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Starry-Eyed Serenarders: Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop Double CD

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Starry-Eyed Serenarders: Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop + The Road to Rock & Roll Vol. 2: Dangerous Liaisons + The Road to Rock & Roll Vol. 3: No Stopping Us Now
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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Just Like the BluebirdThe Genies 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I DoThe Crests 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Second Helping of Cherry PieMarvin & Johnny 2:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Can I Come over TonightThe Velours 2:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Father TimeThe Turks 2:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This Little Light of MineRobert Peebles 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Your Tender LipsThe Clovers 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Fallen TearThe El Dorados 2:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Teenage Vows of LoveThe Dreamers 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Own True LoveThe The Duprees 2:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Two Timing LoverThe Lions 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. DorothyThe Hi-Fives 2:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The VoiceFred Parris & The Scarlets 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. AngelLavenders 2:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gee How I Wish You Were HereCurtis Lee 3:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. My Steady GirlThe Rays 3:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Two People in the WorldLittle Anthony & The Imperials 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. You KnowThe Electras 2:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Castle of LoveThe Raiders 2:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Girl I LoveThe Glowtones 2:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Life Is but a DreamThe Harptones 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Two Hearts Make One LoveThe Wisdoms 3:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. I'm in the Mood for LoveThe Chimes 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Spring FeverThe Velvets 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. I Wonder If Your Love Will Ever Belong to MeThe Pentagons 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. This I SwearThe Skyliners 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Down in CubaThe Royal Holidays 1:53£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen28. I'm SorryBo Diddley 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Crying for YouThe Cineramas 2:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Glad to Be HereLee Andrews & the Hearts 2:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Oh What a FeelingThe Five Fleets 1:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen32. I LaughedThe Jesters 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen33. FlorenceThe Paragons 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen34. I'll Stop Wanting YouThe Moonglows 2:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Lovers Never Say GoodbyeThe Flamingos 2:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen36. I RememberThe Five Discs 2:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen37. SpiralThe Elegants 2:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen38. On My Word of HonorThe Platters 2:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen39. I Don't Want to CryBig Maybelle 2:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Just Like a FoolThe Robins 2:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen41. I'm so Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La-La)Lewis Lymon & the Teenchords 2:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Comin' HomeThe Nutmegs 2:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Oh My LoveThe Drifters 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Be My BoyThe Paris Sisters 1:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen45. You Mean Everything to MeNeil Sedaka 2:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen46. I'll Be AroundThe Castaleers 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen47. Teenage LoveFrankie Lymon and The Teenagers 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen48. Castle in the SkyThe Bop Chords 2:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen49. CameraJimmy Beaumont 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen50. Does My Love Stand a ChanceThe Del-Satins 2:10£0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Romance has been the overriding preoccupation of songwriters and performers through the ages, and never more so than in the golden years of rock & roll. On Starry-Eyed Serenaders, music historian and producer Stuart Colman has intertwined an array of love songs, some famous, many much sought after, that together assert what the classic make-out ballad is all about. Not every song is devoted to matters of the heart, but they certainly predominate. Sweet-sounding harmonies have an uncanny ability to render a heaven-sent lyric even dreamier, and vocal groups abound here: some in a supporting role but many as the defining ingredient of doo wop. The collection spans 1955 to 1962, the golden years of rock & roll, and draws on the catalogues of a wide array of labels ranging from majors to small indies. Virtually all of the recordings feature vocal groups, mainly as the featured artists, but occasionally in a support role, but there are also a handful of solo performances which fit nicely with the romantic theme. True to form Stuart has largely eschewed familiar artists or titles in favour of lesser-heard recordings. So key interpreters such as the Clovers, the Crests and the Harptones, sit alongside lesser-knowns such as the Electras, the Lavenders and Robert Peebles. Many rare sides are included within the set, sides that usually sell for telephone numbers in the collectors world. The groups and soloists may have been starry-eyed when it came to their objective, but they all knew how to dispense romance and classiness with a free-flowing air of authority. Starry-Eyed Serenaders will be welcomed by rock & roll fans, and (being released ahead of Valentine s Day), would also make the ideal present for a loved one.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan 2014
Format: Audio CD
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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Schuyler Pratt on 21 Mar 2014
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CD1 excellent; CD 2 disappointing in part. But taken as a whole an excellent collection of some seldom heard and lesser known tracks and some totally new. A good addition.
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