The Very Best of the Ames Brothers

The Very Best of the Ames Brothers

by The Ames Brothers


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The Very Best of the Ames Brothers

While modern-day audiences will perhaps have a tough time equating their old-time singing style with their massive success, this collection does a pretty fine job of putting it all in perspective. The Ames Brothers were the purveyors of strong, smooth vocal harmonies that soared, soothed, and came to national prominence, largely prospering in the pre-rock & roll times of the 1950s. Drawn entirely from their hitmaking days at RCA Victor (it omits their 1950 original of "Rag Mop," the group's first hit on Coral), this "straight from the master tapes" compilation runs chronologically from the Ames' 1953 signing with the label to their last charting record, 1960's "China Doll." With 17 of the 20 tracks aboard being chart entries (and ten of those landing in the Top 20), this is a most hit-laden package, their one MIA hit notwithstanding. There's a strong theory among musicologists that sibling harmony is the best vocal harmony there is, and The Very Best of the Ames Brothers presents a bunch of good reasons why that theory holds water. There's some great empathetic singing here, and pop music fans will love the way they put a song over. Great liner notes by Colin Escott complete the package.

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Release Date: 07/07/1998
Label: Taragon
UPC: 0783785104124
catalogNumber: 21041

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