Ooh Bop Sha Boo: King Vocal Groups, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
King Records had the whole field of rock & roll, R&B, and hillbilly covered in the '50s, including doo wop groups. Here are a couple of dozen doo woppers from 1952-1961 King singles, none of them hits, and few of them by artists who had any success of note, other than the Five Keys and Otis Williams & the Charms. Note that the group called the Temptations on this disc, represented by both sides of their sole 1958 single, are not the same as the Temptations who recorded for Motown, or indeed, as a third group called the Temptations who had a Top Thirty hit with "Barbara" in 1960. Nor is the male vocal group here called the Crystals any relation to the girl...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
King Records had the whole field of rock & roll, R&B, and hillbilly covered in the '50s, including doo wop groups. Here are a couple of dozen doo woppers from 1952-1961 King singles, none of them hits, and few of them by artists who had any success of note, other than the Five Keys and Otis Williams & the Charms. Note that the group called the Temptations on this disc, represented by both sides of their sole 1958 single, are not the same as the Temptations who recorded for Motown, or indeed, as a third group called the Temptations who had a Top Thirty hit with "Barbara" in 1960. Nor is the male vocal group here called the Crystals any relation to the girl group who had several Phil Spector-produced hits. There's a good variety of styles within the doo wop genre here -- gushy slow ballads, up-tempo numbers with nonsense syllables galore, and gymnastic vocal harmony arrangements. In the up-tempo approach, the Guytones' "Ooh Bop Sha Boo Give All Your Love to Me" is one of the best cuts; the Tenderfoots' "Those Golden Bells" has that mellow, melodramatic sound common in mid-'50s doo wop, just before it got toughened up by the rock & roll explosion; Otis Williams & the Charms' 1961 single "So Can I" has a nice, slightly modernized tinge; and the same group's earlier "Let Some Love in Your Heart" has some really fine harmonizing, leaning more toward an adult pop style than doo wop usually did. But most of this is pretty ordinary doo wop, sometimes stereotypically so, of interest almost exclusively to avid collectors of the genre. And the Federals' cover of "Come Go With Me," released in competition with the huge Del Vikings' hit version of the same song, is depressingly inferior to the one that became a smash.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667198325
  • Catalog Number: 983
  • Sales rank: 168,851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ooh Bop Sha Boo (Give All Your Love to Me) - The Guytones (2:20)
  2. 2 Come Go With Me - Federals (2:46)
  3. 3 Deep in My Heart for You - The Pyramids (2:23)
  4. 4 Standing Alone - The Temptations (2:27)
  5. 5 So Can I - Otis Williams & the Charms (2:27)
  6. 6 I Need Your Tenderness - The Chanters (2:52)
  7. 7 My Angel - Californians (2:19)
  8. 8 Lonely Rain - The Mascots (2:44)
  9. 9 God Only Knows - The Crystals (2:20)
  10. 10 You Broke the Only Heart - The Five Keys (2:30)
  11. 11 I'm Yours Anyhow - The Tenderfoots (2:22)
  12. 12 Dear Mother - The Hurricanes (2:33)
  13. 13 Let Some Love in Your Heart - Otis Williams & the Charms (2:12)
  14. 14 Who Knows, Do You? - The Swallows (2:04)
  15. 15 Tell Me (How Was I to Know) - The Guytones (2:11)
  16. 16 My, My, Darling - The Chanters (2:30)
  17. 17 The Story of My Heart - The Mascots (2:54)
  18. 18 Roach's Rock - The Temptations (2:26)
  19. 19 Ask Me - Kenny Martin (2:10)
  20. 20 Tell Me You're Mine - The Five Jets (2:04)
  21. 21 My Baby's Gone - The Velvet Keys (2:26)
  22. 22 Those Golden Bells - The Tenderfoots (2:36)
  23. 23 Blue Flowers - The Strangers (2:41)
  24. 24 Eternally - The Swallows (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Thompson Group Member
Bill Davis Group Member
Otis Williams Group Member
Michael Cruz Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
John Grant Group Member
Bill Isles Group Member
Charles Lee Group Member
Eddie Levert Leader, Group Member
Ramon Lopez Group Member
Bobby Massey Group Member
Matthew Nelson Group Member
William Powell Group Member
Carl White Group Member
Walter Williams Group Member
Eddie Rich Group Member
Tony Lopez Rivera Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Carl Stewart Group Member
Rudy West Group Member
Herman "Junior" Denby Group Member
Elliott Green Group Member
Bud Johnson Group Member
Fred Paige Group Member
Larry Pendergrass Group Member
Maryland Pierce Group Member
Dickie Smith Group Member
Bernie West Group Member
Ray Peña Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Ken Fox Group Member
Norris Mack Group Member
Vernon Britton Group Member
Rudy "Unc-Funk" Anderson Group Member
Henry Austin Group Member
Willie Rockwell Group Member
Frederick P. Williams Group Member
William Clarke Group Member
Efraín Rivera Leader, Group Member
Joe Murphy Leader, Group Member
Alfred Frazier Group Member
John Harris Group Member
Tom Williams Group Member
Earl Hurley Group Member
Matt Williams Group Member
James H. Brown Group Member
John Cales Bass (Vocal), Group Member
Lionel Cobbs Group Member
Lorenzo Cook Group Member
Joe Dandy Group Member
John Dorsey Group Member
Wilfred Gerald Group Member
Woodrow Jackson Group Member
Frederick "Money" Johnson Group Member
Tommy Malon Leader, Group Member
Vincent Pascale Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
James Pendor Group Member
Kenneth Perdue Group Member
Pringle Sims Group Member
Philip Spina Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Thomas "Dickie" Threatt Group Member
Stanley Wagner Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Ronnie Willis Group Member
Lonnie Carter Group Member
Technical Credits
Johnny Otis Composer
Alan Ross Composer
Richard Parker Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Carl White Composer
Danny Overbea Composer
Joe Seneca Composer
Elliott Green Composer
Fred Paige Composer
Larry Pendergrass Composer
Joe Penn Composer
Clarence E. Quick Composer
Vernon Britton Composer
Joe Murphy Composer
Gordon Skadberg Liner Notes
Earl White Composer
Ruben Wright Composer
Raymond D. Martinez Composer
John Brizant Arranger
Woodrow Jackson Composer
Vincent Pascale Composer
Stanley Wagner Composer
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