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The late 1950's come alive with this entertaining new collection from Eric.

  • Dec 16, 2008
They are songs you just don't hear on the radio anymore. Even the weekend specialty shows that for many years featured the great rock 'n roll and doo wop sounds of the 1950's have now largely disappeared from the airwaves. Thankfully, the folks at Eric records have once again come to the rescue with a great new collection featuring an impressive variety of genres from this period. "Hard to Find 45's on CD, Vol. 9: 1957-1959" offers up 23 of the most distinctive and hard to find records of this period. Many of these songs were by artists who were one hit wonders while others were largely regional hits. In any case, this is a collection of songs you just won't find anywhere else.
If you are a big fan of the rockabilly sound you will certainly enjoy hearing Ray Smith's "Rockin' Little Angel" and Carl Mann's pulsating rendition of "Mona Lisa". Those who dig instrumentals can savor the great sound of Dave "Baby" Cortez's #1 hit "The Happy Organ" as well as Santo and Johnny's "Tear Drop" from 1959. It was fun to hear Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns classic New Orleans tune "Rockin' Pnuemonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" which is also included here. Fans of great group harmony will not be disappointed either. You will surely appreciate the lovingly remastered version of The Aquatones great hit "You". One song many people have probably forgotten about is the Four Esquires "Hideaway". If you are a fan of the Four Lads then you are certain to love this one. It is probably my favorite tune on this disc. And there are some songs here that just don't seem to fit into any particular category but are highly enjoyable nonetheless. Among them is the great Art and Dotty Todd recording of "Chanson D'amour" from 1957 and Jody Reynolds Top Ten smash "Endless Sleep". There were also a number of tunes that I had never heard before that turned out to be very pleasant surprises. "Philadelphia USA" by the Nu Tornados features the string band sound while The Bluenotes "I Don't Know What It Is" turns out to be a pretty fair doo wop tune. Also, be sure to check out "String of Trumpets" from the Trumpeteers and Jivin' Gene and the Jokers "Breakin' Up Is Hard Do". Outstanding stuff!
"Hard To Find 45's on CD, Vol. 9: 1957-1959" comes with a fascinating 12 page booklet featuring biographical information and photos on just about all of these artists as well as Billboard chart information on each of these songs. As always the remastering job is first rate. If you have never purchased a collection from Eric before I urge you to give this one a try. Over the past several years this company has emerged as the top reissue label in the U.S. Highly recommended!

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Five long years after Eric Records unveiled the last numbered volume of our flagship series - detours through Music City and Soulsville notwithstanding - we proudly present Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 9: 1957-1959. This jam-packed platter is a veritable potpourri of pop, reflecting the wide-open world of Top 40 radio before the days of niche marketing and narrow-casting. Within the span of these 23 tracks, you'll hear rollicking New Orleans rhythm 'n' blues (Huey "Piano" Smith), irrepressible rockabilly (Carl Mann), and spirited workouts on the Wurlitzer (Dave Cortez' "Happy Organ"), steel guitar (Santo & Johnny's "Tear Drops"), and a whole "String of Trumpets" (from, who else, the Trumpeteers).

Of course, what makes the Hard To Find 45's series so great are the long lost treasures - rescued, restored, and resplendent! Ten of these tracks have never been available on CD - songs like "White Bucks and Saddle Shoes" by Bobby Pedrick, Jr. Who, you ask? Well, young Mr. Pedrick wasn't even a teenager yet when he made his chart debut in 1958 with this rockin' ode to fashionable footwear. Over 20 years later, he hit #1 with "Sad Eyes" under his more familiar moniker, Robert John.

You'll also hear Narvel Felts rockin' the house with "Honey Love," long before he charted over 40 Country hits during the 70's, and the Shepherd Sisters' early girl group classic "Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)." Perhaps most exciting, however, is the one track on Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 9: ...

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Artist: Various Artists
Label: Eric
Genre: Rock and Roll, Pop
Release Date: April 17, 2007

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