Various Artists

History of Dot Records, Vol. 1: Young Love

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A couple of nifty rock one-shots (the Hawaiian rockabilly of Robin Luke's "Susie Darlin'," the lush girl group sound of Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer") intrude on what's generally a grab bag of easy listening pop hits from the '50s and '60s that happened to come out on the Dot label. Gale Storm, the Fontane Sisters, the Hilltoppers, Pat Boone, Billy Vaughn, and Debbie Reynolds are represented by big and small hits, as are smaller names like Bonnie Guitar. There are also minor chart singles recorded by Jimmie Rodgers and the Mills Brothers way after their commercial primes. Dale Ward's vapid 1963 teen idol hit "Letter from Sherry" doesn't fit in at all. This disc isn't bad if you have a taste for vintage easy listening...

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