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Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6

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Golden Age of American Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 Review

by Richie Unterberger

As this series progresses, there's a higher proportion of obscure material involved. This is both good and bad: it's good to find worthy minor hits that have largely missed the CD revolution, but some of them didn't make it above the '80s on the charts for good reason. Nonetheless, there are some real goodies here, whether hard to find or not: the Del Vikings' "Come Go with Me," and Bobby Freeman's "Do You Want to Dance," the El Dorados' "At My Front Door," the Rivingtons' "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow," and Joe Bennett's "Black Slacks." Among the rarities, the most interesting items are John Fred's "Shirley" (recorded almost ten years before "Judy in Disguise"), Ronald & Ruby's original version of "Lollipop" (surpassed commercially by the Chordettes' rendition), the Quotations' "Imagination" (top-flight doo wop), and Bunker Hill's "Hide and Go Seek" (described in the liners as "like a gospel holler in a squash court"). Pick find: the Pentagons' "I Wonder," which sounds like a great lost Drifters hit from the early '60s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
John Fred & His Playboy Band 01:56 Amazon
2 The Del Vikings 02:42 Amazon
3 Joe Bennett 02:07 Amazon
4 Ronald & Ruby 01:53 Amazon
5 Harvey & the Moonglows 03:42 Amazon
6 Jimmy Edwards 02:03 Amazon
7 Bobby Freeman 02:36 Amazon
8 Noble "Thin Man" Watts 02:44 Amazon
9 The Quotations 02:14 Amazon
The Pentagons 02:25 Amazon
11 The El Dorados 02:38 Amazon
12 The Falcons 02:30 Amazon
13 The Wailers 02:27 Amazon
14 Johnny Restivo 02:05 Amazon
15 The Elegants 02:43 Amazon
16 Clyde McPhatter 02:00 Amazon
Sevilles 02:52 Amazon
18 Johnny Ace 02:32 Amazon
19 Bobby Hendricks 02:31 Amazon
20 Eddie Cooley & the Dimples 02:32 Amazon
21 The Delacardos 02:05 Amazon
22 Gene Allison 02:10 Amazon
23 I.V.A.N. 02:22 Amazon
The Stompers 02:09 Amazon
25 Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns 02:33 Amazon
26 Rick Nelson 02:01 Amazon
Little Bill & the Blue Notes 02:52 Amazon
28 The Royal Teens 02:38 Amazon
Bunker Hill 02:26 Amazon
30 The Rivingtons 02:22 Amazon
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