Doo Wop Shop [Ace]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a 30-song compilation of doo wop from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, this suffers both from inconsistency and unfavorable comparisons to numerous superior doo wop anthologies. There actually is a lot of good music here, but it's hard to figure what exactly the audience is for a disc that mixes classic familiar doo wop hits with smaller hits and downright flops. The hits on board here tend to be a little more on the cleaner and whiter side than those on the average doo wop comp, though not exclusively so. The roll call of those hits is fairly long: Dion & the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why," the Earls' "Remember Then," Randy & the Rainbows' "Denise," the Penguins' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a 30-song compilation of doo wop from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s, this suffers both from inconsistency and unfavorable comparisons to numerous superior doo wop anthologies. There actually is a lot of good music here, but it's hard to figure what exactly the audience is for a disc that mixes classic familiar doo wop hits with smaller hits and downright flops. The hits on board here tend to be a little more on the cleaner and whiter side than those on the average doo wop comp, though not exclusively so. The roll call of those hits is fairly long: Dion & the Belmonts' "I Wonder Why," the Earls' "Remember Then," Randy & the Rainbows' "Denise," the Penguins' "Earth Angel," Curtis Lee's "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," Rosie & the Originals' "Angel Baby," the Teen Queens' "Eddie My Love," the Jive Five's "My True Story," the Crests' "The Angels Listened In," the Mystics' "Hushabye," Cathy Jean & the Roommates' "Please Love Me Forever," the Chimes' "Once in a While," and the Capris' "There's a Moon Out Tonight." Some of the lesser-known tracks are indeed gems, like the Eternals' goofy "Babalu's Wedding Day" and "Rockin' in the Jungle" great jungle cries on the latter, the Belmonts' "We Belong Together," the Pentagons' "To Be Loved Forever," and the Genies' "Who's That Knocking." Interspersed with these are some much less essential obscurities, a couple of which weren't issued until the 1980s and 1990s, and some of them blatantly derivative of bigger hits on Randy & the Rainbows' "Why Do Kids Grow Up," they offer a poor facsimile of their own "Denise". It was an inspired move, however, to put on the Skyliners' beautiful lush orchestrated ballad "This I Swear," rather than their classic but over-anthologized "Since I Don't Have You."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1994
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667139229
  • Catalog Number: 392
  • Sales rank: 263,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts (2:22)
  2. 2 Remember Then - The Earls (2:11)
  3. 3 Why Do Kids Grow Up - Randy & the Rainbows (1:50)
  4. 4 Please Love Me Forever - Cathy Jean & the Roomates (2:56)
  5. 5 You Were Mine @@The Fireflies (1:58)
  6. 6 Babalu's Wedding Day - The Eternals (2:11)
  7. 7 Church Bells May Ring - The Cadets (2:11)
  8. 8 Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee (2:44)
  9. 9 I'll Follow You @@JThe armels (2:14)
  10. 10 Angel Baby - Rosie & the Originals (2:49)
  11. 11 Earth Angel - The Penguins (2:58)
  12. 12 On Sunday Afternoon - The Harptones (2:32)
  13. 13 Denise - Randy & the Rainbows (1:58)
  14. 14 Eyes - The Earls (2:34)
  15. 15 Possibility - The Crowns (2:27)
  16. 16 We Belong Together - The Belmonts (2:18)
  17. 17 I'll Never Know @@The Del-Saints (2:46)
  18. 18 Once in a While - The Chimes (2:29)
  19. 19 Rocking in the Jungle @@The Eternals (2:32)
  20. 20 Shouldn't I @@The Orients (2:15)
  21. 21 I Remember - The Five Discs (2:02)
  22. 22 Eddie My Love - The Teen Queens (3:13)
  23. 23 To Be Loved (Forever) - The Pentagons (2:27)
  24. 24 My True Story - The Jive Five (2:31)
  25. 25 Who's That Knocking - The Genies (2:16)
  26. 26 The Angels Listened In - The Crests (2:02)
  27. 27 Hushabye - The Mystics (2:33)
  28. 28 There's a Moon Out Tonight - The Capris (2:14)
  29. 29 This I Swear - The Skyliners (2:32)
  30. 30 Till Then - The Classics (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cathy Jean & the Roomates Track Performer
Randy & the Rainbows Track Performer
Curtis Lee Track Performer
Rosie & the Originals Track Performer
Dion & the Belmonts Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mort Shuman Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Bud Green Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Stan Vincent Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Tony Powers Composer
Gavin Pearce Illustrations
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