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50's Golden Jukebox: Malt Shop Memories

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50's Golden Jukebox: Malt Shop Memories is a short 12-song collection of original hits by the original artists. Mostly made up of timeless classics like Dion & the Belmonts' "A Teenager in Love," Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," and Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool," the disc also takes some trips down the side streets of '50s rock with tracks by Margie Rayburn ("I'm Available"), the Four Preps ("26 Miles [Santa Catalina]"), and Ken Copeland ("Pledge of Love"). The disc probably would have been stronger if all the songs were hits on the level of "Blueberry Hill," but the smattering of obscurities may make it more interesting. Either way, this is a decent low-cost introduction to the pop and rock sounds of the '50s. More tracks and a better package would have been nice -- but that costs money, one supposes.

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