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

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667041522
  • Catalog Number: 6704152
  • Sales rank: 299,804

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wait a Minute Baby (2:37)
  2. 2 Image of a Girl (2:29)
  3. 3 Watch Dog (3:01)
  4. 4 My Prayer Tonight (2:51)
  5. 5 Just Forget About Me (2:30)
  6. 6 So Can I (2:27)
  7. 7 You Know How Much I Care (2:04)
  8. 8 Wait (2:39)
  9. 9 When We Get Together (3:05)
  10. 10 Little Turtle Dove (2:17)
  11. 11 The Secret (2:43)
  12. 12 Tears of Happiness (2:33)
  13. 13 Unchain My Heart (2:22)
  14. 14 Only Young Once (2:36)
  15. 15 I Knew It All the Time (2:37)
  16. 16 Two Hearts (2:38)
  17. 17 Chief Um (Take It Easy) (2:20)
  18. 18 Funny What True Love Can Do (2:42)
  19. 19 Panic (2:44)
  20. 20 And Take My Love (2:55)
  21. 21 It's a Treat (2:15)
  22. 22 Silver Star (2:18)
  23. 23 It Just Ain't Right (2:44)
  24. 24 It'll Never Happen Again (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Williams & the Charms Primary Artist, Vocals
Otis Williams Indexed Contributor
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
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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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