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Little Anthony & The Imperials, ImperialsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032R1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,619 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

Editorial Reviews

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

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great christian cd 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brooklyn Boys Do Good...What Else? January 21, 2000
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You don't remember me, but I remember you. January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Little Anthony and the Imperials were an R&B vocal group from Brooklyn. They started their recording career with End Records, for which they had the silly, lightweight hits "Tears on My Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop" (Little Anthony himself has said he hates these songs). Then, after several years without any more hits, they signed with DCP Records and adopted a more mature sound. They had five hits with DCP(the last five songs on this CD), the best of which is the sublime "Goin' Out of My Head". This is a decent CD, but it focuses too much on the silly songs they recorded for End Records, most of which weren't even hits.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By willgee
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the gospel quartet The Imperials not Little Anthony
I have always loved the music from the Imperials, I bought this cd specifically for the song Holy and Acceptable. I had never heard it before this cd.
Published 6 months ago by Ron Hindman
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it but wished i could see the names of all of the songs on the...
When i viewed the album on the Amazon website, I was unable to determine the names of the songs on the album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dorothy Trusty
1.0 out of 5 stars This 'Imperials' group of white guys is NOT Little Anthony & the...
How is the fact that this recording is NOT by Little Anthony & the Imperials, but by some white guys billing themselves as the 'Imperials',getting all this praise and favorable... Read more
Published 15 months ago by missblast
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice anthology from a great doo-wop group
This solid music collection covers the essential songs by one of the best doo-wop groups of that era. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by New England Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Emperor of Soul
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... Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by Soul Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Little Anthony & The Imperials
Terrific CD with all the great Little Anthony & The Imperials songs plus many others that were not as familiar. Great product and great value.
Published on June 1, 2009 by Linda D. Stalnaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but "Hot-ta"
The Best of Little Anthony & the Imperials has all of their hits and most of their charted songs, plus a few that did not chart. And there are NO remakes. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Michael A. Garland
This compilation of "Little Anthony & The Imperials" includes most of their very best hits. "Take me Back", my all time favorite hit of that wonderful group and their all time... Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by L. Dequesada
Little Anthony & The Imperials are Pop & Soul legends and seeing Little Anthony in concert makes one wonder why he was not a huge solo success as Anthony Gourdine possesses one of... Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by Bradly Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best...
This is classic American Pop! "I think I'm going out of my Head" stands out the most for me on this collection! Still, I give the entire disc a "Five star" rating!
Published on February 14, 2007 by D. S. HARDEN
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