Doo Wop 51
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- Includes interviews with the Coasters, the Drifters, Jerry Butler, Randy and the Rainbows, the Tokens, and the Velvets
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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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a collectors item. It is awesome to listen to. I watch it often.Published 4 months ago by Nick
Too bad today's singers don't have the same voices. They all sound the same with lots of music hiding their vocal faults. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jerome Lottsburg
Poor quality and looked like a bootleg. Cheap price thoughPublished 19 months ago by Matthew rudder
I ordered this Doo Wop for my dad. We would sit and watch for hours. We just love this music era!Published on February 8, 2014 by Patricia S. Franklin