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Old Town Doo Wop Vol.3 [CD]

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1. Crazy Love - The Royaltones
2. Indian Girl - The Capris
3. Starlight Tonight - The Inspirators
4. You Know You're Doin' Me Wrong - The Harptones
5. I Beg Your Forgiveness - Co-Eds
6. Possibility - The Crowns
7. My Heart (I'M BLUE WITHOUT YOU) - The Keytones
8. Jingle Jingle - The Tremaines
9. The Wedding - The Solitaires
10. My Faith - The Fi-Tones
11. Darling, Listen To The Words Of This Song - Ruth McFadden
12. I Love You Baby - The Harptones
13. Give Me Your Love - The Four Pharaohs
14. Gloria - The Clefftones
15. The Last Round-up - The Supremes
16. I'm in Love - Co-Eds
17. Please Give Me One More Chance - The Serenaders
18. Why Must I Love You - The Esquires
19. Life Is But a Dream - The Earls
20. Tonight - The Supremes
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Oddly, for a genre which sprang from inner city decay, doo wop aspired towards sophistication: there was none of the grit or street smarts which must've been part of the groups' everyday life. Instead, groups like the superb Harptones and silky-sweet Co-Eds prided themselves on their smooth, accomplished harmonies--rounded off and polished by countless rehearsals and performances. Listen to the latter's sumptuous "I'm In Love" or The Earls' sorrowing "Life Is But A Dream" to understand the enduring popularity of this early precursor of rock'&'roll. Metropolitan life in America in the 50's sounds so enticing. --Everett True

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4.0 out of 5 stars New York City doo wop 16 Aug 2009
By Annie Van Auken - Published on
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OLD TOWN RECORDS was organized in 1953 by Hy Weiss. To save start-up costs its original yellow block print logo 45 labels were trimmed from a Brooklyn, NY paper company's letterheaded stationery. Their first recording group was the 5 Crowns, who were stolen from JUBILEE. At the time, OLD TOWN's offices were located on Harlem's 125th St.

The original subsidiary label, PARADISE was created in June of 1955. Three months later the company relocated to 7th Ave. When PARADISE faded in early '57, WHIZ Records was spun from it. This same year, the successful Weiss and his brother Sam also became distributors for ARGO, CINDY and END and eventually handled the ACE, BULLSEYE, CO-ED, COMBO, GONE, TIP-TOP, VEE-JAY and VIN labels. (Collectors are surely familiar with most of these.)

The 28 tracks on Vol.3 of ACE's OLD TOWN series span the years 1955-64 and include (as indicated) unreleased and one stereo track, plus some issued on a 1985 MURRAY HILL LP. Audio quality is excellent, with only the occasional selection dubbed from vinyl.


[2:32] Crazy Love - ROYALTONES ('56)
[2:25] Indian Girl - CAPRIS ('58)
[2:13] Starlight Tonight - INSPIRATIONS ('58)
[2:42] You Know You're Doin' Me Wrong - HARPTONES ('55)
[2:59] I Beg Your Forgiveness - CO-EDS ('56)
[2:27] Possibility - CROWNS ('64--stereo)
[2:34] My Heart (I'm Blue Without You) - KEYTONES ('59--unreleased)
[2:18] Jingle Jingle - TREMAINES ('58)
[2:40] The Wedding - SOLITAIRES ('55)
[2:35] My Faith - FI-TONES ('57)
[2:56] Darling, Listen to the Words of This Song - Ruth McFadden & SUPREMES ('55)
[2:23] I Love You Baby - Peggy Farmer & HARPTONES ('55--unreleased)
[2:37] Give Me Your Love - 4 PHAROAHS ('58)
[2:23] Gloria - CLEFFTONES ('55--released '85)
[2:30] The Last Round-Up - SUPREMES ('56--unreleased)
[2:27] I'm in Love - CO-EDS ('56)
[2:28] Please Give Me One More Chance - GENE MUMFORD & SERENADERS ('57)
[2:19] Why Must I Love You? - ESQUIRES ('58--unreleased)
[1:47] Life Is But a Dream - EARLS ('61)
[2:26] Tonight - SUPREMES ('56)
[2:54] Think - UNIVERSALS ('60--released '85)
[2:12] Oh What a Feeling - INSPIRATIONS ('58)
[2:44] School Girl - HARPTONES ('55--released '85)
[2:48] Latin Lover - ROYALTONES ('56)
[2:44] Guess Who? ('55--unreleased)
[2:30] China Girl - 4 PHAROAHS ('58)
[2:19] Moon Shining Bright - TREMAINES ('58)
[3:08] You're Going to Need My Help Someday - HARPTONES ('55--released '85)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just When You Thought It Was Safe To..., Not Bop-Doo-Wop 26 Aug 2010
By Alfred Johnson - Published on
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Confused by the headline? Don't be, all it does is refer to a previous series of Oldies But Goodies (1950s-1960s oldies but goodies, just so you know) CD reviews in this space. That gargantuan task required shifting through ten, no, fifteen volumes of material that by the end left me limping, and crying uncle. See, as I explained in the last few reviews of the series, just when I thought I was done at Volume Ten I found that it was a fifteen, fifteen count `em, volume series. In any case I whipped off those last five reviews in one shot to be done with it.

The reason for such haste at that point seemed self-explanatory. After all how much can we rekindle, endlessly rekindle, memories, teen memories, teen high school memories mainly, from a relatively short, if important, part of our lives, even for those who lived and died by the songs (or some of the songs) in the reviewed compilations. How many times can one read about guys with two left feet, the social conventions of dancing close, wallflowers, the avoidance of wallflower-dom, meaningful sighs, meaningless sighs, the longings for certain obviously unattainable shes (or hes), the trials and tribulations associated with high school gymnasium crepe paper-adorned dances, moonlight-driven dream thoughts of after dance doings, and hanging around to the bitter end for that last dance of the night to prove... what. And there and then I threw in the towel, I thought.

Well now I have recovered enough to take a little different look at the music of this period- the doo wop sound that hovered in the background radio of every kid (every kid who had a radio, a transistor radio, to keep parental prying ears at arms length and who was moonstruck enough to have been searching, high and low, for a sound that was not just the same old, same old that his or her parents listened to. Early rock and rock, especially that early Sun Record stuff, and plenty of rhythm and blues met that need but so did, for a time, old doo wop-the silky sounds of lead singer-driven, lyrics-driven, vocal-meshing harmony that was the stuff of teenage "petting" parties and staid old hokey school dances, mainly, in my case, elementary school dances.

As I mentioned in the oldies but goodies reviews not all of the material put forth was good, nor was all of it destined to, or meant to be, playable fifty or sixty years later on some "greatest hits" compilation but some of songs had enough chordal energy, lyrical sense, and sheer danceability, slow danceabilty, to make any Jack or Jill start snapping fingers then, or now. As I asked in that previous series and is appropriate to ask here as well what about the now seeming mandatory question of the best song in the compilation? The one that stands out as the inevitable end of the night high school dance (or maybe even middle school) song? The song that you, maybe, waited around all night for just to prove that you were not a wallflower, and more importantly, had the moxie to, mumbly-voiced, parched-throated, sweaty-handed, asked a girl to dance (women can relate their own experiences, probably similar).

Here the Earls' "Life Is But A Dream" fills the bill. And, yes, I know, this is one of those slow ones that you had to dance close on. And just hope, hope to high heaven, that you didn't destroy your partner's shoes and feet. Well, as I have noted before, one learns a few social skills in this world if for no other reason that to "impress" that certain she (or he for shes, or nowadays, just mix and match your sexual preferences) mentioned above. I did, didn't you?
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