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|The Dovells||Primary Artist|
|Len Barry||Vocals, Lead, Group Member|
|Arnie Satin||Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)|
|Jerry Summers||Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)|
|Georgie Young & the Rockin 'Bocs||Saxophone|
|Dan Dailey||Percussion, Saxophone|
|Vivian Dix||Background Vocals|
|Jim Meeley||Bass (Vocal)|
|Dave Appell||Arranger, Producer, Engineer|
|Jimmy Wisner||Arranger, Producer|
|Gregg Geller||Reissue Producer|
|Iris Keitel||Art Direction|
|Bernie Lowe||Executive Producer|
|Steve Rosenthal||Archives Coordinator|
|Joseph Wissert||Producer, Engineer|
|Jody Klein||Reissue Producer|
|Jeff Tamarkin||Liner Notes|
|Maria Papazahariou||Production Director, Session Research|
|Seth Adkins||Sample Clearance|
|Teri Landi||Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Session Research|
|Janessa Gursky||Assistant Art Director|
Posted October 1, 2010
This is part of Abkco Records' Cameo/Parkway series.
Along with Chubby Checker, The Orlons, Bobby Rydell, Dee Dee Sharp, The Tymes and ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians.......The Dovells were part of the missing Philly recordings in the CD era.
But now they are all here in clear, clean, crisp digital sound!
The Dovells were: Len Barry (lead singer) Jerry Gross (first tenor) and Mike Freda, Arnie Satin & Danny Brooks. By 1962 they were reduced to a quartet.
The Dovells' first chart record narrowly missed the #1 spot on Billboard. It rested at #2 in 1961. That record was "Bristol Stomp".
This package contains all their hits including: "Do The New Continental", "Hully Gully Baby", "You Can't Sit Down"....and surprisingly "1-2-3" the solo hit by Dovells' lead singer Len Barry that reached #2 in 1965 after the Dovells chart run was over.
The mood is upbeat for the most part here. The "do-the-dance" songs are many.
Listening to the better Dovells' hits like "You Can't Sit Down" and "Do The New Continental" it is clear that given their unique blue-eyed soul approach, they could have easily been as successful as The Four Seasons. Unfortunately, unlike the Four Seasons, The Dovells were supplied with a lot of substandard material: "Bristol Twistin' Annie", "Dance The Froog" et al.
They were at their best wailing on R&B tinged numbers....not trite dance songs. Their version of "Baby Workout", included here, is the equal of Jackie Wilson's original!
Len Barry's feel for R&B is evident throughout this material. His voice backed by the other Dovells had a definite polished soulfulness.
This CD is highly recommended to any fan of good time '60s pop music.