Although Scepter Records was a hit factory in the ’60s, the label never had the cachet of a Motown or Sun. Scepter’s commitment to picking top material rather than blazing stylistic trails was probably what kept its public profile low — and makes the three-CD Scepter Records Story such a thrilling surprise. This well-stocked jukebox of great rock and roll singles — the Shirelles’ torchy ”Soldier Boy,” the Isley Brothers’ raving ”Twist and Shout,” the Kingsmen’s classic ”Louie Louie,” and B.J. Thomas’ drippy ”Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” — must seem mighty eclectic. But when Scepter reigned, rock & roll was mighty eclectic — a confusion of R&B, pop, and country that embraced almost anything with a beat and a hook. More than three dozen Top 40 hits guarantee the box’s appeal, but, more important, it expertly depicts an era when music was just music.
The Scepter Records StoryAlthough Scepter Records was a hit factory in the '60s, the label never had the cachet of a Motown or Sun. Scepter's commitment to picking top material...The Scepter Records StoryReissuesAlthough Scepter Records was a hit factory in the '60s, the label never had the cachet of a Motown or Sun. Scepter's commitment to picking top material...1992-08-07
Genre: Reissues; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Capricorn Records
Posted August 7 1992 — 12:00 AM EDT
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