EMI Plus' budget-priced The Story series presents straightforward, no-frills compilations of major rock artists with catalogs in the EMI vaults, accompanied by CD-ROMs containing brief biographical information (in English, Dutch, French, and Spanish), discographies consisting of album titles and dates of release, and a photo gallery. The Eddie Cochran volume contains 20 tracks taken in chronological order from the '50s rocker's original Crest and Liberty Records singles, including all seven of his U.S. chart entries, among them the minor chart entry and perennial favorite "Somethin' Else," the Top 40 hit "Sittin' in the Balcony," and the Top Ten hit "Summertime Blues," as well as nine of his ten U.K. chart entries (the exception is the posthumous Top 40 hit "My Way," a different composition from the later Frank Sinatra signature song), among them the Top Ten hit "C'mon Everybody" and "Three Steps to Heaven," which hit number one in the wake of Cochran's untimely death in the spring of 1960. Also included are such memorable tunes as "Twenty Flight Rock," which Cochran performed in the 1956 film The Girl Can't Help It, and "Cut Across Shorty." This is not the most comprehensive Cochran collection ever released, and even with the CD-ROM the annotations are skimpy, but it covers the basics.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann