Saturday, April 28, 2012
Eight Big Hits--Rock 'n Roll, Vol. II
The budget "covers" keep on a-coming at MY(P)WHAE. This is a new, hopefully better, rip of a ten-inch LP I featured in 2010. The image is certainly better--I spent an hour or so retouching it, since the artwork is just too cool to leave unrestored. Though this has all the look of a Parade label LP, the culprits are Promenade, which the back cover tells us was located in... noplace. Must have been, since the back cover's blank.
And you're nowhere if you don't dig these crazy covers, each one certain to have you "Rock! Rock! Roll! Roll!"--ing till Tony Collins and the Vocal Stars of Radio and Television tell you that you can stop. I do admire the way the cheapo labels were willing to hire outspoken artists ("Vocal Stars of..."), though I'd hate to think that speaking one's mind in those days meant being shunned by the majors.
I tried brightening the fidelity at one point, but all that did was emphasize the hiss, so I kept the EQ neutral. I'd give the result a B-, overall. By the way, the Bill Haley cover, R-O-C-K, is the same version that appeared on Rite Records' Gateway label, credited to the Four Jacks. (Which reminds me--our last post's Parade recording of Dim, Dim the Lights, another Haley hit, also showed up on Gateway, credited to Bob Le Mont.) Only in the world of budget labels could "The Four Jacks" become the "Vocal Stars of Radio and Television" (and vice versa), with neither a press announcement nor a resulting lawsuit.
Eight Big Rock 'n Roll Hits
Long Tall Sally
Eddie My Love
The Magic Touch
I'll Be Home
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
(Tony Collins and His Orch., featuring Vocal Stars of Radio and Television (Promenade 6017; 1956?)