Various Artists

Alan Freed's Memory Lane

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The second of a trio of Alan Freed compilations that can be found at flea markets and Goodwills; nice pickups if you luck out and have a turntable -- ugh! You can always dub a cassette from the vinyl, or play it on 33 and one-third and scratch it up cueing or trying to place the arm on just the right spot if you prefer. The title is apt: Listeners of early-'60s radio will cherish the Teen Queens' "Eddie My Love," the Crests' "16 Candles," Little Anthony & the Imperials' cryfest "Tears on My Pillow," and the Moonglows' silky smooth "Sincerely." Freed jump-started most of these tunes and -- through mechanical and performance royalties -- probably had a hand other than his DJ salary in the financial windfall gained from the acetates' sales and song popularity. Didn't you know he co-wrote lots of songs? Roulette Records reissued this LP in 1970.

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