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LIL' ALFRED
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS
LITTLE EVA
THE LOVENOTES

JOE LUTCHER
NELLIE LUTCHER
THE LY-DELLS
FRANKIE LYMON
LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS
GLORIA LYNNE

LIL' ALFRED Jin 9051 Dealin' With The Feelin' ● CD $14.98

 
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS BGO BGOCD 309 Goin' Out Of My Head/ Payin' Our Dues ● CD $17.98
24 tracks, 63 min., recommended The digital reissue of two of the Imperials' successful DCP/Veep LPs from the mid-60's, when, under the direction of Teddy Randazzo, the group's sound moved away from doo-wop and into soul. Their hits from that era are all here, including the title tune of LP #1, Hurt So Bad, and Take Me Back, plus a bountiful collection of similarly styled numbers, such as Hurt, It's Just a Matter of Time, Who's Sorry Now, I Miss You So, Better Use Your Head, You Better Take It Easy Baby, The Wonder of It All, and You're Not That Girl Anymore. The program is generally composed of lush, string-accompanied, mid-tempo numbers and dramatic ballads. All production values are up to contemporary reissue standards. (DH)

 
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS Black Tulip 2015 The Ultimate Collection ● CD $18.98
30 track collection of sides from the late 50s through the late 60s including many of their hits from that period. Includes Tears On My Pillow/ I'm On The Outsire Looking In/ Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ I Cover The Waterfront/ When You Wish Upo A Star/ Limbo, Parts 1 & 2/ I'm Taking A Vacation From Love/ Reputation/ What Did I Do/ Our Song/ The Diary and many more.

 
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS Collectables 2736 I'm On The Oustide Looking In/ Going Out Of My Head ● CD $14.98
Two albums from 1964 and '65 on one CD - I'm On The Outside (Looking In)/ The Girl From Ipanema/ Tears On My Pillow/ Please Go/ Goin' Out Of My Head/ Reputation/ Hurt So Bad/ Who's Sorry Now?/ Take Me Back, etc

 
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS Collectables 5422 We Are The Imperials ● CD $13.98
Reissue of the group's End/ Roulette album, its tracks, cover pic, and inaccurate sleeve-note hype. The Imperials with Little Anthony Gourdine were formerly the Brooklyn-based Chesters, who recorded for Apollo in 1957. In 1958, with minor changes in personnel, the newly named group found themselves signed to George Goldner's End label by Richard Barrett, who bought their contract from Bess Berman for $75.00. Set includes million-seller Tears On My Pillow (1958), the magnificent So Much, the smoochy When You Wish Upon A Star and The Diary, all from 1959, and the rockin' Travelin' Stranger (1961). Twelve cuts in all; some of the fella's best work-outs. (OLN)

 
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS Collectables 8804 For Collectors Only ● CD $24.98
Almost all of their End sides (1958-61) are on this 2-disc set, as well as selected other cuts including the excellent Prove It Tonight/ Somebody from 1957 (Royal Roost #627) when they were calling themselves The Duponts - maybe they were hoping for financial backing from the chemical industry. The faves are all here: Tears On My Pillow/ Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ So Much/ Formula Of Love/ Wishful Thinking/ Cha Cha Henry, mistitled as Cha Cha Heart, and a heap more, 40 in all. The "Collectors Only" part refers presumably to the previously unreleased I Cover The Waterfront, the alternate takes of So Much/ Two People In The World, and the unissued Count The Hours by The Duponts. The covers of standards like Over The Rainbow/ Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, are better in small doses, which may or may not be why the songs are not even close to being in chronological order. Duplicates much of Rhino CD R2 70919. (JC)
LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS: A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening/ A Prayer &A Jukebox/ Bayou, Bayou Baby/ Cha Cha Heart/ Count the Hours (unreleased w/Duponts)/ Don't Get Around Much Anymore/ Dream/ Formula of Love/ I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night/ I Cover The Waterfront (unreleased)/ I'm All Right/ I'm Still In Love With You/ I'm Taking A Vacation From Love/ If You Are But A Dream/ It's Not For Me/ Limbo (part 1)/ Love Is A Many Splendor Thing/ My Empty Room/ Oh Yeah/ Only Sympathy/ Ooh, Look-A There Ain't She Pretty/ Over the Rainbow/ Please Say You Want Me/ Prove It Tonight (w/Duponts)/ River Path/ Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop/ So Much/ So Much (alternate version)/ So Near &Yet So Far/ Somebody (w/Duponts)/ Tears On My Pillow/ The Dairy/ They Say It's Wonderful/ This Love of Mine/ Travelling Stranger/ Two People In The World/ Two People In The World (alternate version)/ What Did I Do/ When You Wish Upon A Star/ Wishful Thinking

 
LITTLE EVA Collectables 5407 The Best Of Little Eva ● CD $13.98
"Little Eva" Narcissus Boyd was born in June 1945 in Bellhaven, N.C., and as legend has it she was launched into temporary stardom (1962-63) by songwriters Carole King and Gerry Coffin, for whom she baby-sat. And wouldn't you just know it, Eva was also friend of Earl Jean McCree, lead vocalist for The Cookies, who ended up backing Eva on her bubblegum-like chirpings for Al Nevin's Dimension Records. Includes major sellers Locomotion/ Keep Your Hands Off My Baby/ Let's Turkey Trot, all produced in the Don Kirschner factory to emulate the "mashed potatoes" success of Dee Dee Sharp. Contains 15 outings encompassing duos Swinging On A Star/ The Xmas Song/ Heigh Ho with Oklahoma's Big Al Downing. Miniscule fanzine-type book notes by John Neilson and Chris Huff. Average sound - good for cutting rugs. (OLN)

 
THE LOVENOTES Eagle 90400 You Are Invited To The Lovenotes Recording Sessions ● CD $18.98
19 tracks, 47 min., recommended In the 1953-1954 time period, the Lovenotes, from Roxbury, Massachusetts, had numbers released on the Imperial, Rainbow, Riviera, and Family Library labels under there own name, and on Hub as Jan Strickland and the Shadows. Needless to say, all of these records are rare and collectible today. Fortunately for those of us on a budget, this fine compilation reissues them all, plus several previously unissued numbers. The mostly blues ballad program includes Since I Fell for You, Sweet Lulu, I'm Sorry, It's So Good, The Nearness of You, You're Mine, Love Me Baby, and Leave My Woman Alone. Solid music, good liner notes, good sound quality, and several vintage photos. (DH)

 
JOE LUTCHER Ace CDCHD 753 Jumpin' At The Mardi Gras ● CD $18.98
25 tracks, recommended Although not as well known as his sister Nellie, singer/ alto saxman Joe Lutcher produced some fine recordings in the late 40s and early 50s including the original version of Mardi Gras (featured here) which was a modest hit and was subsequently reworked as Mardi Gras In New Orleans by Professor Longhair. This collection features all his recordings for Modern cuts between January 1949 and September 1950 and includes 10 previously unissued tunes and 4 alternate takes. The music is varied including slow blues, jumping R&B (often with a New Orleans flavor) and some exotic flavored jazz. Joe is a decenet singer and on a couple of cuts is joined by a relatively undistinguished female vocalist. (FS)
JOE LUTCHER: Beige Room/ Bumps And Lumps/ Carnival Parade/ Cryin' & Singing The Blues/ Foothill Drive/ Foothill Drive/ I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ I Want A Little Girl/ Joe's Lament/ Joe's Mood/ La Bohemie/ Let It Rain/ Let's Be Friends/ Mardi Gras/ Night Cap/ Ojai/ Ojai/ Pasadena Rhumboogie/ Pasadena Rhumboogie/ Please Be My Honey/ Rag Mop/ Rockola/ Take A Ride/ Take A Ride/ This Is 49

 
NELLIE LUTCHER Bear Family BCD 15910 And Her Rhythm ● CD $99.98
4 discs, 105 tracks, over 4 1/2 hrs., recommended
Born in Louisiana in 1915, Nellie Lutcher sharpened her performing skills during the 30's and the early 40's by playing with various large and small instrumental ensembles based in the South and the Mid-West and by soloing in various settings once she moved to Southern Calfornia. She became noted for her staccato piano playing and her thin but effective scat-influenced vocal style, and she began recording for the still relatively new West Coast Capitol Record label in 1947. Thanks to her wide range of experience, even though she was often classed as a jazz or a blues artist, her repertoire included just every kind of popular music imaginable, including the aforementioned forms, of course, but also country songs, novelty tunes, double entendre numbers, and pop ballads, as this comprehensive boxed set demonstrates. Disc one covers all of 1947 and part of 1948 with Hurry on Down, You Better Watch Yourself Bub, Pig Latin Song, There's Another Mule in Your Stall, Lake Charles Boogie, and Fine Brown Frame. Disc two completes 1948 and enters into Nellie's 1950 tracks with A Maid's Prayer, I Used to Be Dull, Cool Water, Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papaya, Come and Get It Honey, Darktown Strutter's Ball, and April in Paris. Disc three brings the chronological survey up to 1953, offering That's a Plenty, Can I Come In for a Second, (I Need) Body and Fender Work, Mean to Me, Keepin' Out of Mischief Now, Whee Baby, and Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home. And disc four completes the tour, ending in 1963, with Blues in the Night, Breezin' Along with the Breeze, Three Little Words, The Nearness of You, It Had to Be You, All of Sudden My Heart Sings, and I'll Never Get Tired. Just as you'd expect from Bear Family, there are lots of previously unreleased tracks here, plus a terrific soft cover booklet featuring many vintage photos (including a great shot of Nat Cole, Nellie, and a youthful Mel Torme), intelligent commentary by Bill Millar, and a complete Capitol discography. (DH)

 
NELLIE LUTCHER Capitol Jazz 35039 The Best Of Nellie Lutcher ● CD $15.98

 
THE LY-DELLS Reach 111 Philly's Book Of Songs ● CD $18.98
17 tracks from the early 60s by Philly group plus two from 1989. Also includes 2 tracks by The Lydells (a different group!), 3 by The Rockafellas and 2 by The Boss-Tones.

 
FRANKIE LYMON Collectables 5421 At The London Palladium ● CD $13.98
Reissue of Frankie's 1957 solo release (Roulette 25013). This set is aptly described by Bob Hyde as "weak" in his session listing for The Teenagers' Murray Hill box. If Bobby Darin had a kid brother making a Las Vegas debut, the results would probably sound like this. Why anyone would bother reissuing this insipid doo-doo beats me. Strings and choral backgrounds surround these refits of Goody Goody/ Fools Rush In/ My Baby Just Cares For Me/ Too Young and eight other forgettable wincers. Horrible! (OLN)

 
FRANKIE LYMON Collector's Choice 0933 Rock 'n' Roll ● CD $12.98
12 tracks, 29 mins, recommended
This is a straight re-issue of Lymon's 1958 debut solo album. OK, so basically this seems like it was a record industry cash-in album, a hot artist put in the studio with a bunch of pro session guys and a set list of tried and true popular hits of the day. Sure, it might have taken all afternoon to record; despite this, Lymon was a huge talent and some of the tracks are really great. The ones that work the best are, unsurprisingly, the R&B/ Doo Wop numbers like Silhouettes/ Send For Me, and especially his knockout performance of Little Bitty Pretty One. Some of the white rock 'n roll numbers like Wake Up Little Susie are pretty bad, but overall there is enough good stuff on here to give it and overall thumbs up and big fans of Frankie Lymon will definitely want it. (JM)

 
FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS Bear Family BCD 15782 Complete Recordings ● CD $129.98
5 CD box set with 40 page LP sized book. 142 songs including all recordings by Frankie Lymon with The Teenagers, all the solo Frankie Lymon recordings and solo recordings by The Teenagers. Includes live and unissued sides.

 
LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS Relic 7028 I'm So Happy ● CD $14.98
Kiddie harmony from Frankie Lymon's younger brother Lewis (age 12) and pals. The Teenchords' biggest sellers were cut for Fury in 1957, with less success coming from End and Juanita sides. Everything they released is here, along with outakes of Your Last Chance/ I'm Not Too Young to Fall In Love, but that isn't necessarily good news. After all, Lewis' voice is a lot more limited than Frankie's. So while I'm So Happy/ Honey Honey are pleasing enough, too many of the other numbers are bores. Mediocrity from minors. (JC)
THE TEENCHORDS: Dance Girl/ Falling In Love/ Honey Honey/ I Found Out Why/ I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love/ I'm So Happy/ Lydia/ Please Tell The Angels/ Tell Me Love/ Them There Eyes/ Too Young/ Your Last Chance

 
LEWIS LYMON/ THE KODAKS Collectables 5049 Lewis Lymon & The Teen Chords Meet The Kodaks ● CD $11.98
21 tracks, 51 min., recommended Both of these vocal groups have previously and more thoroughly been covered by separate Relic issues, but, if you prefer a lighter dose of each, this disc may suit your needs. Lewis Lymon (Frankie's brother) and the Teenchords get 13 tracks here including I'm So Happy, Lydia, Please Tell the Angels, Your Last Chance, Dance Girl and two versions of I'm Not Too Young to Fall in Love. The Kodaks get the remaining 8 tracks, performing Teenager's Dream, Oh Gee Oh Gosh, Runaround Baby, Guardian Angel, and Make Believe World. Sound quality is solid; there are nice photos of each group on the cover, and Mark Marymont's notes are worth reading. (DH)
THE KODAKS: Dance Dance Dance (Pearl &the Deltars)/ Guardian Angel/ Kingless Castle/ Little Boy and Girl/ Little Boy and Girl (alternate take)/ Make Believe World/ My Baby and Me/ Oh Gee Oh Gosh/ Oh Gee Oh Gosh (alternate take)/ Runaround Baby/ Teenager's Dream/ Teenager's Dream (Pearl &the Deltars)/ LEWIS LYMON & THE TEEN CHORDS: Dance Girl/ Falling In Love/ Honey Honey/ I Found Out Why/ I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love/ I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love (outtake)/ I'm So Happy/ Lydia/ Please Tell the Angels/ Tell Me Love/ Them There Eyes/ Too Young/ Your Last Chance/ Your Last Chance (outtake)

 
GLORIA LYNNE Collectables 5138 Golden Classics ● CD $11.98
Now on compact disc. Gloria goes the torch song route on this disc backed by syrupy strings, full orchestra and the inevitable jazz organ gurgling away in the background.

 

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