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The Champs were propelled to stardom when they topped the US Pop, RnB and UK charts in the summer of 1958 with their debut single, the Latin-flavoured instrumental 'Tequila'. Spawning a plethora of covers, the song earned a Grammy Award in 1959 while the band - whose varying line-up reads like a who's who of early Californian rock music - went on to enjoy further hits into the early 1960s.This 2CD set comprises their first studio albums along with ... [MORE]
There have been many collections of these pre- Simon Garfunkel releases but this is the first chronological compilation to feature all of their commercially released singles between 1957 and 1961.
Includes tracks originally recorded as Tom Jerry, Jerry Landis, Artie Garr and Tico The Triumphs plus rare solo singles from both Art and Paul.
The music on this disc is a far cry from the music that Simon and Garfunkel produced over the last forty years ... [MORE]
This is the second release in our new series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the US. This collection features The Edsels from Ohio, The Eldorados from Chicago The Counts from Indianapolis, and The Turbans from Philadelphia. The set features the A and B sides of all The Counts early singles for the very first time on one CD in the UK. Plus all the hits and more you would expect from all of the groups including: 'Rama Lama Ding Dong', ... [MORE]
This is the first release in our series showcasing RnB vocal groups from different parts of the USA. This collection features The Willows, The Valentines and The Fiestas from New York and The Nutmegs from New Haven, Connecticut. It includes all the hits the four groups enjoyed including 'Church Bells May Ring' by The Willows, 'Lily Maebelle' and 'Woo Woo Train' by The Valentines, 'A Story Untold' and 'Ship of Love' by The Nutmegs and 'So Fine' and 'You ... [MORE]
The first ever CD collection featuring Jo Ann Greer, one of the most talented and distinctive vocalists of the 1950s, who toured with the Les Brown Orchestra for more than 30 years. 28 recordings, most on CD for the first time, including early singles with orchestral backing by: Dave Barbour Jerry Gray Dick Stabile and Ray Anthony, with whom she had the hits 'Wild Horses' and 'The Hokey Pokey', as well as 11 great tracks with Les Brown's Band of Renown ... [MORE]
Jasmine are pleased to issue this superb collection of 25 songs from The Cardinals who like many groups of the early RnB/doo wop era strangely never received the hits or following they deserved. Today they are considered one the greatest of the early doo-wop groups by fans and collectors alike. The set features the A and B sides of all their singles and includes their hits including 'Shouldn’t I Know', 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'The Door Is Still Open'.
Despite their comparative lack of chart hits, The Harptones are one of the most beloved doo wop groups of the ‘50s. This is by far the best collection ever of this superb group which includes hits and rarities with many of the tracks making their CD debut. The set features such classics as 'A Sunday Kind Of Love', 'Life Is but a Dream' and their biggest hit 'Why Should I Love You'.
Listening to the content of this 2CD set it is hard to believe that ... [MORE]
The Du Droppers were an early ‘50s RnB vocal group who were more influenced by blues and gospel than many groups of the time and are much revered by today’s collectors of early RnB. With 38 tracks this is the most comprehensive Du Droppers CD ever released and features their very rare EPs as well as all of their notable singles including their hits 'I Wanna Know' and 'I Found Out'.
This is a must for early RB fans and if you like The Dominoes, Clovers ... [MORE]
During the 1950s, Lonnie Donegan reigned as the undisputed 'King of Skiffle' and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of his era. This unique 58-track, 2CD collection contains all his singles, both As and B-sides issued between 1954-1961.
The set features 32 UK hits, including Lonnie’s four UK No. 1s Cumberland Gap, Gamblin’ Man, Putting On The Style and My Old Man’s A Dustman. Also included ... [MORE]
If you like The Ink Spots or The Mills Brothers you will not be able to resist the harmonies that this collection of 57 original tracks has to offer! Rocking recordings such as, 'Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night' are abundant throughout this set and later recordings feature the lead vocals of RnB diva Damita Jo before she went on to her solo career. Steve Gibson and The Red Caps were a top RnB group for decades and this wonderful 2CD set is a great ... [MORE]
Jasmine has done it again! A fantastic collection of 45 tracks recorded between 1954 and 1961 by one of the greatest doo wop groups, The Five Satins. Features the early singles as The Scarlets and their entire collection of chart hits as The Five Satins. Of course this includes, 'In the Still of the Night' which is regularly voted as the greatest doo wop song ever. Fully detailed liner notes cover their entire career. This is yet another superb addition ... [MORE]
Don Rondo was amongst the finest of ballad singers during the late '50s but somehow - with just a few exceptions - chart success eluded him, despite a succession of fine recordings. However we at Jasmine recognise a fine baritone voice when we hear one. Features his hits: 'Two Different Worlds', 'White Silver Sands' and 'There's Only You' plus another 25 tracks that include 'While We're Young', 'Dormi, Dormi, Dormi', 'City Lights' and 'My Foolish Heart'. ... [MORE]
The George Mitchell Minstrels presented traditional American minstrel fare from the turn of the century and the heyday of both American and British vaudeville. There was also an element of country music as well as the use of British Music Hall standards from the Edwardian era. Featured here are two original albums from the most popular British LP act of the pre-Beatles era whose Saturday night BBC TV show was the highest rated variety show of the '60s ... [MORE]
Whether you are 'the good, the bad or the ugly' The name Montenegro carries with it a measure of high esteem when it comes to exciting and imaginative music.
Here we feature two fantastic albums in 'Loves of My Life' and 'Ellington Fantasy'. The first album offers romantic and voluptuous versions of these tantalizing and most often tender tunes. The second offers the grandiose, sweeping strings and Hugo his talented musicians eloquently express their ... [MORE]
As the '50s moved into the '60s, Bert Kaempfert was one of the most successful conductors, arrangers and recording artists and through his great talent and ability he forged a distinctive sound of his own. Here we have four of his earliest albums: 'Wonderland by Night' (which kick started his career in the States and was No. 1 for 5 weeks) 'Dancing in Wonderland' 'The Wonderful World of Bert Kaempfert' and 'With a Sound in My Heart'.
We are fortunate ... [MORE]
When we issued the two disc set by Billy Vaughan entitled 'MELODY OF LOVE' - JASCD 503 in 2009 you were delighted and in return we were delighted. So much so that we've gone through the catalogue and found you another 61 tracks for your listening pleasure. Delve into several of Billy's successful chart albums and bring the cream of the crop to your ears - with tunes from 'GOLDEN HITS', 'GOLDEN SAXOPHONES', 'THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE' (this album topped ... [MORE]
Following on from the success of 'Building the Wall of Sound - JASCD 582' Jasmine are proud to continue charting the early career of rock's greatest producer, Phil Spector. 48 tracks across 2 CDs with early work by, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash, Gene Pitney and more! Don't miss the first releases on Phil Spector's own label by The Crystals and the first ever version of 'Twist and Shout'! Fully detailed liner notes continue to cover his entire history.See also ... [MORE]
After the success of our first Roy Hamilton CD, The Definitive '50s Singles Collection JASCD 558, we are pleased to present more of his recordings this time taking us up to 1961. 4 complete albums featuring gospel, RnB and classic American songbook numbers and includes rocking classics like 'Don't Let Go' and 'You Can Have Her'. Although Roy had a relatively short career he has made a lasting influence on future generations and his song 'Abide With Me' ... [MORE]
After the success of our previous Kingston Trio release, Leaders of the ‘60s Folk Revolution – JASCD566 comes, Close Up and Sold Out which features the next two chronological albums from 1960, Sold Out and String Along and continues on disc 2 with two of the three albums they released in 1961, “Goin’ Places” and “Close Up” all in wonderful stereo.
All these albums were US top 3 album chart hits with both Sold Out and ... [MORE]
Whoever it was who said pop music was dead before The Beatles must have been locked in a small, dark, soundproof cupboard. Here you have every No. 1 and most No. 2s from 1960 and 1961 in both the UK and USA.
This is a who's who of pop/rock prowess with tracks from Elvis Presley, Adam Faith, Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, and Helen Shapiro. The list goes on! If you like nostalgia and whether or not you are an aficionado of this wonderful era of music, this ... [MORE]
Frankie Avalon was an international teen idol who bridged the gap between Elvis and The Beatles. Features his first five albums: 'Frankie Avalon', 'The Young Frankie', 'Swingin' on a Rainbow', 'The Hit Makers' and 'Summer Scene' as they were originally recorded. This is the first time the albums have appeared on one CD set together and includes all his greatest hits, 'De De Dinah', 'Venus' and 'Why' [MORE]
Wanda Jackson's career began whilst she was still at high school and she quickly became one of America's most popular female rockers and one of first major female country and rockabilly singers. Featured here are her first four albums recorded between 1958 and 1961 including her two most famous rock and roll sets: 'Rockin' with Wanda' and 'There's A Party Goin' On'. With hits such as: 'Let's Have a Party', 'I Gotta Know' and 'Right or Wrong' you can see ... [MORE]
The Cleftones were one of the great doo wop groups of the '50s and early '60s. Features their two original albums and all their singles including: 'Little Girl of Mine', 'For Sentimental Reasons' and the group's biggest pop hit: 'Heart and Soul'. A Version of the group continues to perform today and is led by Herb Cox who is one of the original members. Fully detailed liner notes are included in the set and they cover the group's history, influence and ... [MORE]
The Chantels were the true pioneers of the girl group sound, not the first, but certainly the first to score notable hits and were a major influence over every girl group of the sixties. Here we focus on two classic albums, 'We are the Chantels' and 'There's Our Song Again' which include their biggest hit 'Maybe' as well as 'I Love You So' and 'Every Night (I Pray)'. Also included on this great CD are seven bonus tracks, two of which feature the great AR ... [MORE]
With lead guitarist Hank B. Marvin's twangy, melodious Stratocaster, The Shadows provided the template and inspiration for a thousand copycat groups worldwide and were the most influential and successful British instrumental group of all time. This compilation comprises everything they recorded between 1958 (when they were originally known as The Drifters) and the end of 1961, including an unfeasibly-rare South African EP.
Also includes a pre-Drifters ... [MORE]