- Audio CD (16 May 2014)
- Language: English
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD, Import
- Label: Jasmine Music
- ASIN: B00JXHM702
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Girl From Wolverton Mountain - Three Original Albums + Bonus Tracks [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 2CD SET Double CD, Import
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Jo Ann Campbell is amongst the greatest US female rockers, yet remains virtually forgotten today. In fact, she was actually one of the top five artists within this subgenre as during the late 1950s heyday of Rock and Roll and Rockabilly, not many girls got a look-in, so macho was the movement. Jasmine are now returning her to the forefront with this comprehensive 55 tracks compilation spanning 1956 to 1962 covering hits, misses, B-sides, obscurities and three albums including the album and hit song "I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain". This is an essential collection for all fans of 1950s and 1960s rocking girls!
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This set from Jasmine collects the best of, and probably most of, Jo Ann's recordings onto one double CD.
The excellent liner notes explain that the criteria for a popular singer in the 1950's was the hit 45RPM single as that's where the sales were. These 45s were then gathered together and released in LP form and that is what Jasmine sourced this material from giving us much better sound quality than we would have had from old 45s. Most of these tracks, except for the earliest ones, and the occasional non-lp single are here in stereo.
The first ten tracks are songs that Jo Ann recorded for various miniscule record labels and will be only of interest to the die hard fans and completists. Teenage Jo Ann was still learning her craft and the fact that she was still learning is obvious. The version of the oldie "I can't give you anything but love" is undoubtedly the worst I have ever heard.
By the time we reach track #10 ("Wait a Minute"), Jo Ann has developed a strong delivery style and microphone technique. She is with GONE records now (a Hot New York label at the time) and her records rock. These were my first intro to Jo Ann and she was frequently seen on TV. "Wait a minute" had an R&B style and Jo Ann showed herself to be a great rock 'n roll singer along the lines of Janis Martin or Wanda Jackson. On the ballad "I'm Nobody's Baby" Jo Ann gives Connie Francis a run for her money. "Mama, can I go out tonight?" was a rocker from the movie "Go, Jimmy go" in which she appeared. (That's a hand-tinted still from the movie that Jasmine has used for the cover). "I ain't got no steady date", in spite of the bad English, was a sweet record which should hav been another hit, and the failure of "Rock 'n Roll Love" is impossible to figure out. "Nervous" was a hit in New York. "Happy New Year baby" should have been a hit and a should have become a standard. Then, Jo-Ann moved to the much bigger and more mainstream ABC Paramount records.
She had a national hit with the novelty "A Kookie Little Paradise" I remember this going top twenty in New York. Then, there was "Motorcycle Michael" and "Mama Don't Want no Twistin'". An album for ABC Paramount covered Chuck Berry's "Johnny B Goode";"Willie and the Hand Jive"; "Mr. Lee" and "Eddie My Love". Finally, Jo Ann went to Cameo-Parkway where she recorded "All the Hits by Jo Ann Campbell" featuring her top 40 hit "I'm the Girl From Wolverton Mountain". (I have already reviewed that album on the Jo Ann Campbell Page).
There was one more hit "Mother Please (I'd rather do it myself) but, you won't find that here. So, if it's the best of Jo Ann Campbell you want, and you're willing to do without "Mother Please", you should find this set quite satisfactory. Nice Job! Jasmine.