Ace Records of the U.K. has assembled a suberb collection of mid- and late-50's r'n'b duets. There are lots of well-recognized top pop hits here but what makes this collection exceptional is the number of tracks seldom, if ever, found on CD. Nestled between two huge Brook Benton and Dinah Washington duets are rarities such as Gene and Eunice's "Poco-Loco" and Don and Dewey's "I'm Leaving It All Up To You", a remake of which was taken to the top of the pop charts six years later by Dale and Grace.
Since many of these tunes were originally on small, independent labels and considering their vintage, it's not surprising that the sound quality is a bit ragged on a few tracks. Most, however, sound excellent with tracks 1, 14, 23 and 25 in true stereo, the remainder in mono.
Rounding out this piece is a 16-page booklet with backround notes on each artist. This new issue in the Ace catalog is an worthwhile collection of seldom-found cuts that laid the foundation for the Marvins and Tammis of the 60s and beyond.