Various Artists

The Original Recordings by the Artists Who Made These Hits!

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Whoever made up the title for this compilation deserves some kind of award for prosaic unoriginality. But what were they supposed to do -- come out and admit that there was only one actual national hit on this 12-track anthology of material originally issued on 1955-1961 singles on the small Flip label? That hit, the Six Teens' 1956 doo wopper "A Casual Look," is here. So is their low-charting follow-up, "Arrow of Love," and a couple R&B/rock stormers by Richard Berry, "Have Love Will Travel" and the original version of "Louie, Louie." Otherwise it's pretty mediocre, forgettable Los Angeles doo wop/early rock & roll, Donald Woods & the Vel-Aires' "Death of an Angel" standing out only because of its peculiar over-the-top melodrama. Unless you really need the original vinyl and artwork, you'd be better off collecting this stuff as part of the CD compilation Flip Hits! and Misses, which has all 12 of the tracks that appeared on the LP, as well as 18 others that were recorded between the mid-'50s and early '60s for the Flip label.