Thursday, April 12, 2018
Teen-age Favorites (a.k.a. Teenage All-Time Favorites) (Broadway 1038)
The couple (above) looks like it's being tortured. In the Hall of Bad Poses, this jacket cover probably has its own special room.
Now, when you see an album cover this banged up (I cloned out some of the worst of it, save for the pose itself), you can only assume the disc is toast, but in fact it's a solid average. So I got good sound out of all nine (yes, nine) of the tracks. Oh, and in typical zero-budget label fashion, the jacket title listings are out of sync with the actual order, and the label sports a different title than the front (Teenage All-Time Favorites). Yup, everything checks out.
Despite the 1958-style art, this collection of sound-alike hits dates from 1963! And what a group of 1963 "Teen-age Favorites" (keeping in mind these are all "fake" versions)--the 1954 Kay Starr hit, Rock and Roll Waltz; the 1957 Jim Reeves hit Four Walls; Sal Mineo's Start Movin' (In My Direction), same year; two Fats Domino numbers (Be My Guest, My Girl Josephine--1959 and 1960); and the then-current Sam Cooke classic, Another Saturday Night. I guess none of the teens surveyed by the Broadway label were into the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, Stevie Wonder, or Bobby Vinton.
Anyway, this very strange worth-it-for-the-cover-pose-alone album is actually pretty fun listening. Find out for yourself. You'll thank me (or not).
Click here to hear: Teen-age Favorites
TEEN-AGE FAVORITES--Vocals & Orch. by Popular Radio & TV Artists (Broadway 1038)
Another Saturday Night
Rock & Roll Waltz
My Girl Josephine
My Heart Is an Open Book
She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)
Be My Guest
Start Movin' (In My Direction)