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Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens
     

Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens

by The Tokens
 

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The Tokens' unlikely blend of doo wop and what was, in folk circles, termed "ethnic music," resulted in one enormous and enduring hit: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)." After that, it was all downhill for the group during their RCA tenure -- the biggest of their followup hits reached a modest number 55 on the charts. Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens rounds up

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The Tokens' unlikely blend of doo wop and what was, in folk circles, termed "ethnic music," resulted in one enormous and enduring hit: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)." After that, it was all downhill for the group during their RCA tenure -- the biggest of their followup hits reached a modest number 55 on the charts. Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens rounds up all six of their chart entries, some of which -- like "B'Wanina (Pretty Girl)" and "La Bamba" -- repeated the "Wimoweh" formula. When those failed, the Tokens returned to straightforward doo wop material ("Tonight I Met an Angel"), covers of other vocal groups' hits ("Sincerely," "A Thousand Miles Away"), and, finally, Beach Boys-style car songs ("My Friend's Car"). The anthology also compiles a number of choice cuts and oddities that fall in-between, from the gorgeous "Somewhere There's a Girl" to the weirdly insulting love song "You're Nothing But a Girl." There's a "Little Darlin'" retread titled "Dry Your Eyes" and several songs with "night" or "tonight" in the title in apparent reference to the group's first two hits. Wimoweh: The Best of the Tokens also includes three previously unreleased songs for collectors. For those who couldn't get enough of the Tokens, several additional recordings from their RCA period were made available the same year on a budget collection, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972510620
catalogNumber:
725106
Rank:
1421

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Performance Credits

Tokens   Primary Artist
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Artie Butler   Conductor
Richard Wolf   Conductor
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Richard Wolf   Conductor
Richard Wolfe   Conductor

Technical Credits

Luigi Creatore   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Phil Margo   Cover Art
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction
Paul Williams   Tape Research
Eddie Eddings   Vault Research
Luis Martínez Serrano   Composer
Paul Williams   Tape Research

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