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Best of the 50's Masters: 1957-1959


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  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00004S35W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Dust
2. If You Please
3. Lucinda
4. Moonlight And Shadows
5. Deep Purple
6. My Proudest Possession
7. Alone In A Crowd
8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9. Solitude
10. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
11. Yours Forever
12. (You Grow) Sweeter As The Years Go By
13. There Is No Greater Love
14. Do It Again
15. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
16. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
17. Music, Maestro, Please
18. Jennie Lee
19. Star Dust

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Conventional wisdom would say that the Dominoes best years were well behind them when the group signed with Liberty records in 1957. After all, who could possibly replace past lead singers Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson? Group founder Billy Ward had an answer to that question. Eugene Mumford arrived on the West Coast in the fall of 1957. Mumford's resume included a couple of years as lead singer of the Larks. Many R&B buffs consider his lead vocal on the Larks 1952 Apollo single "My Reverie" to be one of the best in the history of the genre. Ward promptly snapped him up and headed straight for the recording studio.

This collection, released in 2000 by Varese Sarabande was a most pleasant surprise. Aside from the Top 20 hits "Stardust" and "Deep Purple" I found most of the other tracks in this collection to be quite enjoyable. I have always been a big fan of Eugene Mumford and as such I was delighted to find 9 tunes where he is singing the lead. I particularly enjoyed "If You Please", "My Proudest Possession" and "Solitude". From what I had heard of Gene Mumford in the past I thought it was impossible for him to make a bad record. However, his performance on "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" was a distinct disappointment to me. During the Liberty years 1957-1959 Billy Ward liked to let just about everyone in the group do some lead vocals. They were for sure an extremely gifted group. For example, Prentice Moreland gives a memorable performance on "Alone In A Crowd", a previously unreleased tune. Milton Merle does himself proud on an old spiritual "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and on the beautiful ballad "There Is No Greater Love".

Even Billy Ward himself gets into the act with a calypso number "Lucinda" and a nifty pop tune called "Do It Again".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on June 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While there are several other Billy Ward / Dominoes collections out there this piece covers only the late 50's material that appeared on Liberty. These tunes reflect the more pop-oriented sound developed for the Dominoes while at Liberty. It contains 19 tracks including his three top-100 pop charted sides ("Star Dust", "Deep Purple" and "Jennie Lee").

Considering the vintage of these recordings, it was fairly amazing to find a number of these sides in stereo, albeit the primitive binaural stereo of the era. Sound quality is overall quite good however some of the tracks do have some sandiness - not surprising considering the vintage of the source tapes.

While offering an enjoyable stand-alone collection of Ward's 50's material, for the more serious fan, this collection makes a nice complement to the other Dominoes compilations available.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EL COLIBRI on December 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If indeed you are a DOO-WOP fan this has got to be rated at the very top of your list.Billy Ward's vocal range is almost unequaled by most other soloists that I remember. The repertoire is also very complete. Star Dust, Deep Purple etc are excellent.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stan webb on December 24, 2010
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This album features BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES at their very best. Their versions of "Stardust" and "Deep Purple" are my favorites. The other songs included in the album are really good. Glad I got this CD!!!
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