Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Steve Massie.
Recorded between 1959 & 1967. Includes liner notes by Steve Massie.
Rock & Roll's Classic Love Songs is an 18-song disc with a misleading title. These love songs are definite classics of the early '60s, but they are a lot more pop than they are rock & roll. There's no Eddie Cochran or Chuck Berry or Little Richard; instead, there are plenty of sweet melodies from the likes of Ketty Lester ("Love Letters"), Johnny Tillotson ("Poetry in Motion"), the Crests ("Angels Listened In"), the Casinos ("Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), Frankie Avalon ("Just Ask Your Heart"), and the Dixie Cups ("Chapel of Love"). It's not without reason that this was released a couple weeks before Valentine's Day; it's not a bad compilation of songs from the period that fit the mood. ~ Andy Kellman