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The Complete Federal Recordings

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
These are the earliest recordings by the Platters, done for the Federal and King record labels in the early '50s. The innovative fusion of R&B and smooth, classical-styled orchestration that was the group's trademark sound was still a year or two down the road, and these tracks most of which were recorded as demos have a raw and ragged feel that will surprise fans who are only familiar with their Mercury Records releases. The original version of their massive hit "Only You" is included here, marred by some irritating whistling by Herb Reed behind Tony Williams' surprisingly tentative lead vocal, and there is no doubt that the later Mercury version of "Only You" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
These are the earliest recordings by the Platters, done for the Federal and King record labels in the early '50s. The innovative fusion of R&B and smooth, classical-styled orchestration that was the group's trademark sound was still a year or two down the road, and these tracks most of which were recorded as demos have a raw and ragged feel that will surprise fans who are only familiar with their Mercury Records releases. The original version of their massive hit "Only You" is included here, marred by some irritating whistling by Herb Reed behind Tony Williams' surprisingly tentative lead vocal, and there is no doubt that the later Mercury version of "Only You" deserves its classic status. Zola Taylor, then only 14-years old, is featured on a couple songs, and her voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Dolly Parton's, which is a little jarring on these mostly jump blues tracks. The Complete Federal Recordings is a valuable look at a group not quite ready for public consumption, and diehard fans will find it fascinating, but casual listeners should stick to the later, and more fully realized Mercury releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667197427
  • Catalog Number: 974
  • Sales rank: 207,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Cry When You're Gone (3:14)
  2. 2 My Name Ain't Annie - Linda Hayes (2:42)
  3. 3 Only You (And You Alone) (3:05)
  4. 4 Roses of Picardy (2:07)
  5. 5 Give Thanks (2:27)
  6. 6 Beer Barrel Boogie (2:23)
  7. 7 Tell the World (2:23)
  8. 8 Oochi Pachi - Linda Hayes (2:23)
  9. 9 Love All Night (2:59)
  10. 10 Please Have Mercy - Linda Hayes (2:55)
  11. 11 I Need You All the Time (2:45)
  12. 12 You Made Me Cry (2:18)
  13. 13 Take Me Back (2:24)
  14. 14 Hey Now (2:10)
  15. 15 Shake It Up Mambo (2:44)
  16. 16 Humble Bumble Bee (2:09)
  17. 17 Don't Tickle (2:37)
  18. 18 Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee (2:11)
  19. 19 Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore (2:39)
  20. 20 I Just Wanna Mambo - Linda Hayes (2:35)
  21. 21 Let's Babalu - Linda Hayes (2:08)
  22. 22 Co-Operating Mama - Linda Hayes (2:22)
  23. 23 Only You (And You Alone) (2:49)
  24. 24 You Made Me Cry (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Platters Primary Artist
Herb Reed Group Member
Alex Hodge Group Member
Zola Taylor Group Member
Tony Williams Group Member
David Lynch Group Member
Technical Credits
Buck Ram Composer
Ralph Bass Composer
Alex Hodge Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Zola Taylor Composer
Tony Williams Composer
Jim Williams Composer
Bill Millar Liner Notes
Hayden Wood Composer
David Lynch Composer
John Roberson Composer
Ande Rand Composer
Dwight Davis Composer
Bertha Roberson Composer
Phyllis Otis Composer
Emil Gallo Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Bill Hayes Composer
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