- 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)
My True Story
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Top Customer Reviews
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".
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CD for my husband as part of his Christmas present. We saw an interview with Aaron Neville on TV and heard a few clips of the songs and I decided to treat my... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lol
Fabulous C.D. Voice still has the power to move, even at his age. Great producers and there isn't a duff track on it. Read morePublished on 27 July 2013 by JOHN/uk
wasquite good except a couple of tracks. would probably not recommend it to others. bought it for a gift and was going to get one for myself untill I heard itPublished on 21 July 2013 by Ann Buckley
Another great collection from this effortless singer - love it! Put it on when doing things around the apartment and it simply whiles away the time.Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Mrs K Moon Maestri
Age has weakened his voice and has taken away the magic he has
shown from the mid sixties through to the late nineties - shame. Read more