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The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll: Special Doo Wop Edition, Vol 2

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B002610HS6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Special Editions of "The Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll" have to be special to justify their existence and sequels, such as this, are subjected to even greater analytical scrutiny in the preparation process than preceding volumes, thus avoiding the sense of déjà vu that blights many a follow-up work. When one considers that doo wop was a largely American phenomenon and very much of its time, Ace's Doo Wop Special Edition proved exceptionally popular.

* Volume 2 mines the same rich seam of vocal group splendour - only it digs deeper, to bring us many of the more obscure or lesser doo wop hits - but hits nonetheless - by groups lost to posterity, counterbalanced by some better-known names. Point is, they're all great records and, as the majority of the titles are being made available on a legitimate CD for the first time (with the benefit of high quality mastering), both collectors and the casual listener will find much to savour in this 30-track package.

* Compiled by Rob Finnis and Trevor Churchill

* Attractive mega-booklet containing many rare illustrations and detailed notes by American doo wop authority Peter Grendysa.

* Best-selling Volume 1 still available

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I felt very conflicted when I sat down to write this review. I has enjoyed Volume 1 of this series so much (see my review), that I had very high hopes of its follow-up, but sadly it fell well short of what I had expected. All the basic elements are there of the ACE presentation, of course - for example, a thick booklet with track-by track information on each recording, especially valuable in this case as many of the groups are very obscure. Also, a universally high quality of reproduction which makes each track sound new and fresh. However, just too many of the recordings are, at best, average or , at worst, largely forgettable, and it comes as no surprise to see that just two of the thirty tracks on offer here managed to make the Billboard Top Forty. Yes. There are highlights with some memorable tracks which might have escaped you in the past, but for the rest there is too much that is just "ho-hum". Despite my reservations I am still pleased to have this CD as a welcome addition to my collection. Where else would I have been likely to find material by such outfits and The Butanes, The Gleams, The Sheppards or The Craftys, amongst others ? So from that perspective, no regrets. However, I will be reaching for this CD a lot less frequently than Volume 1, and will be a lot more selective as to which tracks I actually listen to. Volume 1 set the bar high. Will there perhaps be a Volume 3, which will be able to aspire to the standard of Volume 1 ? I hope so, in which case I will be among the first to order it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valiant effort 28 July 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First things first, 'Ace' records are a fantastic reissue house. This cd is great value for money (it has 30 tracks (77.55mins), great sound quality & a great 24 page colour booklet). Sadly, I only like 3 songs on it - 'Everyone's laughing' by The Spaniels is the outstanding track. The rest are pretty average & disappointing. Obviously, music is subjective and you may like more of the tracks on here. Not a patch on vol. 1 which is 5 star. I would still recommend this cd to doo wop fans because it's a very good package overall.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with doowop 27 May 2011
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
With 1000 doowop CDs on the marketplace-even one of Nursery Rhymes-this soon became the well anthologised and the first time anthologised.
Which is a far cry from the first vinyl reissued which only included the Top 50 entries.
Here you get a stack of doowop made mainly by groups who failed to make the grade and which I find more interesting than endless repeats of Earth Angel
The Internet sites has seperated white from black and many mp3s can be found on the white one which all depends on whether said doowoppers had been included in the Doo Wop price guide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Will Live Forever 1 Mar 2011
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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When I posted my review of the first release of the Doo Wop spin-off of the magnificent series The Golden Age Of American Rock `N' Roll back on June 11, 2008, I summed it up by saying I would love to see additional volumes compiled by the masters at Ace Records of London. Well, here's volume 2, and for those who love the Doo Wop sound of the late 1950s/early 1960s it automatically becomes an "essential" purchase. They simply don't get any better than this.

And as I've said in most of my reviews of Ace products, the inserts are almost worth the purchase price in and of themselves. In this case you get 23 pages of fascinating and very informative background notes by Peter Grendysa, written in 2009, sprinkled liberally throughout with photos of several of the groups (The Delcos, Deltaires, Johnny & The Tokens, Donnie & The Dreamers, The Bluenotes - in a reprint of a vintage promotional poster - The Spaniels, The Dukays), not to mention more poster/promotional reproductions and shots of the actual 45 rpm discs.

On the reverse of the jewel case is a list of the contents showing the original label number, the year of release (ranging from 1956 to 1963), the highest position gained on the U.S. Billboard singles charts, and the length of each track. Tracks 1 to 3, 5 to 7, 13, 18, 19, 23, and 26 to 28 all made the Billboard Top/Hot 100 Bubbling Under charts, while the rest scored somewhere on the Top/Hot 100. Somewhat surprising is the fact that so few managed to make the R&B listings (which they don't show anyway). So, for the record, these are the R&B hits among the contents: My Hero by The Blue Notes - with Harold Melvin at lead - which hit # 19 in 1960 and was their first hit single, reaching all the way back to a 1910 hit by Lucy Isabelle Marsh from the Broadway musical The Chocolate Soldier; and Everyone's Laughing by The Spaniels - # 13 in 1957 with the Al Smith orchestra.

Another group, The Van Dykes, had four R&B charters, but Gift Of Love wasn't one of them. The Dukays, of course, included Eugene Dixon - later to change his name to Gene Chandler, but Nite Owl was not among their R&B hits. They recorded that for the tiny NAT label and had it chart twice in 1962 - # 73 Hot 100in January for NAT, and # 88 in April following a re-release on Vee-Jay 430. They also recorded the immortal Duke Of Earl at NAT, nut when Vee-Jay bought the rights, they released it as by Gene Chandler.

The Enchanters at track 29 is not the same group that included Garnett Mimms. This white group was backed by the Dave McRae orchestra on I Lied To My Heart. Other bits of trivia is finding out that The Fidelity's reached back to 1941 for a hit by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal by Bob Eberley) in The Things I Love, and that The Craftys on L-O-V-E are really the Halos who had a hit at the same time called Nag (the producer didn't want to release two records simultaneously by the same artist name).

All this is well covered in the liner notes which start off by saying "You can put away that dictionary - you won't find a better definition of "doo wop" than right here on this disc. From the mid-1950s when the teenagers of the world first realised they could sing, play guitars and drums and make hit records, into the 1960s when the favoured style became rock `n' roll bands and everybody was doing it, doo wop ruled the streets and back roads from coast to coast and across the sea."

Thanks to all those talented groups for the music that will live forever, and thanks to Ace for bringing them back to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best of kind!! 29 April 2013
By Frank E. Warner - Published on Amazon.com
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good selection-good sound quality & great liner notes.I was not expecting so many that I haven't heard in years-It's great that they are out in the open again.
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