Teen Beat 6 Various Artists (Teen Beat)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 1518

A much-anticipated new collection of rockin’ instrumentals from the Golden Age of American Rock’n’Roll. Compiled by the Pipeline magazine team.

There should be fireworks. Or at least a roll on the drums accompanied by a ringing peal of bells. Yes, after an 18-year hiatus a new volume in Ace’s much-loved “Teen Beat” series is finally here. Relying on the old maxim “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, we have faithfully adhered to the proven winning mix of top-class classics, hits and rarities, with the odd surprise thrown in for good measur

Rock instrumental classics do not come any greater than Duane Eddy’s ‘Peter Gunn’ or Johnny & the Hurricanes’ ‘Reveille Rock’, which get the compilation off to a flying start. Less well known are the Rondels’ riotous assault on ‘Caldonia’, which rocks like there’s no tomorrow with its stomping beat, driving guitar and raucous sax; ‘All American Surfer’ by the Busters, the equally thrilling follow-up to their great ‘Bust Out’; and the Ramrods’ glorious ‘Night Ride’, a totally authentic wedge of surf – even though the band came from Alabama.

You might not expect to see teen heartthrobs here but we have two. Bobby Darin’s catchy composition ‘Theme From Come September’ was a hit for cover-specialist Billy Vaughan but here you can enjoy Bobby’s much better original version. Could Bobby Vee really have been at the heart of one of the 50s most rockin’ instrumentals? Yup, his band the Shadows (with Bobby on rhythm and brother Bill on lead) produced the meaty ‘Flyin’ High’, making ‘Rubber Ball’ seem a world away.

When it comes to rarities we have two definite aces up our sleeve. Sandy Nelson’s ‘Drum Shack’ is so rare that we were not even sure it really existed until we got the master in our hot little hands, while the Astronauts’ ‘Big Hunk O’ Love’ was issued in 1966 but never got beyond Japanese shores. Other obscurities include the Invaders’ ‘Disc Jockey’, which is as clever as it is calculating (what DJ could resist?); the Mus-Twangs’ rock-up of ‘Frankie And Johnny’ featuring Paul Cotton of Poco when he just wanted to be Duane Eddy; Don Cole’s exhilarating guitar work on ‘Free Flight’; and the Titans’ ‘The Noplace Special’, which is actually a very special place indeed.

Never mind those fireworks, drums and bells – what we really need is a broadside of cannons. BOOM!! “Teen Beat” is back!




Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy, His "Twangy" Guitar & The Rebels

  • 02 Preview Reveille Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes

  • 03 Preview Caldonia - The Rondels

  • 04 Preview Flyin' High - Bobby Vee & The Shadows

  • 05 Preview The Noplace Special - The Titans

  • 06 Preview All American Surfer - The Busters

  • 07 Preview Night Ride - The Ramrods

  • 08 Preview Happy Vacation - Jackie Lee

  • 09 Preview Apache - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar

  • 10 Preview Theme From "Come September" - Bobby Darin & His Orchestra

  • 11 Preview Frankie And Johnny - The Mus-Twangs

  • 12 Preview Choo-Choo - James Brown & The Famous Flames

  • 13 Preview Nee Nee Na Na Nu Nu - Dicky Doo & The Don'ts

  • 14 Preview Path Finder - Teddy & The Rough Riders

  • 15 Preview Straight Flush - The Frantics

  • 16 Preview One Mint Julep - Chet Atkins

  • 17 Preview Have You Ever Had The Blues - Travis Wammack

  • 18 Preview Hully Gully Guitar - Jerry Reed & The Hully Girlies

  • 19 Preview Drum Shack - Sandy Nelson

  • 20 Preview (Let's Do) The Hully Gully Twist - Bill Doggett

  • 21 Preview Disc Jockey - The Invaders

  • 22 Preview Beach Party - King Curtis & The Noble Knights

  • 23 Preview Free Flight - Don Cole

  • 24 Preview A Big Hunk O' Love - The Astronauts

  • 25 Preview The 2,000 Pound Bee (Pt 1) - The Ventures

  • 26 Preview The 2,000 Pound Bee (Pt 2) - The Ventures

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Press quotes


"The first volume in Ace’s Teen Beat series appeared back in 1993 and by the time that Volume 5 arrived in 2000 it had established itself as just about the best instrumental compilation series around.  Finally, after an 18 year hiatus, Ace have released Volume 6 including US Top 100 hits, some obvious, and some not so much, along with rarities, little known classics and a rich variety of instrumentals from across the spectrum.  The one point of unity is that it is class all the way.  Tracks like Peter Gunn (Duane Eddy), Reveille Rock (Johnny & The Hurricanes) and 2,000lb Bee (The Ventures) need no introduction and you can hear great tracks by The Mus-Twangs (rockin’ sax and twang!), The Ramrods (totally top surf!), The Rondels (rock’n’roll blast!), The Titans (breakneck racing guitars!) and Teddy & The Rough Riders (manic bongos and maxed out guitars!).  Even the most spoilt of instrumental fans will be adding something new to their collections, for Sandy Nelson’s Drum Shack is also here – a track so rare that even its very existence was in doubt … until now!"


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