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Rollin'
Bay City Rollers
Rollin'
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this 1974 album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. BMG. 2008.

      
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All Artists: Bay City Rollers
Title: Rollin'
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg Int'l
Release Date: 5/9/2000
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this 1974 album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. BMG. 2008.

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Infectious Pop-Rock from Scotland!
Henry R. Kujawa | "The Forbidden Zone" (Camden, NJ) | 12/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I never bought the hype that The Rollers were "the new Beatles" when they debuted on Howard Cosell's variety show. I grew up listening to made-for-TV music like The Monkees, The Archies, The Banana Splits, and even Lancelot Link-- loving ALL of it! So I jokingly nicknamed them "the new Archies"-- but to me, that wasn't a bad thing! While their look & promotion was record-company-influenced (to say the least), at least these guys from Scotland started out as a REAL band-- the kind that wrote & played their own songs, and performed in bars!

There was a big "50's rock & roll" revival in the early 70's-- but it took me a while to figure out The Rollers' sound mostly came from the early 60's-- that most "squeaky-clean" period of "rock & roll", when record labels "manufactured" their own pop idols. This is obvious when you check out their covers: "Be My Baby" (The Ronnettes), "Bye Bye Baby" (The 4 Seasons), "Don't Worry Baby" (The Beach Boys) and so on. But they were also capable of creating their own classics, either with Bill Martin & Phil Coulter ("Saturday Night", "Summerlove Sensation") or on their own (mostly later on).

I've had a copy of ROLLIN', their debut LP, for a long time, and it's slowly grown on me over the years. Compared to their US debut, it's kind of low-key, but then that was designed to be a "greatest hits" album without actually saying so. Among the highlights here are "Shang A Lang" (didn't I mention The Archies?), "Give It To Me Now" (a bit raunchier than the rest), "Remember (Sha La La La La)", "Saturday Night" (pretty much their anthem song), "Jenny Gotta Dance" (a bit more power than the rest here), "There Goes My Baby" (a Faulkner/Wood tune that really brings to mind the style of Neil Sedaka) and "Summerlove Sensation" (one of my favorite "feel-good" romantic songs).

This BMG UK & Ireland CD has it over the previous Japanese version, as it has 4 "B" sides as bonus tracks, of which "Are You Ready For That Rock And Roll" and "Bye Bye Barbara" would have really improved the original album. ("Bringing Back The Good Times" is a little too sappy for me, while "Hey C.B." just isn't sticking in my head.) It's also cheaper (especially if you get it from one of the "Marketplace" stores like I did).

I don't think they went quite far enough, though. The sound on all 4 CDs in this series has a bit too much bass. Not every 45 side was included (no "Manana" or "Because I Love You", issued in Germany). WORST, however, is the fact that the US lp BAY CITY ROLLERS had at least 4 remixes, ALL of which were superior to the UK tracks: "Give A Little Love", "Be My Baby", "Summerlove Sensation" and "Remember (Sha La La La)". Were these "single" remixes, or just done for the US market? Either way, they definitely should have been included on the new CDs as bonus tracks. (Thank God I still have my old LPs!)"
Rollin'
Maxine L. Mckern | Iowa | 05/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wasn't sure at first, but I remember this as one of my favorites. Does anyone know when "It's A Game" will be released in CD form? I really need it!!!"