Doo Wop Under the Covers

Doo Wop Under the Covers

     
 

This 26-song compilation from the Roulette Records vaults is a good complement to the West Side Records' triple-set on Roulette and the various double sets on it precursor labels. It's a strange collection, featuring various R&B acts covering the work of other acts -- The Essex's version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a good enoughSee more details below

Overview

This 26-song compilation from the Roulette Records vaults is a good complement to the West Side Records' triple-set on Roulette and the various double sets on it precursor labels. It's a strange collection, featuring various R&B acts covering the work of other acts -- The Essex's version of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a good enough rendition, though Frankie Lymon's solo recording of "Silhouettes" shows how undistinguished a singer he was after his voice changed -- Wayne Anthony's "A Thousand Miles" away is a lot more impressive. Little Anthony & the Imperials are heavily featured, in a series of strong performances, including "I Cover the Waterfront" and "Please Say You Want Me." Most of these groups or their arrangers put a special touch on their work, such as the accented sax and drums on "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" by the Cleftones, the ethereal presence of Richard Barrett's lead, and the falsetto singing of the group, on his performance of "Come Softly to Me" by the Chantels, and the bells-like vamping behind Joey Page on "Blue Velvet." The collection is diverse enough and the sound is good enough to make it indispensable to doo wop and oldies enthusiasts, and the music may also seriously please casual listeners as well. The only thing that's a little strange about the annotation, despite an effort at thoroughness, is that no release dates for these recordings are included, only those of the more familiar renditions.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1997
Label:
Sequel Records Uk
UPC:
5023224091727
catalogNumber:
917

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Tracks

  1. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
  2. A Thousand Miles Away  - Wayne Anthony
  3. Silhouettes  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  4. I Cover the Waterfront  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  5. Earth Angel
  6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  7. Tonight's the Night  -  Teenagers
  8. Diamonds and Pearls  -  Turbans
  9. Please Say You Want Me  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  10. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  11. Gee Whiz! (Look at His Eyes)
  12. The Glory of Love
  13. Beside You
  14. Gee  -  Harmony Grits
  15. Over the Rainbow  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  16. We Belong Together
  17. A Hundred Pounds of Clay
  18. Come Softly to Me
  19. Blue Velvet
  20. When You Wish upon a Star  -  Little Anthony & the Imperials
  21. Red Sails in the Sunset
  22. Buzz Buzz Buzz  -  Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  23. Creation of Love
  24. The Glory of Love
  25. Heavenly Father
  26. (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angels   Track Performer
Cleftones   Track Performer
Frankie Lymon   Track Performer
Turbans   Track Performer
Little Anthony & the Imperials   Track Performer
Uniques   Track Performer
Essex   Track Performer
Teenagers   Track Performer
Wayne Anthony   Track Performer
Richard Barrett   Track Performer
Flamingos   Track Performer
Harmony Grits   Track Performer
Devotions   Track Performer
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Gray   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Donald Hayes   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Robert Byrd   Composer

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