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Best of Jack Scott (1957 - 1960)
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled The Way I Walk, wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly at... more »
Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled The Way I Walk, wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly attitude, Scott hailed from Ontario, Canada, and grew up near Detroit, developing a love for hillbilly music along the way. His first sides for ABC-Paramount in 1957 exhibited a profound country-rock synthesis, and after moving to the Carlton label, Scott hit the charts the next year with the tremulous ballad My True Love, backed by his vocal group, the Chantones. Flip it over, however, and you have the hauling rocker Leroy, all about some wacked-out tough guy who's content to remain behind the bars of his local jail. 24 tracks.
This diverse collection of tunes is sure to grow on you!!!!
Paul Tognetti | Cranston, RI USA | 06/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At one point several years ago, Jack Scott was one of the few artists of any consequence from the rock and roll era that I did not own a collection of. "The Best of Jack Scott (1957-1960) from Canada's Stardust label gives you a pretty complete look at the somewhat brief but successful chart career of this talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. In fact all 16 of his charted singles appear here along with 8 other tracks. Both his first hit "Leroy" and "Geraldine" are fine examples of the rockabilly sound. But Jack Scott also dabbled in other sounds like country and western, ballads and even doo wop. In fact 2 of his biggest hits "My True Love" as well as his classic "What In The World's Come Over You" would remind you more of doo wop than anything else. Jack Scott often utilized the considerable talents of the French-Canadian vocal group The Chantones as a backup group and they certainly enhanced the sound on a number of his recordings. The sound quality is wonderful and all appear to be the original Carlton and Top Rank recordings. The disappointing thing about this collection is the rather feeble attempt at liner notes. Why even bother? You might think that a Canadian record label might put a bit more effort into a disc by a Canadian born artist. Nevertheless, I am finding that the more I play "The Best of Jack Scott (1957-1960) the more I enjoy. Serious collectors of early rock and roll would do well to add this disc of hard-to-find tunes to their collection before it disappears forever. Highly recommended!"
Some awesome fifties sounds!
Paul Tognetti | 04/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Out of the many CD's that I have purchased over the years, this is one that I keep handy as I play it at least once or twice a week.The songs are all excellent.Jack's vocals are top notch and
the musicians put out rhythm and blues/rock sounds that are phenominal to say the least.This is one great album."
A Chart Mainstay From 1958 To 1961
Paul Tognetti | 09/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1995 CD comes from the Canadian-based Stardust Productions who also give you the excellent multi-volume series Treasured Tunes and Vintage Instrumentals. There are two pages of liner notes included (author unknown) concerning Jack Scafone, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on January 24, 1938 and who moved across the river to the Hazel Park neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan with his family at age 10.
After a brief 1957 stint with ABC-Paramount in 1957, which produced no hit singles, Jack hooked up with the much smaller Carlton label and, in 1958/59, turned out nine Billboard Pop Hot 100 singles, two of which crossed over to the R&B charts. He then moved to another small operation, Top Rank, where he cranked out seven more Hot 100 charters from 1959 to 1961, including two more R&B cross-overs, and then joined the major player, Capitol, producing his final three in 1961. On all his hits in this period he was backed by the French-Canadian vocal group, The Chantones. His last hit came in 1974 for Dot Records when You're Just Gettin' Better was a minor Country entry at # 92 in July b/w As You Take A Walk Through My Mind.
This CD, however, gives you ALL of his major and minor hits for the Carlton and Top Rank labels from 1958 to 1961. I repeat the contents here to indicate which are in stereo (denoted *) and their performances on the charts, if any:
On Carlton - Baby, She's Gone and Two-Timin' Woman - both from 1957 and uncharted; Leroy (summer 1958 # 11 Billboard Pop Top 100 and # 5 R&B "follow-along" B-side of My True Love, which went to # 3 Top 100/# 5 R&B; * With Your Love, a # 28 Hot 100 in the early fall of 1958 and its flipside Geraldine, which made it to # 96 Hot 100; * Goodbye Baby, a # 8 Hot 100 in late 1958/early 1959 and its B-side, * Save My Soul, # 73 Hot 100; I Never Felt Like This, a # 78 Hot 100 in April 1959 and the uncharted flip, Bella; * The Way I Walk, # 35 Hot 100 in summer 1959, and its uncharted B-side * Midgie; There Comes A Time, a # 71 Hot 100 in October 1959 and its uncharted B-side Baby Marie;
On Top Rank - * What In The World's Come Over You? - a # 5 Hot 100/# 7 R&B in early 1960 and its uncharted flip, * Baby, Baby; * Burning Bridges, a # 3 Hot 100 in spring 1960 (not the same song as The Mike Curb Generation 1971 hit) and the B-side * Oh Little One which made it to # 34 Hot 100; * It Only Happened Yesterday, a # 38 Hot 100 in August 1960 and the B-side * Cool Water, which topped out at # 85 Hot 100; * Patsy, a # 65 Hot 100 in October 1960 (the flip, Old Time Religion, is not here); and Is There Something On Your Mind? which peaked at # 89 Hot 100 in January 1961 (its flip, Found A Woman, is also omitted).
Track 23 gives us the first 1957 go-round of Leroy, then titled Greaseball, while track 24 is an alternate stereo take on 1958's Geraldine.
The 1961 Capitol hits excluded are: A Little Feeling (Called Love) - a # 91 Hot 100 in May b/w Now That I; My Dream Come True - a # 83 Hot 100 in August b/w Strange Desire; and Steps 1 And 2 - a # 86 Hot 100 in November b/w One Of These Days. Again, he was backed by The Chantones on these three hits.
Well worth a listen."