Ballads are not the first thing associated with Eddie Cochran, that trailblazing rock & roller who was known for his hard-driving rockers "Summertime Blues," "C'mon Everybody," and "Something Else." None of these songs are present on Bear Family's generous 35-track 2013 compilation and neither are any of his hits outside of "Sittin' in the Balcony," which itself is a swinging teen dream that doesn't quite feel like a ballad even if it's much slower than his other hits. The same sentiment can apply to the other 34 songs here -- 34 songs that include many slower, sweeter, alternate takes of other pretty well-known Eddie songs, like "Three Steps to Heaven" -- and the entire impression left by the collection is, this is the sound of Eddie when he tried to clean up and play a sock hop. Consequently, it feels tied to the '50s in a way his livelier standards don't, but that is part of the appeal: Cochran croons with finesse, he has an easy touch, and he's just young enough that these tales of puppy love feel genuine, not forced.
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