(2003/And More Bears) 10 tracks (22:21) The original master recordings plus special bonus track from 'Teenage Thunder'. Real nice 28 page color booklet.!*****
The cult Rock 'n' Roll movie 'Carnival Rock' went out with 'Teen Age Thunder.'
Both were low-budget teen flicks for the drive-in crowd, but while the plot was skimpy, the music was top class. It’s a rare opportunity to savor Bob Luman, The Shadows (James Burton and James Kirkland) , The Platters, David Houston, The Blockbusters, and Susan Cabot.
As a bonus we’ve added David Houston's Teen Age Kisses from 'Teen Age Thunder.'
The 28-page booklet contains many rare pictures.
Christy's Place, a rundown nightclub operated in conjunction with a carnival, is located on an ocean pier. Christy Christtakos, a middle aged carney and former burlesque comedian, is having a hard time breaking even. He decides to put a couple of good rock 'n' roll bands in the club to bolster business. He runs across Natalie Cooke, a young and beautiful waitress, who has a terrific singing voice and engages her to sing and dance with the rock 'n' roll bands.
After a few months, Christy falls hopelessly in love with Natalie despite the difference in their ages. Natalie realizes that Christy has taken her out of a cheap restaurant and developed her into a first rate rock 'n' roll singer. She plays along with him so as not to hurt his feelings, although she is not in love with him.
Meanwhile, she meets Stanley, a handsome young guy whose only means of support seems to be gambling. Celia, a hardfaced bitter woman in her late thirties, resents the fact that Natalie has taken her job in the club and loses no time in telling Christy about Natalie and Stanley. Christy is furious and pleads with Natalie to no avail. Meanwhile, Christy's creditors are bearing down on him. Christy's loyal friend and assistant, Ben, tries to reason with him. He knows that Christy's only thoughts are towards winning Natalie and that his business is suffering. Natalie has her hands full with her work and the rock 'a' roll fans are flocking to the club.
Whenever she has a free moment she and Stanley are together which thoroughly frustrates Christy. One night, Stanley and Christy get into a discussion about Natalie, and Stanley suggests that they cut high cards, the stakes being Christy's club against getting rid of Stanley.
Natalie tries to stop them but with her intercession Christy has to show off in front of her and as a result loses the club. By this time, Natalie and Stanley have fallen in love and Natalie, who is now sorry for Christy, talks to Stanley into giving him a job as a burlesque tramp comedian in the rock 'n' roll show. Christy takes the job as it is the only way he can be near Natalie now that he has gambled away his ownership in the club. The two young people decide to elope. Christy learns of their plans and waits for Natalie late that night in the deserted club. She comes through on her way to meet Stanley in her wedding dress. Christy tells her that she will always belong to him and sets fire to the club.
Stanley rushes in and rescues Natalie and then, risking his own life, goes back for Christy. Ben ministers to Christy's burns as Natalie and Stanley go off to keep their date with the preacher...
|Carnival Rock - Original 1957 Soundtrack (CD) 1|
|2:||This Is The Night||Luman, Bob|
|3:||All Night Long||Luman, Bob|
|4:||One And Only||Houston, David|
|5:||Teen Age Frankie And Johnny||Houston, David|
|6:||O-Shoo-Bla-D (Teen Age Bop)||Cabot, Susan & The Blockbusters|
|7:||There's No Place To Go||Cabot, Susan|
|10:||Teen Age Kisses (from Teen Age Thunder)||Houston, David|