March 2014

With the flood waters subsiding and spring threatening to bust out all over, the 2014 Fantastic Voyage release schedule blossoms forth with three exciting new CD compilations and a vinyl collector’s edition.

We have already waxed lyrical about Austin Powell’s new American Music Library series, and many of you have already pre-ordered the first instalment, The Hits Of 1959, which packs in 90 US hits from 1959, none of which made a showing in the British charts. Work is well under way on the next instalment, The Hits Of 1960.

Our latest volume in the Jamaican Sound System Classics series, Jump Blues Jamaica Way, gets a rave review in the latest issue of Now Dig This, which concludes “the whole collection left me with a big grin on my face, having listened to over 3 hours of fun, shuffle, dance, unknowns, classics and, above all, rock n roll.” And who could ask for anything more? Well, how about a 2LP vinyl collector’s edition, cherry-picking 28 of the most in-demand tracks?

From its classy cover photo of the coffee shop at the Safari Motel, Maryland, to the 60 tracks contained within, a great deal of TLC has gone into Teen Dreams, Lucky Parker’s celebration of the teen pop which ruled the charts in the years between the rock & roll era and the advent of the British Invasion. Johnny Burnette, Annette, Paul Anka, Shelley Fabares, Bobby Vee, Frankie Avalon, Connie Francis, Jimmy Clanton and Fabian are all present and correct in this celebration of halcyon days, when summer seemed to be never-ending.