Vocal group harmony, r&b groupery, usual lumped together as doo-wop, something we Brits were not at all familiar with across the span of this excellent set, 1955 to 1962. However, many of us got a taste for it, and in the r&r world, it soon became a familiar, well appreciated genre.
The sub-title is a reasonable sum-up: "Dreamy doo wop, romantic r&b, passionate pop", in set that's almost equally split twixt low key ballads and the more uptempo stuff, with one or two almost rockers. Happily, although compiler Stuart Colman has gone with many acts that are so familiar, he's gone for the far from obvious recordings. Check the track listing, see what I mean? Myself, I was pleased to find 10 groups (maybe nine) that were new to me. A few oddball cuts stand out, I mean, Neil Sedaka, Curtis Lee (flip of "Pretty Little Angel Eyes", itself an uptempo doo-wopper), Big Maybelle and The Robins, both solid r&b and "Spiral" by The Elegants, a tasty mid-pace shuffler. But all none the worse for what they are.
The cherry on the bun is Stuart's liner notes, accompanying each track, all the vital info you need, such as original label and number, rounded out with 38 colour label shots - pity they couldn't find the 50, but that's me being greedy.
I'm much amused by Fantastic Voyage's idea that this would be an ideal Valentine Day gift; I've yet to meet the man who could woo his lady love with a bunch of doo-wop tracks, fine tho they are...