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Various Artists - Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 1

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The granddaddy of '50s and '60s rock and pop collections, Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 1 made its way to CD in 1987, when the technology used to transfer music from vinyl to compact disc was still rough enough that the compilation's sound quality suffered. Especially when compared to collections of remastered original recordings, this album's versions of the Moonglows' "Sincerely" and the Penguins' "Earth Angel" are muffled and muddy. While Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 1's sound may suffer, its track listing still stands head and shoulders above many of the collections that were released in its wake. Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee," and Paul Anka's "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" are some of the classics featured here, but fans of relatively lesser-known doo wop will also find a lot to like in Don Julian & the Meadowlarks' "Heaven and Paradise" and the Medallions' "The Letter." Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk" and Etta James' "Dance With Me Henry" are two of the compilation's other highlights. A collection with better sound quality might be a better investment, but Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 1 still has enough good songs that it hasn't been rendered completely obsolete. ~ Heather Phares

1) Sincerely - The Moonglows (03:10)
2) Earth Angel - The Penguins (02:57)
3) Eddie, My Love - The Teen Queens (03:13)
4) Over the Mountain, Across the Sea - Johnnie & Joe (02:14)
5) Heaven and Paradise - Don Julian & the Meadowlarks (02:52)
6) The Letter - The Medallions (02:49)
7) The Way You Look Tonight - The Jaguars (02:23)
8) Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny (02:23)
9) Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka (02:39)
10) Confidential - Sonny Knight (02:34)
11) Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed (02:52)
12) Let the Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee (02:24)
13) That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly (02:17)
14) Maybellene - Chuck Berry (02:19)
15) Stranded in the Jungle - The Cadets (03:04)
16) Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price (02:23)
17) Dance With Me Henry - Etta James (02:46)

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