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Lights Out: The Doré Records Story
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on 12 September 2016
The Doré (pronounced Dorieeee) Records label takes us to L.A. in the fifties and early sixties; ran side by side with Era Records which released pretty much the same content. Doré attempted simply commercial Rock & Roll and you can appreciate the attempt, although many songs failed to chart the Top 100.

Big names here include Jan & Dean, their early work before moving on to their Surf Craze in the Sixties. "Baby Talk" from '59 featured here was their biggest early hit. Their other tunes are ok, like "Clementine." Doré's only No. 1 national hit was "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears (to appreciate a young Phil Spector as a member). Their follow-up songs have never grabbed my attention. There was another big national hit from Doré from 1962 - "Percolator Twist" by Billy Joe & The Checkmates.

With these comps ONE DAY used to put out, I go for the rarities and there are plenty here, some pretty good indeed. You've got to check out "After School Rock" by the Baritones, "Rockin' Round The Mountain" by the Capers, "Ring A Ding Dong" by the Tides or "The Twirl" by the Von Gayles...

Some tracks jump at you and you wonder how ahead of its time they were - I mean, "Yes Master" by the Whips. The early Raindrops are here and the Deane Hawley tracks are really good, especially "Look For A Star." I can't help but laugh at "Eddie, Can I Park My Car In Your Lot" by Sharon Mason - well, she's talking to me!

Don't expect high quality sound; it's Public Domain, but indeed it's an addition for your collection. Nice short description of the record label, enough to know something about Doré.
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on 12 April 2014
Another excellent compilation in this series. The majority of the tracks here are of ballad form, although all types of ballad are included- fast, slow, rocking etc. Not too many rock 'n roll numbers or instrumentals, but the selection is none the worst for that. On a personal basis, I really like Jan & Dean's haunting "We Go Together" and the comedy "Chicken Spaceman", but there are a lot of other items which are well worth attention. Long may this series continue!
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on 2 May 2015
Recommended
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on 2 February 2015
Ace!
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on 23 October 2014
This is it
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on 16 July 2014
very good
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on 19 July 2017
A few more gaps filled in my collection.
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on 17 January 2014
A collection of true gems. Where and why have these been hidden for so long. It's all here - ballads, popcorn, doo wop, girl groups, rock and instrumentals, and everything else. The original Look For A Star and a host of originals that should have been massive hits. There are many of these 'story' releases available, but few will match the excellence of this one.
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on 30 January 2014
I have no complaints about the music which is excellent and the sound quality which is good. However, previous .... Records Story sets that I've bought from One Day Music have had 25 tracks on each CD but the Dore Records Story only has 20 tracks on each CD. As a result, each CD clocks in at less than 44 minutes which I think is a bit poor. Unfortunately I didn't realise this until it arrived. I shall still buy these sets as they're a great idea but given that the music is out of copyright, One Day music could fill them up a bit more.
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on 18 March 2014
Another great addition to the label series, sound quality can dip but I would expect that from a smaller label with a few more obscure songs. Very enjoyable, Jan & Dean in particular
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