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Dream On: The Very Best of the Five Keys Featuring Rudy West
     

Dream On: The Very Best of the Five Keys Featuring Rudy West

by The Five Keys
 
Compilations, even if they're good, can occasionally be misleading. The Five Keys were a solid vocal group who got their start in the early '50s, and who especially prospered with Rudy West singing lead. Dream On promises not only the best of the Five Keys, but also that it features Rudy West. What it doesn't say is that these

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Compilations, even if they're good, can occasionally be misleading. The Five Keys were a solid vocal group who got their start in the early '50s, and who especially prospered with Rudy West singing lead. Dream On promises not only the best of the Five Keys, but also that it features Rudy West. What it doesn't say is that these 1959-60 recordings for King come from a time when West had left the group. His presence on the album, then, is represented by four solo tracks recorded at the same time. While this is confusing and misleading, Dream On is still an enjoyable collection, and while it may not be the very best of the Five Keys, it is good music. The title track, for instance, is classic bit of doo-wop, while the plaintive "How Can I Forget You" is a lovely ballad. These tracks mingle fairly well with the West material, though his work would've been better-served by the backing of the Five Keys. One of the oddest things -- and perhaps the best thing -- about this collection, is that some genius discovered that these singles' albums had originally been recorded in stereo, though they were released in mono. Dream On's stereo restoration will probably blow some people's minds who've never heard the Five Keys with a guitar or piano on one track and the lead vocal on another. This, in fact, outweighs the collection's muddled assembly and makes Dream On worth picking up.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/2004
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431287521
catalogNumber:
2875
Rank:
149692

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Five Keys   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Earl Bostic   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
William Best   Composer
Walter DeVenne   Liner Notes
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Billy Ward   Composer
Rudy West   Composer
Gregory Carrol   Composer
Ripley Ingram   Composer
Maryland Pierce   Composer
Irving Berman   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
J. Karen Thomas   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Liner Notes
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Marvin Phillips   Composer

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