As a collector of 45 rpm records for more than 40 years, I certainly gave my share of business to Eric Records. You see for about 20 years or so Eric was one of America's leading reissue labels. The company dealt primarily in reissue 45's but would occasionally issue an LP. I probably own around 100 Eric reissues. Eric Records was always based in New York and sometime in the late 1990's the company could see the writing on the wall. 45's were no longer a marketable commodity so the company decided to close shop in New York with the intention of moving out to California to reinvent itself as a CD company. Well, several years went by and I heard little or nothing from the company. But now Eric is back and I would agree with the other reviewer that Eric is aiming to become the Ace Records of the United States. That would be a very positive development indeed! "Teen Time Volume 3: A Very Special Love" is the first of their new CD's I have purchased. And let me tell you it is great. Featuring a very attractive cover and terrific liner notes this disc contains a whole bunch of charted tunes I had never even heard before. Add to that the fact that the sound quality is outstanding and you have a great value here. Every tune on this disc was a hit between the years 1957 and 1963. Among the hard-to-find tunes you will enjoy is Bob Beckham's original recording of "Just As Much As Ever" from 1959. You might recall that Bobby Vinton scored with that song about a decade later. I was also thrilled to find Johnny Nash's "A Very Special Love." I had never even heard the song before and I was not disappointed. Johnny Nash would remind you of Johnny Mathis on that one. Among the more familiar tunes you might enjoy are "My Heart Is An Open Book" from Carl Dobkins Jr. and Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" from 1963. It is not very often that I get excited about a new oldies disc. But having heard this one I am going check out any Eric CD I can find. Highly recommended and lots of fun!!!
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The Teen Time series focuses on hard-to-find hits from 1957 to 1964 - the "young years of rock 'n' roll," when jukeboxes were chock full of hits and the future seemed bright and limitless. The later Sixties brought many changes - some good, some tragic - but these songs still fill our hearts with the carefree joy of that happy "teen time."
Teen Time Vol. 3 is a pop lover's paradise, bursting at the seams with big stars like Tab Hunter and Dodie Stevens and cult heroes like Eddie Holland (who later helped author dozens of Motown classics) and Arthur Alexander - the only artist ever covered by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley. Taken from such classic 60's labels as Dot, Decca, and ABC, these tracks - including 14 Top 30 hits - are digitally mastered from the original tapes (either in pristine mono or rich stereo), and ten of them appear on CD for the first time anywhere!
My Heart Is An Open Book - Carl Dobkins Jr. (stereo)