(Ace Records UK) 30 Tracks - 16 page booklet - This defintive compilation of rockin' instrumentals is guaranteed to set any party alight. B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own bongos)
Packed with the great sounds of the '50s and '60s, Teen Beat features many classic instrumentals from the rock'n'roll era as well as a handful of tunes that failed to attract attention the first time around. Among the classics are the sleazy raunch of Lonnie Mack's Memphis and Link Wray's Rumble, the novelty sound of Dave 'Baby' Cortez with his No 1 hit The Happy Organ, The Champs with the Hispanic rock of Tequila, B Bumble & The Stingers with theTchaikovsky-via-Kim-Fowley frenzy of Nut Rocker and a number that encapsulates the instrumental sound of the era to perfection - Sandy Nelson's Teen Beat.
Among the rarities, is an alternate take of Spunky by Johnnie Jenkins (the young Otis Redding sang in his band and Johnnie later cut a fine album for Atco called Ton Ton Macoute with various members of the Allman Brothers Band).