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25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits
     

25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits

 
Varese Sarabande's sequel to its 2002 compilation 25 All-Time Doo Wop Hits is another good mix of hits and well-remembered singles that didn't chart, but got a lot of airplay in certain parts of the country. Like its predecessor, it's not an ideal touchstone for those looking to systematically build a library of the core doo wop classics; that honor belongs to

Overview

Varese Sarabande's sequel to its 2002 compilation 25 All-Time Doo Wop Hits is another good mix of hits and well-remembered singles that didn't chart, but got a lot of airplay in certain parts of the country. Like its predecessor, it's not an ideal touchstone for those looking to systematically build a library of the core doo wop classics; that honor belongs to Rhino's three-volume series of doo wop box sets. The fact is, though, that a lot of consumers aren't going about building a doo wop collection as if they're librarians. And 25 More All-Time Doo-Wop Hits presents a satisfying and high-quality blend for someone who wants a jumble of the familiar and the less-familiar, though the hits here aren't as big and classic as they were in the first installment. Among the familiar chart hits here are the Skyliners' "This I Swear," Rosie & the Originals' "Angel Baby," Curtis Lee's "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," Jive Five's "My True Story," the Chimes' "Once in a While," the Belmonts' "Tell Me Why," and the Duprees' "You Belong to Me." Other songs made the Top 40 but aren't played too much on oldies stations, like the Fireflies' "You Were Mine," the G-Clefs' energetic "Ka-Ding Dong," and the Temptations' "Barbara" (a different Temptations than the famous Motown group of the same name). Some of the most interesting cuts, though, are the non-charters, like the Eternals' outrageous "Rockin' in the Jungle," one of the greatest doo wop novelties with its absurd birdcalls; the Diablos' "The Wind," a 1954 single with a lead vocal by Nolan Strong that was obviously heavily influential on Smokey Robinson; and the Collegians' 1957 single "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom," part of whose nonsense vocal was influential on the Marcels' famous "Blue Moon." The one bum note is sounded by the undated, clumsy doo wop revival piece "Looking for an Echo" by Kenny Vance & the Planotones, but at least the good grace was taken to place it as the last track.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206645828
catalogNumber:
066458

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maurice King   Conductor

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Nolan Strong   Composer
George Paxton   Producer
Skyliners   Producer
Kenny Vance   Producer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Phil Spector   Producer
Curtis Lee   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Rosie & the Originals   Producer
Jimmy Beaumont   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Raoul Cita   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Bob Edwards   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Jack Gold   Producer
Irvin Graham   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Donald Hayes   Composer
Marshall Buzzy Helfand   Composer
Eddie Hokenson   Producer
Phil Medley   Composer
Joe Rene   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Jimmy Shirl   Composer
B. Smith   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Hy Weiss   Composer,Producer
George Goldner   Producer
Gerry Granahan   Producer
Pete Bennett & The Embers   Producer
Rosie "Rosalie" Hamlin   Composer
Ollie Jones   Composer
Wally Lester   Composer
Eugene Pitt   Composer
Joe VerScharen   Composer
Janet Vogel   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Walter Coleman   Composer
William Martin   Composer
Joe Rock   Composer,Producer
Phil Belmonte   Composer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Rosemary Gallagher   Composer
Oscar Waltzer   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer,Producer
Hiram Johnson   Composer,Producer
Browne   Composer,Producer
Andy Leonetti   Producer
Richard Reicheg   Composer
Ronnie Jordan   Composer
Jackie Taylor   Composer
King Guion   Composer
Vinnie Catalano   Composer,Producer
Chilton Price   Composer
Carl Nutter   Composer
Paul Giacalone   Composer
Michael Edwards   Composer
Devora Brown   Producer

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