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Ace Records Sampler Volume 2 : Rock 'n' Roll & Doo Wop (MP3), MP3 (£7.99)
Doo wop / rock'n'roll is a real rollercoaster of a ride and baby this is rock'n'roll, but not necessarily as you know it. It is almost over before it starts with some advice for Dale Wright on the pitfalls of a showbiz career but, undeterred, the next 19 artists had it in them so it just had to come out. The Cadets, the Teen Queens, Curley Jim / Billey Rocks, Etta James, Joe Houston and Paul Peek are all rockin' in one dimension or another. Meanwhile Candy Rivers is doing the Mambo with her Falcons you have to have a mambo in there somewhere. There is some pretty intense stuff here, from Danny Boy's almost psychotic plea (in his best Elvis) for his baby to stay, through to Marvin Phillips and friend telling it like it is in a Bo Diddley style (dig that frantic guitar with matching vocal" break). Instrumentals are handled by the Jive-A-Tones in their best laid-back-in-the-Cramps-groove style and the incomparable Link Wray, the only man to appear on two compilations here. There is a moment's respite from all this wild man stuff with the Shields heartfelt plea Aw shucks You Cheated. But no cheating here this is all bona fide rockin' and doo woppin'. "