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Pittsburgh's Favorite Oldies: At the Hop, Pt. 2

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This second entry into one of Itzy's Pittsburgh's Best Oldies subseries is a 24-karat winner all the way. Opening with Frank Motley and His Motley Crew's "Honkin' at Midnight," it becomes apparent that this volume is going to concentrate on uptempo goodies as much as doo wop dreamies. The Ring A Dings' insanely energetic "Snacky Poo" (is this utilizing the same band track as Johnny Faire's rockabilly classic "Bertha Lou"? Too close to call.) sits comfortably alongside Rusty Isabel's piano instrumental "Firewater." And while vocal group classics like Ronnie and the Hi-Lites' "A Slow Dance" and the Royal Jesters' "Love Me" are aboard, they sit right comfortably alongside two or three whoops of novelty trash like the Four Sounds' "Mama Ubangi Bangi," Ronnie Cook's "The Goo Goo Muck" or the slopjar instrumental by the Royal Teens, "Mad Gass." No big hits or really big names on this, but a lot of great music, with all of it just as raw as can be.

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