The "Grey Area"

We've all seen them: CDs seemingly from out of nowhere that seem to contain a whole bunch of hits and nonhits you've been looking for but never seemed to find. Sometimes you can find licensing information of a sort, and sometimes you figure that this is basically someone's record collection on a CD. A CD-R, even. In the good old days, the Both Sides Now stereo newsletter would tip you off to these things and to the legitimacy thereof; however, with Mike and Brenda retiring, a void has been created, and this space doesn't even begin to take its place — but here we go anyway, even borrowing the format.

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JUKEBOX HITS OF 1966, VOL. 1 (Jukebox CD 9166) Canada? [AAD] 1997 Time=73:53
I'm A Believer - Monkees (S)/(You're My) Soul And Inspiration - Righteous Bros. (S, fades at 3:19)/Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful (S)/When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge (M)/Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie (S)/Sunny - Bobby Hebb (S)/She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (S)/No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) - T-Bones (S)/You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield (S)/California Dreamin' - Mamas & The Papas (S, hissy)/Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind (S)/Black Is Black - Los Bravos (S)/Walk Away Renee - Left Banke (S, sl. hiss)/Born Free - Roger Williams (S)/Sweet Pea - Tommy Roe (S, weak mix with most instruments hard left)/Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound (S)/Working In The Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey (S, less hiss than usual)/Guantanamera - Sandpipers (S)/Jenny Take A Ride - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (S, 3:23)/Single Girl - Sandy Posey (M)/Oh How Happy - Shades of Blue (S, sl. hiss)/A Well Respected Man - Kinks (M)/The Joker Went Wild - Brian Hyland (S)/Popsicle - Jan & Dean (S)/It's Too Late - Bobby Goldsboro (S)/Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann (S)/With A Girl Like You - Troggs (M)

JUKEBOX HITS OF 1967, VOL. 1 (Jukebox CD 9167) Canada? [AAD] 1997 Time=74:03
Daydream Believer - Monkees (S, with "7-A" intro)/The Rain, The Park And Other Things - Cowsills (S)/Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville (S, sl. surface noise, sl. hiss)/Release Me - Engelbert Humperdinck (S)/A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (M, fades at 3:58)/Words Of Love - Mamas & Papas (S)/Come On Down To My Boat - Every Mother's Son (S)/Sock It To Me Baby - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (S, 3:10)/Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group (M)/Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood (S)/Get On Up - Esquires (S)/Green, Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones (S)/Everlasting Love - Robert Knight (S, sl. hiss)/Society's Child - Janis Ian (M)/With This Ring - Platters (S)/Alfie - Dionne Warwick (S)/Pretty Ballerina - Left Banke (S)/California Nights - Lesley Gore (S)/I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman - Whistling Jack Smith (S, hissy)/Where Will The Words Come From - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (S)/It's Now Winter's Day - Tommy Roe (S)/Niki Hoeky - P. J. Proby (S)/Shake A Tail Feather - James & Bobby Purify (S)/What A Woman In Love Won't Do - Sandy Posey (M, somewhat muffled)/Blue Autumn - Bobby Goldsboro (S)/Mr. Dream Merchant - Jerry Butler (S)/Buy For Me The Rain - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (S)

JUKEBOX HITS OF 1968, VOL. 1 (Jukebox CD 9168) Canada? [AAD] 1997 Time=73:42
Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat (M)/Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf (S, LP version)/MacArthur Park - Richard Harris (S)/Valleri - Monkees (S)/Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Co. (S, LP version, hissy)/Hold Me Tight - Johnny Nash (S)/Stormy - Classics IV (S)/Angel Of The Morning - Merrilee Rush (M)/Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend & Lover (S)/Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick (S, sl. hiss)/Dream A Little Dream - Mama Cass (S)/Chewy Chewy - Ohio Express (S, sl. hiss)/Itchycoo Park - Small Faces (S, slightly overmodulated in spots)/Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler (S)/On The Road Again - Canned Heat (S)/Am I That Easy To Forget - Engelbert Humperdinck (S)/Autumn Of My Life - Bobby Goldsboro (S)/We Can Fly - Cowsills (S)/Bang-Shang-A-Lang - Archies (S)/Cab Driver - Mills Bros./Skip A Rope - Henson Cargill (S)/Soul Coaxing (Ame Câline) - Raymond Lefevre (S)/Mr. Businessman - Ray Stevens (S)/Strawberry Shortcake - Jay & The Techniques (S)

TREASURED TUNES 8 (Stardust CD-1029) Canada [AAD] 1998 Time=53:51
Tonight You Belong To Me - Patience & Prudence (M, some noise)/Lollipop - Ronald & Ruby (M)/Over The Weekend - Playboys (M, from record)/Good Rockin' Tonight - Pat Boone (S)/You're So Fine - Falcons (M)/Teach Me Tiger - April Stevens (M)/I Shot Mr. Lee - Bobbettes (S)/The Mountain's High - Dick & DeeDee (M)/Theme From "Dr. Kildare" - Richard Chamberlain (S)/Venus In Blue Jeans - Jimmy Clanton (M, despite liner claim, but fairly clean)/How Much Is That Doggie In The Window - Baby Jane & The Rockabyes (M)/Dum Dum Dee Dum - Johnny Cymbal (S)/Stop And Think It Over - Dale & Grace (M, muffled)/98.6 - Keith (S)/Yellow Balloon - Yellow Balloon (S)/When I Die - Motherlode (S)/Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Mac & Katie Kissoon (M, despite liner claim)/Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blue Band (S)/I Wish I Was Eighteen Again - George Burns (S)/Electric Boogie - Marcia Griffiths (S)

BIG CITY SOUL 4 (Goldmine GSCD 65) UK 2CD set [AAD] no date Time=72:07/73:16 [total time=2:25:23]
"60 Northern Soul Classics" from Scepter/Wand, Musicor, Dynamo, and associated labels. Most, if not all, of these are from records; the stereo tracks are generally cleaner than the mono, which have some two-channel noise effects from time to time.
Disc 1: I'm In Love With You Baby - Charts (M)/Wait Until I Give The Signal - Shirelles (M)/When It Comes To My Baby - Ronnie Milsap (M)/Not My Girl - Platters (S)/You Can't Fight Love - Shirley & Jessie (M)/Call On Billy - Billy T. Soul (M)/I Feel Better - Alan Bruce (M)/To Get Your Love Back - Nella Dodds (M)/Bricks, Broken Bottles & Sticks - Dean Parish (M, cue burn at start)/Never In A Million Years - Honeybees (M)/Glamour Girl - Harold Hopkins (M)/How Much Pressure - Roscoe Robinson (M)/Mr. Creator - Candy & The Kisses (M)/The Change - Ernestine Eady (M)/Think Twice Before You Walk Away - Porgy & The Monarchs (M)/Never Love A Robin - Inez & Charlie Foxx (S)/Tonight I'm Gonna See My Baby - Freddie Hughes (S)/I've Got To Be Strong - Chuck Jackson (S)/Three Rooms - Audrey Freeman (M, lots of right-channel noise)/Jerkin' Time - Diplomats (narrow S)/Ain't That The Truth - J. B. Troy (M)/ If I'm Hurt You'll Feel The Pain - Barbara & Brenda (M)/You Lie So Well - Marie Knight (M)/I've Got Love For You - Intruders (M)/First Date - Nella Dodds (M)/Woman - Esquires (S)/Hey Girl - Porgy & The Monarchs (M)/You've Got My Love - Donny Wells (M)/Upset My Heart - Judy Clay (E)/Lover - Tommy Hunt (S; this instrumental track was later used for "Any Day Now" by Chuck Jackson)
Disc 2: Tonight's The Night - Candy & The Kisses (M)/Since You've Been Gone - Anglos (M)/The Magic Touch - Melba Moore (M)/Try Some Soul - Ray Crossen (M, major dropouts halfway through)/You Could Be My Remedy - Shirelles (M)/No Stranger To Love - Inez & Charlie Foxx (M)/In The Long Run - Curtis Blandon (M)/Live On - J. B. Troy (M)/Hand It Over - Wand Orchestra (M; basically instrumental track to Chuck Jackson's recording)/I've Got To Find Someone To Love - Jerry Fisher & The Nightbeats/Honey Boy - Nella Dodds (M)/There Goes A Forgotten Man - Jimmy Radcliffe (M)/That's No Way To Treat A Girl - Marie Knight (M, different intro from 45)/Fear Of Losing You - Platters (M)/Just One More Time - J. J. Barnes (M)/The Silencer - Chuck Jackson (M)/There's Still A Tomorrow - Diplomats (E)/Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby - Candy & The Kisses (S)/Words Can Never Tell It - Tommy Hunt (M)/Nobody Made You Love Me - Charts (M)/Keep A Hold On Me - Porgy & The Monarchs (M)/Doesn't It Ring A Bell - Platters (S)/The Way To A Woman's Heart - Billy T. Soul (M)/All The Way From Heaven - Chancellors (M)/Nobody Knows - Maurice Williams (M)/Anything You Do Is Right - Maxine Brown (M)/No Doubt About It - Shirelles (M)/Your Kind Of Lovin' - Judy Clay (E)/My Little Plaything - Glen Watts (M)/If I Had You - Big Maybelle (M)

POP STEREO CLASSICS (Century 10086) Canada [AAD] Time=64:40
Marked "Promotional Copy for Demonstration"; production CD-R.
I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos (S)/Torture - Kris Jensen (S, left channel fades towards end)/Forty Days - Ronnie Hawkins (S, balance shifts)/La Bamba - Ritchie Valens (S, ends cold at 2:10)/The End of the World - Skeeter Davis/Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich (S)/Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (S)/Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (S, with "Baby..." intro)/Splish Splash - Bobby Darin (S)/Blue Moon - Marcels (S)/But I Do - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (S)/Donna The Prima Donna - Dion (S, alternate version with drum fills, indicated as "ALT" on liner, fades in)/Wah-Watusi - Orlons (E, dropouts)/Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley (S)/(Baby) Hully Gully - Olympics (S)/Go Jimmy Go - Jimmy Clanton (S)/Say You - Ronnie Dove (S)/Soldier Boy - Shirelles (S)/It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty (S)/Born Too Late - Poni-Tails (S)/Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens (S)/Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart - Coasters (S)/Teen Angel - Mark Dinning (S)/Release Me - Little Esther Phillips (S)/Easier Said Than Done - Essex (S)/Love Potion Number Nine - Clovers (S)

JUKE BOX PARTY VOL. 3 (Century 11134) Canada [AAD] Time=59:56
Marked "CD-R for demonstration purposes only".
The Wanderer - Dion (S)/La Dee Dah - Billy and Lillie (M)/Click Clack - Dicky Doo & The Don'ts (M)/Turn Me Loose - Fabian (M)/Slow Twistin' - Chubby Checker (S)/Venus - Frankie Avalon (S, a dropout or two)/Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton (M)/Don't Hang Up - Orlons (M)/Tallahassee Lassie - Freddie Cannon (E, balance shifts)/That's Life (That's Tough) - Gabriel & The Angels (M)/We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny (M)/Bristol Twistin' Annie - Dovells (M)/The Shape I'm In - Johnny Restivo (S)/Mojo Workout - Larry Bright (M)/Wah-Watusi - Orlons (M)/The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher (M)/Heart And Soul - Jan & Dean (S)/Why - Frankie Avalon (S)/The Way Of A Clown - Teddy Randazzo (M)/Sugar Plum - Ike Clanton (M, noisy)/Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night - Kenny Dino (M)/Hooka Tooka - Chubby Checker (S)/Tonight, Tonight - Mello-Kings (M)/Barbara Ann - Regents (M)/Wonderful, Wonderful - Tymes (M)

Updated 16 November 2000

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