Wimoweh: The Best of 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 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972510620
  • Catalog Number: 725106
  • Sales rank: 13,268

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tokens Primary Artist, 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
Paul Williams Burch Jr. Composer
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