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Doo Wop 51

4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Join host Jerry "The Iceman" Butler as he guides performances by The Chiffons, The Coasters, The Tokens, and many more during the premiere of Doo Wop 51. Songs: Tonight [Could Be The Night] (The Velvets with Virgil Johnson), Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go, Work With Me Annie (Hank Ballard and the Midnighters), The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens), Drip Drop (Bill Pinkney & Bobby Hendricks), There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment (Charlie Thomas), White Christmas (Bill Pinkney), Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (The Teenagers), Don't Ask Me to Be Lonely, Could This Be Magic (The Dubs), Denise (Randy and the Rainbows), Rama Lama Ding Dong (The Edsels), Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Shirley Alston Reeves), Stranded in the Jungle, Why Don't You Write Me (The Cadets), Oh What a Night (The Dells), So Much in Love (The Tymes with George Williams), Love Potion #9, Devil or Angel (The Clovers), The Stroll (The Diamonds), Little Darlin' (The Diamonds with Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), Stay (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs), One Fine Day (The Chiffons), Coney Island Baby (The Excellents), What's Your Name (Don and Juan), Poison Ivy (The Coasters), Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (Mel Carter and Pure Gold), Let It Be Me (Betty Everett & Jerry Butler), Up on the Mountain (The Magnificents), At My Front Door (The El Dorados), Close Your Eyes (The Five Keys), Crying in the Chapel (The Orioles), Till Then (The Classics). 160 minutes.

Special Features

  • Includes interviews with the Coasters, the Drifters, Jerry Butler, Randy and the Rainbows, the Tokens, and the Velvets

Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Butler, Shirley Alston, Jay and the Americans, Hank Ballard, Mel Carter
  • Directors: Brian E. Major
  • Producers: Deborah Acklin, Henry J. DeLuca, T.J. Lubinsky
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2001
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N89E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doo Wop 51" on IMDb

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Like the other reviewers, I loved Doo Wop 50 and snapped this concert up when it became available. I loved this concert also, but didn't feel that the sets and production quality were up to the first concert set. Still great, just not as great. I thought some of the camera manipulation was hokey and unnecessary. With performances like these, they can stand on their own without any technical finesse.
However, this is no reflection on the performers or their work. Like the prior concert, there is an overwhelming feeling of warmth and loving respect between this audience and the entertainers. I've never been to an 'oldies' concert, but if the atmosphere on these DVD's is typical, I can see why so many of these long-forgotten performers have made a new career of touring.
I have noticed that almost without exception, the performers endeavor to duplicate their recordings, rather than treading new ground. I appreciate this, as I've listened to those recordings for decades and those are the versions I want to hear!
For me, the high point of this DVD was the performance of 'Little Darlin' with both the Diamonds and Maurice Williams. Truly, though, all of the performers give it their best and that's very good indeed. Mel Carter's "Hold Me..." is as dynamic as on his original recording, and the reunion of the Tokens is a treasure.
This is feel-good music of the highest order; I've shown this DVD to many who aren't necessarily fans of 'doo-wop' on the radio and they've left very impressed. The depth of feeling, the obvious love the performance and audience have for this music, permeates every minute of these performances.
I'm so glad someone made the effort to bring these performers together, as each year takes more of them from us. Through the magic of recording, people will be able to learn, to enjoy, and to appreciate this specialized genre of music long after all of us are gone.
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After watching Doo Wop 50 just about every day since early May (my five-year old son, Kenny, is into this music!), I kept checking the Rhino site for the release of Doo Wop 51. Finally, on August 14, 2001, it was released and I pounced on it at Amazon, which offered it for a 15% saving over Rhino's price. Within four days of ordering, I received it.
All I can say is if you enjoyed Doo Wop 50, you'll love Doo Wop 51! Doo Wop 51 has a bit more glitz--more moving white and colored lighting--in its production than Doo Wop 50. A niggling irritation I found at first but which I quickly adjusted to was the higher reverb level on vocals on Doo Wop 51. Now that we've watched Doo Wop 51 several times, My family heartily enjoys it as much as Doo Wop 50.
Some exceptional moments from Doo Wop 51 are performances by Bill Pinkney and Charlie Thomas with the old and new versions of The Drifters respectively, Don & Juan, The Edsels, The Clovers, The Diamonds, and Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs.
What is evident from all performers is their skilled and dignified delivery of the songs presented on Doo Wop 51 and Doo Wop 50. Whether serious or fun, this music and its artists are long overdue in receiving the recognition they've earned and deserve. If you're into rock 'n roll, blues, or rhythm & blues, you will not be disappointed with Doo Wop 51!
Regards,
Ken Laing
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By A Customer on April 16, 2002
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The Doo Wop at 50 and 51 are like wonderful trips back in time. You can actually remember the feelings you had when you first heard a certain song and where you were. Time and age drift away and you find aching joints suddenly moving to a slow dance, cheek to cheek. Although time has taken its toll on some groups, their sound is as sweet as ever. These belong in every collection to remind us how truly, timeless music can touch our souls like no other.
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By A Customer on August 31, 2002
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I have read all of the reviews on Doo-Wop 51 as well as 50. I cannot believe no one has a mention for the Penquins on 50 and The Five Keys on 51. lead vocal by Cleve Duncan for the Penquins is unbelievable. he sang that song back in 1954, 48 years ago, and at 70 years young sent a chill down my spine, as a collector for many many years of black vocal groups, I never thought I'd get the chance to see him sing this song live, I have a mint british 78' of this track, and find his voice after all these years just fantastic. I want to thank the guys that got these vocal singers together again, it must have been very moving for the singers. one thing I find very strange, where in the audience are all the black people of the USA that bought this music. I know for a fact that in the late 40's if you were white you'd have trouble getting a copy of "count every star" by the Ravens for example, this is just an example, they wrote it in '49 and released it in 1950, so why are the paying public all white. one or two black people were there but I cannot believe that more black USA people would not have attended.On to The Five Keys, simply brilliant, I want the complete '51 show, I know Close your eyes was not the only song they sang, well done you have made an old bugger very happy, I am not in the USA I want you guys to know that the American Dream is alive, but no thanks to your GOVT. they wanted to wash all those black singers away. I am with you for Sept 11th. the sadest day I have ever witnest. time keeps on moving, and I know the singers on '50 and '51 are getting older just like us all, quick now...get these guys together soon and give the USA and the rest of the world a show of a life time. give us a little bit of history of the group before they sing who is origanal and maybe an old clip of the group, you'll have a show to die for if you did this. my end is a pray for those who have passed already. I'll be singing with you soon, thank you for taking the time to read this.
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