- Audio CD (July 23 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Compilation
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B00000JFV7
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Greatest Doo-Wop Hits Of The '50s & '60s Compilation
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|1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers|
|2. Whispering Bells - The Dell Vikings|
|3. Speedoo - The Cadillacs/Jesse Powell Orch.|
|4. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins|
|5. Little Star - The Elegants|
|6. I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts|
|7. Book Of Love - The Monotones|
|8. Sincerely - The Moonglows|
|9. Come Go With Me - The Dell Vikings|
|10. Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters|
|11. Hushabye - The Mystics|
|12. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters|
|13. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos|
|14. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts|
|15. 16 Candles - The Crests|
|16. Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs|
|17. Oh What A Nite - The Dells|
|18. There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris|
|19. Blue Moon - The Marcels|
|20. Get A Job - The Silhouettes|
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If you've never seen kids harmonizing on a street corner you didn't grow up in any major city in the 1950s. The music was pure, the lyrics understandable, and the theme was love--unrequited, lost, and found. Where classic doo-wop is concerned, the leader usually boasted the best voice, but his or her supporting cast was of equal importance when it came to vocalizing the likes of "Blue Moon," "I Wonder Why," "Barbara-Ann" and "Get a Job," performed here by the Marcels, the Regents, and Dion & the Belmonts, respectively. Also included among the 20 artists featured on this hit-laden 22-song primer are Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers ("Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"), the Monotones ("Get a Job"), and the Flamingos ("I Only Have Eyes for You"). Decades after these songs filled the airwaves, they still elicit memories and a desire to sing along--in the background, of course. --Cal Greilsamer
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Since there were so many great songs from that era, Rhino could not include every great doo wop song ever made. One major omission is "At the Hop," by Danny and the Juniors. Still, these recordings are an obvious testament to the superiority of the music forty to fifty years ago, when people could actually sing and when listeners could actually make out a melody. We may never have that era back, but thank goodness we have these recordings for posterity.
As with many American musical inventions, blacks took the lead, but were quickly followed by white and interracial groups from adjacent urban neighborhoods, and all made major, innovative contributions to the "genre". Valuable detail on many of these groups is provided in the CD cover notes. They exemplify vocal teamwork as well as any church choir, all the way from falsetto to bass, and that is what makes them so much fun to listen and sing along to. Unlike other musical styles prevalent in the fifties and early sixties, doo-wop evolved virtually in isolation, having little in common with blues, jump, jazz, swing or rock 'n roll, and its influence on the subsequent evolution of rock or pop was limited. Still, you can hear the influence of barbershop quartets in doo-wop, and echoes of doo-wop in the harmonies of the early Beatles or Temptations. Doo-wop is like one of those evolutionary anomalies, such as the Koala - cute, cuddly, funny-looking, well-loved, but nothing like a dog, or a cat, or a horse. And yet, doo-wop was a critical part of the soundtrack of the decade 1954-1963 (roughly from "Earth Angel" to "So in Love"), and was actually close to being dominant from 1958-1961.
Doo-wop exudes joy and yearning, both in the songs themselves, and in their performance, and you can be sure that these studio creations, although masterful enough to draw tears from your eyes, fall far short of the magic of the actual street corner serenade. And so, this CD is only the tip of the iceberg - but what a treasure. And to make an obvious comparison to what is today marketed as the "urban sound", this was from a far kinder, gentler, more inclusive urban culture.
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