Street Corner Essentials

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's 2001 release, Street Corner Essentials, intends to showcase many of the greatest doo wop singles of the genre's classic period -- namely the late '50s and early '60s. This doesn't mean just the biggest hits; as a matter of fact, the compilers divide this 50-track, double-disc collection down the middle, devoting the first disc to "The Hits" and the second to "The Rare Sides." Since it primarily draws from the Universal vaults, this doesn't contain every great doo wop side, and there are several songs, such as "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" and "Little Darlin," that aren't represented by the biggest hit versions. And if you want to get technical about it, a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hip-O's 2001 release, Street Corner Essentials, intends to showcase many of the greatest doo wop singles of the genre's classic period -- namely the late '50s and early '60s. This doesn't mean just the biggest hits; as a matter of fact, the compilers divide this 50-track, double-disc collection down the middle, devoting the first disc to "The Hits" and the second to "The Rare Sides." Since it primarily draws from the Universal vaults, this doesn't contain every great doo wop side, and there are several songs, such as "Happy Happy Birthday Baby" and "Little Darlin," that aren't represented by the biggest hit versions. And if you want to get technical about it, a bunch of songs toward the end of disc one and some of disc two aren't strictly doo wop either, at least by the most rigid definition of the style. That doesn't mean this is a con, though. Hardly. While Rhino's The Doo Wop Box remains the classic summary/introduction to this music and its two sequels get nearly all the other great songs, this is where a lot of listeners -- those who love this music dearly, but aren't obsessive -- should turn next, since even if there is some duplication with that set, it's not that much and the singles on disc one are by and large very good. Then, there's that glorious second disc, which will please those aforementioned fans and the obsessive, since it is song-for-song stronger or equal to the first, and it has the added bonus of all the songs making their U.S. debut on CD. There may not be anything here that is a flat-out knockout, but every one of these rather obscure sides -- some by names as familiar as the Crests with their "16 Candles" sequel "You Blew out the Candles"; some by names quite obscure; and some just plain curiosities, like an early single by Jimmy Castor later known for such gonzo-funk anthems as "Bertha Butt Boogie" and "Trogolodyte" -- provides great listening for the ferociously dedicated and casual doo wop lover alike. That might not quite make it essential, but Street Corner Essentials still would be welcome in any collection of classic R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731455626421
  • Catalog Number: 556264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nadine (2:50)
  2. 2 Darling Dear - The Counts (3:30)
  3. 3 Sincerely - The Moonglows (3:11)
  4. 4 Rolling Stone (2:54)
  5. 5 I'll Be Home - The Flamingos (2:55)
  6. 6 Come Go With Me - The Del Vikings (2:42)
  7. 7 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (2:25)
  8. 8 Little Darlin' - The Gladiolas (2:22)
  9. 9 Long Lonely Nights (2:58)
  10. 10 Book of Love (2:22)
  11. 11 Been So Long - The Pastels (2:43)
  12. 12 So Tough (2:18)
  13. 13 Oh Julie - The Crescendos (2:44)
  14. 14 Tell Me Why - Norman Fox & The Rob Roys (2:47)
  15. 15 I Met Him on a Sunday (2:16)
  16. 16 One Summer Night (2:16)
  17. 17 Little Star (2:43)
  18. 18 You Cheated - The Shields (2:29)
  19. 19 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:40)
  20. 20 (Sorry) I Ran All the Way Home - The Impalas (2:34)
  21. 21 Sea of Love - Phil Phillips with the Twilights (2:25)
  22. 22 Over the Rainbow (3:17)
  23. 23 Let Me In - The Sensations (3:07)
  24. 24 I Really Love You - The Stereos (2:19)
  25. 25 Imagination (2:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 White Cliffs of Dover - The Blue Jays (2:54)
  2. 2 Tryin to Get to You (2:39)
  3. 3 My Baby's Gone (2:32)
  4. 4 Show Me the Way (2:50)
  5. 5 Woke Up This Morning (2:12)
  6. 6 I Promise to Remember (2:39)
  7. 7 I Want to Love You - Sentimentals (2:19)
  8. 8 Sugar Mama - The Orbits (2:00)
  9. 9 M.T.Y.L.T.T. (2:53)
  10. 10 Dance, Girl, Dance - Norman Fox & The Rob Roys (2:37)
  11. 11 That's the Way I Feel (2:42)
  12. 12 Ding Dong - The Quin-Tones (3:07)
  13. 13 Joanie (2:14)
  14. 14 My Gloria (2:26)
  15. 15 Dorothy - The Hi Fives (2:11)
  16. 16 Your Memory (2:26)
  17. 17 Don't Be a Fool - The Explorers (2:36)
  18. 18 If I Only Had Magic - The Dubs (2:26)
  19. 19 Echo - The Emotions (2:27)
  20. 20 Two Hearts Are Better Than One - The Dubs (2:38)
  21. 21 My Heart Belongs to Only You - The Standards (2:04)
  22. 22 You Blew Out the Candles (2:48)
  23. 23 Honest I Will (2:51)
  24. 24 Be My Girl (Please Be Mine) - The Four-Evers (2:36)
  25. 25 Stars (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Belvin Tenor (Vocal)
The Crests Track Performer
The Emotions Track Performer
The Four Tops Track Performer
The Platters Track Performer
Maurice Williams Vocals
Gene Ammons Vocals
Tony Williams Vocals
The Elegants Track Performer
Ted Weems Baritone (Vocal)
The Dubs Track Performer
Shirley Alston Vocals
The Crescendos Track Performer
Jimmy Hall Vocals
Herb Reed Bass (Vocal)
Tony Thomas Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Carlisle Tenor (Vocal)
The Moonglows Track Performer
Mel Williams Tenor (Vocal)
The Monotones Track Performer
The Demensions Track Performer
The Five Satins Track Performer
Jay Joe Adams Baritone (Vocal)
Prentiss Barnes Bass
Johnny Bragg Vocals
Jake Carey Bass (Vocal)
Zeke Carey Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Carlucci Tenor (Vocal)
Warren Davis Tenor (Vocal)
Frankie Ervin Vocals
Norman Fox & The Rob Roys Vocals
Harvey Fuqua Tenor (Vocal)
The Gladiolas Track Performer
Dan Hicks Bass (Vocal)
Paul Kearney Tenor (Vocal)
James Lee Bass (Vocal)
Gilbert Lopez Vocals
George Malone Tenor (Vocal)
The Marigolds Track Performer
Nate Nelson Vocals
The Original Casuals Track Performer
Fred Parris Vocals
Charles Patrick Vocals
The Quin-Tones Track Performer
Lee Scott Vocals
Levi Stubbs Vocals
Margo Sylvia Vocals
Zola Taylor Vocals
Robert Thierer Baritone (Vocal)
Ed Thurman Tenor (Vocal)
Bob Trotman Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Tudanger Tenor (Vocal)
Cal Valentine Vocals
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Baritone (Vocal)
William Weatherspoon Tenor (Vocal)
William Stewart Baritone (Vocal)
Paul Wilson Baritone (Vocal)
Sam Armstrong Vocals
Yvonne Baker Vocals
Wendell "Breeze" Calhoun Bass
Charles Carruthers Vocals
Thomas "Butch" Curry Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Curtain Vocals
Charlotte Davis Vocals
Sam Griggs Tenor (Vocal)
Alphonso Howell Bass (Vocal)
Paul Robi Baritone (Vocal)
Lester Russaw Tenor (Vocal)
John Sylvia Bass
Richard Travis Tenor (Vocal)
Norman P. Wade Bass (Vocal)
J.B. Willingham Baritone (Vocal)
Roy Calhoun Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Griggs Bass (Vocal)
Stanley Mitchell Vocals
John Ryanes Bass (Vocal)
Warren Ryanes Baritone (Vocal)
Arthur Lee Andrew Thompson Vocals
Tommy Williams Bass (Vocal)
James Ancrum Vocals
Lew Arno Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Blandon Vocals
Kenneth Brigham Vocals
Cordell Brown Tenor (Vocal)
Phyllis Carr Vocals
J.T. Carter Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Jeannie Crist Vocals
Luther Dixon Tenor (Vocal)
Five Notes Track Performer
Tommy Fortner Vocals
Joe "Speedo" Frazier Vocals
Earl Gainey Tenor (Vocal)
Talmadge Gough Tenor (Vocal)
Tommy Grate Bass (Vocal)
Harvey Hershkowitz Baritone (Vocal)
Carolyn Holmes Vocals
Doris Coley Kenner Vocals
Beverley Lee Vocals
John Arthur Lee Tenor (Vocal)
David Lerchey Baritone (Vocal)
Howard Margolin Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Marisa Martelli Soprano (Vocal)
William Massey Tenor (Vocal)
The Orbits Track Performer
Vito Picone Vocals
Clarence E. Quick Bass (Vocal)
The Quotations Track Performer
Carman Romano Baritone (Vocal)
Charles Sutton Baritone (Vocal)
Billy Thomas Vocals
Harold Torres Tenor (Vocal)
The Tune Weavers Track Performer
Arthur Venosa Tenor (Vocal)
Jimmy Weston Vocals
Norman Wright Vocals
David Carroll & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lee Andrews & the Hearts Track Performer
Phil Phillips with the Twilights Track Performer
Don Jackson Tenor (Vocal)
Al "TNT" Braggs Vocals
Nat McCune Baritone
Tony Maltese Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Valentine Vocals
The Coronets Track Performer
The Stereos Track Performer
George Lewis Baritone (Vocal)
Ben Knight Bass (Vocal)
Bay Bops Track Performer
Willie Ephraim Tenor (Vocal)
Sylvester Hopkins Baritone (Vocal)
Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson Vocals
Roosevelt Mays Bass (Vocal)
Nick Zagami Baritone (Vocal)
Bobby Serrao Vocals
George Taylor Jr. Vocals
Barney Zarzana Vocals
Richard Wagner Baritone (Vocal)
George Lanius Vocals
Willie Wilson Jr. Bass (Vocal)
Bruce Robinson Vocals
Robert "Red Top" Young Baritone (Vocal)
The Standards Track Performer
Hal Hebb Tenor (Vocal)
Willie Jones Baritone (Vocal)
The Explorers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Calvin Carter Composer
Warren Davis Composer
Marshall Buzzy Helfand Composer
George Malone Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Tom Moulton Mastering
Charles Patrick Composer
Greg Vaughn Mastering
George Khoury Composer
Stephen B. Wilson Art Direction
Phillip Baptiste Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Frank Daniels Composer
Dorothy Daniels Composer
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