Here we have another vinyl box set, this one contains 4 records. As I have said before, box sets can be fun. This one is a little less than that, but not terrible in a sense. The label states it is Columbia Special Products and produced in association with Roulette records, which explains the sound quality. So I don’t see what is so special. Yes, sadly this set has some issues.
There is little to no info on this box set, not even a date, but I imagine it came out at least in the early 70s.
While I give it a 5 for music only because of the variety or abundance, the sound quality is lacking. It does sound like the provenance is the original tapes, but it also sounds like it was a raw transfer, which is typical of Roulette records. I have yet to hear a decent sounding record from that label. (See, even back in the hey day of vinyl, we had some bad pressing plants). Along with the sound issue, a number of the songs are severely edited to the point of being abruptly cut off. (I often wonder who it was that thought that was ok).
At any rate,it is still kind of a fun collection in the fact that there are a few one hit wonders scattered through it and some versions of songs one may not have ever heard before.
Some of the highlights include one hit wonders such as “Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop” by Little Anthony, which is hard to find now days, so in a sense I’m glad I have it in this collection (now if I could just get it out of my head….geez). Another wonder on here is “Ya Ya” by Lee Dorsey. Of course you must have “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham to name a few. Some of the unexpected versions include “Mocking Bird” by Inez Foxx, this is a strange version that is hard to describe. The version of “Hang On Sloopy” is also not what one expects. It is by the original artist, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, but it’s an instrumental and sounds like it was recorded at a party. It’s not bad, just different.
Sorry I can’t list all the songs as it would take all day to type out.