- Audio CD (2 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Ace
- ASIN: B00000J7UA
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Old Town Doo Wop Vol.5 CD
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(1999/ACE) 28 tracks - back in stock / wieder lieferbar !
We Three - My Echo, My Shadow And Me - SHARPS
A Hum Diddley Do - CAPRIS
So Strange - HUMMERS
Don't Fall In Love - SOLITAIRES
Since My Baby's Been Gone - McFADDEN, Ruth & SUPREMES
Gloria - INTRUDERS
Helpless - SOLITAIRES
The Last Round Up - CLEFTONES
Tears In My Eyes - CAPRIS
Possibility - CROWNS
No More Sorrows - SOLITAIRES
This Is The Night - VOCALEERS
All Alone - ADAMS, Bobby & SERENADERS
Just To Be - INTRUDERS
This Is Romance - CAPRIS
Teenage Girl - SHARPS
Embraceable You - SOLITAIRES
Country Boy - SYMBOLS
Come Back And Give Me Your Hand - ROYALTONES
The Stars In The Sky - CAPRIS
Dreaming Is No Good - FARMER, Peggy & HARPTONES
My Heart's Desire - EARLS
Wonder Why - SOLITAIRES
The Way I Love - CAPRIS
What Is The Secret Of Your Success - KEYTONES
Lonesome Lover - SOLITAIRES
My Lovely One - FIVE CROWNS
My Story - FIVE CROWNS
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Most of these recordings are from the archives of Hy Weiss' legendary Old Town label.
The recordings are the originals and the sound quality is just fine for the most part although a couple of tracks are a bit scratchy as they had to be recorded off acetates because the original masters are missing.
The accompanying booklet has short but satisfactory liner notes about the songs and groups.
All in all a great addition to the collection of any Doo Wop fan.
The reason for such haste at that point seemed self-explanatory. After all how much can we rekindle, endlessly rekindle, memories, teen memories, teen high school memories mainly, from a relatively short, if important, part of our lives, even for those who lived and died by the songs (or some of the songs) in the reviewed compilations. How many times can one read about guys with two left feet, the social conventions of dancing close, wallflowers, the avoidance of wallflower-dom, meaningful sighs, meaningless sighs, the longings for certain obviously unattainable shes (or hes), the trials and tribulations associated with high school gymnasium crepe paper-adorned dances, moonlight-driven dream thoughts of after dance doings, and hanging around to the bitter end for that last dance of the night to prove... what. And there and then I threw in the towel, I thought.
Well now I have recovered enough to take a little different look at the music of this period- the doo wop sound that hovered in the background radio of every kid (every kid who had a radio, a transistor radio, to keep parental prying ears at arms length and who was moonstruck enough to have been searching, high and low, for a sound that was not just the same old, same old that his or her parents listened to. Early rock and rock, especially that early Sun Record stuff, and plenty of rhythm and blues met that need but so did, for a time, old doo wop-the silky sounds of lead singer-driven, lyrics-driven, vocal-meshing harmony that was the stuff of teenage "petting" parties and staid old hokey school dances, mainly, in my case, elementary school dances.
As I mentioned in the oldies but goodies reviews not all of the material put forth was good, nor was all of it destined to, or meant to be, playable fifty or sixty years later on some "greatest hits" compilation but some of songs had enough chordal energy, lyrical sense, and sheer danceability, slow danceabilty, to make any Jack or Jill start snapping fingers then, or now. As I asked in that previous series and is appropriate to ask here as well what about the now seeming mandatory question of the best song in the compilation? The one that stands out as the inevitable end of the night high school dance (or maybe even middle school) song? The song that you, maybe, waited around all night for just to prove that you were not a wallflower, and more importantly, had the moxie to, mumbly-voiced, parched-throated, sweaty-handed, asked a girl to dance (women can relate their own experiences, probably similar).
Here The Capris'<em>Stars In The Sky</em>fills the bill. And, yes, I know, this is one of those slow ones that you had to dance close on. And just hope, hope to high heaven, that you didn't destroy your partner's shoes and feet. Well, as I have noted before, one learns a few social skills in this world if for no other reason that to "impress" that certain she (or he for shes, or nowadays, just mix and match your sexual preferences) mentioned above. I did, didn't you?