It's a Treat: The King/De Luxe Recordings 1959-63

It's a Treat: The King/De Luxe Recordings 1959-63

by Otis Williams & the Charms
     
 
Otis Williams & the Charms are mostly known for their recordings in the mid-'50s, when they had hits with "Hearts of Stone," "Ivory Tower," and "Two Hearts (Two Kisses, Makes One Love)." It's not so well known that Williams continued to record for King into the early '60s. This 24-track anthology wraps up his surprisingly extensive King

Overview

Otis Williams & the Charms are mostly known for their recordings in the mid-'50s, when they had hits with "Hearts of Stone," "Ivory Tower," and "Two Hearts (Two Kisses, Makes One Love)." It's not so well known that Williams continued to record for King into the early '60s. This 24-track anthology wraps up his surprisingly extensive King discography between 1959 and 1963, a time during which -- although the records were billed to Otis Williams & His Charms -- Williams was mostly backed by session singers. No chart hits emerged from this period, not so much due to Williams' vocals (which remained in good form) as a lack of outstanding material and his ability to keep pace with changing trends. Much of this CD is average doo wop, and so mostly of interest to completist collectors of that style. Sometimes he'd try out rock & roll ("You Know How Much I Care," co-written by Hank Ballard, and "Wait a Minute Baby") and earthy R&B ("Watch Dog"), and there was even an unlikely stab at a cover of a hit (the Safaris' "Image of a Girl"), doomed to failure in light of the original version's head start. Others had traces of early soul, with "When We Get Together," for instance, showing the influence of Sam Cooke. He even tried "Unchain My Heart," though his rather jolly version is markedly inferior to the anguished Ray Charles hit treatment of the same tune. Nothing clicked, leaving this clutch of average 45s to languish largely undiscovered, though Ace as usual packages them with excellent liner notes and illustrations.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667041522
catalogNumber:
6704152
Rank:
311408

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Otis Williams & the Charms   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Ballard   Composer
Andy Gibson   Composer
Otis Williams   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Danny Taylor   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Skeeter Best   Composer
Dorian Burton   Composer
Ted Cooper   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Horace Ott   Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Joe Shapiro   Composer
Henry Stone   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Teddy Powell   Composer
Edison Gore   Composer
Richard Clasky   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Windsor King   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer
Marvin Rosenberg   Composer
Joe Lubin   Composer
Adam Ross   Composer
Mabel Scott   Composer
Albert Shubert   Composer
Marnie Ewald   Composer
Edward Zolas   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Michel Ruppli   References
Bobby Sharp   Composer
Lonnie Carter   Composer
Ray Starr   Composer
Charles Singleton   Composer
Joan Keyes   Composer
Billy Oliver   Composer

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