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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid r&b, group and doo-wop, 4 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Legendary Vocal Groups - 200 Original Hits & Rarities (Audio CD)
Sub-titled '200 Hits & Rarities', this 10 CD box offers just what it says on the lid, tho it might be over-egging it a bit by use of the word 'legendary'. Yes, there are some artists here deserving the adjective - Drifters, Platters, Clovers, Coasters, Moonglows etc., but the bulk are not much more than perhaps an undeserved footnote in r&r's rich heritage. And enough to warrant a "who?" In this house. Excluding the Ames Brothers, squaresville, but with a mere four cuts from 200, that's hardly a deal breaker.

As a group, r&b and doo-wop fan, it's likely you'll have more than a few of the tracks on offer. The earliest sides, from 1951, come from the Treniers, Clovers, Cardinals and Dominoes. Other likely contenders in your collection include the Penguins (Dootone and Atlantic), Five Keys, Crescendos, Chords (and later as The Sh-Booms), Crows, Teen Queens, Chantels, Spaniels, Swallows, Robins, Turbans and so on, with plenty others I'd list as 'probables'. Nothing later than 1960, the majority being 1950s.

My favourite part of yer average Documents set is coming across the 'new' stuff; or perhaps I'd forgotten them? A bunch here included Click-Ettes, Dryna-Sores, Royal Jokers, Flyers, Ospreys, King Bees, Glowtones, Boleros, Big John & The Buzzards, Preacheroos (on Excello, apparently), Quintones (female), Rockers and more besides. It was easy enough matching labels (gotta book or two), so such as Dice, Astro, Fox, KRC, Tine Pan Alley(!), Melker, Music City, Red Top and more came to light. Just wish I could've put flesh to the bones, as is normal with Documents, no sleeve notes. I (you?) could spend endless hours on the interweb...

Check the full track listing - print a copy - check off what you've got, guaranteed you won't have them all in one place. Overall, mighty enjoyable, even the 'golden oldies' sounded refreshed in this company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Vocal Groups Original Hits And Rarities, 1 Mar 2014
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R. Shaw "Ronboy" (Leicester UK) - See all my reviews
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This 10 CD collection contains some tracks which will be well known to collectors, but also tracks which are less familiar. At the price it is well worth buying, and can be recommended if this is your genre.
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