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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 8/19/1997
  • Label: Sequel Records Uk
  • EAN: 5023224091727
  • Catalog Number: 917

Tracks

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

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