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Cameo Parkway: 1957-1967

EW reviews the latest in boxed sets

VARIOUS ARTISTS Cameo Parkway: 1957-1967 (abkco) Motown got more attention, but the defunct Philly label Cameo-Parkway was nearly its equal when it came to spitting out dance-ready hit singles. These four discs are full of golden goodies, including Chubby Checker’s ”The Twist,” the Ohio Express’ ”Beg, Borrow and Steal,” Question Mark and the Mysterians’ ”96 Tears,” and Bob Seger’s ”East Side Story.” Cool Curio Clint Eastwood’s rawhide-flavored ”Rowdy.” A-

CHARLIE POOLE You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music (Sony Legacy) These three discs showcase tunes by banjoist-singer Poole and his North Carolina Ramblers dating from the mid-’20s until Poole’s death in 1931. Listen with even half an ear and it’ll be obvious they bear the same relation to country that Robert Johnson’s recordings bear to blues. Cool Curios Other artists’ versions of songs Poole covered are included for comparison. A

DOUG SAHM AND THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET The Complete Mercury Recordings (Hip-O Select) It takes a heap o’ talent to create songs that live up to titles like ”Lawd, I’m Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City”; Texas maverick Doug Sahm (who died in 1999) had it in spades. This five-CD set brims with saucy soul, cookin’ country, sexed-up Tex-Mex — and, most of all, pure joy. Cool Curios Spanish-language versions of several tunes. Caliente, Sir Doug! B+

THE FALL The Fall: The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004 (Castle/Sanctuary) The Fall may be a notoriously acquired taste, but they were also the influential Brit deejay John Peel’s fave band. These six CDs include every session they recorded for Peel’s BBC radio show. Songs lurch, rattle, crawl, clatter, stagger — and sometimes even rock. The alternative to alternative. Cool Curio A cover of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s ”Beatle Bones ‘n’ Smokin’ Stones.” B

Cameo Parkway: 1957-1967
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