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Teen Beat, Volume 1: 30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals
Teen Beat-30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals
Teen Beat, Volume 1: 30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
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All Artists: Teen Beat-30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals
Title: Teen Beat, Volume 1: 30 Great Rockin' Instrumentals
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ace Records UK
Release Date: 12/27/2004
Album Type: Import
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Swing Jazz, By Decade, 1950s, 1960s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 029667140621

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Instrumental Heaven
Maxwell Wiley | New York, New York | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an incredibly eclectic collection of instrumental hits (and non-hits) released between 1957 and 1964. If you're in the mood for guitar solos only, or surf music only, or organ music only, then you're out of luck here--it's all mixed together! And I can't stop listening to it! You want to hear the Champs do "Tequila?" OK, it comes right after the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and chorus doing "So Rare," which follows jazz-great Cozy Cole's awesome but really hard to find "Topsy Part II." This 30-cut essential CD finishes with a couple of Lonnie Mack tunes that prove he is one the R & B guitar masters of this or any era. If you like this CD, go ahead and get Volumes 2 through 4. All of them contain a really smart mix of familiar tunes and stuff you've never heard before."
C. Petterson | Omaha, NE USA | 05/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As this is written there are four teen beat compilations. If you love Rock and Roll MUSIC, not the phony rip off junk of today, but real music, then you must have these discs.Here are the foundation sounds of Rock and Roll that have endured for 45 years.From the hits to the obscure, there is a wealth of good sounds here. Each CD is PACKED to the limit with songs. A great bargain."
Simply THE Best R&R Golden Age Instrumental Series Ever
C. Petterson | 11/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When, during the early birth pains of R&R, Lenny Dee came out with Plantation Boogie featuring his big, driving organ sound (# 19 Billboard Pop Top 100 that spring), he was continuing a tried-and-true formula that went back to the big bands of the 1940s - the pure instrumental - designed either for your dancing pleasure, or to set a suitable mood for the evening. And themes on the boogie woogie, which dates back to 1928 and Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, were always popular.

The bands of Billy Vaughn, Don Costa, Frank Chacksfield, Percy Faith, Les Baxter, Nelson Riddle, Bert Kaempfert, Henry Mancini, Dick Jacobs and, yes, Lawrence Welk, would continue that tradition throughout the 1950s and well into the 1960s. But it was Bill Doggett who set the tone for the rock instrumental with his legendary Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 in 1956 [see Volume 5 in this series].

Quickly following his lead were the likes of Sul Austin, Bill Black, Paul Gayten, Bill Justis, Ernie Freeman, Lee Allen, Sandy Nelson, Duane Eddy & The Rebels, Lonnie Mack, Link Wray, The Ventures, Johnny & The Hurricanes, Cozy Cole, Dave "Baby" Cortez, The Fireballs, Santo & Johnny, Preston Epps, The Wailers, The Rock-A-Teens, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, Doc Bagby, The Fendermen, Noble "Thin Man" Watts, Bill Haley & His Comets,and many, many more, most of whom you will find somewhere in this fabulous 5-volume (so far) series from Ace of London.

With all due respect to the Vintage Instrumentals series from Stardust of Canada (a pretty good sequence of CD's itself), it still comes a distant second to these releases, not only from the point of view of the 30 tracks in each, but also the sound quality and the copious liner notes. As in their Golden Age Of American Rock & Roll series, Ace also sprinkles the insert with vintage photos, LP/EP/45 rpm/poster reproductions and, as usual with their products, a discography of the contents.

A quick scan of the contents will reveal, to collectors familiar with the era, that the majority are tunes that have appeared in countless other such compilations, but with Ace you can rest assured that these are all original hit renditions (where applicable that is, as not all were hits), and that no one has presented them in a better-quality release. The non-hits here (but still sought after by hard-core collectors of the R&R Instrumental) are at tracks 2, 12, 14, 16, 18, 28 and 29. Swanee River Hop (track 2) comes from the 1956 LP/EP Fats Domino Rock & Rollin', Twitchy (track 12) is by the same Rene Hall whose orchestra backed the great Sam Cooke on many of his hits, while Fast Freight was a 1958 Del-Fi release by Ritchie Valens using the pseudonym Arvee Allens.

I picked up this particular volume when it came out primarily to get quality copies of three extremely hard-to-find instrumentals (at that time) - Bulldog by The Fireballs (# 24 Hot 100 early 1960 on Top Rank 2026), The Clouds by The Spacemen (# 41 Billboard Pop Hot 100 late 1959 on Alton 254 and their only hit), and Rockin' Crickets by The Hot-Toddys Featuring Bill Pennell/The Rockin' Rebels (# 57 Hot 100 in spring 1959 on Shan-Todd 0056 and # 87 Hot 100 in spring 1963 on Swan 4140 - note the error in the group name in the listing above - Toddys not Teddys). The notes contain a fascinating story about this particular number.."