The Best of the Dovells 1961-1965

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Abkco
  • UPC: 018771922629
  • Catalog Number: 92262
  • Sales rank: 35,578


Disc 1
  1. 1 Bristol Stomp (2:21)
  2. 2 No, No, No (2:42)
  3. 3 Foot Stompin' (2:27)
  4. 4 Mope-Itty Mope (2:18)
  5. 5 Do the New Continental (2:39)
  6. 6 The Actor (2:43)
  7. 7 Bristol Twistin' Annie (2:16)
  8. 8 Hully Gully Baby (2:34)
  9. 9 Your Last Chance (2:37)
  10. 10 Kissin' in the Kitchen (2:27)
  11. 11 The Jitterbug (2:17)
  12. 12 You Can't Sit Down (2:20)
  13. 13 Baby Workout (2:54)
  14. 14 Hey Beautiful (2:32)
  15. 15 Betty in Bermudas (2:28)
  16. 16 Dance the Froog (2:28)
  17. 17 Stop Monkeyin' Around (2:11)
  18. 18 Don't Come Back (2:22)
  19. 19 Little White House (2:13)
  20. 20 Hearts Are Trump (2:27)
  21. 21 1-2-3 (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dovells Primary Artist
Dave Appell Guitar
Len Barry Vocals, Lead, Group Member
Bobby Gregg Drums
Joe Macho Bass
Joe Renzetti Guitar
Danny Brooks Vocals
Arnie Satin Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jerry Summers Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Buddy Savitt Saxophone
Georgie Young & the Rockin 'Bocs Saxophone
Dan Dailey Percussion, Saxophone
Vivian Dix Background Vocals
Jim Meeley Bass (Vocal)
Joe Sgro Guitar
Joe Sher Drums
Mike Dennis Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Appell Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Jimmy Wisner Arranger, Producer
Gregg Geller Reissue Producer
Iris Keitel Art Direction
Bernie Lowe Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Madara Producer
Kal Mann Producer
Steve Rosenthal Archives Coordinator
Joe Tarsia Engineer
David White Producer
Joseph Wissert Producer, Engineer
Emil Korsen Engineer
Jody Klein Reissue Producer
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes
Lenne Allik Concept
Carl Segman Composer
Eddie Smith Engineer
The Bosstones Composer
Maria Papazahariou Production Director, Session Research
Seth Adkins Sample Clearance
Teri Landi Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Session Research
Janessa Gursky Assistant Art Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally all the original Cameo/Parkway Dovells' hits are on CD!

    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.

    Bobby Lauser

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