The running times for these CDs are CD1, 58.08; CD2, 58.19 & CD3, 65.06. The music covered comes from 1959 to 1962 and is a real feast. There are numerous favourites and nostalgic numbers and quite a few I have not heard before. Luckily for me I lived through the late 1950s and early 1960s taking an eager interest in the music scene and the weekly charts and new releases.
I do certainly recall Dick Dale's "Let's Go TrippIn' " (1961), that launched the surf music craze of the early 1960s CD2/16. I cannot ever forget "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk and do recall watching the weekly teatime serial for which the theme was used. Kenny Ball's "Midnight in Moscow" was a big hit and had a huge amount of air play for years. Al Caiola and his guitars bring back happy memories of watching Bonanza! in black & white and enjoying every minute. The Fentones did a nifty job on "The Breeze and I" and Arthur Lyman had the "Yellow Bird" flying high. Arthur Lyman was a great jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His group popularised a style of faux-Polynesian music during the 1950s and 1960s which later became known as exotica.
"Bongo, Bongo, Bongo" by Preston Epps reached number 78 on the Billboard 100 in 1960. Epps learned to play percussion instruments, including the bongos while he was in the US forces. His first single for Original Sound Records was "Bongo Rock" in 1959. The tune became a hit in the U.S reaching number 14 on the Billboard 100.
The Frantics or The Four Frantics were a rock n' roll group based in Seattle, Washington in the 1950s and 1960s and they had several songs on the Billboard 100.
The Ramrods were an instrumental pop group of the late 1950s and 1960s, who had a hit in 1961 with their version of the song "Ghost Riders in the Sky".
This 75 track set is a real treat for those of us who enjoy instrumentals and there is such a wide range of material included.
The attractive packaging includes cover images for Green Onions, Booker T & the MGs; Riders in the Sky, Zig Zag; Stranger on the Shore, Mr Acker Bilk & Rinky-Dink, Dave Cortez; The Stripper, David Rose; Telstar, The Tornados; Apache, The Shadows; Nut Rocker, B Bumble and the Stingers; Pepe, Duane Eddy; Yellow Bird, Lawrence Welk; The Mexican-Lover's Guiter-The Breeze and I-Just for Jerry, The Fentones & Dance On-All Day, The Shadows. The sleeve notes are by One Day Music regular Michael Heatley. (C. Fuller, Melody Maker)
trax disc 1:
1. F.B.I. - The Shadows 2. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's 3. Let There Be Drums - Sandy Nelson 4. Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk 5. Stick Shift - The Duals 6. Rinky Dink - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez 7. Quite A Party - The Fireballs 8. Back Beat No.1 - The Rondels 9. Teen Scene - The Hunters 10. On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer 11. The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 12. Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures 13. Midnight In Moscow - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen 14. Gonzo - James Booker 15. Asia Minor - Kokomo 16. Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith 17. Teensville - Chet Atkins 18. Beach Party - The Fendermen 19. Image (Part 1) - Hank Levine & Orchestra 20. Beatnick Sticks - Paul Revere & The Raiders 21. Down Yonder - Johnny & The Hurricanes 22. Raunchy - Ernie Fields & His Orchestra 23. Bongo, Bongo, Bongo - Preston Epps 24. Bonanza! - Al Caiola 25. Wheels - The String-A-Longs
trax disc 2:
1. Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & The Stingers 2. Telstar - The Tornados 3. March Of The Siamese Children - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen 4. Apache - The Shadows 5. The Stripper - David Rose & His Orchestra 6. Perfidia - The Ventures 7. Too Much Tequila - The Champs 8. Loch Lomond Rock - The Ramrods 9. Surfer's Stomp - The Mar-Kets 10. The Storm - The Hunters 11. Spanish Harlem - Santo & Johnny 12. Shazam - Duane Eddy 13. The Breeze And I - The Fentones 14. Anna - Jorgen Ingmann 15. And Then There Were Drums - Sandy Nelson 16. Let's Go Trippin' - Dick Dale 17. My Girl Josephine - Bill Black's Combo 18. Flying Circle - Frank Slay 19. Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra 20. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman 21. Foot-Patter - The Fireballs 22. Last Night - The Mar-Keys 23. Rockin' Goose - Johnny & The Hurricanes 24. Desafinado - Charlie Byrd & Stan Getz 25. Last Date - Floyd Cramer
trax disc 3:
1. Ghost Riders In The Sky - The Ramrods 2. Pepe - Duane Eddy 3. Let's Go - The Routers 4. You Can't Sit Down (Part 1) - Phil Upchurch 5. Dance On - The Shadows 6. Panic Button - The Champs 7. Summertime - Santo & Johnny 8. The Mexican - The Fentones 9. Drummin' Up A Storm - Sandy Nelson 10. Alley Cat - Bent Fabric 11. High Voltage - Johnny & The Hurricanes 12. Golden Ear-rings - The Hunters 13. Afrikaan Beat - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra 14. Love And Fury - The Tornados 15. Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & The Stingers 16. Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith 17. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk 18. Shimmy, Shimmy Walk (Part 1) - The Megatons 19. Blue Moon - The Ventures 20. The Magnificent Seven - Al Caiola 21. Night Train - The Viscounts 22. Man Of Mystery - Chet Atkins 23. Werewolf - The Frantics 24. Don't Be Cruel - Bill Black's Combo 25. Take Five - Dave Brubeck