A special sub-series in this excellent Warner Pop Rock Nuggets collection from Japan – one that focuses on tunes that bring up a strong early balance between rock and pop, often with a nice influence from R&B as well! As with other volumes, the tracks here are all from the large catalog of Warner/
Atlantic Records – which also now includes Roulette
– so the set's overflowing with killer cuts and key singles from a time when all the companies were putting out some really fantastic singles! Most material is from the late 50s and early 60s – but towards the end, there's a few later cuts too – and titles on this second volume include "We Belong Together" by Ritchie Valens, "Crack Up" by The Routers, "I'll Cry Tomorrow" by The Honeycombs, "Laugh Laugh" by The Beau Brummels, "Whispering" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens, "Goodbye Cruel World" by James Darren, "You Talk Too Much" by Joe Jones, "White On White" by Danny Williams, "Theme For A Broken Heart" by Jack Nitzsche, "Girl On A Swing" by Gerry & The Pacemakers, "Just A Little Bit Better" by Herman's Hermits, "Tell Him" by Alma Cogan, "Why'd You Wanna Make Me Cry" by Connie Stevens, "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" by Alma Cogan, "Was I Dreaming" by The Cascades, and "Memories Memories" by Joanie Sommers.