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Wimoweh!!! - The Best Of The Tokens
 
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Wimoweh!!! - The Best Of The Tokens

25 Oct. 1993 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Oct. 1993
  • Release Date: 25 Oct. 1993
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 46:32
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  • ASIN: B001GTMUGG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,306 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iain K Grant on 4 Aug. 2013
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Had a Tokens album in the sixties and always loved their wonderful harmonies it's just - great to hear them again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great lost doo-wop of the Tokens 8 Mar. 2001
By Peter Holleran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is by far my favorite Tokens album and one of my favorite overall. It is chocked full of some of the best doo-wop sounds anywhere. Lost in the transition to folk rock and the British invasion, the early Tokens' love of street corner type harmony is evident on this album. "When I go to Sleep at Night", "You're Nothing But a Girl," "Tonight I Met an Angel", and "Please Write" send shivers down my spine. "Sincerely" is a truly unique and excellent version of the Harvey Fuqua classic, fully utilizing Jay Siegel's soaring tenor lead. "Somewhere There's a Girl" is a wonderful composition written by one of the Token's former classmates and early band member - Neil Sedaka, and "Candy Apple Vette" is perhaps one ofonly two SLOW, romantic ballads about a car ever sung (the other is "Betsy" by the Beach Boys), bursting with harmonic emotion as few outside of the Tokens can produce. There is only one real dud on this album - "My Friend's Car" - an attempt to copy the Beach Boys, Ronny & the Datonas and others doing hot-rod songs in the early sixties, but it feels out of place, breaking the almost unbroken soulful mood of the dozen or so previous songs. "When Summer is Through" (later covered by the Happenings, whom the Tokens produced) and "Sweet Laurie, Fair Laurie", a haunting and wistful ballad, round out the quality material. Three familiar Token hits are also included: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" "B'wanina", and "Hear the Bells", but they are actually among my least favorite songs on this CD. I would have prefered that these more folksy tunes were left out so as not to detract from the melodic, doo-wop ambiance of the rest. Those looking for an actual compilation of geatest (aka commercial) Tokens hits are better off with the CD "All Time Greatest Hits", which I also have and consider essential, but for pure listening pleasure "Wimoweh: the Best of the Tokens" can't be beat.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Pop music that has stood the test of time. 16 Aug. 2005
By Dan Penwarn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Tokens are best known for their 1961 blockbuster "The Lion sleeps tonight",a song based on the folk tune "Mbube", written by South African Solomon Linda. That record sold millions of copies and has become a pop standard. These five guys from Brooklyn, however, ought to be listened to for more than just that big selling tune. Although The Tokens never reached the top of the pop charts again, they continued to turn out delightful singles and albums."Wimoweh" is a compilation of their tenure at RCA at the hands of producers Hugo and Luigi.Some highlights: "Sincerely", the old Moonglows standard, is given an arrangement by Sammy Lowe that tries to duplicate the groups initial success on the Warwick label with "Tonight I fell in love". "Bwa'nina' has the same musical sensibility as "Lion"(it was also a mid charting hit)and "A tale of two lovers" features a sensuous Arthur Lymanesque vibe.Over the course of the four albums that they recorded for RCA, The Tokens moved from doo-wop to a kind of folk-pop and ultimately ended up recording an album of "car" music. I'don't believe that a string of charting singles is always a measure of artistic success, or more importantly, whether a body of recorded music remains viable as entertainment. As you will see from this excellent compilation, The Tokens still deserve to be heard.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beyond "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" 18 Aug. 2002
By John A. Alfano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must wholeheartedly agree with the previous review and say that this is a very good collection of classic white DooWop. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is played ad nauseum on oldies stations and that one I could have done without. But I'd not heard several of the other tunes previously and there are some hidden gems here, especially "Please Write". The covers of "A Thousand Miles Away" and "Sincerely" will certainly not make anyone forget about the Heartbeats and Moonglows but they are decent offerings. Personally I thought "My Friend's Car" was a nice break in the action for the the group and while nothing to get too excited about, was entertaining. All in all, a very good buy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Harmony, Great Experience 2 July 2000
By Melissa Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While the Tokens are remembered primarily for one single, this CD shows off some of the best of their RCA cuts. They were an unbelievably excellent vocal group. If you want to hear a wide range of vocal excellence, buy this release.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a lot of big hits, but one huge one 22 Jun. 2014
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Tokens were an American male doo-wop-style vocal group from Brooklyn, New York. They're best known for their 1961 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for three weeks. I was a sophomore in high school when "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was released. You could hardly turn on a radio without hearing it, it was that big a hit, despite the very offbeat sound. There's an interesting history behind the song, too long to repeat here, but you can search for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on Wikipedia or Google it.

All told, the Tokens had a dozen hits that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although no other song rivaled the success of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."But they certainly weren't one-hit wonders, as the twenty songs on the CD will demonstrate.

Trivia: Neil Sedaka was one of the original members of the group, when the group was known as the Linc-Tones.

Note: Most of the songs are between 2-2½ minutes long. In the doo-wop era, a song's success depended on the radio airplay time it got, and many DJs were reluctant to play songs over about 2½ minutes long.
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