on 30 September 2011
This is named as Vol 1 indicating there's more on the way.
The 40+page booklet is enclosed seperately inside the slip case and is at least an hour's read.
Its like a potted history of the L A music scene with all the major players coming in and out.
Including Phil Spector who isn't on here because Dore's biggest hit with the Teddy Bears is on another Ace collection which is in the Golden Age series.Instead there's a revival of the song from 3 years later by the Darlings (who also moonlighted as the Sa Shays,the Utmosts and the Dynels) and a short essay spread over 7 pages about the song and the subsequently increasing odd behaviour of Spector which seemed to start the minute the single had sold its first 100 copies!!
The lineup of the Darlings included at least 3 names from the future-Oma Heard who signed with Motown and the Walters Sisters Julia and maxine who appeared on 100s of sessions from Dylanand Paul Simon to Springsteen
Fascinating stuff which has rooted out an early single by John & Judy (Maus) a brother and sister act which was the start of the future Walker Brothers
Jan & Dean had brought in Deane Hawley as Dore wanted a cover of the British song Look For A Star-the original version by Gary Mills was a sign of the forthcoming British Invasion as it was written by Tony Hatch (under the name Mark Anthony) and had been featured in a movie called Circus Of Horrors) and the original was the hit and a case of even his name being covered as another version was by the lead singer of the Statues under the name of Gary Miles!However it never stopped Dore advertising the Hawley cover as "the version that's winning"
The Premiers-one of dozens with this name- were really producer Marty Cooper who along with Herb Alpert,Shel Talmy and Kim Fowley would bring in masters from tiny labels.Oddly enough Billboard reviewed this single and added an extra "e" to the name
Joel Scott Hill who played guitar on Chris Montez's hit single of 1962 was also a member of a couple of groups with common names-the Rebels and the Strangers who wre emanaged by one Jim Lee the writer of Let's Dance but got no further than regional breakouts and a minor Hot 100 hit with Caterpillar Crawl.By the end of the 60s Hill had played with both Canned Heat and the Flying Burrito Brothers
In 1962 Dore had another top 10 hit with Billy Joe & the Checkmates' Percolater their only hit.Amazingly a further 17 followed making them the most prolific "act" on the label-not bad for a non existent group
This cd from 'Ace records' comes with a comprehensive colour booklet (which deserves 1 star alone, 2 stars only for the music). Excellent sound quality, all packaged up in a slipcase. As for the music - which comes from the small independent L.A outfit Dore' from 1958-67 (even though the title of the cd is 1958-64). Overall it's a mixed bag of Doo wop, Instrumentals, Pop and Soul tracks, which don't really get above being average/good, theres nothing truly outstanding here in my opinion. A couple of good tracks are 'Every once in a while' by The Debonaires and 'Someday' by Cam Morris with Don Coats Crusaders. Overall it's an ok listen, perhaps it's not for the casual music buyer. (Note: An excellent Dore' compilation containing Soul & Northern Soul was released in 2004 called 'The Northern Soul of Dore' - Rare Masters Volume 1 & 2).