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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B0000032R1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tears On My Pillow
2. Two People In The World
3. So Much
4. The Diary
5. It's Not For Me
6. Wishful Thinking
7. A Prayer And Juke Box
8. I'm Alright
9. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
10. My Empty Room
11. I'm Taking A Vacation From Love
12. Please Say You Want Me
13. Traveling Stranger
14. I'm On The Outside (Looking In)
15. Goin' Out Of My Head
16. Hurt So Bad
17. Take Me Back
18. I Miss You So

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Product Description

Little Anthony & The Imperials always switched up their doo wop sound from teenage love ballads to upbeat dance tracks. Here's a solid collection of their greatest work including "Tears on My Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop."

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According to Bob Dylan, "rock & roll ended with Little Anthony and the Imperials," an odd comment considering that the group continued performing long after he made his observation. Dylan got one thing right: the Imperials' vocal mastery expressed something essential to the soul of rock & roll. Along with the Monotones, the Dells, and the Moonglows, Anthony Gourdine's quintet (later a quartet) was an exemplar of the golden age of doo-wop at its most heart-wrenching. Their signature tunes--"Tears on My Pillow," "Going Out of My Head," "Two People in the World," "Wishful Thinking," and "Hurt So Bad"--are nothing less than majestic. This ample and thoughtfully composed Rhino compilation belongs in every home. --Roy Kasten

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Still, I give the entire disc a "Five star" rating!
D. S. HARDEN
They have their own website if you are interested in buying more of the cd's including a christmas one.
lovejesus
This is the best compilation of hits by Little Anthony & The Imperials I've heard.
Joseph Panzarella

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Recently, I was watching one of T.J. Lubinsky's sensational "American Soundtrack" shows on PBS. Much to my surprise the group that blew me away that evening was Little Anthony and the Imperials. Watching that program caused me to pull out this CD for the first time in quite a while. I had forgotten what a terrific vocalist Anthony Gourdine really was. And his appearance on the PBS special made it clear that after more than 40 years in the business this guy has not lost it one bit. This collection from Rhino offers up around a dozen tracks from the groups early days at George Goldner's End records. Among the pick of this litter are the groups first major hit "Tears On My Pillow" from 1958 as well as an impassioned version of Neil Sedaka's "The Diary". And though the song never made the charts, many consider "Two People In The World", the flip side of "Tears On My Pillow" to be the groups best effort. The group disbanded in 1962 and Little Anthony went off searching for the Holy Grail of a solo career.
But it was not to be. Little Anthony and the Imperials would reunite in 1964 and surface at Don Costa's DCP records. Here the group would team up with producer Teddy Randazzo to make some of finest pop records of that period. To this day, "Hurt So Bad" is still one of my all-time favorite records. Little Anthony also exhibits his considerable vocal prowess on several other hits from that period including "Goin' Out Of My Head", "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)" as well as the haunting "Take Me Back". After listening to this CD I am confident that you will agree with me that there is not a bad song to be found. Extensive liner notes make this CD an even better buy. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mirra on July 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album nearly half a century ago at my cousin's house
one christmas. I ran out & purchased it & have it on old antiquated album. I don't even remember if it is stereo.
I never realized the title it would be listed as for sale is that long &
involved. I always got information on the album when I searched for it, but I never got information on how to buy it. I am so happy that I can now buy it from Amazon.
This album is a time capsule of music of the time. It drips of the time & culture from which it came.
Little Anthony has most likely the best voice for this kind of music that there ever was. Tears On My Pillow is most likely the only classic song on the album, but it is only one of many great songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lovejesus on December 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This group was recently at my church. I was very moved by their songs. I love all the songs on this cd, especially Arise, My Love and Beautiful day. They have their own website if you are interested in buying more of the cd's including a christmas one. God Bless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Panzarella on January 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I guess i'm kind of partial to groups from Brooklyn, maybe because I was born there too. This is the best compilation of hits by Little Anthony & The Imperials I've heard. Nine out of the eighteen tracks are in true stereo, have you ever heard "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop" in stereo, it's like you were there. It includes all their early material as well as those beautiful Teddy Randazzo productions from the mid sixties, although I would've perferred a stereo version of "I'm On The Outside Looking In", the mono version is just as beautiful. I've seen Little Anthony perform many times and not so long ago, the man still got it. Rhino records did a fantastic job with this release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Soul Groove on June 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The album We Are The Imperials predates my birth by 23-24 years (1958 or 1959-1982), but I do recognize where good music comes from: Litlte andthony and the Imperials represent good music. We Are... is an album filled with different styles witin the doo-wop/early rock realm. I am sure some of the songs are covers, like "Somewhere over The Rainbow" and a few others, but regardless, each song is handled with craft and the utmost class. Little Anthony Anthony Gourdine) has a great tenor/falsetto, and the Imperials provide perfect harmony. The most racognizable song here is the perennial classic "Tears On My Pillow," which is a staple in RnB and soul, a classic slow drag. Another doo-wop winner is "Two People in the World," which rings with innocence and true love as opposed to the relentlessly blatant sexual prowess of many RnB acts of today, and is a refreshing change. "Wishful Thinking" also has that sweet innocence but with heartbreak lyrics about a relationship gone bad. "What Did I Do" also has a similar vibe and tone. I love the guitar licks on this one. We also have the faster paced rock jams like "Cha Cha Henry" and "Oh Yeah" which are cool. Little Anthony's lead on the latter is some pure poetry and is a fun jam to vibe to and will make your head not incessantly. We Are The Imperials is a fun album to listen to, and represents a period of time when Doo Wop, Rock and Roll and early Soul and RnB were branching out, an exiting time of music I was not around to experience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By willgee on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's been a lot of talk lately that Little Anthony and the IMPERIALS are under serious consideration for induction into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. I say YES YES YES !! The IMPERIALS most DEFINITELY SHOULD be inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.In fact, they should have been among the FIRST groups inducted. They, along with THE MIRACLES and DELLS ,(and to a lesser extent, the IMPRESSIONS),were the only groups of the DOO WOP era of the 1950's to maintain consistant success well into the '60's and '70's. That alone should have gotten them inducted.Their songs have become recognized classics ,having been recorded by artists as diverse as SERGIO MENDEZ,LINDA RONSTADT, FRANK SINATRA,REBA MCENTIRE .and others.They could very well have been the very first "ADULT CONTEMPORARY" GROUP,establishing a new level of class and sophistication never before seen in R&b groups,while at the same time never abandoning their DOO WOP roots. The LETTERMEN,for one, seem to have re-recorded every song they ever made.Songs such as TEARS ON MY PILLOW,HURT SO BAD,I'M ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN,TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD,GOING OUT OF MY HEAD,SHIMMY SHIMMY KO KO BOP,{which was featured in the TOM HANKS hit movie "BIG"},TAKE ME BACK,I'M ALRIGHT,BETTER USE YOUR HEAD,OUT OF SIGHT-OUT OF MIND,I MISS YOU SO,HURT,HELP ME FIND A WAY,and others have been recorded and re-recorded many times by others over the last 45 years. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD,for one, has had over 100 recorded versions, but none sounds as good as Little Anthony and The IMPERIALS'original version. They have also influnced an entire generation of artists , such as THE STYLISTICS, DELFONICS,BLUE MAGIC,MANHATTANS,CHI-LITES,and many more.Read more ›
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