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Time Was: The Sessions 1957-1962 [Double CD]

The Flamingos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B00G3CEIV6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Where Mary Go 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Rock and Roll March 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ever Since I Met Lucy 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kiss a Me 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Jerri - Lee 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hey Now 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Music Maestro Please 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'm in the Mood for Love 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Begin the Beguine 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. As Time Goes By 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Breeze and I 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Where or When 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Yours 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Was Such a Fool (To Fall in Love with You) 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Heavenly Angel 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Mio Amore (My Love) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. You, Me and the Sea 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Besame Mucho 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Nobody Loves Like Me Like You 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Maria Elena 2:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Sweet and Lovely 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Crazy Crazy Crazy 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. That's Why I Love You 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Tell Me How Long 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. My Foolish Heart 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. You Belong to My Heart 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Bridge of Tears 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. At Night 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. When I Fall in Love 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Beside You 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. In the Still of the Night 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Tenderly 2:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen36. Never in This World 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Every Time I Think of You 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Everybody's Got a Home (But Me) 5:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen39. You'll Never Walk Alone 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Your Other Love 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Lovers Gotta Cry 2:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Kokomo 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Dream Girl 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Time Was 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen45. My Memories of You 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen46. I Want to Love You 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen47. It Must Be Love 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen48. I'm No Fool Anymore 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen49. For All We Know 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen50. Near You 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen51. I Know Better 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen52. Flame of Love 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen53. (Talk About) True Love 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen54. Come on to My Party 2:400.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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Our first volume of Flamingos recordings, JASCD 554 "The Flamingos – Dream of a Lifetime" was widely acknowledged as the finest compilation of their work yet released. This time we take their recordings up to 1962 and include the much requested balance of their 1957 recordings which were not included in our first collection. Features two complete LPs, "Requestfully Yours" and "Flamingo Favorites". This collection completes the most comprehensive reissue program of the groups work ever. A whopping 54 tracks and fully detailed liner notes make this a must have. Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the greatest doo wop groups of all time.

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2013 'Jasmine', 54 tracks, 2-CD, their later recordings until 1962Medium 1
  1. Let's make up
  2. Helpless
  3. My faith in you
  4. Where Mary go
  5. The Rock and Roll March
  6. Ever since I met Lucy
  7. Kiss a me
  8. Lee - Jerri
  9. Hey now
  10. Music Maestro please
  11. I'm in the mood for love
  12. Begin the beguine
  13. As time goes by
  14. The breeze and I
  15. Where or when
  16. Yours
  17. I was such a fool (to fall in love with you)
  18. Heavenly angel
  19. Mio amore (my love)
  20. You, me and the sea
  21. Besame mucho
  22. Nobody loves me like you
  23. Maria Elena
  24. Sweet and lovely
  25. Crazy crazy crazy
  26. That's why I love you
  27. Tell me how long
Medium 2
  1. My foolish heart
  2. You belong to my heart
  3. Bridge of tears
  4. At night
  5. When I fall in love
  6. Beside you
  7. In the still of the night
  8. Tenderly
  9. Never in this world
  10. Every time I think of you
  11. Everybody's got a home (but me)
  12. You'll never walk alone
  13. Your other love
  14. Lovers gotta cry
  15. Kokomo
  16. Dream girl
  17. Time was
  18. My memories of you
  19. I want to love you
  20. It must be love
  21. I'm no fool anymore
  22. For all we know
  23. Near you
  24. I know better
  25. Flame of love
  26. (Talk about) True love
  27. Come on to my party

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5.0 out of 5 stars I only have ears for them 10 Dec 2013
By Tony Martin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Touted by some as the "best vocal group in history", with qualifications and certain reservations, I wouldn't put up much of an argument. They certainly enjoy a long discography, starting in early 1953 on Chance, on to Parrot and Checker and by '57' Decca (see Jasmine's earlier release, "Dream Of A Lifetime 1953/59"). This set kicks off with Decca cuts left off that previous double CD, before their End recordings, likewise from '59, thru to '62.

Decca stuff is excellent basic r&b vocal groupery, whereas End - here - kicks off with seven tracks from their first End album, "Flamingo Serenade" (balance on the previous set). A glance at the titles might not inspire, hoary old standards taken at sedate pace - blame "I Only Have Eyes For You", mmm - but what performances! Superb, mellifluous lead and harmonies, discrete string arrangements, a 'cavernous' sound, makes you want to hear each track to the end. Then you get "Flamingo Favourites", a mix of more standards and newer material, and "Requestfully Yours"' mostly standards, which contains the only version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" I'll care to play. The Flamingos at their superb peak.

"Your Other Love" was surely written by Pomus & Schuman with The Drifters in mind, followed by a couple of LP cuts, sundry 45s, slow and uptempo, "(Talk About) True Love" having more that a hint of gospel. Enjoy your vocal groups? Then this, and the earlier set are ESSENTIALS!!

Compiler and note writer Bob Fisher has done a fine job in limited space. If you want to read/know more about The Flamingos (and dozens of others), I'd recommend the book " American Singing Groups: A History 1940-1990" by Billboard columnist Jay Warner. To my surprise, Amazon have a slightly updated version for sale, at silly money. So, two CDs and a book, money well spent. Treat yourself...
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If you are new to the Flamingos and in the market for a cheapo one-stop-shop compilation you would be better off starting with Jasmine's earlier Dream of a Lifetime set, which gathers together all their Chance, Parrot and Checker (Chess) recordings plus a selection from End. For established fans, however, this new CD set is notable for including the group's 1957-1958 sides for Decca - the first time, as far as I am aware, that they have been issued on CD, with the sole exception of Ladder of Love.

On that basis alone this new collection really is something to celebrate, even though the bulk of the collection is made up of tracks on End (their next label) which haven't exactly been rare on CD in recent years. It's certainly convenient to have them together so cheaply, but it's only worth discussing the Decca material in detail.

The mystery is why the Decca sides haven't been issued on CD before in the UK. They've been in the public domain for several years now, so (assuming they had been able to source them earlier) Jasmine could have included them in their Dream of a Lifetime compilation.

It's an omission which may, I suspect, have been a canny marketing decision: opting to end the previous collection with a selection of End recordings meant that Jasmine were able to include I Only Have Eyes For You as the final track, perhaps to ensure the collection had the widest possible general appeal. But whatever the reason, this new 2CD set rectifies matters and provides the missing End sides so it's the perfect complement.

The Decca recordings - tracks 1-9 on CD One (Ladder of Love was on the earlier set) - are fascinating to listen to and have considerable charm if you already know and love the group.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First chance to hear Flamingos' Decca sides on CD 21 Mar 2014
By Pismotality - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to the Flamingos and in the market for a cheap compilation you would be better off starting with Jasmine's earlier Dream of a Lifetime set. For established fans, however, this new CD set is notable for including the group's 1957-1958 sides for Decca - the first time, as far as I am aware, that they have been issued on CD, with the sole exception of Ladder of Love.

On that basis alone this new collection really is something to celebrate, even though the bulk of the collection is made up of tracks on End (their next label) which haven't exactly been rare on CD in recent years. It's certainly convenient to have them together so cheaply, but it's only worth discussing the Decca material in detail.

The mystery is why the Decca sides haven't been issued on CD before in the UK. They've been in the public domain for several years now, so (assuming they had been able to source them earlier) Jasmine could have included them in their Dream of a Lifetime compilation.

It's an omission which may, I suspect, have been a canny marketing decision: opting to end the previous collection with a selection of End recordings meant that Jasmine were able to include I Only Have Eyes For You as the final track, perhaps to ensure the collection had the widest possible appeal. But whatever the reason, this new 2CD set rectifies matters and provides the missing End sides so it's the perfect complement.

The Decca recordings - tracks 1-9 on CD One (Ladder of Love was on the earlier set) - are fascinating to listen to and have considerable charm if you already know and love the group. It has to be said, however, that they aren't exactly neglected masterpieces - at least, not as recorded. Some sides are heavily marred by overproduction. Helpless has the group's sound sweetened by what sounds like a white female chorus and a ludicrously OTT climax, as though the group are being squeezed into being a more commercial proposition. Maybe it's to do with the fact that Decca were a big company, not a small indie, and there was greater outside control. And songs like the Rock and Roll March just sound dreadfully square - now and, I suspect, then.

The best of the bunch, balladwise, is Kiss-A-Me, where Nate Nelson's voice transcends the female backing, but it's still frustrating to think of what might have been had it been recorded during their Chess period with a sparer, more sensitive arrangement. (As some readers may know, Chess/Checker put out the demo version of I'll Be Home, recorded in an office, because the studio version sounded "plastic.")

Jerri-Lee is pleasant, however, and Where Mary Go (originally recorded by Canadian group the Diamonds then covered by the Flamingos, which is a bit of a turnaround) is okay in a Harry Belafonte vein. Hey Now! is the only track which gives a flavour of their frenzy on Chance Records in the old days.

Track 10 is the old chestnut Music Maestro Please and it's obvious we have now moved into the End era: it's a different, more spacious sound, familiar to those who have heard I Only Have Eyes For You. As I said in my review of the earlier Jasmine set I prefer the earlier R&B sides, but I can certainly appreciate that this new phase of the Flamingos' career feels like a natural development of aspects of their style rather than something imposed from outside on their sound. Certainly, Terry Johnson was happy to go along with label boss George Goldner's wish for them to do standards with a twist: "I was open to the idea, because I wasn't raised on R&B; my parents listened to Patti Page, the Mills Brothers, the Ink Spots and Bing Crosby. When George said he wanted me to change the structure of the songs and give them a nice flavor, I was excited because it was such a good challenge for me." (You can read more on Marv Goldberg's highly recommended R&B Notebooks site, which also explains why the Decca sides are so little known.)

The End sides will never be as exciting for me as their earlier output, but there is no denying their appeal as late night listening. Coupling that with the chance to hear those less than perfect - but wholly fascinating - recordings on Decca I will give this four stars, but really fans and collectors will want this whatever. Considerations about sound quality seem of less import in the current case given the rarity of the first nine tracks. To the best of my knowledge you won't currently find 'em anywhere else. (As to whether there are better transfers of the End material to be found, that is something I'd encourage you to investigate for yourself.)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FLAMINGOS. One of the best vocal groups of all time PERIOD!!!! 16 Feb 2014
By JOSEPH JEDLICKA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent collection of music from one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. This CD is a must for anybody MUSIC PERIOD.
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