Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 13: 1961

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 13th volume of Bear Family's ongoing doo wop series kicks off with the Marcels' "Blue Moon," which is one of the handful of doo wop singles instantly recognizable to listeners of any age. This gives the suggestion that the old street-corner sound was still going strong in 1961, but that's not quite the case. Look at the closing song on this 25-track collection for proof: it's Little Caesar & the Romans' "Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You," and those oldies are the earliest doo wop singles, fueled by the sweet, rich harmonies Little Caesar & the Romans explicitly replicate here. It's not the only number nostalgic for the years that came just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The 13th volume of Bear Family's ongoing doo wop series kicks off with the Marcels' "Blue Moon," which is one of the handful of doo wop singles instantly recognizable to listeners of any age. This gives the suggestion that the old street-corner sound was still going strong in 1961, but that's not quite the case. Look at the closing song on this 25-track collection for proof: it's Little Caesar & the Romans' "Those Oldies But Goodies Remind Me of You," and those oldies are the earliest doo wop singles, fueled by the sweet, rich harmonies Little Caesar & the Romans explicitly replicate here. It's not the only number nostalgic for the years that came just before, either. Shep & the Limelites croon "Daddy's Home" and the Showmen stake a claim for rock & roll on "It Will Stand," two singles that sound slightly old-fashioned compared to what surrounds them. Here, there are plenty of highly charged, gospel-inflected grooves in the style of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, dance crazes like "The Watusi," and invigorating novelties like the Regents' "Barbara Ann," but what's really important is the rise of the cool Chicago soul of the Impressions "Gypsy Woman" is here, and it's a pretty definitive break from doo wop and, especially, the rise of Motown, heard in part with early singles from the Temptations and the Spinners their early "That's What Girls Are Made For" sounds like groundwork for smooth soul more than Motown but flourishing with the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman." That single was the birth of Motown's Sound of Young America and, heard in context of 1961 as it is here, it's a startling, invigorating step forward. And part of the reason why this series is so valuable is that it can replicate culture shocks like that while doling out plenty of prime hits and worthy cult items, as this satisfying entry surely does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102172915
  • Catalog Number: 0217291
  • Sales rank: 41,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Moon - The Marcels (2:16)
  2. 2 When We Get Married - Lovers Dream (2:28)
  3. 3 Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (2:30)
  4. 4 Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites (2:53)
  5. 5 Runaround Sue - Dell-Satins (2:41)
  6. 6 Duke of Earl - The Dukays (2:27)
  7. 7 My True Story - The Jive Five (2:34)
  8. 8 Barbara Ann - The Regents (2:15)
  9. 9 Every Beat of My Heart - The Pips (2:02)
  10. 10 I Really Love You - The Stereos (2:17)
  11. 11 Gypsy Woman - The Impressions (2:20)
  12. 12 Let Me In - The Sensations (3:03)
  13. 13 Glitter In Your Eyes - Sheppard (2:45)
  14. 14 Foot Stompin', Pt. 1 - The Flares (2:22)
  15. 15 A Little Bit of Soap - The Jarmels (2:11)
  16. 16 Smoky Places - The Corsairs (3:00)
  17. 17 Some Kind of Wonderful - The Drifters (2:18)
  18. 18 Bristol Stomp - The Dovells (2:20)
  19. 19 Lover's Island - The Blue Jays (2:20)
  20. 20 The Watusi - The Vibrations (2:39)
  21. 21 It's Unbelieveable - The Larks (2:17)
  22. 22 Heart and Soul - The Cleftones (1:52)
  23. 23 Look In My Eyes - The Chantels (2:18)
  24. 24 It Will Stand - The Showmen (2:22)
  25. 25 Greetings (This is Uncle Sam) - The Valadiers (2:45)
  26. 26 Nothing But Good - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters (2:43)
  27. 27 That's What Girls Are Made For - The Spinners (3:09)
  28. 28 Nag - The Halos (2:56)
  29. 29 Tonight I Fell In Love - The Tokens (1:44)
  30. 30 Check Yourself - The Temptations (2:43)
  31. 31 Tonight (Could Be the Night) - Virgil Johnson (2:06)
  32. 32 There's No Other (Like My Baby) - The Crystals (2:30)
  33. 33 The Continental Walk - The Rollers (2:21)
  34. 34 Long Tall Girl - The Carnations (2:20)
  35. 35 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You) - Little Caesar & the Romans (3:27)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Johnny Otis Composer
Hank Ballard Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Carole King Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Otis Williams Composer
Dave Appell Composer
Don Covay Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Richard Barrett Composer
Dion DiMucci Composer
Ronald Dunbar Composer
Melvin Franklin Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Kal Mann Composer
Mitch Margo Composer
Phil Margo Composer
Steve Schulman Composer
Abner Spector Composer
Billy Vera Illustrations
Hank Medress Composer
Yvonne Baker Composer
Charles Baskerville Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Discographical Information
Bert Russell Composer
Charlie Horner Illustrations
Clarence Bassett Composer
Aaron Collins Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Virgil Johnson Composer
Leon Peels Composer
Eugene Pitt Composer
Bernice Williams Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Arthur Crier Composer
William Garrett Composer
O.C. Perkins Composer
Norman Johnson Composer
Eugene Dixon Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Alexander Manigo Composer
James Sheppard Composer
Leroy Swearingen Composer
Leslie Temple Composer
Earl Edwards Composer
Leroy Bates Composer
Martin Coleman Composer
Nick Curinga Composer
Fred Fassert Composer
Oscar Waltzer Composer
Kermit Chandler Composer
Victor Pearlin Illustrations
Stuart Avig Composer
Art Glasser Composer
Jerry Light Composer
Stefan Wriedt Illustrations
Malou Rene Composer
Herb Gordon Composer
Gwen Gordy Composer
Marcus Heumann Mastering
John Berry Composer
Donald Hogan Composer
Elbridge Bryant Composer
James Johnson Composer
Este Photo Restoration
Pamela Horner Illustrations
Paul Politi Composer
Junius McKeithen Composer
Shirley Hall Composer
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