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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL worth the wait!, 14 Jan 2014
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Tony Martin - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Just For a Day: The Apollo Records Story 1949:1959 (Audio CD)
This release was delayed somewhat, annoyed me no end! Here tis, one day (doh!) after release, and the wait was so well worth it.

The third iteration of the label name (the other two were in the 1920s), this had humble beginnings in the Rainbow Record Shop, in Harlem, next door to the theatre of the same name. Husband and wife team Isaac and Bess Berman ran the show, with help from a couple of other partners. In short order, Bess became the boss.

As many of you'll know, Apollo was noted for its gospel, r&b, blues, doo-wop, even a little r&r output (see Mel Albert and Smiley Smith) and it's all here in this wunnerful triple, the majority of which was new to me. If you enjoy the genres mentioned, you NEED this in your collection! I've only skated thru the discs (in order to be the first 'reviewer'!) and I enjoyed everything; I'd give it six stars if I could. (Do remember, this 'review' is meant to be subjective).

But as I've been reminded, in recent years (while I'd dropped out of record retailing), there were a fair few Apollo releases on the UK labels Westside and Acrobat while in the US, Relic put out a whole bunch of CDs sourced from Apollo. (Mastering sources for this set?). Whatever, on this showing I'd certainly welcome another triple, perhaps this time they could include material from subsid label Lloyd's, apparently noted for doo-wop.

Now, go away, I intend to immerse myself most thoroughly in The Apollo Records Story, one of the best - for me - releases on One Day in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value., 17 July 2014
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This review is from: Just For a Day: The Apollo Records Story 1949:1959 (Audio CD)
A very good collection of oldies, which is good to reminisce with. Good value for money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good un', 11 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Just For a Day: The Apollo Records Story 1949:1959 (Audio CD)
Another great cd from One Day Music. Again not a duff track. Worth it just for the tracks from The Gentlemen
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Apollo records review- One day music, 24 Jan 2014
This review is from: Just For a Day: The Apollo Records Story 1949:1959 (Audio CD)
Having looked through the roster of songs and artists I'm surprised to find none of the"5" Royals Apollo
Billboard top 40 R&B hits listed? of which there were 4 singles plus the B side of one single.

No doubt the 3 cd's represent tremendous value for money I find the above omission diapointing.

Billy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Aug 2014
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PAUL NEEDHAM (DERBY, DERBYSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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