Patti Page

The Singing Rage Rocks

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The Singing Rage Rocks, true to its title, collects Patti Page's rock-oriented recordings from the late '50s and early '60s, several of which were minor hits. "Most People Get Married," "The Boys Night Out," "Pretty Boy Lonely," and Paul Anka's "Broken Heart and a Pillow Filled with Tears" are of few of the chart items, all of which are pop/rock efforts directed at a younger audience than most of her traditional pop recordings. There are a number of standout moments, although not necessarily in a "rockin'" sense -- "Just Because," from Page's album Sings Country and Western Golden Hits, features a virtuoso guitar solo, and "Don't Be Cruel" neatly matches the back cover photo of Page posing with Elvis Presley. Several of the songs are taken from the aforementioned country album and Patti Page Sings Golden Hits of the Boys, on which Page covered hits by male rock & roll and R&B singers. As a reminder of the earlier and more commercially significant phase of her career, this 27-track collection concludes with three of Page's early, non-rocking number one hits. The Singing Rage Rocks isn't a representative collection by any means, but it's a lot of fun and shows the lighter side of one of the most popular vocalists of the '50s.