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Yes, Sharon, You Can Park Your Car In My Lot!!!
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.