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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B009B1EOVA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Medium 1

  1. Money Honey
  2. My True Story
  3. Ruby Baby
  4. Gypsy Woman
  5. Ting-A-Ling
  6. Be My Baby
  7. Little Bitty Pretty One
  8. Tears On My Pillow
  9. Under The Boardwalk
  10. Work With Me Annie
  11. This Magic Moment/True Love
  12. Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)

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Aaron Neville has the voice of an angel and the body of a docker, an odd combination; this record his first for the Blue Note label was produced by Don Was and Keith Richards and sees him revisiting some classic doo-wop and rock and roll songs, including three Drifters songs "Money Honey," "Under the Boardwalk" and "This Magic Moment". I was hoping that these esteemed producers would bring a slightly off-the-wall twist to some of these songs but everything is delivered completely authentically. The band including top session players Greg Leisz on guitar, Benmont Tench on keyboards, George Receli on drums and Tony Scherr on bass also sound sound very authentic with no concessions to the present.

On first listen I must admit I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a post modern twist to these often quite soppy songs and that wasn't there at all. However, Aaron has such a wonderful voice it is impossible not to be charmed by his vocals, his obvious love of the material and the period arrangements of these classic songs - an over-used phrase but in this case totally justified. I think other vocalists could have melted into the background but Aaron's voice is so distinctive that he stands out on every track, while keeping completely within the spirit of the original. It's impossible for me to pick a favourite, everything is of the same high standard, but if I had to I'd probably go for Thurston Harris's "Little bitty pretty one".
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By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2013
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For this magical album Aaron Neville has stepped up to the microphone and re-worked twelve classics from the doo wop era. It is difficult to imagine anyone bringing new life to these wonderful songs of yesterday but Neville has delivered an album that has achieved exactly that.

Produced by Don Was and Keith Richards (yes, that Keith Richards), this is spine tingling doo wop for the 21st century. Of course it helps that Aaron Neville has a voice like crushed velvet that, at times, recalls Sam Cooke - just catch the medley "This Magic Moment/True Love".

There is no filler on this album, just immaculate performances of some very special songs. "Tears On My Pillow", the Little Anthony and the Imperials hit, is given a reading of such aching emotion that it betters the original. Meanwhile who could imagine that The Drifters "Under The Boardwalk" could be equalled with such distinction.

Lovers of classic doo wop will be familiar with all of these songs and be delighted with the way in which new light has been made to shine through old windows. Aaron Neville's ethereal voice conveys the feelings of angst, heartache and pain to perfection. From the rock 'n' roll of "Money Honey" to the achingly beautiful interpretation of The Ronettes "Be My Baby" and on to the exquisite "Goodnight My Love" this album is a beautifully executed tribute to the art of the songwriter.
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Aaron Neville has always had a tremendous voice,which has withstood the test of time.With an excellent choice of material,this is an excellent product.
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I've been lucky enough to see Aaron live a number of times in and around New Orleans. If ever you get chance to see him go and you will find that his amazing voice control and accuracy is just as sharp live, solo or with his brothers and the extended family. The word icon is bandied about too easily these days but this man is truly an "ICON" of the deep south. Magic Aaron - thank you.
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I bought this album as a surprise for my husband and surprised myself !! Its beautiful and takes me back to when music was emotionally written. All the tracks are so wonderfully sung and you just lose yourself in them. Sit back and relax and drift away .

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Doo Wop is the rock'n'roll equivalent of the love poem: it is how do I love thee, let me count the ways. It doesn't have the aggressive attack of Little Richard, the lyricism of Chuck Berry, the lunacy of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, the self-referencing of Bo Diddley, or the rockabilly of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, or 1954 - 1956 Elvis Presley, or even the borderline folk sounds of Johnny Cash from 1955 - 1958. It's the sound of what was defined as the "Street Corner Symphony", and had its roots in the jump and jive blues/jazz of Louis Jordan.

The beauty of doo wop was that it was centred on vocal groups, and some amazing bands arose in the early/late 50s, with some excellent harmonies, e.g The Penguins, The Five Spaniels, The Platters, The Glades, The Drifters, Gene Chandler, The Chords, The Parris Sisters, The Crests. One of the easiest oxymorons in the world is the title of a Penguins song "Earth Angel".

Doo Wop's influence has been tremendous, what with as far back as 1958, Elvis approximating the Doo Wop sound on Leiber/Stoller's Don't. Elvis also, during the Million Dollar Quartet sessions, in December 1956, referred to Jackie Wilson & The Dominos covering his Don't Be Cruel. Buddy Holly took the lush strings and gorgeous vocal arrangements to create True Love Ways in 1959. Likewise, where would Dion DiMucci's career, with and without the Belmonts, be without Doo Wop, and in turn Paul Simon, and Lou Reed. After all, what is Halloween Parade on Lou's New York, but a 1989 Doo Wop song, or John Lennon's Just Like Starting Over as a 1980's Doo Wopper ? Lou also did a cover of This Magic Moment on a David Lynch soundtrack for Lost Highway. Jerry Lee Lewis also attempted Doo Wop on the Class of 55 album, what with 16 Candles.
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