1947-1955

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Led by the sultry tenor voice of Sonny Til, the Orioles -- in spite of being regarded by many as the originators of doo wop -- have been poorly served in the CD era, with most of the collections available consisting of re-recorded versions of their late-'40s and early-'50s hits. There is the massive and definitive six-disc box from Bear Family, of course, but little for the more casual listener to seek out, a situation this double-disc, 52-track set from Acrobat addresses nicely. It features all of their major hits, including "It's Too Soon to Know," "It's Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas," and their signature tune, "Crying in the Chapel," as well as more bluesy and raucous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Led by the sultry tenor voice of Sonny Til, the Orioles -- in spite of being regarded by many as the originators of doo wop -- have been poorly served in the CD era, with most of the collections available consisting of re-recorded versions of their late-'40s and early-'50s hits. There is the massive and definitive six-disc box from Bear Family, of course, but little for the more casual listener to seek out, a situation this double-disc, 52-track set from Acrobat addresses nicely. It features all of their major hits, including "It's Too Soon to Know," "It's Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas," and their signature tune, "Crying in the Chapel," as well as more bluesy and raucous material like their version of "Baby Please Don't Go." One of the first groups to bring an overt gospel influence into the pop arena, the Orioles are well worth investigating, and since this collection features original recordings rather than revisits, it makes a perfect and affordable place to begin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Acrobat
  • UPC: 824046500023
  • Catalog Number: 5000
  • Sales rank: 127,035

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Too Soon to Know (3:03)
  2. 2 Barbra Lee (2:26)
  3. 3 (It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas (3:24)
  4. 4 Tell Me So (3:12)
  5. 5 Deacon Jones (3:18)
  6. 6 A Kiss and a Rose (3:22)
  7. 7 I Challenge Your Kiss (2:59)
  8. 8 Forgive and Forget (3:18)
  9. 9 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve (2:59)
  10. 10 I Cover the Waterfront (3:28)
  11. 11 Every Dog-Gone Time (3:10)
  12. 12 If It's to Be (2:57)
  13. 13 I'd Rather Have You Under the Moon (2:32)
  14. 14 I Need You So (2:40)
  15. 15 Goodnight Irene (3:12)
  16. 16 I Cross My Fingers (2:36)
  17. 17 Walking by the River (3:08)
  18. 18 I Miss You So (3:08)
  19. 19 Happy Go Lucky Local Blues (2:45)
  20. 20 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) (2:59)
  21. 21 Hold Me! Squeeze Me! (2:11)
  22. 22 Baby Please Don't Go (2:28)
  23. 23 For All We Know (2:49)
  24. 24 How Blind Can You Be (2:42)
  25. 25 I May Be Wrong (2:15)
  26. 26 Blame It on Yourself (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Loved One (2:34)
  2. 2 Waiting (2:55)
  3. 3 Barfly (2:22)
  4. 4 A Scandal (2:47)
  5. 5 It Ain't Gonna Be Like That (2:28)
  6. 6 Gettin' Tired, Tired, Tired (2:59)
  7. 7 Pretty Pretty Rain (2:13)
  8. 8 Why Did You Go (2:51)
  9. 9 No Other Love (2:47)
  10. 10 The Night Has Come (2:57)
  11. 11 Don't Stop (2:28)
  12. 12 My Baby's Gonna Get It (2:36)
  13. 13 I Only Have Eyes for You (2:45)
  14. 14 Once in a While (2:24)
  15. 15 Don't Cry Baby (2:49)
  16. 16 See See Rider (2:36)
  17. 17 Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (2:57)
  18. 18 Bad Little Girl (2:32)
  19. 19 Crying in the Chapel (3:08)
  20. 20 In the Mission of St. Augustine (2:53)
  21. 21 The Robe of Calvary (2:38)
  22. 22 Don't Go to Strangers (2:24)
  23. 23 Secret Love (2:40)
  24. 24 In the Chapel in the Moonlight (3:16)
  25. 25 Fair Exchange (2:47)
  26. 26 I Need You Baby (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Orioles Primary Artist
Ralph Williams Guitar
Sonny Til Vocals
Alexander Sharp Tenor (Vocal)
Johnny Reed Bass (Vocal)
Lloyd Thomas Jr. "Tommy" Gaither Guitar
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Billy Hill Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Prince Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Jimmy Henderson Composer
Lincoln Chase Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Bud Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Hy Heath Composer
Walter Kent Composer
John Lange Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
S. Lewis Composer
Harry Noble Composer
Dave Penny Liner Notes
Pamela Rose Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Artie Glenn Composer
Una Mae Carlisle Composer
Sonny Til & the Orioles Composer
Dave Mann Composer
William Farrar Composer
Robert Sour Composer
Arthur Kent Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Richard Loring Composer
Henry Sullivan Composer
Bill Tennyson Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Thomas Connor Composer
LaVern Farr Composer
Stella Unger Composer
Bertha Scott Composer
Vickie Russell Composer
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