20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Del Vikings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Del Vikings have a confusing history, but there are a couple of undisputed facts. Their signature tune and biggest hit, "Come Go With Me," was written by bass vocalist Clarence Quick and features a fine lead vocal by Norman Wright, as well as a distinctive sax line by Gene Upshaw. Past that, confusion reigns. "Come Go With Me" was a hit in 1956 on Dot Records, and while it was still on the charts, the group split into two different outfits, both using the Del Vikings name, or some variation of it, with part of the group remaining at Dot while Quick and Wright moved on to sign with Mercury Records. So while Quick wrote the other big tune that was a hit for the Del ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Del Vikings have a confusing history, but there are a couple of undisputed facts. Their signature tune and biggest hit, "Come Go With Me," was written by bass vocalist Clarence Quick and features a fine lead vocal by Norman Wright, as well as a distinctive sax line by Gene Upshaw. Past that, confusion reigns. "Come Go With Me" was a hit in 1956 on Dot Records, and while it was still on the charts, the group split into two different outfits, both using the Del Vikings name, or some variation of it, with part of the group remaining at Dot while Quick and Wright moved on to sign with Mercury Records. So while Quick wrote the other big tune that was a hit for the Del Vikings, "Whispering Bells," it wasn't his version of the group that had the hit. This brief collection sidesteps all of that and presents the top dozen sides released under the Del Vikings name, including the two biggest hits. In truth, this is probably sufficient for most listeners. A pleasant enough doo wop group, the Del Vikings came late to the dance, and thanks to the confusion of their contractual situation, were never really given the opportunity to develop their sound further.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498612262
  • Catalog Number: 000159102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Go With Me (2:40)
  2. 2 Don't Be a Fool (2:52)
  3. 3 Whispering Bells (2:24)
  4. 4 Cool Shake (2:12)
  5. 5 A Sunday Kind of Love (2:23)
  6. 6 Come Along With Me (1:59)
  7. 7 When I Come Home (2:41)
  8. 8 I'm Spinning (1:49)
  9. 9 The Big Beat (1:58)
  10. 10 The Voodoo Man (1:46)
  11. 11 I Hear Bells (2:26)
  12. 12 Bring Back Your Heart (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Del Vikings Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Tony Love Composer
Peter Grendysa Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Clarence E. Quick Composer
Bob Strong Composer
Dana Smart Producer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Joan Whitney Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Bell Composer
Don Bray Composer
Pat DiCesare Composer
Edward Ellen Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Carl Stevens Composer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Michele Horie Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Introduction to multi-personality doo-wop group

    While the Del Vikings can stake a claim to fame as one of the first racially integrated groups in rock history, their more lasting legacy is the difficulty of collecting their music. Having splintered into two groups shortly after the success of the signature "Come Go With Me," their catalog is confusing to even the most savvy collectors. Members moved between the two groups (and the labels to which they were signed), hit versions were authored by one group and recorded by the other, and early demo recordings of hit singles were refurbished and issued on the tails of the groups' chart successes. Conveniently, Universal Music (Hip-O's parent) owns both the Dot and Mercury catalogs, providing this sampler the high points from both groups' output. ¶ Among these twelve tracks are the groups' hits ("Come Go With Me" "Whispering Bells" and "Cool Shake"), and a sketch of the doo-wop that the splintered group never managed to launch onto the charts. Lesser known highlights include the boppin' tempo, honkin' sax and twangin' guitar of "The Big Beat," the bass lead vocal of "The Voodoo Man," and the Drifters-styled arrangement of "Bring Back Your Heart." Two of the tracks, "Come Along With Me" and "I Hear Bells (Wedding Bells)," do little more than reprise the group's previous hits, "Come Go With Me" and "Whispering Bells." They're interesting historical novelties, but on such a brief collection it would have been nice to get a bit more breadth. ¶ With so many compilations available on this band, including their earliest demo materials, it's difficult to complete a collection without duplicating tracks. This is a good introduction to the group's singing at a good price; anything deeper will require purchasing multiple discs and sorting out which group's take of which tracks you have. ¶ 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.

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