Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 1 (1939-1949)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's ambitious multi-volume Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop chronicles a time long before rock & roll. It begins in 1939 with the Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care," a song that contains the DNA of doo wop within Bill Kenny's lovely, keening tenor counterbalanced by the bass of Orville "Hoppy" Jones. This slight but significant shift within vocal harmony groups can be heard throughout the 30 songs on this first volume. Almost all of these sides, all cut between 1939 and 1949, are rooted in big-band pop, not gospel, so the rhythms sway instead of jump. This begins to change in the late '40s, particularly with the Orioles' "It's Too...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bear Family's ambitious multi-volume Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop chronicles a time long before rock & roll. It begins in 1939 with the Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care," a song that contains the DNA of doo wop within Bill Kenny's lovely, keening tenor counterbalanced by the bass of Orville "Hoppy" Jones. This slight but significant shift within vocal harmony groups can be heard throughout the 30 songs on this first volume. Almost all of these sides, all cut between 1939 and 1949, are rooted in big-band pop, not gospel, so the rhythms sway instead of jump. This begins to change in the late '40s, particularly with the Orioles' "It's Too Soon to Know," which has the swing of R&B and gospel harmonies. A few other singles here also point to nascent doo wop but most of the music on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 1 should be viewed as prehistory for the main event -- it is instructive, at times fascinating and entertaining, and always well-annotated by Bill Dahl, but it retains a slight musty air, possibly because the bulk of this music is so dreamy it verges on the sleepy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127172792
  • Catalog Number: 2717279
  • Sales rank: 41,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Didn't Care - The Ink Spots (3:05)
  2. 2 I Miss You So - The Cats & the Fiddle (2:48)
  3. 3 Till Then - The Mills Brothers (2:37)
  4. 4 I Learned a Lesson, I'll Never Forget - Five Red Caps (3:01)
  5. 5 Sentimental Reasons - Deek Watson & His Brown Dots (3:02)
  6. 6 Play Jackpot - Dusty Brooks & His Four Tones (2:35)
  7. 7 Atom and Evil - Golden Gate Quartet (3:17)
  8. 8 Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin' - The Delta Rhythm Boys (2:55)
  9. 9 I Know - Andy Kirk & His Orchestra (3:11)
  10. 10 I Sold My Heart To the Junk Man - Eddie Beal Fourtet (3:00)
  11. 11 I Cover the Waterfront - Cats 'N Jammer Three (3:03)
  12. 12 My Baby - The Melody Masters (2:50)
  13. 13 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder, Pt. 2 - The Four Aces (3:08)
  14. 14 P.S. I Love You - Four Vagabonds (3:00)
  15. 15 Ol' Man River - The Ravens (2:59)
  16. 16 Don't You Think I Oughta Know - Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes (2:59)
  17. 17 I'm All Dressed Up With a Broken Heart - The Five Bars (2:39)
  18. 18 Solitude - The Scamps (2:45)
  19. 19 After Awhile - The Big Three Trio (3:03)
  20. 20 It's Too Soon To Know - The Orioles (2:59)
  21. 21 Recess In Heaven - Deep River Boys (2:55)
  22. 22 Loch Lomond - The Rockets (2:25)
  23. 23 Go Long - The Dixieaires (2:51)
  24. 24 It Takes a Long Tall Brown Skinned Gal - Four Blues (2:52)
  25. 25 You're Heartless - The Four Tunes (2:41)
  26. 26 A Kiss and a Rose - The Charioteers (3:04)
  27. 27 Wrapped Up In a Dream - The Four Knights (2:46)
  28. 28 River Stay Away From My Door - The Syncopators (2:33)
  29. 29 If It's So Baby - The Robins (3:05)
  30. 30 I've Been a Fool - The Shadows (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Samuels Vocals
Gus Gordon Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
John Jennings Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Leon René Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Billy Vera Illustrations
Hy Zaret Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Charlie Horner Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Sol Marcus Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Eddie Seiler Composer
Louis Singer Composer
Patrick Toohey Composer
Irving Berman Composer
Roy Brodsky Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Thomas Connor Composer
Gladyces DeJesus Composer
Dusty Brooks Composer
Traditional Composer
Jimmy Henderson Composer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Stefan Wriedt Illustrations
William Johnson Composer
Marcus Heumann Mastering
William Skidmore Composer
William "Pat" Best Composer
Daryl Hutchins Composer
Pamela Horner Illustrations
Theodore Brooks Composer
Terrell Leonard Composer
Mel Wettergren Composer
Johnnie Getz Composer
Joe Davis Composer
Jim Turner Composer
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