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Teenage Crush, Vol. 5

Teenage Crush, Vol. 5


Ace is a pretty hip reissue label, but the Teenage Crush must be one of the least hip reissue series going. No series can get up to five volumes, however, without getting at least some form of consumer support, so these extensive compilations of the fluffiest sort of rock music from the late 1950s and early '60s must be filling a need for somebody. And, hard as it might be to believe when listening to this fifth volume, all of these 28 tracks found some sort of national audience in their day, each one of them charting (albeit mostly lower than the Top 40). It's not all teen idol pap, but much of it is, to be blunt, and though there was a lot of great rock music made during this time, you'd certainly suspect otherwise if this was your intro to the era. There are actually a few fine performers here, most notably Dion (whose "Donna the Prima Donna" is a bona fide ear-burner in this company) and Dale Hawkins (whose "A House, A Car and a Wedding Ring," alas, is not). Also pretty respectable is Johnny Dee's (aka John D. Loudermilk's) original version of "Sittin' in the Balcony," though it's not as good as Eddie Cochran's higher-charting cover; there's Dean & Marc's quite decent Everly Brothers imitation "Tell Him No," though the original by Travis & Bob charted much higher; and a poppier Everly Brothers soundalike in "Love or Money" by the Blackwells. But most of the rest is pretty forgettable, innocuous whitebread pop/rock of the mildest shade, most of the songs failing to find a later home on oldies radio playlists, though a few (most notably Steve Lawrence's "Footsteps," Frankie Avalon's "Just Ask Your Heart," and Paul & Paula's "Young Lovers," both Top Ten singles) were pretty big hits. For serious pop scholars, a few interesting oddities are on board, particularly "The Search" by Dean Reed, the sole single to sneak into the Top 100 by a singer noted for having subsequently become a star in South America and Communist countries (though the song itself is eminently disposable). But on the whole, the CD could only be enthusiastically recommended to those collectors looking to collect every single from the era that made the national charts, regardless of quality. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667027120
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Track listings

  • 1. Push Push Austin Taylor
  • 2. Footsteps Steve Lawrence
  • 3. I Will Vic Dana
  • 4. Why Do I Love You So Johnny Tillotson
  • 5. Lullaby Of Love Frank Gari
  • 6. Ginnie Bell Paul Dino
  • 7. Young Lovers Paul & Paula
  • 8. Don't Wanna Think About Paula Dickey Lee
  • 9. Suddenly Nicky De Matteo
  • 10. Donna The Prima Donna Dion Di Mucci
  • 11. Crazy Eyes For You Bobby Hamilton
  • 12. Comin' Down With Love Mel Gadson
  • 13. Young And In Love Dick & Deedee
  • 14. Joanie Frankie Calen
  • 15. House, A Car And A Wedding Ring, A Dale Hawkins
  • 16. Summer's Comin' Kirby St Romain
  • 17. Sittin' In The Balcony Johnny Dee
  • 18. Tennessee Waltz Jerry Fuller
  • 19. Biology Danny Valentino
  • 20. Run, Run, Run Ronny Douglas
  • 21. Tell Him No Dean & Marc
  • 22. Search, The Dean Reed
  • 23. Just Ask Your Heart Frankie Avalon
  • 24. Look For A Star Deane Hawley
  • 25. I'm Happy Four Dates
  • 26. Summer Souvenirs Karl Hammel Jr.
  • 27. Forget Me Not The Kalin Twins
  • 28. Love Or Money The Blackwells
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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