Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Earl Lewis & the Channels
     
 
The Channels (surprisingly) never reached the charts, so Greatest Hits isn't an accurate title -- maybe "Greatest Regional Hits" would've been a better choice -- but everything else about this Relic collection is done thoughtfully and well. The disc includes each of the 16 sides the group recorded over five years with Bobby Robinson's labels (Whirlin Disc and

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The Channels (surprisingly) never reached the charts, so Greatest Hits isn't an accurate title -- maybe "Greatest Regional Hits" would've been a better choice -- but everything else about this Relic collection is done thoughtfully and well. The disc includes each of the 16 sides the group recorded over five years with Bobby Robinson's labels (Whirlin Disc and Fury), including East Coast favorites like "The Closer You Are" and "The Gleam in Your Eye." The Channels never moved far from that rich, mid-tempo supper-club sound, but with the talent displayed on most of these tracks, the lack of variety hardly sounds like a liability. Other highlights are "My Love Will Never Die," a gorgeous 1959 ballad from their second stint with Robinson (after two years misspent with George Goldner), and "Stay as You Are," with a stunning harmony falsetto. Though it's more obscure than the New York's Finest collection on Collectables (filed under Earl Lewis & the Channels), this one has two extra tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2013
Label:
Relic
UPC:
0724075700220
catalogNumber:
7002
Rank:
128525

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