50’s & 60’s Retro
When asked to comment on Elvis Presley's death, in 1977, John Lennon famously said that as far as he was concerned Elvis had died when he went into the army, in 1958. Whilst all Presley fans have their own favourite 'Elvis period', there can be no real doubt that he was at his absolute peak in the 50s, when he first came to power as 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll'.This special compilation features all of Elvis's 1950s releases, from his Sun debut 'That's All ... [MORE]
Although only 21 years of age when he died (in a car smash in April 1960), Eddie Cochran was one of the most important artists of the RnR era - most notably as an inventive, influential guitarist. Like Buddy Holly, who died a year earlier, Eddie was one of the first Rock and Rollers to experiment in the studio with overdubbing techniques, and he was also active as a writer, producer, arranger and session musician. Also like Holly, Cochran wrote many of ... [MORE]
Rock n Roll's quintessential live performer, the controversial Jerry Lee Lewis was arguably Sun Records' chief Sam Phillips's most talented/import discovery after Elvis. This special compilation presents the very best of 'The Killer's' recordings for Sun, between 1956-59 including all his early singles, his first LP, and a plethora of collectors' rarities. Moreover this unique set showcases his vast range and versatility covering RR, RB, Blues, Country, ... [MORE]
With their soaring, Appalachian harmonies and chunky, jumbo acoustic rhythm guitars, The Everly Brothers brought an entirely new sound to Rock'n'Roll, occupying an area where C'n'W, Bluegrass, R'n'B and R'n'R met on equal terms. This unique compilation rounds up four sides which Don and Phil recorded for US Columbia in November '55, plus everything that they recorded for Cadence between 1957-59, alongside some twenty or so fascinating demos from this same ... [MORE]
THE SINGLES - As and Bs
For the first time on one 2-CD set both sides of all of Little Richard's important single releases recorded between 1956 and 1957. Includes several of Rock Roll's most iconic recordings and undeniable classics such as 'Tutti Frutti', 'Long Tall Sally', 'Lucille' and many more. This is the perfect presentation for one of Rock and Roll's greatest artists and his greatest hits. With detailed sleeve notes incorporating all his ... [MORE]
The many talents of Della Reese has meant she has enjoyed a long and successful career as top drawer performer of Jazz, Blues, R and B, Gospel and stylish pop music. Here the spotlight is on her two complete albums and a collection of her singles from Jubilee records including the classic hit 'And That Reminds Me'. This is a great introduction to the work of Della Reese and shows exactly why she was to considered one of the foremost interpreters of the ... [MORE]
A veritable feast of Nat 'King' Cole tracks await you on this 2 CD collection, and a feast indeed it is, for every single one of these 55 tracks made the Top 30 in either the U.S.A. or Britain during the Fifties. The hits include: 'Mona Lisa', 'Orange Coloured Sky', 'Too Young', 'Pretend' and so many more it would take too long to list them all! It seems Nat 'King' Cole will never go out of fashion and since his death his music has frequently graced the ... [MORE]
What more can really be said of 'The Man in Black?' The distinctive, basic sound of his deep baritone voice, stark, percussive guitar transcended any one genre and created his own sub-genre between the blunt honesty of folk, the rebellion of rock roll, and the weariness of country. Includes the classic hits 'I Walk The Line', 'Ballad of a Teenage Queen' and 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town'. Johnny Cash is simply an institution in music history and is ... [MORE]
Ralph Marterie was one of the last big band leaders to have repeated commercial success in the face of the rock and roll revolution of the '50s. Includes many standards and well known songs like the swinging 'Bumble Boogie', the RB themed 'Tricky' and the Top Ten 'Pretend', 'Caravan', 'Skokiaan' and the twangy surf guitar lines 'Shish Kebab'. There has always been a market for music that aspires to do nothing more than entertain and this fantabulous CD ... [MORE]
What is there to say about Frank Sinatra that hasn't already been said? Very little one would say, but what we can tell you is we think that this two CD collection contains the cream of the crop from the singles that Sinatra released in just a little over 6 years - 6 years when he was considered by many to be at his peak. With standout hits such as 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'Learnin' the Blues' and 'Love and Marriage' plus many well known standards. ... [MORE]
The multifaceted Frank Devol was a brilliant arranger-conductor, composer, singer and actor who had many albums in the 1950s that sold in their millions. Some of the greatest hits of the '50s are included: 'Stranger in Paradise', 'Around the World', 'Moments to Remember', 'On the Street Where You Live', 'The 'Third Man' Theme', 'You Belong to Me', 'Chances Are', 'The Yellow Rose of Texas', 'An Affair to Remember' and many more! He arranged and conducted ... [MORE]
LaVern Baker was one of the true divas of the mid '50s rock and roll circuit, with her statuesque figure and charismatic persona plus her brashly seductive vocal delivery made LaVern a true star. This wonderful 2CD set includes all of her singles from 1953 to 1959 and features the classic hits 'Jim Dandy', 'Tweedle Dee' and 'I Cried A Tear' along with many other memorable numbers. Her unique vocals were a major influence over the next generation of Soul ... [MORE]
Jaye P. Morgan was an actress, comedienne and one of the hottest singers of the 1950s who became a household name with her husky vocal style. This is the first set to include all of her major hit records and great album together in one package. Hits include: 'That's All I Want From You', 'The Longest Walk', 'If You Don't Want My Love', 'Danger, Heartbreak Ahead', 'Softly, Softly', and 'Pepper Hot Baby'. In addition are classic duets with Eddy Arnold and ... [MORE]
Most Elvis Presley fans firmly believe that he made his best movies before going into the army in 1958. This compilation presents the soundtracks to those four memorable films, Love Me Tender, Loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole. Love Me Tender and Jailhouse Rock were Eps, Loving You and King Creole were full soundtracks LPs, and all four were certified multi platinum sellers. Features the million selling singles 'Love Me Tender', 'Teddy Bear'. ... [MORE]
Few child stars make the transition to even mild teenage success, much less do they go on to enjoy careers as adults. Yet Brenda Lee - aka 'Little Miss Dynamite' was the exception, building on her childhood fame to become one of the worlds most popular singers. This special compilation deals with her earliest work, anthologising everything that Brenda recorded between 1956-58, including her early hits 'Jambalaya', 'One Step At A Time', 'Lets Jump The ... [MORE]
Arguably the most influential Rock 'n' Roller of all time, Buddy Holly was RR's first casualty, dying in a plane crash in January 1959 when he was just 22 years of age, still very much at the peak of his popularity and creativity. These sixty six historic sides are among the most important and influential in the history of R and R, tracing Buddy's progress from his earliest Rockabilly styled demos, in June 1955, to a memorable session in New York, in June ... [MORE]
Alongside Brenda Lee, Connie Francis was the most popular female singer of the R 'n'B era, and like Brenda she was a child prodigy made good. This special 2CD set presents a comprehensive overview of Connie's early career, all these sides being recorded between 1955 - 1958. Disc one features the ten discs she cut before her commercial breakthrough, including 'The Majesty Of Love', a duet with Marvin Rainwater which would eventually go on to sell a million ... [MORE]
Young, cute and almost unfeasibly handsome, 16 year old Rick Nelson was already a TV star via his Mom and Pop's weekly family sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie Harriet, so when he announced he was cutting his first record he could hardly fail. Ricky duly unleashed a run of million selling singles and albums, and during the late '50s he was second in popularity only to Elvis. This compilation covers his 1957/58 recordings, and features fifteen major hits ... [MORE]
The Iconic Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE, is probably the most famous female singer to have emerged from the UK. This unique 2-CD set anthologises her earliest recordings for the UK Philips label between 1956 - 58 and features her first UK No. 1 'As I Love You'. Other hits included are 'The Banana Boat Song', 'Fire Down Below', 'You, You Romeo' and 'Kiss Me, Honey Honey Kiss Me'. Also available here are a pair of real collectors rarities, via her controversial ... [MORE]
2009 is the 50th anniversary of the formation of the worlds most recognisable record label - Motown - and all through the year reissue CDs, major print articles and TV specials have celebrated the music of Berry Gordy.
This compilation is the first ever attempt to gather together examples of Gordy's song writing and production skills in the late 1950s prior to the formation of his legendary label.
This unique collection brings together many of the ... [MORE]
David Carroll was also a top arranger for such noted artists as Patti Page, Rusty Draper, Sarah Vaughan, The Crew Cuts, The Gaylords. Here we focus on his own material, and this is the first David Carroll collection to include all of his hit singles as well as dozens of tracks from his best-selling albums. Hit records include, 'Fascination', 'Buck Dance', 'Melody Of Love', 'In A Little Spanish Town', 'My Christmas Carol', 'Fancy Pants', 'Gadabout', ... [MORE]
For the first time on one 2CD set both sides of all The Drifters single releases between 1953 and 1958 and includes seminal recordings from two of the groups most important lead singers, Clyde McPhatter and Johnny Moore.
Features such influential and much covered original hits as 'Such A Night', 'Money Honey', 'Ruby Baby' and their definitive R 'n' B version of 'White Christmas'. Plus bonus tracks including the groups harmony back-up vocals on two ... [MORE]
The Big 18 was a studio-only big band assembled by musical director Fred Reynolds in 1958 with the idea to showcase some of the star sidemen from the big band era. With expert arrangements and solos written by Charles Shirley, and the incredible personnel line up featuring Buck Clayton, Billy Butterfield, Lou McGarity and many more! 18 tracks in stereo covering both albums 'Live Echoes of the Swinging Bands' and 'More Live Echoes of the Swinging Bands', ... [MORE]
A Collection of Female Vocalists of the '50s Highlighting the Rarities 'Girls Allowed' is a truly unique collection of rare recordings by some of the most popular American singers of the '50s era appearing on CD for the first time. Including tracks by Patti Page, Margaret Whiting, Andrew Sisters, Gisele MacKenzie and Gale Storm. Also featured are singers that until now have largely been ignored such as April Stevens, Betty Clooney, Jane Turzy, Vicki ... [MORE]
SIX-FIVE SPECIAL and JACK GOODS 'OH BOY!'
Towards the end of the 1950s when television and rock and roll were in their infancy the BBC launched what was to be it's first attempt at a rock and roll programme. It was noisy. It was brash. It was chaotic. The high brow press hated it but the young people took it to their hearts. Six-Five Special was born! Almost a year later 'Oh Boy!' was launched on ITV by the same producer who created Six-Five ... [MORE]