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VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90401 D.C. Doo-Wops, Vol 1 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 64 min., recommended
Know from the start that the sound quality here, even though it is said to derive from the original tapes and acetates, is all right, but less than spectacular. It is also true that the track list on the back of the disc case omits one title. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of the early 50's vocal group sound, this set of rehearsals, demos, and unreleased tracks done for Lillian Claiborne's DC Record Company should be nothing short of delightful. The artist list includes the Jones Boys, the Earls (not the Old Town group), the Heartbreakers (the RCA group), the Rainbows, the Parakeets, the Chords (not the Cat label group), the Warblers, and the Arrows. The material is varied, but the emphasis is definitely on ballads. There are several group photos, one unidentified. And Ron Bartolucci's notes are informative even if they reveal only a limited knowledge of English idiom. (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90402 Rare 1950s Boston Doo-Wops ● CD $17.98
29 tracks, 72 min., recommended
Rare is right. Obscure too, for the most part, though many cuts here didn't deserve to be, especially Merry Christmas Darling by The Uniques, My Only Love by The C-Quinns, the spirited local fave Mambo Oongh by The Dappers, Forgive Me My Love by The Vibratones, and Sweet One/ The Lone Stranger by The Majestics. Other groups include The Sophomores, The Stompers, The Supremes (not those Supremes), Sammy & The Del-Lards, The Dreamtimers (who hold the distinction of being the only girl group in the batch), The Entertainers, Jody & The Shades, and many others, black and white. Seems like more '50s music is available now than in the '50s. Makes a person wonder how much more is out there. (JC)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90403 D.C. Doo-Wops, Vol 2 ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 68 min., recommended
The D. C. in the title here refers to D. C. Records run by Lillian Claiborne in the Washington D. C./Baltimore area. Hers was a small outfit, recording local groups in the late 40's on through the 50's, and releasing their output either on her own small label or on other obsure labels like Gem, Hollywood, or Marshall. It is a considerable understatement to say that original copies of these are rare today. Many command four figures on the collector's market. Among the cuts: Memories of You by the Ontarios, Please Tell Me You're Mine by the Twilighters, The Other Night by the Five Dots, Goodnight Mother by the Captans, What's New With You by the Arrows, You're Just an Angel by Phil Flowers & the Carnations, and four previously unreleased numbers by the Heartbreakers. Sound quality is a bit disappointing, and the notes are primarily devoted to correcting errors in the notes to volume one, but where else are vocal group fans going to hear this music? (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90404 Rare 1950s Boston Doo-Wops, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90407 Rare 1950s Boston Doo-Wops, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90408 Candy Bar Boogie - The Unreleased Group Sound ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 61 min., recommended
The digital reissue of the identically titled Roadhouse LP 5001, plus one cut, featuring previously unreleased performances by several seriously obscure 1950's vocal groups. The Parakeets, who have six cuts here, are apparently the group who recorded for the Gem label in 1954. Their tracks include the title cut, Don't Leave My Broken Heart, and I'm Losing My Mind. The Serenaders, according to the liner notes a youthful early 50's group, perform My Heart Is Yours, Soldier in Korea, and No Happiness. The Fascinators, identified as the Your Copy group, sing only Aurelia. Smokey and the Group, coyly implied to be Smokey Robinson as a 15 year old, do a version of Adios My Desert Love. Jose and the Aztecs offer My Aching Heart, Does She Know, and Baby Baby. And the Incas sing Cottage by the Sea, The Time for Love, and You've Gone. An interesting journey into the world of unreleased doo-wop. Sound quality varies but is generally acceptable given the era. (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90408B Rare 1950s Boston Doo-Wops, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
The cover says "Rare 1590s Boston Doo-Wop" which certainly gives us a new perspective on the history of doo-wop. That plus the fact that Eagle 90408 was used for a previous compilation ("Candy Bar Boogie") certainly makes for a confusing issue but nevertheless this is a fine collection of white and black doo-wop from Boston including eight previously unissued sides. Includes sides by The Exotics, Dappers, Mint Juleps, Heartspinners, Tommy Frederick & the Hi-Notes, The Alteers, Crescents, "Little Augie" Austin and The Chromatics, The Majestics, Octaines, Amabassadors, etc. 28 tracks in all - some duplications with other reissues.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90420 The Best Of Enrica & Rae Cox, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
The first of two albums presenting recordings made for the Enrica and Rae Cox label founded by music veterans Teddy McRae and Eddie Wilcox and active from 1959 and 1962. The labels issued R&B, doo wop and gospel all of which are featured on these discs. A number of the songs are featured in more than one take and How Well I Remember by the Shallows has five takes spread over the two discs which seems a bit excessive. The most familiar artist here is Screamin' Jay Hawkins with his wonderfully demeneted I Hear Voices which is heard in two takes on vol 1. and another two takes and false start on Vol. 2.! Vol 1. has two takes of the flipside I Just Don't Care with another take on Vol. 2. There are eight tracks by the fine vocal group The Shallows though only three songs ! However , a couple of the alternates are acapella versions which is nice. Other vocal groups on volume one - all pretty good - are The Sunsets, Revlons, Butanes (particularly nice), Carnations and The Furness Brothers. There are also two fine gospel sides by Evangelist Rosa Shaw - one with an enthusiastic congregation. According to the cover she is accompanied on piano by Esquerita - according to the brief liner notes by Victor Pearlin and the gospel discography she is accompanied by gospel veteran Robert Banks.
THE BUTANES: Don't Forget I Love You/ That's My Desire/ THE CARNATIONS: Gimme Gimme Gimme/ Love Open My Heart/ THE FURNESS BROTHERS: One Little Moment/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Just Don't Care (Master)/ I Just Don't Care (Take 2)/ I Hear Voices (Take 1)/ I Hear Voices (Take 2)/ THE REVLONS: I Promise Love/ This Restless Heart/ THE SHALLOWS: How Lucky I Am (Take 3)/ How Lucky I Am (Take 4)/ How Well I Remember (Take 1)/ How Well I Remember (Take 2)/ How Well I Remember (Take 3)/ Wrecking My Life (Take 1)/ Wrecking My Life (Take 2)/ Wrecking My Life (Take 2) acapella/ ROSA SHAW WITH ESQUERITA: Hour Of Prayer/ Touch Of The Spirit/ THE SUNSETS: Sitting And Crying (Take 1)/ Sitting And Crying (Take 2)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Eagle 90421 The Best Of Enrica & Rae Cox, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
This second volume has more alternate takes of songs on the first volume by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Shallows including (I think) the master take of the great I Hear Voices. This volume includes more fine vocal group sides from The Sunsets, The Symphonics (featuring the great lead vocals of Freddie Scott who is best known for the 1966 classic Are Your Lonely), The Popular Five (classy versions of vocal group standards Sh Boom and Tomorrow Night), Tony Rice & The Overtones, The Serenadettes and The Furness Brothers. There are two great guitar instrumentals from Fender "Guitar" Slim including the fine Atomic Blues and the fine two part gospel offering Didn't It Rain by Willie Green & The Clovertones again with, purportedly, Esquerita on piano.
THE CLOVERTONES FEATURING ESQUERITA: Didn't It Rain Pt. 1/ Didn't It Rain Pt. 2/ FENDER "GUITAR" SLIM: Atomic Blues/ Tender Rock/ THE FURNESS BROTHERS: Duke's Place/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Just Don't Care/ I Hear Voices (Take 3)/ I Hear Voices (Take 4)/ THE POPULAR FIVE: Shboom/ Tomorrow Night/ TONY RICE & THE OVERTONES: Bluebird Of Happiness/ Little School Girl/ FREDDIE SCOTT & THE SYMPHONICS: C'Mon Honey, Let's Dance/ THE SERENADETTES: Big Night/ Boyfriend/ I Got To Go To School/ THE SHALLOWS: How Lucky I Am (Take 4)/ How Well I Remember (Take 4)/ How Well I Remember Take 5/ THE SUNSETS: Sitting & Crying/ THE SYMPHONICS FEATURING FREDDIE SCOTT: Blessing Of Love

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Early Bird 1000 Mickey B's Juke Box Revue, Vol. 1 ● CD $14.98
21 doo-wop tracks presented by doo-wop radio personality Mickey B. who also provides several introductions. About 2/3 or the tracks are from the 50s and early 60s and the rest are from the doo-wop revival of the 80s and 90s.
THE AQUATONES: You/ BIG BOY BLOATER & HIS SOUTHSIDE STOMPERS: Jump For Joy/ THE BOPCHORDS: Castles In The Sky/ THE CHALETS (ACAPPELLA): My Foolish Heart/ THE CHARTS: Dance Girl/ THE FIREBIRDS: Fools Will Be Fools/ THE FLAMINGOS: Dream Of A Lifetime/ THE HARPTONES: Sunday Kind Of Love/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: Don't Be Jealous/ THE LADDERS: Hey Pretty Baby/ THE LOVENOTES: Tonight/ MIKE AND THE UTOPIANS: Erlene/ THE PEARLS: Let's You And I Go Steady/ RED PETERS & HER SOLID SENDER: Oop Shoop/ THE REVIVALS: Creation Of Love/ THE RODANS: Time Is Passing/ THE ROOMATES: The Closer You Are/ THE TIMETONES: House Where Lovers Dream/ THE UNIQUE TEENS: Whatcha Know New/ THE VELOURS: Can I Walk You Home/ THE YOUNGER DAYZ (ACAPPELLA): Beginning To Love You

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Early Bird 1001 Altar Of Dreams ● CD $14.98
24 East Coast vocal group and girl group tracks recorded between 1958 and '64 for the Golden Crest and Shelley labels.
THE CHESSMEN: Bells Bells/ THE DELIGHTS: Mary Don't You Cry/ That Lucky Old Sun/ GINO & THE DELLS: Altar of Dreams/ THE KACT TIES: Let Your Love Light Shine/ Oh, What A Night!/ THE MONTELLS: Gee Baby, What About You?/ Soldier Boy, I'm Sorry/ THE PRECISIONS: Someone To Watch Over Me/ RICHIE & THE ROYALS: Be My Girl/ We're Strollin'/ AUGIE RIOS & GROUP: When You Dance/ AUGIE RIOS & THE NOTATIONS: I've Got A Girl/ THE SENATORS: Loretta/ Poor Little Puppet/ STEPHANIE & THE GOTHICS: Oh Happy Day/ THE SUBURBANS: Mary Had A Little Lamb/ Walk Beside Me/ WENDY & THE SCHOOLGIRLS: Merry Go 'Round/ My Guy/ THE WIGS: You're Sweeter Than Wine

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS East Coast Music 333 East Coast Teen Party, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
An entertaining collection of rocking blues and R&B which seems to have very little to do ith the title - only a few East Coast acts and most of the music is adult. There are a few familiar titles like Ruth Brown's Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean and Bunker Hill's incredible two part Hide And Go Seek but most of the tracks are fairly obscure. Lots of goodies here like Harold Burrages's hard driving Betty Jean, The Searcher's churning Wow Wow Baby, the jazzy jivey Grandma Likes To Rock 'n' Roll, a couple of nice harmonica instrumentals by West Coast group The Harper Brinson band and more. Ella Fitzgerald's Mack The Knife seems a little out of place here but adds to the variety of the mix.
CHUCK BERRY: Go Bobby Soxer/ RUTH BROWN: Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean/ HARROLD BURRAGE: Betty Jean/ CHARLES CLARKE: Hidden Charms/ EDDIE CLEARWATER: 2x9/ THE DEL VIKINGS: The Big Beat/ THE DELICATES: Black And White Thunderbird/ ELLA FITZGERALD: Mack The Knife/ JOHN FRED: Boogie Children/ ROSCOE GORDON: Surely I Love You/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: 59 Volvo/ THE HARPER-BRINSON BAND: Harper's Express/ Harper's Return/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Destination Love/ BUNKER HILL: Hide And Go Seek Parts 1/ THE IDEALS: The Gorilla/ RED KLIMO: Grandma Loves To Rock 'n' Roll/ LITTLE IKE: She Can Rock/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Deep Seal Ball/ Lover Please/ LUCKY MILLINDER: Chew Tobacco Rag/ ELLA MAE MORSE: When Boy Kiss Girl (it's Love)/ THE PLATTERS: Out Of My Mind/ THE PLAYBOYS: Shirley/ BOOTS RANDOLPH: Red Light/ THE RAVES: Billy The Kid/ THE SEARCHERS: Wow Wow Baby/ JACKIE WILSON: Etcetera

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS East Coast Music 222 East Coast Teen Party, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
Like the first volume this is a varied and entertaining collection of rock 'n' roll and R&B from the 50s. There's a fair number of familiar sides (all great) like Dion's Ruby Baby, Slow Down by Larry Williams and Dynamite by Brenda Lee but there's also some fine obscurities like Ronnie Love's hot Chills & Fever, Archibald's New Orleans romp Great Big Eyes, Bullmoose Jackson's driving Watch My Signals and the wild How About It Baby by Emmet Davies. Also includes sides by Linda Hopkins, Ray Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Valiants, Johnny Restivo, Etta James, Jackie Wilson, Sam But e ra, Wayne Chance and others.
ARCHIBALD: Great Bit Eyes/ SAM BUTERA: Bim Bam/ WAYNE CHANCE: Just A Little Bit O' Lovin'/ BOB CREWE: Penny Nickle Dime Quarter/ EMMET DAVIES: How About It Baby/ DION DIMUCCI: Ruby Baby/ JIMMY EDWARDS: Love Bug Crawl/ THE FOUR TOPHATTERS: Forty-Five Men In A Telephone Booth/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Bloodshot Eyes/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: Little Demon/ LINDA HOPKINS: Shiver And Shake/ BULL MOOSE JACKSON: Watch My Signals/ ETTA "MISS PEACHES" JAMES: Tough Lover/ LOUIS JORDAN: Bills/ BRENDA LEE: Dynamite/ One Step At A Time/ JERRY LEE LEWIS: I'm On Fire/ Rockin' My Life Away/ RONNIE LOVE: Chills And Fever/ THE PLATTERS: Bark Battle And Ball/ BOOTS RANDOLPH: Percolater/ JOHNNY RESTIVO: Shape I'm In/ RAY SMITH: Rockin' Little Angel/ CLIFFIE STONE: Barracuda/ THE VALIANTS: Suntan Tattoo/ LARRY WILLIAMS: Slow Down/ JACKIE WILSON: Come On Back To Me/ Reet Petite

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS East Coast Music 222B East Coast Teen Party, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
Another varied collection of R&B and rock 'n' roll - familiar and obscure. This is probably the least interesting in the series as there are too many teen rockers and night club style rock 'n' roll from the likes of The Four Tophatters, Lindsay Crosby, Bob Oakes, Don Cornell and others. There are some good tracks from Eugene Church, Werly Fairburn, Clyde McPhatter, Bobby Merrell and others but on balance there's more mediocre than really good stuff.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS East Coast Music 979 East Coast Teen Party, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
Another fine collection of R&B and rock 'n' roll ranging from the 50s through the 70s and mixing some familiar tracks with a lot of obscure ones. Among the many fine artists featured are Luther Dixon, Don Covay (the hot Believe It Or Not), Oscar "T.V. Slim" Wills, Todd R h odes, Bill Haley (the obscure and fine Warner Brothers cut Let The Good Times Roll, Creole), The Penguins, Ricky Nelson (the hot You Know What I Mean that sound like it's from Imperial but is actually from the 70s!), Tommy Ridgely, Nat Wright, Fats Domino, Pat Patton, The Carnations, Dick Dale, The Fascinators, etc.
THE BROOK BROTHERS: Warpaint/ NAPPY BROWN: Piddley Patter Patter/ THE CARNATIONS: Long Tall Girl/ DEE CLARK: At My Front Door/ THE COBRAS: La La (hey Baby)/ SAM COOKE: Feel It/ Shake Rattle And Roll/ DON COVAY: Believe It Or Not/ DICK DALE: Misirlou/ DION: The Majestic/ LUTHER DIXON: Feeling Of Love/ FATS DOMINO: Whole Lot Of Loving/ THE DRIFTERS: Fools Fall In Love/ THE FASCINATORS: Oh Rosemarie/ BILL HALEY: Let The Good Times Roll, Creole/ LITTLE RICHARD: Little Richard Boogie/ RICKY NELSON: You Know What I Mean/ PAT PATTON: Bluejean Bop/ THE PENGUINS: Promises Promises Promises/ TODD RHODES: You Mouth Got A Hole In It/ TOMMY RIDGLEY: Jam Up/ THE SAVAGES: Bloody Mary/ Stop Twisting My Arm/ JOE TEX: Grannie Stole The Show/ BIG "T" TYLER: King Kong/ V AND BB: They Just Rocking And Rolling/ OSCAR WILLS: Flatfoot Sam/ NAT WRIGHT: You Don't Know

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 501 Doo Wop Confidential, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
Excellent and varied collection of 28 rarities from the late 50s and early 60s. Excellent sound and very little duplication with other collections.
THE CHARMS: And Take My Love/ THE DAYBREAKERS: I Wonder Why/ THE DE-LIGHTS: I'm Comin' Home/ THE DEBONAIRS: Mothers Son/ THE FLINTS: Why Did You Go?/ BOBBY FREEMAN & GROUP: Come To Me/ THE GALES: Josephine/ THE GAYKNIGHTS: The Loudness Of My Heart/ THE GAYNOTES: For Only A Moment/ THE GLOWTONES: Ping Pong/ GEORGIA HARRIS & THE HYTONES: 1 Want To Kiss You/ EDDIE HOLLAND & GROUP: You/ THE IMPACTS: They Say/ BONNIE LOU & THE HARMONAIRES: Drop Me A Line/ THE MILLER BROTHERS: Try/ THE MONORAILS: Come To Me Darlin/ THE RAINDROPS: Maybe/ THE ROCK-A-FELLAS: Dear Someone/ CATHY RYAN & GROUP: Only A Dream/ THE SERENADERS: Its Funny/ THE SHANTONS: To Be In Love With You/ THE SHARPTONES: I‘ll Always Remember/ THE SHIELDS: The Girl Around The Corner/ LYNN TAYLOR & THE PEACHETTES: The Bells Of St. Mary's/ THE TOKENS: Juanita/ THE UNIQUE TEENS: Jeannie/ CURLEY WILLIAMS & GROUP: Be Mine/ THE YOUNGHEARTS: Do Not Forsake Me

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 502 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 2 ● CD $17.98
28 doo wop rarities - minimal duplication with other reissues.
JIMMY BARNES & GIBRALTERS: Our Wedding Day/ THE COMMODORES: Two Loves Have I/ THE CORVAIRS: Whatcha Gonna Do/ THE CRESTS: Guilty (long Version)/ THE DELTAIRS: Standing At The Altar/ THE DOLLS: In Love/ THE EL VENOS: Geraldine/ THE FALCONS: This Heart Of Mine (original Kudo Version)/ THE FASCINATORS: Cuddle Up With Carolyn/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: If You Want My Heart/ THE HEARTBREAKERS (FEAT PAUL HIMMELSTEIN): Love You Til The Day I Die/ HOWIE & SAPPHIRES: More Than The Day Before/ PHIL JOHNSON & DUVALS: I Lied To My Heart/ THE LYRICS: How A Woman Does Her Man/ AL MAGEE & GROUP: Lucky Joe/ THE MAJORS: Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside/ BILLY MARSH & GROUP: Run & Tell/ THE MASCOTS: Story Of My Heart/ BETTE MCLAURIN & STRIDERS: I Won't Tell A Soul I Love You/ THE O'JAYS: Crack Up Laughing/ CHRIS POWELL & THE BLUE FLAMES: Blue Boy/ THE PYRAMIDS: Before It's Too Late/ THE ROMANS: You Are My Only Love/ THE SENDERS: Everybody Needs To Know/ THE STRANGERS: These Are The Things I Love/ TED TAYLOR & GROUP: Don't Deceive Me/ THE UNIVERSALS: Dreaming/ DEEK WATSON & THE FOUR DOTS: Strange As It Seems

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 503 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
28 more obscurities.
THE BACHELORS: Baby/ GLORIA BROWN & GROUP: Happy Birthday/ THE CAROUSELS: Fading Away/ THE CHANTEERS: Just A Little Boy/ She's Coming Home/ THE CHATEAUS: If I Didn't Care/ Ladder Of Love/ You'll Reap What You Sew/ THE CORVETTS: I'm Going To Cry/ THE EL TORROS: Love Is Love/ THE ENCHANTMENTS: I Love My Baby/ THE FIVE BLIND BOYS: I Believe/ THE FIVE PEARLS: Please Let Me Know/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: Trust In Me/ BILL HARRIS & CONTINENTALS: Danny Boy/ THE INFORMERS: If You Love Me/ THE IRIDSCENTS: The Angels Sang/ WATSIE LUMBARD & EASTMAN: Passion/ THE MAGICTONES: How Can You Treat Me This Way/ THE MAJESTICS: Nitey Nite/ THE NOTES: Trust In Me/ THE PYRAMIDS: Deep In My Heart/ THE RAVENS: Solitude/ FAITH TAYLOR & SWEETEENS: Won't Someone Tell Me Why/ Your Candy Kisses/ TINY TIP & TIP TOPS: I Found My Love/ THE VERSATILES: Whisper In Your Ear/ THE YACHTSMEN: Our Future

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 504 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
THE ADMIRALS: Oh Yes/ JESSIE BELVIN & SHARPTONES: Let Me Dream/ THE BLUE CHIPS: Come Back/ WINNIE BROWN & HER BOYFRIENDS: Heaven Knows Why/ MAT BURNEY & FOUR JACKS: This Is My Last Affair/ THE CHROMATICS: My Heart Let Me Be Free/ THE CLICKETTES: But Not For Me/ THE ELGINS: A Picture Of You/ THE FIVE DREAMS: You Are My Only/ THE FIVE SCAMPS: With All My Heart/ THE FIVE TROJANS: Alone In This World/ Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: This Is The End/ THE LADDINS: Light A Candle/ TOMMY LAMPKIN & GROUP: Lover's Plea/ JOE LYONS & ARROWS: No End To True Love/ THE LYRICS: Com On Home/ THE MARVELS: Guiding Angel/ THE METALLICS: It Hurts Me/ THE PLANETS: Stand There Mountain/ ROSEMARY & ROSEBUDS: What Do I Mean To You/ THE SOUNDS: My Pillow Of Dreams/ THE SPARKS: Run Run Run/ THE STRANGERS: I'm Feeling Sad/ THE SYCAMORES: I'll Be Waiting/ THE TANTONES: No Matter/ THE VARIETEERS: I Pay With Every Breath/ MORRIS WADE & GROUP: Is It Too Late

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 505 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
CARL BURNETT & HUSTLERS: Sweet Memories/ THE CLICKETTES: Because Of My Best Friend/ THE DOWNBEATS: Darling Of Mine/ THE FASCINATORS: Tee Vee/ THE FIVE WINGS: Johnny's Still Singing/ THE FOSTER BROTHERS: Never Again/ HERB & HIS CRONIES: In The Middle Of A Love/ THE HI LITES: Please Believe I Love You/ VINCE HOWARD & GROUP: If You Believe, If You Believe/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN & GROUP: Half A Love/ THE JONES BOYS: You Make Me Feel Like A Penny Waiting For Change/ THE MAJORS: You Ran Away With My Heart/ JOE MEDLIN & GROUP: After All I've Been To You/ Lord Knows I've Tried/ THE PRETENDERS: The Day You Are Mine/ THE RAVENS: There's A Hole In The Middle Of The Moon/ THE ROYALNOTES: Three Speed Girl/ CATHY RYAN & GROUP: Twenty-four Hours A Day/ THE SHADOWS: Big Mouth Mama/ THE SHARPS: Love Me My Darling/ THE SHIRELLES: My Love Is A Charm/ THE SINCERES: Do You Remember/ THE SOUVENIRS: It's Too Bad/ THE SPELLBINDERS: Danny Boy/ THE SUGARTONES: How Can You Forget So Soon/ THE SYCAMORES: Darling Is It True/ THE TANGENTS: Send Me Something/ SONNY WOODS & THE TWIGS: Chapel Of Memories

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 506 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 6 - Never Too Young For Doo ● CD $17.98
THE ANTONES: All Of My Life/ THE C-QUINS: My Only Love/ THE CALVANES: My Love Song/ THE COVINAS: Five Minutes More/ THE DOWNBEATS: Someday She'll Come Along/ THE DWELLERS: Tell Me Why/ THE EDWARDS SISTERS: Living One Day At A Time/ THE EPICS: Lonely/ THE FASCINATIONS: Since You Went Away/ THE FAWNS: Come On/ THE FORTUNES: Congratulations/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: My Love/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN & GROUP: Without A Friend/ THE MONTEREYS: A Crowded Room/ BILL MURRAY & THE FOUR COUSINS: Time & Time Again/ JIMMY NABBIE & THE FOUR TUNES: Never Look Down/ THE NEPTUNES: This My Love/ THE NUTONES: At Midnight/ THE ROOKIES: Penalty/ CATHY RYAN & GROUP: High Falutin Honey/ THE STEREOES: You Left Me Forsaken/ THE STYLERS: There Were Others/ THE SUGARTONES: How Can I Pretend/ THE TALLMEN QUARTET: Tell My Friends/ THE TRAMPS: Ride On/ THE VENEERS: I/ THE VIBES: You've Got Me Crying/ THE VOICE MASTERS: Needed

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 507 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 7 - The Sound That Quenches ● CD $17.98
28 more rarities.
THE ANTONES: You Are The One/ THE C-QUINS: You've Been Crying/ THE CHANNELS: My Love/ THE CORVAIRS: True True Love/ THE CREATIONS: Lady Luck/ THE DAPPERS: Come Back To Me/ THE DE 'BONAIRS: Say A Prayer For Me/ THE DEEP RIVER BOYS: Thruthfully/ BO DIDDLEY & GROUP: I'm Sorry/ THE DOWNBEATS: I Need Your Love/ THE EL DOMINGOES: Evening Bells/ THE FIVE BILLS: Till I Waltz Again With You/ RAY FRAZIER & GROUP: All Of My Love/ THE INFASCINATIONS: I'm So In Love/ THE KING ODOM FOUR: All Of Me/ THE KINGPINS: How Long Will It Last/ THE LEAPING FLAMES: It's Been So Long/ AL LEWIS & THE MODERISTICS: What Will The Outcome Be/ JIMMY LEWIS & THE VOLUMES: I Saw A Cottage In My Dreams/ THE LOVERS: Party Line/ THE MAGNETICS: Where Are You/ THE REVALONS: This Restless Heart/ FREDDIE SCOTT & CHIMES: Please Call/ THE STRANGERS: You Ain't Too Cool/ THE TEARS: Nothing But Love/ THE TUNEWEAVERS: There Stands My Love/ THE VELVETONES: How I Miss You/ LEONARD WAYNE & HI TONES: That's All I Want To Do

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Einstein 509 Confidential Doo Wop, Vol. 9 ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 71 mins, recommended. Another fine collection of doo-wop rarities with, apparently, 80% making their first appearance on CD. There are a number of very fine ballads like Human by The Ad Libs, the bluesy I'm Coming Home by The Neptunes, and a couple of the more obscure sides by the great Flamingos. There are also cuts by Gregory Howard & Group, The Twiliters, Universals, Teddy Lawson & The Lawson Boys, Little Freddie & The Rockets (the novelty Too Fat), Charles Hargro & Group, Johnny Wyatt & The Hightones, Sonny Carter & Group, The Darnells, Fat Man Matthews & The Kittens (a fine bluesy rocker Later Baby), Maggie Hathaway & The Robins and others. Good sound. (FS)
THE AD LIBS: Human/ THE CARNATIONS: Clown Of The Masquerade/ SONNY CARTER & GROUP: Crying Over You/ THE CHARADES: Close To Me/ THE DARNELLS: My Little Homing Pigeon/ THE DEL ROYALS: Who Will Be The One/ THE ECHOES: Someone/ THE EL TORROS: Dance With Me/ THE FLAMINGOS: Helpless/ My Faith In You/ THE FOUR BELLS: Only A Miracle/ THE FOUR BROTHERS & A COUSIN: Can It Be/ LITTLE FREDDIE & ROCKETS: Too Fat/ CHARLES HARGRO & GROUP: Baby Oh Baby/ MAGGIE HATHAWAY & ROBINS: A Falling Star/ THE HEARTBREAKERS: You're So Necessary To Me/ GREGORY HOWARD & GROUP: When In Love/ HERB KENNY & THE COMETS: Only You/ TEDDY LAWSON & LAWSON BOYS: I Knew It Was You/ FAT MAN MATTHEWS & THE KITTENS: Later Baby/ THE NEPTUNES: I'm Coming Home/ THE RADARS: Too Bad/ THE SHAMANS: I'll Wait Forever/ THE TWILITERS: Back To School/ THE UNIVERSALS: A Love Only You Can Give/ THE UNTOUCHABLES: Standing There/ JOHNNY WILLIAMS & THE EMBRACEABLES: My Foolish Pride/ JOHNNY WYATT & THE HIGHTONES: Wondering Why

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 100 Rockin' With The Rhythm & Blues ● CD $19.98
26 tracks, 68 mins, highly recommended
A fine collection of up tempo R&B from 1949 through 1951 featuring songs with the word "rock" in the title - five years before Alan Freed "invented" the term "Rock & Roll." Appropriately enough it starts with the tune Rock And Roll by La Verne Ray & Arlene Talley from 1950 and also includes sides by Goree Carter (Rock Awhile), Wynonie Harris (Rock Mr. Blues), The Treniers (It Rocks, It Rolls, It Swings), Amos Milburn (Let's Rock Awhile), Doc Sausage (Sausage Rock - what else?!), Max "Blues" Bailey (Rockin' The Blues), Laurie Tate (Rock Me Daddy) and more. Some of the material is readily available elsewhere but there is enough obscure material thanks to careful selection by compiler Dave Penny who also provides informative notes. Sound quality is excellent and the set is nicely packaged with photos, label shots and ads. (FS)
JESSE ALLEN & JIMMY GILCHRIST: Rock This Morning/ MAX "BLUES" BAILEY: Rockin' The Blues/ ROY BROWN: Good Rockin' Man/ HONEY BROWN WITH FREDDIE MITCHELL'S ORCHESTRA: Rockin' And Jumpin'/ GUNTER LEE CARR: We're Gonna Rock/ GOREE CARTER & HIS HEPCATS: Rock Awhile/ FLOYD DIXON: Rockin' At Home/ H-BOMB FERGUSON WITH CHARLIE SINGLETON'S ORCHES: Rock, H-Bomb, Rock!/ GREAT GATES & HIS HOLLYWOOD ALL STARS: Rocking Time/ BIG JOHN GREER & HIS RHYTHM ROCKERS: Rockin' With Big John/ TINY GRIMES & HIS ROCKING HIGHLANDERS: Rockin' and Sockin'/ WYNONIE HARRIS: Rock Mr. Blues/ JIMMY MCCRACKLIN & HIS BLUES BLASTERS: Rockin' All Day/ WALLY MERCER & HIS ORCHESTRA: Rock Around The Clock/ AMOS MILBURN & HIS CHICKENSHACKERS: Let's Rock Awhile/ FREDDIE MITCHELL & HIS ORCHESTRA: Rockin' With Coop/ MR. GOOGLE EYES WITH RENE HALL'S ORCHEST: Rock My Soul/ SONNY PARKER WITH GENE MORRIS & HIS HAMPTONES: Rockin' With GM/ JIMMY PRESTON & THE PRESTONIANS: Rock The Joint/ LA VERNE RAY & ARLENE TALLEY: Rock And Roll/ THE ROBINS: Rockin'/ DOC SAUSAGE & HIS MAD LADS: Sausage Rock/ MEMPHIS SLIM: Rockin' The House/ LITTLE JIMMY SMITH: Rock That Boogie/ LAURIE TATE WITH JOE MORRIS & HIS ORCHESTRA: Rock Me Daddy/ THE TRENIERS: It Rocks! It Rolls! It Swings!

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS El Toro 102 Riff Ridin' ● CD $19.98
Another fine collection from this Spanish label - this time focusing on the sound of the tenor sax in blues and R&B records of the late 40s and early 50s. 27 tracks from Freddie Mitchell. Ben Webster with Johnny Otis Orch., Paul gayten, Lucky Thompson, Lynn Hope, J.T. "Nature Boy" Brown, Julian Dash with Bobby Smith Orch., David Van Dyke with Cherokee Conyers Orch., James Moody, Arnett Cobb, Eddie Chamblee, Red Prysock with Tiny Grime sOrch., Maxwell Davis with Gene Phillips Orch. and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS El Viente 801 Rock & Roll Party, Vol. 1 ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 72 min., recommended Available again. A generous program of mostly sax-led, mostly uptempo, numbers from the 1950's, including many instrumentals, featuring Don't Be Angry by Nappy Brown, Deacon's Hop by Big Jay McNeeley, T'Ain't What You Say by Little Esther, Rock Socks by Paul Williams, Hip Hop by T. J. Fowler, Bumpin' by Heywood Henry, Hot Rod by Hal Singer, The Grinder by the Rockin' Brothers Orchestra, You Gotta Rock and Roll by Bob Oakes, Give It Up by H-Bomb Ferguson, and My Gal's a Jockey by Joe Turner. Not exactly music to relax to, but if you're looking for some killer bluesy dance music for a vintage rock 'n' roll party, this disc would certainly do the trick. (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Empire 7043 Empire Doo-Wop, Vol. 1 - The New York Sound ● CD $17.98
25 rarities.
THE BAYSIDERS: Over The Rainbow/ THE BEL-LARKS: Satisfied/ THE CHARMERS: Why Does It Have To Be Me/ LITTLE SUNNY DAY & CLOUDS: Babydoll/ THE DON JUANS: Girl Of My Dreams/ THE EL CAPRIS: Shimmy, Shimmy Koko Wop/ THE GAYTUNES: Got You On My Mind/ THE ISLEY BROS: The Angels Cried/ JOHNNY & JOE: Feel Alright/ THE KEYSTONERS: Magic Kiss/ THE LAURELS: You Left Me/ JOHNNY LESTER & MELLOW-QUEENS: Getting Nearer/ THE MATADORS: Vengeance/ THE MELLOWTUNES: Father Time/ THE MONARCHS: In My Younger Days/ THE OPALS: Just A Bitty Baby/ THE PEPE & ASTROS: Now Ain't That A Shame/ THE REFLECTIONS: Because Of You/ THE ROCKIN CHAIRS: A Kiss Is A Kiss/ THE ROYAL SATINS: Each Passing Day/ THE SOCIALITES: King Tut Rock/ THE SUBURBANS: Sweet Diane Cha Cha/ TONY & PAGENTS: Make You My Queen/ THE TUNEDROPS: Tonight/ THE UNIQUES: Merry Xmas Darling

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Everest 7050 The Baysiders And Friends ● CD $17.98
32 tracks of vocal group harmony recorded for the Evrest label in the late 50s and early 60s. Includes 11 sides by The Baysiders plus tracks by The Boulevards, Danleers, Lexingtons, George Knox and The Ultratones, Jimmy Holiday and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Excello 3010 Uptown, Down South $14.98 ● CD $9.98
24 tracks, 63 min., recommended. Out of print - very limited stock. A companion disc to Excello's "Heart of Southern Soul". This time out the focus is on Southern soul singers who recorded for the Excello and Abet labels and who at the time were aiming for a fully orchestrated, big city sound. Featured numbers include I've Got to Hold Back by Freddie North, Judy by Frank Howard, That's Loving You by Percy Wiggins, I'm Not Your Regular Woman by Lucille Mathis, Even If the Signs Are Wrong by Shirley Brown, Bigger and Better by the Hytones, No More Tears by Bessie Jones, Thanks a Lot by the Wallace Brothers, and a soul version of Tommy James's Crystal Blue Persuasion by the Kelly Brothers. Impressive late 60's to mid-70's dance music in a set that was previously issued by Ace of England. This less expensive reissue features fine sound quality and the earlier English issue's liner notes. (DH)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Excello 3013 Excello Vocal Groups $14.98 ● CD $9.98
31 tracks, 77 min., highly recommended. Out of print - very limited stock. A particularly nice compilation of recordings made in the late 50's for this Nashville, Tennessee label, and one which, unlike most earlier Excello collections, focuses strictly on the group sound. Some of the numbers are expected and often reissued, such as Little Darlin' by the Gladiolas, Rolling Stone by the Marigolds, and Oh Julie by the Crescendos. But most are much less commonly available, including the previously unreleased Don't Say Tomorrow by the Marigolds; the a cappella School Daze, the previously unreleased Pretty Little Girl, and Now That She's Gone by the delightful King Krooners; The Magic of You by the Themes; and I'm So Glad by the Meloaires. There are some real gems here. And the production values are high, with several vintage photos and solid notes by Cub Koda of Goldmine Magazine. (DH)
THE CRESCENDOS: Lucky Love/ My Little Girl/ Oh Julie/ THE GLADIOLAS: Be Bop Girl/ Hey Little Girl/ Little Darlin'/ Run Run Little Joe/ Say You'll Be Mine/ Shoop Shoop/ Sweetheart Please Don't Go/ THE KING KROONERS: Memoirs/ Now That She's Gone/ Playboy Lover/ Pretty Little Girl/ School Daze/ Steps Of Love/ There's Been A Change/ Won't You Let Me Know/ THE MARIGOLDS: Don't Say Tomorow/ Juke Box Rock & Roll/ Love You-love You-love You/ Rolling Stone/ Two Strangers/ Why Don't You/ THE MELOAIRES: Don't Ever Get Married/ I'm So Glad/ Indebted To You/ You Know Baby/ THE RHYTHM CASTERS: Oh My Darling/ THE THEMES: The Magic Of You/ Yes, That's Love

 

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