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Go on Ko Ko Mo [CD]

Gene & Eunice Audio CD

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1. Ko Ko Mo
2. You and Me
3. This Is My Story
4. Move It Over, Baby
5. Have You Changed Your Mind?
6. I Gotta Go Home
7. Hootchy Kootchy
8. I'm So in Love With You
9. Let's Get Together
10. Hi Diddle Diddle
11. Bom Bom Lulu
12. The Vow
13. Doodle Doodle Doo
14. Don't Treat Me This Way
15. The Angels Gave You To Me
16. Poco-Loco
17. Go On Kokomo
18. Tell Me That You Love Me
19. Flim Flam
20. Move It Over, Baby
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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  1. Ko Ko Mo
  2. You And Me
  3. This Is My Story
  4. Move It Over, Baby
  5. Have You Changed Your Mind?
  6. I Gotta Go Home
  7. Hootchy Kootchy
  8. I'M So In Love With You
  9. Let's Get Together
  10. Hi Diddle Diddle
  11. Bom Bom Lulu
  12. The Vow
  13. Doodle Doodle Doo
  14. Don't Treat Me This Way
  15. The Angels Gave You To Me
  16. Poco Loco
  17. Go On Ko-Ko-Mo
  18. I Know A Girl
  19. This Is My Story
  20. Tell Me That You Love Me
  21. Move It Over, Baby
  22. Flim Flam
  23. I'll Never Let You Go
  24. Can We Forget It? (Colder By The Minute) (1)
  25. Can We Forget It? (Colder By The Minute) (2)
  26. Aching And Crying - Gene Forrest
  27. Only Lovers - Eunice Levy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... Their Story 12 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After waiting years for a Gene & Eunice collection finally this one appeared. Their two huge mid-50's R&B hits, "Ko Ko Mo" and "This Is My Story" have been hard to find, even on multi-artist compliations, and their later pop hit, "Poco Loco" near impossible. Thankfully, this collection fixes that, so grab it while you can.
Gene & Eunice were perhaps the best pure singers of the successful mid-50's male-female duos, but they might have lacked the distinctive sound their many counterparts had. As a result, Gene & Eunice were prime for that nefarious trend of white pop covers that infested R&B at the time. "Ko Ko Mo" was recorded by nearly everyone in the universe it seemed (your grandparents might have cut a version), and most of these covers outsold the original. Because they didn't score a crossover hit their legacy has been severely lacking since.
So, does this collection do them justice? It's a British import, that should answer your question. The Brits love vintage American rock 'n' roll and treat it with a reverence often lacking here. This disc is loaded with treasures, including a great booklet with informative liner notes that describe the duo, their individual histories, their record label conflicts, the music and the times in general, plus a sessionography, pics and memorabilia.
As for the songs themselves they are consistantly good (written by the duo in tandem mostly), mid-tempo R&B, with clever lyrics and structure, all done with a surprising amount of integrity that kept them from simply reusing the same formula that got them their early hits, even as their sales began to plummet.
But the real find here comes on the latter half of the disc (cuts #18-28) where they mined the archives for demos, alternate takes and solo work. We hear Gene coaching Eunice on a new composition, stops and starts while working out the arrangements for the first time, and the vocals done "dry" with just Gene accompanying on piano. Even if sessions are not your thing (you may find them derivitive or annoying after the master takes), don't fret. These are beautifully done, and as fascinating to hear as the finalized masters.
If there is one complaint it's that they could've used two versions of even more songs. "Ko Ko Mo" was originally cut for Combo in 1954, and when it was released and began climbing the charts the bigger independant label Aladdin came along and informed them they were already under contract to their company and had them come in to re-cut the song and released it themselves in a "competing" version. This collection includes the original Combo takes (including B-side) which were the officially credited hits on the charts, but it would've been interesting to hear just how close they came to duplicating the performance with Aladdin. Also, "Flim Flam" is here as a demo only, not the final take, which is a shame since it is one of their best compositions. With all the extras, it would've been nice to get 30 cuts to fill it out completely.
Even so, this is a great job by Ace Records and should serve as a blueprint for how to go about issuing collections on other so called "minor" artists.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story That Should Have Had Many More Chapters 19 Sep 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The duo of Forest Gene Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, and Eunice Russ (Levy) from Texarkana, Arkansas is one combo from the earliest days of R&R that should have many more than the three hit singles they achieved in 1955 (two) and 1959 (one). The one big reason they did not was the disadvantage of being recorded by small labels without the financial clout to properly promote their records so, while the Fabian's and Tab Hunter's of the world were registering one hit after another, they were largely ignored. Why one of the intermediate or large record companies never latched onto them is a mystery.

Their first hit came in 1955 for Combo Records when Ko Ko Mo, written by the duo along with Vernon Porter, made it to # 6 R&B in February b/w You And Me, and with the backing of Jonesy's Combo. Covers by Perry Como for RCA Victor (# 2 Billboard Pop Top 100) and The Crew Cuts (# 6 Top 100 for Mercury) kept them from reaching the more lucrative Pop charts, but one would assume they at least enjoyed the royalties from those sales.

They then moved to Aladdin Records, where they again cut Ko Ko Mo, and this is sometimes passed off as the hit version. It's not, but rest assured the one included here is the Combo original. That re-make was issued on Aladdin 3276, just before This Is My Story on Aladdin 3282 which, with the backing of Johnny's Combo (not Jonesy's this time and in reality none other than Johnny Otis), peaked at # 8 R&B b/w Move It Over, Baby.

And that would be it insofar as hit singles are concerned until late summer 1959 when the delightful Poco-Loco got to # 48 Billboard Pop Hot 100 b/w Go-On Kokomo, but this time failed to crack the R&B charts. Again, it was released by a small operation, Case Records. They would never have another hit.

This release from the ne-plus-ultra of distributors of golden oldies, Ace of London, is just a beautiful collection of their work, including the three hits and their B-sides. But as you will readily discern for yourself when you listen to many of the other tracks, there could have been quite a few more hits in their repertoire had they just been able to hook up with a larger company. One of the sad stories of those early days.

The sound quality here is, as always with Ace, amazing, and in the insert you get 10 full pages of background notes written by noted musician/producer Stuart Colman, complete with photos, album cover/45 rpm and poster reproductions and, on the reverse, the contents showing the original label numbers where applicable (five tracks - 18 to 22 - are previously-unreleased Combo recordings).

A pure delight.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars KO KO MO 24 Jan 2008
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
GENE AND EUNICE WERE A MALE-FEMALE VOCAL R&B DUO FROM LOS ANGELES IN THE 1950'S. THEY WERE VERY POPULAR OUT THERE, THEY MOSTLY WROTE THEIR OWN SONGS, AND HAD THEIR OWN LOCAL T.V. SHOW (ONE OF THE VERY FIRST SHOWS HOSTED BY AFRICAN AMERICANS). THERE WERE OTHER MALE-FEMALE VOCAL DUOS AROUND AT THAT TIME (CHARLES AND YNEZ FOX, MICKEY AND SYLVIA, IKE AND TINA TURNER, ETC) BUT GENE AND EUNICE HAD THEIR OWN SOUND, A BIT MORE POLISHED WITH LESS EDGE TO IT. BUT THEY HARMONIZE WELL, THE SONGS SOUND NICE, AND THIS CD IS LONG OVERDUE.
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