Teenage Favourites CD (1995)

Artist: Various

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Label City Hall Records
SKU 63917996
UPC 001043550152
UPC 14 04001043550152
Format CD
Release Date 10/3/1995
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID BBCD 55015
Lable Name Buffalo Bop
Released 11/07/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 04001043550152
Album Notes and Credits
Compared with Buffalo Bop's usual rockabilly and teen-rebel collections, this 33-song compilation is kind of dorky -- sort of a nerd's picture of rock & roll (the Richie Cunningham as opposed to the Fonzie playlist). Nobody appearing on this CD ever aspired to be really cool like Elvis or Gene Vincent; Ricky Nelson was as far as they got. But it's all great fun in its well-crafted, highly produced way, and some of the artists and labels here will actually be familiar--Tony Orlando ("The Loneliest"), Steve Lawrence ("Pretty Blue Eyes"), Milo Liggett ("Gold and Silver"), and the Barker Brothers ("Hey Little Mama") recorded for outfits like Monument, Epic, Brunswick, ABC, and Hickory. The Wonders ("Cuttin' Out"), the R-Dells ("You Say"), David Box ("Little Lonely Summer Girl") et al weren't rebels, they were would-be teen idols, and they weren't averse to delivering songs that were essentially teen-pop, albeit often with a good beat and some fairly prominent guitars amid the orchestras and backing choruses. Tommy Lam's "Blue Willow" actually has a guitar break, but it's more like good middle-year Elvis than real rock & roll. Much of this stuff was just as likely to have strings, but that doesn't stop it from being good romantic soft-rock. "Lazy Daisy" by Bobby Boston and "Just Give Me Your Heart" by Johnny Duffett do rock, but they're sandwiched between "Fantasy" by Johnny Cameron, the Crescendos' lovelorn "Oh! Julie," and "Big as I Can Dream" by Kris Jensen, (a song that makes the Everly Bros.' "Ebony Eyes" seem like "Bye Bye Love"). The Rituals' "Gone" is a good pop doo wop number that sort of anticipates "Remember When" as well as "It's Alright" by the Rolling Stones in its melody. Bobby Comstock's "Just a Piece of Paper" boasts a soaring string section of the kind that the Drifters would perfect, coupled to a melody very similar to "This Magic Moment." Marci's "Suddenly We're Strangers" could've given Gene Pitney a run for his money; the Barker Brothers, although no Everlys, had pleasant enough voices and knew how to pick a song ("Hey Little Mama" by Lee Hazelwood); and Gary Criss' "Our Favorite Melodies" and Donnie Owens' "Stormy" were sweet, soft romantic rock at its best. The sound quality is uniformly excellent, and although there are no notes, we do get the usual spread of available press photos. ~ Bruce Eder
Disc 1
1 Cuttin' Out - The Wonders
2 You Say - R-Dells
3 Little Lonely Summer Girl - David Box
4 Pretty Blue Eyes - Steve Lawrence
5 Gold and Silver
6 Blue Willow
7 Poor Me - Chip Fisher
8 Hot Seat - Bobby Doyle
9 No Help Wanted - Canadian Sweethearts
10 Fantasy - Johnny Cameron
11 Lazy Daisy
12 Oh! Julie - The Crescendos
13 Just Give Me Your Heart
14 Big As I Can Dream - Kris Jensen
15 Gone - Rituals
16 Just A Piece Of Paper - Bobby Comstock
17 Loneliest, The - Tony Orlando
18 Hey Little Mama
19 I Didn't Mean It - Scott Rogers
20 Heartbreak - Joe Melson
21 Suddenly We're Strangers
22 Girls
23 Lonely Saturday Night - Don French
24 Stop Your Crying - Jerry Naylor
25 My Heart - Dale Wright
26 Steady Kind - Mickey Denton
27 Devil Doll - Lee Denson
28 Big Deal - The Skee Brothers
29 Baby Remember Me - Al Schnier
30 Sweet Lovin' Honey - Don Cole
31 Teenager In Love - Woody Thorne
32 Our Favorite Melodies - Gary Criss
33 Stormy

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