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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: 1957-1959 that never made the Top 100: "Everybody Out'ta The Pool" by the Lifeguards - a crazy, clattering instrumental romp featuring several members of Bill Haley's Comets. And, of course, there's Jody Reynolds' somnambulant paean to death, "Endless Sleep." Unforgettable!

Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 9 serves up 53 minutes of pop platters, all lovingly remastered for the highest quality sound. Of special note is Tommy Facenda's "High School USA," a song released in dozens of versions, each tailored to a different region of the country. This is the "national" version, making its stereo debut here. This terrific collection includes a 12-page booklet with detailed biographies of all the artists by Greg Adams. And, don't miss Hard To Find 45's on CD Volume 10: 1960-1965. Hard to find? Not anymore!

Track Title Artist Chart Date 1. CD Debut in Stereo High School U.S.A. (National Version) Tommy Facenda #28 10/5/59 2. Endless Sleep
Jody Reynolds #5 5/5/58 3. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Jivin' Gene & The Jokers #69 8/24/59 4. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu Huey "Piano" Smith #52 7/29/57 5. Robbin' the Cradle Tony Bellus #25 4/13/59 6. Click Clack Dicky Doo & The Don'ts #28 1/27/58 7. Lucky Ladybug Billy & Lillie #14 12/8/58 8. CD Debut White Bucks and Saddle Shoes
Bobby Pedrick, Jr. #74 10/27/58 9. Sandy Larry Hall #15 11/9/59 10. Rockin' Little Angel Ray Smith #22 12/21/59 11. Mona Lisa
Carl Mann #25 5/18/59 12. CD Debut in USA Honey Love Narvel Felts #90 1/25/60 13. CD Debut Everybody Out'ta The Pool Lifeguards --- 1/1/59 14. CD Debut Teenage Hayride Tender Slim #93 12/28/59 15. The Happy Organ Dave "Baby" Cortez #1 3/2/59 16. CD Debut Philadelphia U.S.A. Nu Tornados #26 11/3/58 17. CD Debut I Don't Know What It Is Bluenotes #61 11/30/59 18. Alone (Why Must I Be Alone) Shepherd Sisters #18 9/16/57 19. You The Aquatones #21 4/14/58 20. CD Debut Tear Drop Santo & Johnny #23 11/16/59 21. CD Debut Hideaway The Four Esquires #21 9/8/58 22. Chanson D'Amour (Song of Love) Art & Dotty Todd #6 3/31/58 23. CD Debut A String of Trumpets Trumpeteers #64 4/13/59

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Artist:  Various Artists
Label:  Eric
Genre:  Rock and Roll, Pop
Release Date:  April 17, 2007
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review by . December 16, 2008
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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. …
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