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Eddie Cochran - Greatest Hits
Eddie Cochran
Eddie Cochran - Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Eddie Cochran was one of the 1950s' most talented rockers, so it's pretty hard to go wrong with anything called Eddie Cochran's Greatest Hits. Unfortunately, this budget-priced compilation is typical of the label's output,...  more »


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All Artists: Eddie Cochran
Title: Eddie Cochran - Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Curb Records
Release Date: 9/17/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 715187737129

Eddie Cochran was one of the 1950s' most talented rockers, so it's pretty hard to go wrong with anything called Eddie Cochran's Greatest Hits. Unfortunately, this budget-priced compilation is typical of the label's output, featuring only 10 tracks. His four most famous compositions--"Twenty Flight Rock" (the song that literally attracted Lennon to McCartney), "Summertime Blues" (which provided hits for both the Who and Blue Cheer), "Somethin' Else" (the Sex Pistols), and "C'mon Everybody" (ditto)--are here. But Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran features twice as many songs. And why anyone would want Cochran covering Carl Perkins's "Blue Suede Shoes" or even "Long Tall Sally" at the expense of, say, "Nervous Breakdown" and "Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie" is unfathomable. --Bill Holdship

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Sound quality & song quantity hold this one back
Johnny Roulette | 04/28/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I think Eddie Cocran's only real rivals were Buddy Holly & The Johnny Burnette Trio. Cochran deserves a better compilation! This cd does have some wonderful songs, but these aren't even his best twelve. Nervous Breakdown, Don't Ever Let Me Go, My Way(not the Paul Anka penned tune) are just a few that have been left off of this supposed greatest hits collection. The sound quality leaves quite a bit to be desired as well. I realize that we're talking about recordings that are 40 years old here, but I have heard much better sound on other collections. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad one...especially at this price! I guess my point is this: why buy this when you'll jsut have to buy more anyway. Why not get it right the first time? A good Cochran collection should have a minimum of twenty songs(he had more range than oldies radio would ever lead you to believe). I'd actually recommend a box set, if you can hunt one down. Eddie Cochran was an amazing talent...he deserves the best. Hold out for more songs, better liner notes & better sound quality. If you're short on cash, this will hold you until help arrives, but if you aren't strapped...then demand more! It doesn't get any cooler than Cochran. His edge on Gene Vincent was his consistancy. Cochran lovers should search for a tape called On The Air(I've never seen it on cd). It has interviews live & radio performances and a version of White Lightning w/ Gene Vincent from their ill-fated British tour."
Appealing Collection of Big Hits
Candace Scott | 06/21/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Though not comprehensive, this CD captures 12 of Cochran's best-known songs, including the big hits "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody." Serious fans will need more than this CD offers, but Cochran newbies should be satisfied."
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/04/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Eddie Cochran--Greatest Hits is best described as a budget CD for people who want nothing more than a small sampling of his really fine art. As Amazon correctly notes, Curb Records has a marvelous track record of turning out budget CDs that have way too few tracks on them; they could easily have added a couple more songs onto this album without too much trouble. However, the quality of the sound is quite good and the artwork is good although it is somewhat standard for this "Greatest Hits" CD series by Curb.

Many of these tunes are early rock and roll but at least some of these tracks could rightfully be referred to as rockabilly. Whatever you call it, though, this is some really fine music.

"Summertime Blues" is an excellent early rock and roll tune that still sounds great today; Eddie sings this with a lot of feeling and that guitar work really shines! The beat is good for dancing and "Summertime Blues" was easily a huge hit for Eddie. "C'Mon Everybody" also has Eddie's signature sound as the beat changes a bit here and there throughout the song. Eddie handles subtle tempo and key changes like the pro he always was and this makes him a true champ of the early rock and roll/rockabilly era.

"Sittin' In The Balcony" has an early rock and roll ballad flavor to it with an incredibly fine use of the electric guitar. Eddie and the backup singers perform "Sittin' In The Balcony" without a hitch and we can really see just how talented Eddie Cochran was. I love it! In addition, there's also "Somethin' Else" which really rocks; and listen for "Teenage Heaven." "Teenage Heaven" is another tune that will have you tapping your feet along to the beat; and the guitar work along with Eddie's wonderful singing makes this a fine track for this album.

"Twenty Flight Rock" really took Eddie Cochran places; this tune is an excellent example of terrific early rock and roll; Eddie bats this straight out of the ballpark with his incredible sense of timing and a voice that sounds very strong. Wowzer! "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is a fine tune I have heard elsewhere; but Eddie's rendition is certainly ranked very high in my book. "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is clearly a major highlight of this CD. "Three Steps To Heaven" is another ballad style song that Eddie croons to perfection--and I like those backup singers, too! "Three Steps To Heaven" has a good beat and it's quite catchy, too. The album then closes with Eddie Cochran performing "Cut Across Shorty." This'll leave you wanting more; Eddie does this all THAT well.

This album is great for people on a budget and people who just want a very few broad brush strokes of Eddie Cochran's artistry. Eddie's fans should skip this and head for much more substantial albums like the twenty track Eddie Cochran Singles Album or the CD entitled Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran. Diehard fans will want to consider the pricey but extensive eight CD box set entitled Somethin' Else! The Ultimate Collection.