Various Artists

Super Oldies of the 50's, Vol. 3

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As "oldies'" radio stations have progressively played newer music, few bother to reach back to the first decade of rock & roll in the '50s. Serial compilations like Super Oldies of the 50s, then, provide fans with a good starting place to return to doo wop and rock & roll's beginning and create their own version of "oldies" radio. Super Oldies of the 50s, Vol. 3 includes several classics that will make this volume popular with '50s fans, including Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," and Mickey & Silvia's "Love Is Strange." Other fun items include the Coasters' robust "Young Blood" and the Tune Weavers' maudlin "Happy Happy Birthday Baby." As with other volumes in this collection, part of the fun is matching these well-known songs with lesser-known fare, allowing one to explore the era in greater detail. The disc ends with Little Richard's version of the theme song to the 1956 musical, The Girl Can't Help It. While Super Oldies of the 50s, Vol. 3 is quite enjoyable as a collection, the series lacks liner notes and the sound quality of the Super Oldies is less than pristine. Volume 3 will nonetheless allow the listener to re-create a nearly hour-long version of oldies radio, '50s style.

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