Various Artists

Teenage Party [Buffalo Bop]

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This 30-song collection is tied to teen life and party themes, so there's not the usual excavation of rockabilly history going on. That's the bad side; the good side is that you do get the holes filled in. Sonny Knight's "Teenage Party" is a pretty nicely polished piece of straight-ahead rock & roll, originally issued on the Go Go label (and whatever happened to these tiny labels?) before vanishing without a trace until now. Most of the rest is mostly alternately angry and sweet songs about busted love affairs and romantic ideals -- think of Buddy Holly, Bobby Fuller, the Everly Brothers, or Ricky Nelson doing this repertory and you get the picture, except that Gregg Madden ("I Want a Love That's True"), Johnny Laury ("I Go and Dream"), Andy & the Live Wires ("You've Done It Again," with a Bo Diddley-like beat), the Temptations (no, not the Motown outfit) ("Birds 'N' Bees"), Wendell Nye ("Trouble"), and Lowell Knipp ("Goofy Little Bug") never got anywhere near musical immortality. The Glaser Brothers ("I Want You") might also have given the Kalin Twins a run for their money on a bigger label than Robbins, based on what we hear here.

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