25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits CD (2003)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Varese Sarabande
SKU 60597307
UPC 030206645828
UPC 14 00030206645828
Format CD
Release Date 4/29/2003
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Devora Brown; Eddie Hokenson; Al Browne; Pete Bennett & The Embers; George Goldner; Vinnie Catalano; Gerry Granahan; George Paxton; Hy Weiss; Andy Leonetti; Hiram Johnson; Jack Gold; Joe Rene; Joe Rock; Kenny Vance; Marty Wekser; Paul Winley; Rosie & The
CatalogID 066458
Lable Name Var?se Vintage
Released 04/29/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00030206645828
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Billy Vera.
Photographer: Billy Vera.
Varese Sarabande's sequel to its 2002 compilation 25 All-Time Doo Wop Hits is another good mix of hits and well-remembered singles that didn't chart, but got a lot of airplay in certain parts of the country. Like its predecessor, it's not an ideal touchstone for those looking to systematically build a library of the core doo wop classics; that honor belongs to Rhino's three-volume series of doo wop box sets. The fact is, though, that a lot of consumers aren't going about building a doo wop collection as if they're librarians. And 25 More All-Time Doo-Wop Hits presents a satisfying and high-quality blend for someone who wants a jumble of the familiar and the less-familiar, though the hits here aren't as big and classic as they were in the first installment. Among the familiar chart hits here are the Skyliners' "This I Swear," Rosie & the Originals' "Angel Baby," Curtis Lee's "Pretty Little Angel Eyes," Jive Five's "My True Story," the Chimes' "Once in a While," the Belmonts' "Tell Me Why," and the Duprees' "You Belong to Me." Other songs made the Top 40 but aren't played too much on oldies stations, like the Fireflies' "You Were Mine," the G-Clefs' energetic "Ka-Ding Dong," and the Temptations' "Barbara" (a different Temptations than the famous Motown group of the same name). Some of the most interesting cuts, though, are the non-charters, like the Eternals' outrageous "Rockin' in the Jungle," one of the greatest doo wop novelties with its absurd birdcalls; the Diablos' "The Wind," a 1954 single with a lead vocal by Nolan Strong that was obviously heavily influential on Smokey Robinson; and the Collegians' 1957 single "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom," part of whose nonsense vocal was influential on the Marcels' famous "Blue Moon." The one bum note is sounded by the undated, clumsy doo wop revival piece "Looking for an Echo" by Kenny Vance & the Planotones, but at least the good grace was taken to place it as the last track. ~ Richie Unterberger
Disc 1
1 Wind, The - The Diablos/Nolan Strong
2 Life Is But A Dream - The Harptones
3 Way You Look Tonight, The - The Jaguars
4 Ka-Ding Dong - The G-Clefs
5 Florence - The Paragons
6 Zoom, Zoom, Zoom - Collegians
7 To The Aisle - The Five Satins
8 To Make A Long Story Short - Eddie & The Starlites
9 This I Swear - The Skyliners
10 You Were Mine - The Fireflies
11 Darling Lorraine - The Knockouts
12 Rockin' In The Jungle - The Eternals
13 Baby Oh Baby - The Shells
14 Step By Step - The Crests (stereo)
15 Once In A While - The Chimes
16 Barbara - The Temptations (stereo)
17 Angel Baby - Rosie & The Originals
18 Solitaire - The Embers
19 Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee & The Halos
20 My True Story - The Jive Five
21 Tell Me Why - The Belmonts (stereo)
22 You Belong To Me - The Duprees (stereo)
23 Coney Island Baby - The Excellents
24 I Believe - The Earls (stereo)
25 Looking For An Echo - Kenny Vance & The Planotones (stereo)
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