Like I Do - Great British Record Labels: Oriol Like I Do - Great British Record Labels: Oriol : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Oriole Records' somewhat convoluted history began in the mid 1920s, which actually makes them one of the UK's earliest record labels, although they had periods of inactivity during the 30s and 40s. They were entirely unrelated to the American Oriole label. The Oriole imprint was resurrected again in 1950, initially with a se­ies of UK and European Jazz 78s, which were soon augmented by licensed-in recordings from the American Mercury label. The same year they opened their own state-of-the-art pressing plant and warehouse in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, and they soon began to get 'overspill' pressing work from the bigger, established British record companies. Meanwhile, their deal with Mercury provided success with releases by artists like Frankie Laine, Patti Page, Georgia Gibbs, Vic Damone and Billy Daniels, and by the mid 50s Oriole were actively recording home-grown artists in search of their own hits.
Part Code:  RHGB36
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Lip Gloss, Eyeliner & Hairspray ~ Early Brit Girls Vol.3 Lip Gloss, Eyeliner & Hairspray ~ Early Brit Girls Vol.3 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
This compilation chronicles the rise of UK gals from the R&R era to the early 60s, heralding the newly emergent Brit Girl sound at the dawn of the Beat era. As we have learned, although the 60s 'dolly bird' was still a couple of years away, shortly after the turn of that decade a whole 'new look' Brit Girl had begun to emerge... a slim, wide-eyed young gamine, pretty much the polar opposite of the fiercely glam, severely painted, carefully-coiffed songstress who'd graced the UK's hit parades of the 50s.
Part Code:  RHGB33
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Lost & Forgotten Jukebox, Tranny & Turntable Hits - 60-Odd Neglected EP/LP Track Lost & Forgotten Jukebox, Tranny & Turntable Hits - 60-Odd Neglected EP/LP Track : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Despite what many would have us believe, not every 'hit record' is listed in the dreaded Guinness Book Of Hit Singles. Let's face it, quite apart from the fact that the 'official' early 60s charts have long since been exposed as deeply flawed, it should be remembered that not every track which became popular was issued as an A-side. Back in the day, many EPs sold in copious amounts (as is well documented, several sold in sufficient quantities to be included in the NME, Melody Maker and Disc singles' chart listings - but not Record Retailer's, hence they're not perceived as having been hits), whilst any number of LP tracks received significant radio airplay. Ditto some truly memorable B-sides, many of which were also massive jukebox hits, some even making the lower reaches of various hit parades (although again, often not Record Retailer's) under their own steam.
Part Code:  RHGB32
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Mr. Parnes Shilling And Pence Presents His Stable Of Stars Mr. Parnes Shilling And Pence Presents His Stable Of Stars : VARIOUS ARTISTS : CD
Laurence Maurice Parnes was perhaps the classic case of a man being in precisely the right place at the right time. Rock'n'Roll was very much in its infancy in the UK and he had no real competition, therefore there were no 'rules' for him to break. He subsequently became the most powerful man in UK Pop, active as a manager, agent, impresario and music publisher
Part Code:  RHGB22
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  CD


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Our Favourite Melodies - Great British Record Labels: Embassy Our Favourite Melodies - Great British Record Labels: Embassy : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
The eternally uncool, unloved Embassy Records was one of the most successful and profitable UK record labels of the 50s & 60s, yet you won't find any of their best sellers listed in the Official Charts book, and you never heard them on the wireless, either. Nor, generally, will you see many Embassy 78s or 45s featuring on your average collector's "Wants List" - indeed, until relatively recently, you rarely even saw a box of Embassy singles at a Record Fair. Of course, the reason for their non-appearance in the various UK hit parades was simple; Woolworths were never a Chart Return shop! But the hard fact remains that most Embassy releases sold in their tens - some, in their hundreds - of thousands, and many outsold the actual UK hit versions. Ironically they've now, belatedly, started to become 'collectable'. Launched in Nov. 1954, after Jacques and Morris Levy, owners of Oriole Records, fought off a rival bid from Planet Records to record and manufacture versions of current songs, to be sold exclusively through Woolworths' stores. The concept was perfect; two proven contemporary hits, back-to-back, at budget price. At that time there were around 600 branches of Woolworths in the UK (this would rise to more than 1,000 by the late 50s), and the start-up plan was that each store would take a minimum of 200 copies of each release, of which there were usually around half-a-dozen per month. Initially, the discs were 10" 78 rpm singles; the earliest Embassy 45s started appearing in 1958, by which time first pressing runs had risen to 20,000 units. This was, of course, an excellent business venture for the Levy's, who earned handsomely from each leg of the process, as in addition to owning a state-of-the-art recording studio, they also had their own pressing plant, manufacturing, distribution and storage facilities (NB: for the history of Oriole Records, check out RHGB36). To make the deal even sweeter, Woolworths were only allowed the UK rights to these recordings; consequently, Oriole licensed many of these sides out internationally - to record companies in Australia, Holland, Belgium, France, West Germany, Scandinavia, USA, Spain, South America, etc - where they enjoyed some surprising successes.

Available November 2016
Part Code:  RHGB50
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Samwell, Goddard, Worth, Lennon, McCartney & More - Great British Songwriters Samwell, Goddard, Worth, Lennon, McCartney & More - Great British Songwriters : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
British songwriters only really started to come into their own during the latter half of the 1950s, commensurate with the arrival of Rock & Roll and the gradual development of a genuine home-grown scene (i.e. as opposed to the 'manufactured' version which the music/record industry had earlier tried to foist upon us).' Prior to that, British songwriting had been an almost entirely Tin Pan Alley-driven affair and very few of the genre's established writers would overlap into the R&R/Teen Idol/Pop era with any noticeable - or sustained - commercial success. Indeed, before Tommy Steele's arrival in the Autumn of 1956 with the 'Rock With The Caveman' (a song he'd co-written with Lionel Bart and Mike Pratt), most English R&R/Pop records were traditionally covers of American hits, whilst many of the era's established 'popular singers' had come from the various Dance bands and were only really comfortable with MOR and/or novelty material.' But the Skiffle boom, which had erupted earlier in the year, had moved the goalposts somewhat and served to pave the way for change.
Part Code:  RHGB28
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Shakin' All Over - Great British Record Labels - HMV Shakin' All Over - Great British Record Labels - HMV : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
'His Masters Voice regularly known as plain HMV is one of the oldest names in recorded sound, while its'Nipper' logo remains, unquestionably, the most iconic image in the history of the record industry. The label is, of course indelibly linked to Electrical & Music Industries Ltd (aka EMI), of which it was a founder member in 1931. However HMV's own roots go back considerably further, to 1897, and The Gramophone Compa(TM)ny. One of the first recording companies to operate in the UK, it was founded by William Barry Owen and Trevor Williams as the UK wing of the United States Gramophone Company.'
Part Code:  RHGB40
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Tab Collars, Slim Jim Ties, Drainpipes & Winklepickers - Very Best Of British Tab Collars, Slim Jim Ties, Drainpipes & Winklepickers - Very Best Of British : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Rock & Roll got off to a fairly slow, low-key start in the UK, and it peaked late; indeed, it would take a couple of years before we got the collective bit between our teeth, the first genuine classic British R&R record (Cliff's 'Move It', of course) not being recorded until the Summer of 1958. This compilation attempts the (near-impossible) task of presenting the Very Best of early UK R&R, and includes the handful of benchmark sides which stacked up comfortably against their American counterparts.
Part Code:  RHGB27
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory.co.uk
Format:  2CD


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Teenager In Love - Great British Record Labels: Philips Teenager In Love - Great British Record Labels: Philips : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
Launched under the proud slogan "The Records Of The Century", their first UK releases appeared in January 1953, via a series of Popular 78rpm singles, with 331/3rpm LPs following in July '54 and 45rpm EPs a year later. Surprisingly, perhaps, Philips would be the last major label to issue 45rpm singles in the UK, in January '58 - although by this stage they'd been releasing them in mainland Europe for several years. The ace up their sleeve, which had been announced in 1951, was that Philips would be taking over the European licensing for US Columbia, whose relationship with their long-time UK affiliate had deteriorated beyond salvation plus EMI UK's reluctance to embrace the new vinyl microgroove LP technology). This effectively served to put Philips in a no-lose situation; they were more or less guaranteed hit records, even if their home-grown releases didn't quite measure up. Two former EMI men, Norman Newell and Len Smith, had been charged with overseeing Philips' UK launch and signing artists.
Part Code:  RHGB45
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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Tell Laura I Love Her - Great British Record Labels: Columbia Tell Laura I Love Her - Great British Record Labels: Columbia : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
An extraordinary slice of good fortune put Columbia in pole position to cash in on Rock & Roll, and they duly registered with the UK's first home-made R&R chart record, Tony Crombie & The Rockets' 'Teach You To Rock', a few months later. Louis Jordan acolyte Ray Ellington was nowhere near as lucky with his cover of the Cadets/Jayhawks US hit 'Stranded In The Jungle', which was issued the very same week. But Columbia nonetheless got stuck into nascent R&R with gusto, gunning out releases by a vast array of unknowns, including Welshman Billy Sproud, South London rockabilly Terry Wayne, Larry 'The Teenage Rage' Page (later, of course, a hugely successful manager/producer/songwriter), dusky Oh Boy! favourite Bill Forbes, and 'The Sheik Of Shake', Dickie Pride, a Larry Parnes' discovery who was sadly destined to become an early R&R casualty. But of course, the most important home-grown Rock & Roller was Cliff Richard, the eternal bachelor boy whose successes - along with those of his mighty backing group, The Shadows (the former Drifters, whose Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welch had first recorded with The Five Chesternuts) - lifted Columbia's status significantly in the EMI firmament.
Part Code:  RHGB37
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  ROCK HISTORY
Format:  2CD


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Telstars, Mexicans, Manhunts & Wonderful Lands - UK Instro Scene Vol. 2 Telstars, Mexicans, Manhunts & Wonderful Lands - UK Instro Scene Vol. 2 : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
This second set of predominantly twangy and/or keyboards-driven toons concentrates largely on 1962, with just a couple of hands full of goodies left over from 1960/61 which were omitted from Vol.1 due to lack of space. Ultimately, there are far too many artists included here to discuss them all. The Dave Clark Five, Tony Hatch and Barry Gray would go on to become major players in the 60s, while conversely, groups like The Barons, The Phantoms, The Echoes, The Jesters and The Dukes were sadly all destined to languish in obscurity, their legacies restricted to just one or two great tracks. AVAILABLE NOW
Part Code:  RHGB30
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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That'll Be The Day - Five Dozen Dodgy British Cover Versions That'll Be The Day - Five Dozen Dodgy British Cover Versions : VARIOUS ARTISTS : 2CD
When deejay Kenny Everett started playing random dodgy oldies on Capital Radio back in 1977, in search of 'The worst record ever made', he struck a nerve. Every week he'd get a sack of mail from listeners, nominating increasingly bigger stinkers, and the whole shebang quickly mushroomed, taking on a life of its own. The sheer enthusiasm and unsuppressed, manic glee with which Everett pursued his task made for radio gold, and he duly played us some magnificently dire stuff. Eventually, one of the specialist reissue companies, K-Tel, got in on the act and collaborated with Kenny to compile the World's Worst Record Show album, which presented twenty of the biggest clinkers. Pressed up on special yuk-green vinyl, it sold in its truckloads, and even made the UK LP charts.

In among all the Death Discs and other sundry novelty items were some truly gruesome British cover versions of American hits - indeed, it famously featured three of Jess Conrad's, most notably the dreaded 'This Pullover', which gave Jess's then-moribund career (already some fifteen years past its sell-by date) the boost it needed to carry him into the 21st Century! Moreover, for myself and many of my like-minded mates, these were the hidden gems we'd been seeking out for years!
Part Code:  RHGB42
Artist:  VARIOUS ARTISTS
Label:  RockHistory
Format:  2CD


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