The Fire & Fury Doo Wop Story

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Producer Bobby Robinson released a slew of classic blues and R&B sides on his Harlem-based Fury and Fire record labels in the late 1950s and early '60s, including tracks by such notables as Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lee Dorsey, and many others, but he also released a lot of doo wop sides, as well, and this two-disc, 40-track set chronicles that element of Robinson's legacy. There's a lot of fun stuff here, including Gladys Knight & the Pips' second version of the Johnny Otis-penned "Every Beat of My Heart" (the first version was originally released by Huntom Records and then picked up by Chicago's Vee-Jay Records, that's the version most people know, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Producer Bobby Robinson released a slew of classic blues and R&B sides on his Harlem-based Fury and Fire record labels in the late 1950s and early '60s, including tracks by such notables as Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lee Dorsey, and many others, but he also released a lot of doo wop sides, as well, and this two-disc, 40-track set chronicles that element of Robinson's legacy. There's a lot of fun stuff here, including Gladys Knight & the Pips' second version of the Johnny Otis-penned "Every Beat of My Heart" (the first version was originally released by Huntom Records and then picked up by Chicago's Vee-Jay Records, that's the version most people know, but Robinson's do-over was almost note for note the same, and features slightly better sonic quality), a pair of sprightly Pips recordings without Gladys, "Linda" and "Darling," the Channels' "Bye Bye Baby," the Kodaks' jaunty and bouncy "My Baby and Me," and Jackie and the Starlights' gritty (at least for doo wop) "I'm Coming Home," which features searing and raw-voiced lead vocals by Jackie Rue. The whole set bounces along with a kind of energetic innocence; it's the perfect soundtrack for that first warm spring night of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Great American Music
  • UPC: 708535172314
  • Catalog Number: 231
  • Sales rank: 232,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Every Beat of My Heart - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:05)
  2. 2 All Night Long - The Du Mauriers (2:37)
  3. 3 Valarie - The Starlites (2:24)
  4. 4 Bye Bye Baby - The Channels (2:28)
  5. 5 I'm So Happy - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords (2:42)
  6. 6 Teenager's Dream - The Kodaks (2:46)
  7. 7 Mary Lee - The Rainbows (2:29)
  8. 8 Remember - Sherman & Darts (2:47)
  9. 9 Dear Lorraine - The Federals (2:20)
  10. 10 Truly Yours - The Scarlets (2:11)
  11. 11 I Love You So - Carl Hogan & Miracles (2:28)
  12. 12 Coralee - Little Bobby Rivera & the Hemlocks (2:23)
  13. 13 The Only Love of Mine - Vibra-Harps (2:19)
  14. 14 Linda - The Pips (2:29)
  15. 15 Oh Gee Oh Gosh - The Kodaks (2:49)
  16. 16 The Girl Next Door - The Channels (2:58)
  17. 17 You're the One I Love - The Federals (2:19)
  18. 18 Lydia - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords (2:39)
  19. 19 Ain't Cha' Ever Coming Home - The Starlites (2:50)
  20. 20 This is the Life - Bobby Marchan (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Love Will Never Die - The Channels (2:22)
  2. 2 Letter Full of Tears - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:50)
  3. 3 I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords (2:05)
  4. 4 My Baby and Me - The Kodaks (1:52)
  5. 5 Baby I Love You - The Du Mauriers (2:46)
  6. 6 While Our Hearts Are Young - The Federals (2:46)
  7. 7 Way Up In the Sky - The Starlites (2:16)
  8. 8 East of the Sun - The Scarlets (2:30)
  9. 9 Your Love - Carl Hogan & Miracles (2:31)
  10. 10 Darling - The Pips (2:45)
  11. 11 Joys of Love - Little Bobby Rivera & the Hemlocks (3:03)
  12. 12 Honey Honey - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords (2:23)
  13. 13 Little Boy and Girl - The Kodaks (2:18)
  14. 14 Rockin' At Midnight - Sherman & Darts (2:14)
  15. 15 I Found Out Too Late - Jackie & the Starlites (2:37)
  16. 16 My Heart is Sad - The Channels (2:29)
  17. 17 She's My Girl - The Federals (2:07)
  18. 18 Please Tell the Angels - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords (2:30)
  19. 19 Guardian Angel - The Kodaks (2:46)
  20. 20 I'm Coming Home - Jackie & the Starlites (2:25)
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