Doo Wop Shop [Ace]

Doo Wop Shop [Ace]

     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
03/01/1994
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667139229
catalogNumber:
392
Rank:
176276

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Tracks

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

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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
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
Michael Edwards   Composer

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