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Cruisin 1961
Various Artists
Cruisin 1961
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Cruisin 1961
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Increase Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1961
Re-Release Date: 3/31/1993
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Teen Pop, By Decade, 1960s, Soul, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 015668196125

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A Ride in the Way-Back Machine - In you own car!
D. Reinstein | Fairfax, CA USA | 03/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those of us who were young teens in the Boston area in the 1960's, the radio station to be 'with' (AM, of course) was WMEX -"1510, Color Radio," and the DJ to listen to - especially on Friday and Saturday nights was old 'aching adenoids' Arnie ("Woo-Woo") Ginsberg. Originally released many years ago on cassette and later as a CD, the Cruisin' Series includes this gem - a compilation of one evening's Arnie Ginsberg Show on WMEX in 1961. Other pieces of the Cruisin' collection each have about an hour of play from one station and one DJ in one city during one year. This is the only one from Boston in that era - and it is absolutely fabulous. Like Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman (from "Mr. Peabody's Improbable History" segment of the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show") going for a ride in their WayBack machine, listening to this CD subtracts 45 from my life for about 50 minutes.... especially when listening to it in the car when driving alone.

This CD is much more than the musical selections which are, in-and-of themselves, great and includes the original (60's)versions of:
- Blue Moon / The Marcels
- My True Story / The Jive Five
- Johnny B. Goode / Chuck Berry
- But I Do / Clarence "Frogman" Henry
- Purple People Eater / Sheb Wooley
- Tossin' and Turnin' / Bobby Lewis
- Runaway / Del Shannon
- Barbara Ann / The Regents
- Ya Ya / Lee Dorsey, and
- Hideaway / Freddie King

But it is MUCH more than the singles that are played. It is Arnie Ginsberg and his 'rap' chatter about upcoming 'hops' (dances), WMEX sponsored contests and especially the commercials from that year for:
- The Heart Fund
- Adventure Car Hop ("... follow Rt. 1 in Saugus.... Home of the Ginsburger!")
- The New Widetrack Pontiac
and many others.

So, it is unlike listening to a CD of oldies. It is more like turning on your radio and being transported back to 1961, however briefly. It feels good to listen to - and can't help but evoke a long lost (or misplaced) memory or two for anyone who heard it back then.

I'm not sure how nifty this will sound to someone who grew up (or not) in the Greater Boston Area - but for any boomer who did, this CD is an absolute MUST.
Boston's Best
D. Reinstein | 06/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I grew up in the late '50s and early '60s listening to WMEX. This really brings back fond memories. Just hearing Arnie do the "woo-woo" brought a smile to my face. The songs are great, although I wish they had all the songs from the vinyl."
Disappointed at the edit
William A. Hardman | 03/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love the cruisin series- I have the vinyl. When I bought the CD, I thought it would be the same as the vinyl. Unfortunately the edited out my two favorite songs- Blue Moon and Barbara Ann. It is still good, but It isn't what I expected."