Roulette Album Discography, Part 5: Related Issues
by David Edwards and Mike Callahan
Last update: July 18, 1999

Over the years, Roulette licensed or "traded out" thousands of songs, so the Roulette catalog has been widely available, at least for the more popular material. (It has also seen its former artists like Buddy Knox (Liberty) and Jimmy Rodgers (Dot) re-record their material for other labels.) When reissuing songs, Roulette has been quite unreliable for stereo content, with songs appearing in true stereo on one album, then rechanneled on later albums. This was most likely because stereo or first generation tape sources were not important to the company.

Beginning in the 1980s, Bob Hyde, then of Outlet Books (who owned Publisher's Central Bureau; later part of Random House), took over their small record division, and started a reissue label called Murray Hill. Hyde went to Morris Levy to ask for licensing of Roulette-owned product, since he had, as a collector, always wanted to see a complete Orioles collection done (at that time, Outlet was putting out multi-disc pop music LP sets, much like Reader's Digest). It wasn't at all clear to Hyde why Levy should license his songs to some upstart label and then give some young man access to the entire vaults, but to Bob's surprise, that's what happened. "I guess he liked me and trusted me for some reason," Hyde told me some years ago, "but it didn't translate into any monetary break for Murray Hill. The deals we struck for licensing were advantageous to Levy for sure."

What this did, however, was allow someone with music and tape savvy to go roaming freely through the Roulette archives finding long-lost tapes. At that time, most of the original master tapes had been stored in the vault since the songs were recorded, and reissues had been made only with copies. Hyde enlisted the help of Boston-based deejay/producer "Little Walter" DeVenne to go through the vaults. Murray Hill reissued several albums of Roulette/Goldner material in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, Roulette attempted to enter the compact disc market with a series of reissues of their earlier compilations and a few single-artist albums. Using many of the high-generation masters that were sent around for years in the vinyl reissue business, these CDs ranged from passable to dreadful in sound. Roulette was not the first - nor the last - record label to discover that compact disc issue was an entirely new business, and that the practices that worked for vinyl reissues just wouldn't withstand the new medium's crystal clear sound capabilities, capabilities that demanded first-generation tapes. These CDs were Roulette's last issues before the company was sold to Rhino.

When Roulette went to Rhino, so did Bob Hyde. He and independent producer DeVenne helped put together a series of high quality reissues of Roulette/Goldner material for Rhino CD release, culminating in the highly acclaimed Doo Wop Box and Doo Wop Box, Volume 2. Hyde eventually left Roulette and is now running EMI-Capitol's special markets reissue program, but the work he and Walter did with the Roulette catalog has finally restored the high quality sound that was evident with the original vinyl issues of long ago.

Below we have listed some of the related albums and compact discs that feature the Roulette catalog. We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Roulette Records, which we believe is currently owned by Rhino and EMI. Should you want to contact Rhino or EMI, or should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1998, 1999 by Mike Callahan.


Number - Title - Artist [Release Date] Contents

Roulette Compact Disc Reissues:

RCD-42040 - The Best of Tommy James & the Shondells - Tommy James & Shondells [1985] Reissue of the vinyl album. Ball Of Fire (S)/Crystal Blue Persuasion (S, LP version)/Mony Mony (S)/(Baby Baby) I Can't Take It No More (S)/Hanky Panky (M)/Crimson & Clover (S, LP version)/Sweet Cherry Wine (S)/Sugar On Sunday (S)/Mirage (S)/I Think We're Alone Now (M)

RCD 58001 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 1 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks are mono or slightly rechanneled. At The Hop - Danny & Juniors /I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos /Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & Teenagers /Gee - Crows /Little Star - Elegants /Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop - Little Anthony & Imperials /He's Gone - Chantels /Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers /Short Shorts - Royal Teens /Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland/Party Doll - Buddy Knox /Sincerely - Moonglows /Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman /Crying In the Chapel - Sonny Til & Orioles /Shrine Of St. Cecilia - Harptones /A Thousand Miles Away - Heartbeats

RCD 58002 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 60's, Vol. 2 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks mono or slightly rechanneled. I Want You To Be My Girl - Frankie Lymon & Teenagers/Speedoo - Cadillacs/Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay - Danny & Juniors/Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmie Rodgers/Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison/Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price/Daddy's Home - Shep & Limelights/Life Is But A Dream - Harptones/Goodnight Sweetheart - Flamingos/Maybe - Chantels/Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins/Beep Beep - Playmates/The Closer You Are - Channels/Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & Imperials/Could This Be Magic - Dubs/Rip Van Winkle - Devotions

RCD 58003 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 60's, Vol. 1 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks are mono or slightly rechanneled. Heart And Soul - Cleftones/Mony Mony - Tommy James & Shondells/Barbara Ann - Regents/California Dreamin' - Mamas & Papas/You Don't Know What You've Got Until You Lose It - Ral Donner/Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby) - Cookies/Shout - Joey Dee & Starliters (live)/A Walkin' Miracle - Essex/Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & Shondells (LP version)/Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie/Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf/Jenny Take A Ride - Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels/Keep On Pushin' - Impressions/Girl Watcher - Okaysions/Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland/People Get Ready - Impressions

RCD 58004 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 60's, Vol. 2 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks rechanneled. Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & Shondells/Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & Starliters/Easier Said Than Done - Essex/The Gypsy Cried - Lou Christie/Blue Moon - Marcels/Loco-Motion - Little Eva (no handclaps)/Sock It To Me - Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels/You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones/Monday Monday - Mamas & Papas/I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & Shondells/Chains - Cookies/Dizzy - Tommy Roe/Gypsy Woman - Impressions/Midnight Confessions - Grassroots/There's A Moon Out Tonight - Capris/Remember Then - Earls

RCD 58005 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 3 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks are mono or slightly rechanneled. Black Slacks - Joe Bennett & Sparkletones/Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry/Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry/Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley/So Fine - Fiestas/To The Aisle - Five Satins/Sunday Kind Of Love - Harptones/Goody Goody - Frankie Lymon & Teenagers/Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp Bomp Bomp) - Barry Mann/Book Of Love - Monotones/So Far Away - Pastels/And That Reminds Me - Della Reese/Poor Boy - Royaltones/Get A Job - Silhouettes/Happy Happy Birthday - Tune Weavers/Stay - Maurice Williams & Zodiacs

RCD 58006 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 4 - Various Artists [1986] All tracks are mono or slightly rechanneled. Long Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews & Hearts/Maybelline - Chuck Berry/Rock & Roll Music - Chuck Berry/Don't Ask Me (To Be Lonely) - Dubs/Rama Lama Ding Dong - Edsels/In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins/A Rose And A Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV/Ten Commandments Of Love - Harvey & Moonglows/Two People In The World - Little Anthony & Imperials/See Saw - Moonglows/Story Untold - Nutmegs/Just Because - Lloyd Price/Personality - Lloyd Price/Oh-Oh I'm Falling In Love Again - Jimmie Rodgers/Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers/When You Dance - Turbans

RCD 58007 - The Original Rock 'N' Roll Hits of the 60's, Vol. 3 - Various Artists [1986] No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry (M)/Amen - Impressions (E)/Hanky Panky - Tommy James & Shondells (E)/Sweet Pea - Tommy Roe (S)/Dedicated To The One I Love - Mamas & Papas (S)/Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren (M)/Where Were You When I Needed You - Grass Roots (S)/Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (E)/Heartaches - Marcels (S)/Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire (S)/Devil With The Blue Dress - Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels (closely mixed stereo with almost no separation)/Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & Cavaliers (M)/Lover's Concerto - Toys (E)/I Got Rhythm - Happenings (E)/Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman (S)/Sealed With A Kiss - Brian Hyland (E)

RCD 59020 - Greatest Hits - Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels

RCD 59021 - Strike Up the Band - Count Basie & Tony Bennett

RCD 59022 - Historic Recording Event - Duke Ellington & Louis Armstrong

RCD 59023 - A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry - Joe Williams

RCD 59024 - A Message from Newport - Maynard Ferguson

RCD 59025 - Basie - Count Basie & Orchestra

RCD 59026 - Diz N' Bird in Concert - Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker

RCD 59027 - The Greatest - Stan Getz

RCD 59031 - The Best of Dinah Washington - Dinah Washington

RCD 59035 - The Best of Basie, Vol. 1 - Count Basie

RCD 59036 - The Best of Basie, Vol. 2 - Count Basie

RCD 59037 - Memories Ad-Lib - Count Basie & Joe Williams

RCD 59038 - The Legend - Count Basie

RCD 59039 - Basie at Birdland - Count Basie

RCD 59040 - Basie in Sweden - Count Basie

RCD 59041 - Sing Along with Basie - Count Basie

RCD 59042 - Count Basie with Billy Eckstine - Count Basie & Billy Eckstine

RCD 59043 - Count Basie with Sarah Vaughan - Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan

RCD 59048 - Smokin' - Chet Baker

RCD 59049 - Pow! - Sonny Stitt

RCD 59050 - The Best of Pearl Bailey - Pearl Bailey

RCD 59051 - Dreamy - Sarah Vaughan

RCD 59053 - Nina Sings Ellington - Nina Simone

Rhino Compact Disc Compilations:

R2 70920 - Anthology - Tommy James & Shondells [1989] Hanky Panky (M)/Say I Am (What I Am) (S)/It's Only Love (S)/I Think We're Alone Now (M)/(Baby Baby) I Can't Take It No More (S)/Mirage (S)/I Like The Way (S, slight hiss)/Run Run Baby Run (S)/Gettin' Together (S)/Real Girl (S)/Love's Closin' In On Me (S)/Out Of The Blue (S)/Get Out Now (S)/(I'm) Taken (S)/One Two Three And I Fell (S)/Mony Mony (S, 2:45 single version)/Somebody Cares (S)/Do Something To Me (S)/Crimson And Clover (S, 3:23 single version)/Sugar On Sunday (S)/Crystal Blue Persuasion (S, single version)/Sweet Cherry Wine (S)/Loved One (S)/Ball Of Fire (S, 45 ending)/She (S)/Gotta Get Back To You (S)/Draggin' The Line (S)

R2 70942 - The Best of Jimmie Rodgers - Jimmie Rodgers [1990] All tracks are the original Roulette label recordings except the last two, which were hits on Dot and A&M, respectively. Honeycomb (M)/Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (M)/Oh-Oh I'm Falling In Love Again (M)/The Long Hot Summer (M)/Secretly (M)/Make Me A Miracle (M)/Are You Really Mine (S, alternate take)/The Wizard (M)/Bimbombey (M)/I'm Never Gonna Tell (M)/Ring-A-Ling-A-Lario (S)/Wonderful You ()/Tucumcari (S)/T.L.C. Tender Love And Care (S)/Waltzing Matilda [45 version] (S)/Woman From Liberia (M)/It's Over (S)/Child Of Clay (S)

R2 70964 - The Best of Buddy Knox - Buddy Knox [1990] Compilation of Roulette and Liberty material. Party Doll (M)/Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep (M)/Teasable Pleasable You (M)/Storm Clouds (M)/Somebody Touched Me (M)/Lovey Dovey (S)/That's Why I Cry (M)/Hula Love (M)/Devil Woman (M)/Ling-Ting-Tong (S)/I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself (M)/Cause I'm In Love (M)/Swingin' Daddy ()/C'Mon Baby (M)/All For You (M)/The Girl With The Golden Hair (M)/She's Gone (S)/Whenever I'm Lonely (M)

R2 70966 - The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks - Ronnie Hawkins [1990] Thirty Days (M)/Forty Days (S)/Mary Lou (S)/Wild Little Willy (S)/Oh Sugar (S)/One Of These Days (S)/Dizzy Miss Lizzy (S)/Odessa (S)/Sick And Tired (S)/Baby Jean (S)/Come Love (S, studio talk at beginning)/Hey Boba Lou (S)/Ruby Baby (S)/Bo Diddley (M)/Clara (S)/I Feel Good (S)/Who Do You Love (M)/Down In The Alley (S)

R2 71026 - The Best of Tommy James & the Shondells - Tommy James & Shondells [1992] This has the first true stereo stereo version of "I Think We're Alone Now." Hanky Panky (M, less surface noise than Roulette 45)/I Think We're Alone Now (S)/Mony Mony (S, 45 length)/Mirage (S)/Ball Of Fire (S)/Crimson And Clover (S, 45 edit)/Crystal Blue Persuasion (S, 45 version)/Sweet Cherry Wine (S)/She (S)/Draggin' The Line (S)

Selected Import Cds:

REP 4425-WY - Hanky Panky/It's Only Love - Tommy James & Shondells [1994] All tracks mono. Hanky Panky: Hanky Panky/I'll Go Crazy /I'm So Proud/The Lover/Love Makes The World Go Round/ Good Lovin'/ Say I Am/Cleo's Mood/ Don't Throw Our Love Away/Shake A Tail Feather/Soul Searchin' Baby / Lots Of Pretty Girls; It's Only Love: It's Only Love/Hold On A Little Bit Longer/It's Alright/Juanita (Nothin's Gonna Stop Our Love)/Big Time Operator/Ya Ya/We'll Have A World/ Don't Let My Love Pass You By/Pick Up/I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/Fanny Mae/Some/Thunderbolt

NEM CD 646 - Hanky Panky/Mony Mony - Tommy James & Shondells [1993] Hanky Panky is all mono, while Mony Mony is all stereo. Hanky Panky: Hanky Panky/I'll Go Crazy/I'm So Proud/The Lover/ Love Makes The World Go Round/Good Lovin'/Say I Am/Cleo's Mood/Don't Throw Our Love Away/ Shake A Tail Feather/Soul Searchin' Baby/Lots Of Pretty Girls; Mony Mony: Mony Mony/Do Unto Me/(I'm) Taken/Nightime (I'm A Lover)/Run Away With Me/Somebody Cares/Get Out Now/I Can't Go Back To Denver/Some Kind Of Love/Gingerbread Man/One Two Three & I Fell

NED CD 266 - The Roulette Years - Ronnie Hawkins [1994] (2 CD set) Disc 1: Ruby Baby (S)/Forty Days (S)/Horace (M)/One Of These Days (S)/What'cha Gonna Do (S)/Wild Little Willy (S)/Mary Lou (S)/Oh Sugar (S)/Odessa (S)/Need Your Lovin' (M)/My Girl Is Red Hot (S)/Dizzy Miss Lizzy (S)/Hayride (S)/C-Riff Rock (M)/Baby Jean (S)/Southern Love (S)/Someone Like You ()/Hey Boba Lou (S)/Love Like You Can (S)/You Cheated You Lied (S)/Dreams Do Come True (S)/Lonely Hours (S)/Clara (S)/Honey Don't (S)/Sick And Tired (S)/Ballad Of Caryl Chessman (M)/Summertime (S)/You Know I Love You (M); Disc 2: Sexy Ways (M)/Come Love (S, with studio talk and countoff)/Searchin' (M)/Honey Love (M)/I Feel Good (S)/Susie Q (M)/Matchbox (M)/What A Party [Levon Helm] (M)/Bo Diddley (M)/Who Do You Love (M)/Bossman (M)/High Blood Pressure (M)/There's A Screw Loose (M)/Arkansas (M)/Mojo Man (M)/Further On Up The Road [Levon Helm] (E)/Nineteen Years Old [Levon Helm] (E)/Kathy Jean (M, alternate version of "Baby Jean")/Mojo Man (M, alternate version)/Sexy Ways (M, alternate version)/Ruby Baby (S, alternate take)/Forty Days (S, alternate take)/Hayride [Jimmy Ray Paulman] (M, demo)/Light In The Window [Jimmy Ray Paulman] (M, demo, with false start)/My Heart Cries [Fred Carter, Jr.] (M, demo)/Look For Me [Fred Carter, Jr.] (M, demo)/Love It Up [Fred Carter, Jr.] (M, demo)/Your Love Is What I Need [Rockin' Ronald] (M)/Kansas City [Rockin' Ronald] (M)

Related Issues:

POINT (Canada)
P-201 - Buddy Knox - Buddy Knox Material recorded by Roulette. That's Why I Cry/Teasable, Pleasable You/Somebody Touched Me/All For You/C'mon Baby/The Girl With the Golden Hair//Hula Love/I Ain't Sharin' Sharon/Storm Clouds/Long Lonely Nights/Swingin' Daddy

R-25390 - Mojo Man - Ronnie Hawkins [1968] This a Canadian issue on Roulette, it features Ronnie Hawkins and the Band, with Levon Helm singing lead on "Farther Up the Road" and "She's Nineteen."

R-25003 - Buddy Knox - Buddy Knox [1986] This is a reissue of the original 1957 album with the original graphics and the 1980s Roulette label. It was reissued by Bob Hyde's Outlet Book Company. All tracks mono. Party Doll/Don't Make Me Cry/Rock House/Rock-A-Billy Walk/Devil Woman/Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep//Hula Love/Mary Lou/Maybellene/I'm In Love With You/Rock Around The Clock

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