Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
From the late 1950s through the early '60s, the pop charts were full of street corner harmony as scores of vocal groups formed and hit the recording studios. Drawing on the grandfathered styles of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, and later the Ravens and the Orioles which led to a grand procession of groups named after birds, these quartets and quintets added in a little gospel plus a slight dose of the old jump blues and hooked themselves to the rock & roll train as it flew past. In time, the grittier R&B roots were smoothed out for the teen market, and doo wop -- an umbrella term for all of these vocal incarnations -- was well on its way to becoming its own...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
From the late 1950s through the early '60s, the pop charts were full of street corner harmony as scores of vocal groups formed and hit the recording studios. Drawing on the grandfathered styles of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, and later the Ravens and the Orioles which led to a grand procession of groups named after birds, these quartets and quintets added in a little gospel plus a slight dose of the old jump blues and hooked themselves to the rock & roll train as it flew past. In time, the grittier R&B roots were smoothed out for the teen market, and doo wop -- an umbrella term for all of these vocal incarnations -- was well on its way to becoming its own sort of instant, self-referencing nostalgia when the Beatles and the British Invasion hit to finish the matter. This three-disc set spreads its net fairly wide to include some early Motown acts as well as groups like the Platters and the Drifters who are probably closer to mainstream R&B than they are to doo wop proper, if you're into splitting hairs. Either way, the end result is an impressive starter box for the genre, although a few tracks from the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots, the Ravens, the Orioles, and the other late-'40s vocal groups who helped set the template for the harmony group form would have made a nice fourth-disc addition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663374421
  • Catalog Number: 33744

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Back My Love - The Cardinals (2:26)
  2. 2 The Glory of Love (3:09)
  3. 3 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (2:20)
  4. 4 Love Walked In - The Flamingos (2:51)
  5. 5 Twilight Time (2:47)
  6. 6 Blue Velvet - The Moonglows (3:05)
  7. 7 The Wind - The Diablos (3:03)
  8. 8 Work with Me Annie (2:47)
  9. 9 My Memories of You (3:11)
  10. 10 Down on My Knees - The Heartbeats (1:54)
  11. 11 The Letter (2:49)
  12. 12 A Casual Look (2:26)
  13. 13 Please Send Me Someone to Love - The Moonglows (2:23)
  14. 14 Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (3:07)
  15. 15 Count Every Star - The Rivieras (2:52)
  16. 16 Every Night (I Pray) (2:06)
  17. 17 I Met Him on Sunday (Ronde-Ronde) (2:15)
  18. 18 Bad Boy - The Jive Bombers (2:53)
  19. 19 Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes (2:31)
  20. 20 Star Dust (3:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 For Sentimental Reasons (2:30)
  2. 2 The Girl I Love - The Cadillacs (2:31)
  3. 3 I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent (2:48)
  4. 4 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:39)
  5. 5 Come Softly to Me (2:26)
  6. 6 Chapel of Dreams - The Dubs (2:29)
  7. 7 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (2:23)
  8. 8 Don't You Just Know It (2:34)
  9. 9 Little Bitty Pretty One (2:22)
  10. 10 Down the Aisle of Love - The Quin-Tones (2:51)
  11. 11 A Million to One (2:30)
  12. 12 Once Upon a Time (2:52)
  13. 13 Moonlight Cocktails - The Rivieras (2:45)
  14. 14 Deep Purple (2:13)
  15. 15 At the Hop (2:32)
  16. 16 Little Darlin' - The Diamonds (2:09)
  17. 17 Lonely Way - The Skyliners (2:17)
  18. 18 Sea of Love - The Twilights (2:24)
  19. 19 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You) (3:28)
  20. 20 I Believe - The Earls (4:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Wonderful Dream - The Majors (2:02)
  2. 2 Village of Love (2:01)
  3. 3 The Angels Listened In (2:03)
  4. 4 It Happened Today (1:48)
  5. 5 My Own True Love (2:30)
  6. 6 Love Came to Me - Dion (2:46)
  7. 7 Come on Little Angel - The Belmonts (3:00)
  8. 8 I Count the Tears - The Drifters (2:15)
  9. 9 Let Me In - The Sensations (3:08)
  10. 10 Smoky Places - The Corsairs (3:01)
  11. 11 I'm a Happy Man (2:39)
  12. 12 This Magic Moment - The Drifters (2:28)
  13. 13 Angel Baby (3:45)
  14. 14 Who But the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) (2:45)
  15. 15 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (2:42)
  16. 16 A Thousand Stars (3:13)
  17. 17 You've Really Got a Hold on Me - The Miracles (3:11)
  18. 18 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (2:35)
  19. 19 You Were Mine - Fireflies (1:58)
  20. 20 Forever (2:44)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Vernon Green Composer
Carole King Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Nolan Strong Composer
Maurice Williams Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Nathaniel Mayer Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Jimmy Beaumont Composer
William Best Composer
Raoul Cita Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Dion DiMucci Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Alan Dunn Composer
Bob Edwards Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Gilbert Lopez Composer
Al Nevins Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Eugene Pearson Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Luckey Roberts Composer
Jimmy Shirl Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Margo Sylvia Composer
Deek Watson Composer
Bernie Wayne Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Dorothy Brown Composer
Yvonne Baker Composer
George Goldner Composer
Avon Long Composer
Bill Dahl Essay
Robert Byrd Composer
Phyllis Carr Composer
Gretchen Christopher Composer
Doris Coley Composer
Barbara Ellis Composer
Addie Harris Composer
Beverley Lee Composer
Lee Morris Composer
Billy Myles Composer
Esther Navarro Composer
Shirley Owens Composer
Casey Spencer Composer
Gary Troxel Composer
Janet Vogel Composer
Paul Leo Politi Composer
George Khoury Composer
Bobby Mansfield Composer
George Matola Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Mack David Composer
Rose Marks Composer
Joe Rock Composer
Joseph Rock Composer
Shane Sheppard Composer
Arthur Singer Composer
James Beaumont Composer
Bruno Coquatrix Composer
Nick Curinga Composer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
John Roberts Artwork
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Thomas Bogdany Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Derek Dressler Discographical Annotation
Jeff Palo Producer
John Falbo Composer
Paul Giacalone Composer
Jimmy Johnson Composer
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