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RONNIE I'S CLIFTONAIRES Clifton 3028 Our Gift To You ● CD $15.98
18 tracks, 48 min, recommended
The Cliftonaires are a current NJ doo-wop institution, long used by noted producer Ronnie I on his Clifton Label. This set has them doing a variety of different doo wop styles, from New York street corner to west coast jump to straight pop, with covers including They Say by The Rainbows (a gorgeous opening cut) & the 4 Flames version of The Wheel Of Fortune, to Louis Prima's Be Mine & Jo Stafford's You Belong To Me, which features as guest vocalist Ami Ortiz, current lead vocalist of The Chantelles. (GM)

 
THE IKETTES Kent 063 Fine Fine Fine ● CD $18.98
This CD reissue has tunes done for Modern 1965-66, cut while recording and touring with Ike & Tina (Ike sent studio singers out to do The Ikettes live gigs). Consisting usually of Robbie Montgomery, Jessee Smith & Venetta Fields, with Jessee on lead, they scored 2 big hits in '65, I'm So Thankful & the classic Peaches & Cream, before splitting from the Review and becoming The Mirettes. It's Been So Long/ Blue On Blue/ It's Been So Long are in real stereo, as are two live 1964 bonus cuts. Other non-LP goodies include 5 featuring Venetta Fields, and Dee Dee Johnson's unusual Living For You. Includes Sally Go Round The Roses/ Can't Sit Down/ Fine Fine Fine/ The Biggest Players, etc. GM)

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Black Tulip 725 For Your Precious Love ● CD $18.98
24 tracks including the title classic plus A Long Time Ago/ Lovely One/ Love Me/ Give Me Your Love/ Say That You Love Me/ Young LOver/ Senorita I Love You/ Don't Drive Me Away, etc.

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Hip-O 40002 Further Impressions ● CD $12.98
14 tracks, 42 minutes, essential This ones a godsend of classic Impressions. The 1st 7 are overlooked LP tracks from 62-64, including a couple that became hits for others - Can't Work No Longer was redone by Billy Butler & the Enchanters, & Girl You Don't Know Me was a hit for Major Lance as Girls (You Don't Know Me). But what really makes this collection - the other 7 tunes, non-LP singles rarely if ever reissued, including Too Slow/ You Always Hurt Me & Since I Lost The One I Love, from 65-67. All tunes written by & featuring Curtis Mayfield. (GM)

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Kent CDKEND 126 The Impressions/ The Never Ending Impressions ● CD $18.98
Two ABC Paramount LPs from 1963 & '64 on one CD.

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Kent CDKEND 130 Keep On Pushing/People Get Ready ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 63 minutes, essential This 2-fer reissues The Impressions' 3rd & 4th LPs - here is where Curtis Mayfield 1st started writing songs with a social consciousness that he stayed with throughout his career. Of the 12 tracks on "Keep On Pushing" (ABC-Paramount 493 from '64), only 1 isn't written by Mayfield, & strangely enough it's one of the songs most associated with him. Listed on the LP as "Theme from Lilies Of the Field", the tune is the immortal "Amen"! Also includes such gems as I've Been Trying, Talking About My Baby, & of course the title classic. Mayfield wrote all 12 on the next LP, "People Get Ready" (ABC-Paramount 505 from '65), which besides the wonderful title hit includes such Mayfield classics as Woman's Got Soul/ Can't Work No Longer/ You Must Believe Me (GM)
THE IMPRESSIONS: Amen/ Can't Work No Longer/ Dedicate My Song To You/ Don't Let It Hide/ Emotions/ Get Up And Move/ Hard To Believe/ I Ain't Supposed To/ I Love You/ I Made A Mistake/ I Thank Heaven/ I've Been Trying/ I've Found That I've Lost/ Just Another Dance/ Keep On Pushing/ Long, Long Winter/ People Get Ready/ See The Real Me/ Somebody Help Me/ Sometimes I Wonder/ Talking About My Baby/ We're In Love/ Woman's Got Soul/ You Must Believe Me

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Kent CDKEND 152 One By One/ Ridin' High ● CD $18.98
Two classic ABC albums from 1965 and '66 on one CD.
THE IMPRESSIONS: Answer Me, My Love/ Falling In Love With You/ Gotta Get Away/ I Need To Belong To Someone/ I Need You/ I Wanna Be Around/ I Want To Be With You/ I'm A Telling You/ It's Not Unusual/ Just One Kiss From You/ Let It Be Me/ Lonely Man/ Man's Temptation/ Mona Lisa/ My Prayer/ Nature Boy/ No One Else/ Ridin' High/ Right On Time/ That's What Mama Say/ Too Slow/ Twilight Time/ Without A Song

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Kent 170 ABC Rarities ● CD $18.98
26 tracks, 73 min., highly recommended With the death of Curtis Lee Mayfield II (1942-1999), we lost one of the most important singer-songwriters of the postwar II era. He was very unique, right down to his gentle (self-taught) guitar playing. As a solo artist, and as a member of The Impressions, he placed sides on the Billboard R&B charts - and that's not counting his production and songwriting credits. This set is the final in a 5 CD series bringing together his complete ABC-Paramount recordings as leader of The Impressions (1961-1968) (except for as yet to be issued live 1966 Club Chicago set). Except for the 12 tracks that made up 1969 "The Versatile Impressions" album, all the rest are being (re-)issued for the first time since the 45rpm/album release, with 7 of them being previously unissued. The 1961-1962 'quintet' sides Can't You See, Love Is A Mystery (with Arthur Brooks on lead) and the unissued Emotions (Won't You Let Me Cry) will appeal to all you quartet fans. Arranged by NY-born (Le)Roy Glover (Jr.) (1933-1995), these early sides have always been some of my favorite 60s doo-wop sides. The rest of the CD is made up of John W. Pate arragements, and include the stellar ant-war song Don't Cry My Love, the unissued Thanks To You (with Sam Gooden on lead), a clever vocal arrangement of the Nat Adderley-Jon Hendricks composition Sermonette, and Man Oh Man (I Want To Go Back). An essential CD for those who have the previous 4 releases, and it includes an excellent 1961-1968 Impressions discography. (EL)

 
THE IMPRESSIONS Kent CDKEND 923 The Definitive Impressions ● CD $18.98
Available late November - 28 track collection (74 minutes) featuring almost all their hits from the 60s - Gyspy Woman/ Little Young Lover/ I'm The One Who Love You/ It's All Right/ I'm So Proud/ I've Been Trying/ I Made A Mistake/ Amen/ Woman's Got Soul/ I Need You/ You've Been Cheating/ I Can't Satisfy/ I Can't Stay Away From You/ We're Rolling On, etc

 
LUTHER INGRAM The Right Stuff 35884 Greatest Hits ● CD $10.98

 
THE ISLEY BROTHERS Collectables 5103 Shout! ● CD $11.98

 

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