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Friday, May 20, 2011


East Side Story is a collection of twelve volumes of classic oldies. Soul, doo wop and the East Side Sound are well represented in this amazing collection.
  It's hard to trace all the different releases but I believe it first appeared on vinyl LPs in 1987 on the Macola label. It was also released on cassette by Trojan Music Co.and 8-Track tape. It also appeared on vinyl on the Trenton label. The vinyl LPs and cassettes were in my opinion of poor quality.
  The discs were remastered and released on compact disc on the East Side label in 1997. They changed the track list from the originals but the sound quality is far superior. In 2002 they were released as a twelve volume box set.
  The original vinyl releases and the 8-track tapes have become collector's pieces and are much harder to find.
  Whatever format you can find them in, they are surely worth having.

Track List:

01. Monitors - Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam)
02. Bobby Moore & The Rhythn Aces - Searching For My Love
03. Smokey Robinson & Mary Wells - I Want You 'Round
04. Donnie Elbert - Have I Sinned
05. Temprees - Love Can Be So Wonderful
06. Tony Allen - Nite Owl
07. Little Royal - Jealous
08. Van McCoy - Mr DJ
09. Brenda & The Tabulations - When You're Gone
10. Mike & The Censations - There's Nothing I Can Do
11. Big Jay McNeely - There Is Something On Your Mind
12. Manhattans - If My Heart Could Speak

Track List:

01. Four Tops - Still Water (Love)
02. Donnie Elbert - What Can I Do
03. Smokey Robinson - The Agony & The Ecstacy
04. Temprees - Dedicated To The One I Love
05. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Ooh Baby Baby
06. Mike & The Censations - Victim Of Circumstance
07. Mad Lads - Don't Have To Shop Around
08. Bloodstone - Natural High
09. Brothers Of Soul - I Guess That Don't Make Me A Loser
10. Natural Four - Why Should We Stop Now
11. Moments - So This Is Our Goodbye
12. Capris - There's A Moon Out Tonight

Track List:

01. Defonics - La La Means I Love You
02. Don & Juan - What's Your Name
03. Lovelites - How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad
04. Shields - You Cheated
05. Etta James - My Dearest Darling
06. Brenda & Tabulations - Right On The Tip Of My Tongue
07. Sunglows - It's Okay
08. Shirelles - Dedicated To The One I Love
09. Billy Stewart - Sitting In The Park
10. Frankie Karl - Don't Be Afraid
11. Phil & Harv - Darling
12. Crests - Sixteen Candles

Track List:

01. Garland Green - Jealous Kind Of Fella
02. Four Tops - It's The Way Nature Planned It
03. Lost Generation - The Sly, Slick & The Wicked
04. Chi-Lites - I Want To Pay You Back
05. McKinley Travis - Baby Is There Something On Your Mind
06. Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue
07. Bloodstone - Outside Woman
08. Emotions - Show Me How
09. O'Jays - I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow
10. Baby Washington - That's How Heartaches Are Made
11. Royal Chessmen - Beggin' You
12. Younghearts - I've Got Love For My Baby

Track List:

01. Brenton Wood - Baby You Got It
02. Ron Holden - Can You Talk
03. Uptones - No More
04. Rosie & Ron - Bring Me Happiness
05. Tommy McLain - I Need You So
06. Shondells - Wonderful One
07. Sapphires - Who Do You Love
08. Don Julian - I Want You Back
09. Delicates - I Want To Get Married
10. Heartbreakers - Cradle Rock
11. Brenton Wood - Me & You
12. M&M & The Peanuts - Open Your Eyes

Track List:

01. Brenton Wood - I Like The Way You Love Me
02. Gene Chandler - I Fooled You This Time
03. Rene & Ray - Queen Of My Heart
04. Etta James - At Last
05. Gallahads - Lonely Guy
06. Tommy McLain - Sweet Dreams
07. Superbs - Baby Baby All The Time
08. Jimmy Clanton - Just A Dream
09. Lloyd Price - Just Because
10. Dale & Grace - I'm Leaving It All Up To You
11. Rosie & Ron - So Dearly
12. Don Julian & The Larks - Lowrider Girl

Track List:

01. Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl
02. Billy Stewart - Cross My Heart
03. Incredibles - Heart & Soul
04. Five Satins - In The Still Of The Night
05. Escorts - Look Over Your Shoulder
06. Ralphi Pagan - Make It With You
07. Bertha Tillman - Oh My Angel
08. Johnny Ace - Pledging My Love
09. Sunny & The Sunliners - Talk To Me
10. Brenda & The Tabulations - Dry Your Eyes
11. Yvonne Carroll - Gee What A Guy
12. Linda Jones - Hypnotized

Track List:

01. Delfonics - (Didn't I) Blow Your Mind
02. Billy Stewart - I Do Love You
03. Mello Kings - Tonite Tonite
04. Casinos - Then You Can tell Me Goodbye
05. Brenda & The Tabulations - The Touch Of You
06. Eddie Holman - Hey There Lonely Girl
07. Notations - I'm Still Here
08. Elgins - Darling Baby
09. Moonglows - Sincerely
10. Premiers - Duffy's Blues
11. Shells - Baby Oh Baby
12. Dubs - Could This be Magic

Track List:

01. Penguins - Earth Angel
02. Impressions - I'm So Proud
03. Nutmegs - Story Untold
04. Rosie & The Originals - Angel Baby
05. Incredibles - I'll Make It Easy
06. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
07. Jan Bradley - Mama Didn't Lie
08. Whispers - As I Sit Here
09. Danleers - One Summer Night
10. Moments - Love On A Two Way Street
11. Sa-Shays - Boo Hoo Hoo
12. Radiants - Ain't No Big Thing

Track List:

01. James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
02. Billy Stewart - Strange Feeling
03. James Brown - Please Please Please
04. Etta James - Stop The Wedding
05. Johnny Flamingo - I
06. Tune Weavers - Happy Happy Birthday Baby
07. Ritchie Valens - Donna
08. Barbara Mason - Oh How It Hurts
09. Fireflies - You Were Mine
10. Jaguars - Where Lovers Go
11. Jackie Ross - Selfish One
12. Dubs - Chapel Of Dreams

Track List:

01. Originals - The Bells
02. Vanguards - Somebody Please
03. Jive Five - My True Story
04. Jerry Butler - Never Gonna Give You Up
05. Medallions - The Letter
06. Medallions - Magic Mountain
07. Gene Chandler - Rainbow
08. Johnnie & Joe - Over The Mountain, Across The Sea
09. Barbara Lewis - Hello Stranger
10. Dells - Oh What A Night
11. Chantels - Look In My Eyes
12. Metallics - Need Your Love

Track List:

01. Pete Wingfield - Eighteen With A Bullet
02. Dells - Stay In My Corner
03. Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love
04. Shirelles - Foolish Little Girl
05. James Brown - Try Me
06. Winstons - Color Him Father
07. Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose A Good Thing
08. Barbara Mason - Yes I'm Ready
09. Brenton Wood - Catch You On The Rebound
10. Maxine Brown - All In My Mind
11. Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
12. McKinley Mitchell - The Town I Live In

In response to those who have requested the original track lists from the vinyl Trenton label series:


Soley for historical, educational and listening pleasure.


  1. Can you post the ORIGINAL track list? I'm having a hard time finding it. Before its lost to time.

  2. Yes please post original lp track list from Trenton or macola label.

  3. I have one of the songs on the original track, He'll Be Back by The Players. I don't know where I got it, don't remember downloading it but here it is on my Windows Player. I love the song. The origin said Ease Side Story but I thought it was a movie. Glad I found your site.

  4. great site, i loved the music on each of the tracks, oldies but goodies.

  5. que des bombes wwouuuaah

  6. For the record East Side Story is from San Jose where customizing you lowrider with hydraulics and cruising started. Plenty of documentary about the culture and the different origins as it developed.

    1.'re the funniest Norcock ever!!!

    2. Hi. It would be nice to know where to find the documentary of the origin.... Can you direct me to a certain place?

  7. Awesome collections!Grew up listening and loved it all,I will not change to anything else!!!Awesome site

  8. ive got all of those beautiful songs

  9. wondering if you ever found more information on the history of the comps. particularly interested in the producer and the photos history.

    1. I am sorry I do not have any more information. Since none of the labels that this series has been released on has an address or phone number, I have to assume that an actual collector or collectors out these out.
      One commentator says they are out of the San Jose area.
      The CDs which are available on Amazon are produced by the ESD Guy I believe is a collector or bootlegger.

    2. I'm looking for all records can anyone help me. I'm tired of seein crazy numbers out there for the vinyl!

  10. awesome series. i wish i had the entire vinyl collection. i did find a stash of about 5 or 6 volumes, but the vinyl was in rough shape. i ended up selling them for the cover artwork instead on ebay, and they sold quick! just bought a sealed copy in amazing condition of Vol.1!

  11. awesome series. i wish i had the entire vinyl collection. i did find a stash of about 5 or 6 volumes, but the vinyl was in rough shape. i ended up selling them for the cover artwork instead on ebay, and they sold quick! just bought a sealed copy in amazing condition of Vol.1!

  12. i have 1-12 but i do know it goes all the way up to 15..i have them both on vinyl and cd (the vinyl collection is alot better then the cd collection) the tracks have been changed and aren't as good. i was bummed cause the cds are about 100 bucks or so. im guessing its cause whoever remastered the cds switched them arund..dunno but cds re not the ame

    1. The OG series goes up to 12 then a second series was released called the gold series 1-3. People think they are part of the same series. When in fact it was an added bonus. If you are interested in selling your collection. Let me know I ha e been looking for it for some time now. Email me

  13. Does anyone know who sings a song something like 1 Pluse 1 = me and you 2 plus 2 = I love you. Something like please