but its inclusion would probably mean something to a lot of fans who bother to select an Avalon best-of off the shelves. That omission aside, this has everything almost anyone would want by Avalon, including a bunch of songs beyond the half-dozen or so that still cling to oldies radio play lists. The best of the obscure tracks are the ones from the 1963 non-charting 45 "Beach Party"/"Don't Stop Now," which are far harder-rocking than most of his output, though they're not memorable. "Beach Party" was written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian, who were involved in composing many a hot rod and surf record, including some for the Beach Boys; "Don't Stop Now," which sounds like it would have fit in well in one of his beach movies, even has some early fuzz guitar. Beyond that, it might be noted that a surprisingly high portion of this has no relation to rock music, being far more in the orchestrated pop balladeer school that rock & roll did so much to close down.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:23 Amazon
2 2:55 Amazon
3 2:13 Amazon
4 2:04 Amazon
5 2:30 Amazon
6 2:42 Amazon
7 2:21 Amazon
2:38 Amazon
9 2:57 Amazon
10 2:11 Amazon
11 2:40 Amazon
12 2:00 Amazon
13 2:33 Amazon
14 2:47 Amazon
15 1:58 Amazon
16 2:33 Amazon
17 2:31 Amazon
18 2:26 Amazon
19 3:07 Amazon
20 2:47 Amazon
21 2:18 Amazon
22 2:16 Amazon
23 2:22 Amazon
24 2:03 Amazon
25 2:56 Amazon
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