In other words, Broadway originally issued its own version of Country Boy, one unique to its label, at which time Gilmar did its own issue of the same track, but, by the time of this LP (1963), Broadway decided for some reason to use the Prom (Synthetic Plastics Co.) version. Instead of its own original version. The, uh... Er, I.... Um.... Yeah.
Why do I collect these things, exactly? I forgot.
One cheap detail I really love on this LP is how the letting doesn't align on Side 2. Note how "Juke Box Classics" was printed slightly a few degrees to the right of the track titles. Teresa Brewer is covered again with Jilted, a 1954 hit I'd never heard of before. Now I can no longer say that--at least, not honestly. And I kind of like this fake better--Brewer's voice was never my favorite. The 1955 I Hear You Knocking is the same counterfeit version that showed up on Allegro-Royale, which makes for another weird label group crossover. Great fake, but what is it doing here? Funny how my ears immediately picked up where I'd heard it before. Handy talent, but a bit odd. My inability to remember significant details is only matched by my ability to remember which fake version is which. Meanwhile, my foster father, a mathematician, forgot practical things all the time but auto-remembered Broadway lyrics.
I did miracle photo work on the front jacket, removing the signs of the sloppy Scotch taping and the missing piece at the upper top right. And there was an "R7" written in red felt tip just over the guy's head--it is no more. It made for a weird effect, because the girl seemed to be looking up at it, as if to say, "Look, someone's written on this jacket." And dig the huge straws in those soda shop glasses.
The final bonus is the Prom version of Poor Little Fool, credited to one Bob Mitchell. Makes more sense that crediting it to two or more, I suppose. The Don Raleigh Stagger Lee is the same as the Prom label version, only pitched up by about a quarter tone. That, or Prom pitched it down. You'd think tape recorder capstan size would have been standard in those days, but perhaps not.
The Loren Becker Blue Monday on Waldorf is outstanding--way better than I expected. Waldorf gets an unfair rap--or, I should say, Enoch Light gets one. The idea is that Waldorf never quite got the hang of covering rock and roll hits, but that was true only at first. Many of its earliest attempts at rock and roll are odd big band-r&r hybrids, but before long Waldorf was putting out some of the best r&r fakes on the market. And its pressings were way better than SPC's.
Nine tracks, plus six extras. Soon to appear at Amazon....
DOWNLOAD: Juke Box Classics (Broadway 1037; prob. 1963)
Never Be Anyone Else but You
Poor Little Fool
I Hear You Knocking (At My Front Door)
Juke Box Classics--Vocals and Orch. by Popular Radio and TV Artists (Broadway 1037)
Blue Monday--Big Boy Burns (EP 4 Hits 345--EP Records; 45 rpm)
Blue Monday--Loren Becker w. Enoch Light and His Orch. (8 Top Hits--Waldorf Music-Hall, 78 rpm EP)
Country Boy--No artist credit (Gilmar 243--45 rpm EP)
Stagger Lee--Charles Ellis (Big Buy 4 Hit Tunes 244--45 rpm EP)
Stagger Lee--Don Raleigh and His Orch., v: Jimmy Perry (8 Top Hits--Plymouth P-724; LP)
Poor Little Fool--Bob Mitchell (Promenade A-54-1--45 rpm EP)