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Doo Wop Box [Box set]

4 CD , 4 Cass Set , Doo Wop Box Audio Cassette
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (May 17, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000333N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. It's Too Soon to Know
2. Count Every Star
3. The Glory of Love
4. Gee
5. Crying in the Chapel
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Speedoo
2. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
3. I'll Be Home
4. Devil or Angel
5. The Church Bells May Ring
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Been So Long
2. Get a Job
3. Book of Love
4. Maybe
5. I Wonder Why
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Mope-Itty Mope
2. Oh Rosemarie
3. Just to Be With You
4. Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
5. The Wind
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Music, and Rare Treasures!!! April 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
WOW! Well, after reading the reviews written here for this set, I went out yesterday and bought it, pretty much on a whim! But this was one of those rare occasions where my whim has actually paid off in spades! First of all, I should say that I'm 19 years old (okay, I'll be twenty in eleven days, but I'm still a teenager at heart!) so, needless to say, I never had the opportunity to sit at a Bronx apartment stoop, harmonizing with four other guys about lost love and moonlit nights. But sometimes, when I listen to this music, I feel like I could very well have been there in a past life! And as far as this set goes, well, it's pure magic! From the first note 'til the last, this box takes a thorough and enjoyable look at the entire doo-wop genre. I learned more about doo-wop's history from the amazing companion booklet than I ever have from any other source. I always used to think that all doo-wop was pretty much the same no matter what year it was released in. Not so! In fact, as it turns out, the doo-wop sound changed so rapidly that you can hear subtle changes in the musical approach from YEAR to YEAR! And in fact, doo-wop falls into three distinct sub-eras; the initial R&B movement of the late forties when groups like The Ravens splintered off from more traditional black vocal groups of earlier years, the acceptance of the music by white America in the mid-fifties and its fusion with rock & roll, and the early 60's doo-wop revival, due in large amount to Italian groups like Dion & the Belmonts, and conscientious record collectors who brought doormant singles to deejays, who made hits out of them YEARS after they were recorded! That means that doo-wop, in some form or another, existed actively in three decades! Read more ›
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once again, the highest praise for Rhino Records. This box set, while pricey, is worth every dime. There is no place to find this much classic music in any one (or two or ten) disc package.
These discs have a great range, from the finger popping rhythms of The Turban's "When You Dance" (which according to the extensive liner notes was the first recording of the background sound which gave the genre the name "doo wop"), and the Cadillac's "Speedo" to the Marcell's classic "Blue Moon". Of course, the many tributes to love are well represented too, with The Five Keys "Glory of Love", The Five Satin's "In The Still of the Night", and my personal favorite of this style, The Flamingoes timeless "Lover's Never Say Goodbye".
Aside from these all well known gems, it is also a repository of some lesser publicized classics wonderfully interspersed with those songs now the staples of many oldies stations. It is also the only place I am aware of with the greatest named doo-wop group of all time: Vito and the Salutations, and their inimitable (and seldom heard) rendition of "Unchained Melody". It is so different from the Righteous Brothers and a wonderful piece of music.
I grew up in New York listening to this music first on the corner and then on the radio. It brings back wonderful memories of warm summer nights, and the talented (and not so-talented) guys harmonizing on the streets.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doo Wop Fever March 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have purchased both boxes of this Doo Wop set and I am truly amazed at what I've bought. I am 50 years old, so I vaguely remember some of the songs and others I had never heard. This is some of the best music in the world. I grew up in the 60s with Motown, etc. and love that music to death. This is different and lets me know that I was a generation behind the truly great music. The way the vocalists use their voices to mimic instruments is truly amazing. I am not musically inclined - I just love good music and I rate these two box sets at the top of my list.
What actually surprised me most of all was how high the quality was on these recordings. They are original recordings and I think they sound fuller than some of the recordings that are out today. If your age is fifty or older, I know you will enjoy these cd's. I can't stop listening to them. My old motto used to be "I'm stuck in the 60s" but for now I have to change it to "I'm back in the 50s".
Enjoy!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not definitive but a great place to start. August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Doo Wop has not been treated this great ever. Once again, Rhino has done a fantastic job. Many phases of the music is sampled. The familiar is here, but the real gems are the songs that are not played on oldies radio stations because they weren't hits. Many of the original recordings are featured, such as "sincerily" by the Moonglows, not the tepid remake by the McGuire Sisters. How about "Little Darli" by the Gladiolas, not the Diamonds. As an afterthought, there is a great booklet with the set. The price may seem a little high, but try to get these songs on four discs anywhere else. It's impossible!!! This set is for the novice and expert of the Doo Wop idiom. After hearing this, I am saving up to buy the second set. One reviewer said it was not as good as this set. If it is half as good, it will be worth the price. Absolutely wonderful stuff!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
way too much
Published 2 days ago by Doctorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful addition to my doo-wop collection
Published 18 days ago by Richard M. Egan
5.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it
had to send the case back, interfered with calls, good concept but the bugs have to be worked out, don't buy this item until it's perfected, still waiting for my refund PLEASE... Read more
Published 1 month ago by joe phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Theodore S.Gonsiewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CDs, and better--excellent history.
Published 1 month ago by L. A. Cathey
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money!
This box set does not have a lot of the familiar oldie but goodies on it. Get the Time Life version if there is one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erykah
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty and Sticky
Advertised as " used, like new" condition but had scratches on each CD. Box was taped together and each disc had a sticky substance near the center that had to be removed before... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Michael Adams
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't realize they were cassettes!
I didn't realize that they were cassette tapes and I can't play them. It may have said this and I missed it but still.....
Published 5 months ago by Katherine Batts
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational!
I didn't buy this from Amazon but wanted to put in my two cents worth anyway, for both this and Box 2. Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars You have found the vocal group sound!
Unbelievably cool compilation from earliest days through early sixties. The musicians have so much soul and talent it practically makes me cry with happiness!
Published 8 months ago by Kim Hogan
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