Various Artists

At the Hop

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A comprehensive CD that'll fill the bill, the 20-tracks features the best of early rock, memorable tunes that have prove timeless. It's no fluke that the simplistic beauty of the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me," sound as good today as it did then, and as it will a thousand years from now. When I hear Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire," I still envision Lewis dressed in sequins, banging his piano unmercifully, and playing the keys with his feet. The Del Vikings' "Come Go With Me," is arguably one of the purest R&B sounds of all time - the ultimate finger snapper. Includes "Just A Dream," by Jimmy Clanton, a record I purchased in the '60s to the dismay of my five-year older sister who wanted something by Chuck Jackson; we pooled our money weekly then bussed downtown to Record Rendezvous on Prospect Avenue in Cleveland to buy records; the store and WJMO had a deal where if you paid full-price for one, you could get the radio stations' weekly spotlight record for half price - two 45's for the price of 1 1/2, a good deal. I don't recall what the spotlight record was that week, all I know is that I wanted the Clanton record, threw a fit and everything. "Tiger" by Fabian is just about all the Fabian anybody really needs, the Philadelphia pretty boy was hype personified. Danny & the Juniors, "At The Hop" brings back fond memories of Dick Clark's American Bandstand, as does most of the tracks, especially "The Stroll" by the Diamonds.

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