Various Artists

Earth Angel [Somerset]

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Love is what it is in our lives, but never is it more sought, anguished, and gushed over than in the teen years when the future seems forever away and no one is quite yet grown -- making teens the perfect audience for some truly classic love songs in the malt shop era of the late 1950s and early '60s. Each of these 17 tracks was a jukebox favorite back then, and most of them remain so until this day, including the Platters' "The Great Pretender," the Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby," Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," the Marcels' "Blue Moon," Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool," Little Peggy March's "I Will Follow Him," Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love," and the title track, the Penguins' "Earth Angel." It adds up to a wonderful little nostalgic look at pop love on the radio before the 21st century rushed in with its beats and loops.

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