Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956

Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956


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Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956

In jazz music, the Latin tinge is well-documented, but its influence on pop music has been given far less space; although it's not often hard to connect the dots between Cuban or Brazilian rhythms in early swing, it's far more difficult to see how those rhythms eventually filtered through the rest of popular music, especially R&B and rock & roll. The astonishingly thorough compilation Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956 provides 63 additional examples -- beyond what appeared on volume one -- of how vocal groups (nearly all of them black) incorporated Latin rhythms into their recordings, nearly always easily and naturally. While the first volume, Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1933-1954, began the story with early vocal groups or gospel combos, this volume focuses on the rock & roll era. There are few hits to be found (the only very well-known songs are the Coasters' "Down in Mexico" and the Jayhawks' "Stranded in the Jungle"), but for doo wop fans looking beyond the charts, it's an excellent way to pad out their collection. Aside from containing dozens of great songs by talented groups, listeners shouldn't assume that many of these sides are radical departures from standard doo wop; in fact, the fusion of Latin and American was so complete by the late '40s that scads of doo wop sides could use Latin rhythms without even sounding exotic -- which works slightly to the detriment of the compilation, at least as a concept. The best course of action is to treat it simply as a repository for great sides by a variety of doo wop groups, both popular and obscure.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
Label: Rhythm & Blues
UPC: 5065001126178
catalogNumber: 16


Disc 1

  1. Help Me
  2. Somebody Changed the Lock
  3. Zindy Lou
  4. Jingle Jangle
  5. That's the Way I Like It
  6. When You Dance
  7. Mardi Gras Mambo
  8. Hot Mama
  9. You Know I Can't Refuse
  10. Do-Be-Do-Be-Wop-Wop
  11. Witchcraft
  12. Lips Red As Wine
  13. Don't Do That
  14. Day By Day
  15. Rollin' Stone
  16. Gumbo Mambo
  17. Grand, Nice, Swell
  18. Chop Chop Boom
  19. Morocco Chant
  20. Going Down To Tia Juana
  21. Rock It, Davy, Rock It
  22. Cha Cha Baby
  23. Yacka Hoom Boom
  24. Cigareetos
  25. Laverne
  26. Ay Si Si
  27. Mambo Baby To-Nite
  28. Watussi Wussi Wu
  29. Cool, Mambo
  30. Red Hots and Chili Mac
  31. Man From Utopia

Disc 2

  1. Brazil
  2. Goin' Goin' Gone
  3. Patricia
  4. Choo Choo
  5. Everybody's Whalin'
  6. Gift O' Gabbin' Woman
  7. Stranded In the Jungle
  8. Don't Worry About a Thing
  9. Cha Jezabel
  10. All My Love Belongs To You
  11. A Fallen Tear
  12. Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Wop
  13. A-1 In My Heart
  14. Mambo Fiesta
  15. Watusi
  16. Gotta Have You Baby
  17. Let's Do the Razzle-Dazzle
  18. I'm Yours
  19. Last Night
  20. Cotton Pickin' Hands
  21. Show Me the Merengue
  22. It Was a Night Like This
  23. So Good
  24. Tonight
  25. Mexico Bound
  26. Out of the Picture
  27. Smooth, Slow and Easy
  28. Ain't She Got Nerve
  29. Last Ride
  30. Down In Mexico
  31. In Paradise
  32. [Untitled]

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