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The Only Doo-Wop Collection You'll Ever Need [2 CD] CD

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Considering this 2-CD set was put together by a lot of the same guys who created Rhino's Doo Wop Box , the title might be right! There sure is no doubt that all 37 tracks here are peak vocal group performances, cross-licensed from everywhere: Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; A Teenager in Love Dion & the Belmonts; 16 Candles Crests; Since I Don't Have You Skyliners; Earth Angel Penguins; Little Darlin' Diamonds; The Great Pretender Platters; In the Still of the Nite Five Satins; I Only Have Eyes for You Flamingos; Speedoo Cadillacs; Little Star Elegants; Sincerely Moonglows; Get a Job Silhouettes; Blue Moon Marcels; Denise Randy & the Rainbows; Island of Love Sheppards; Rama Lama Ding Dong Edsels; I Do Marvelows; There's a Moon Out Tonight Capris; So Fine Fiestas; Unchained Melody Vito & the Salutations; When You Dance Turbans; My True Story Jive Five; Daddy's Home Shep & the Limelites, and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers, featuring Frankie Lymon
  2. I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts
  3. Come Go With Me - The Dell Vikings
  4. In The Still Of The Nite - The Five Satins
  5. Since I Don’t Have You - The Skyliners, With Lenny Martin & The Orchestra
  6. Sincerely - The Moonglows
  7. The Great Pretender - The Platters
  8. Trickle, Trickle - The Videos
  9. 16 Candles - The Crests
  10. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins
  11. When You Dance - The Turbans
  12. Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite - Spaniels
  13. Speedoo - The Cadillacs, With Jesse Powell Orchestra
  14. Get A Job - The Silhouettes
  15. Island Of Love - The Sheppards
  16. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & The Impressions
  17. Little Star - The Elegants
  18. So Fine - The Fiestas

Disc: 2

  1. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
  2. There’s A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
  3. Remember Then - The Earls
  4. Daddy’s Home - Shep & The Limelites
  5. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
  6. At My Front Door - The El Dorados
  7. My True Story - The Jive Five, With Joe Rene & Orchestra
  8. Hushabye - The Mystics
  9. Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
  10. Rama Lama Ding Dong - The Edsels
  11. You Belong To Me - The Duprees
  12. Unchained Melody - Vito & The Salutations
  13. I Do - The Marvelows
  14. Step By Step - The Crests
  15. Blue Moon - The Marcels
  16. Denise - Randy & The Rainbows
  17. Over The Mountain, Cross The Sea - Johnnie & Joe With Rex Garvin & His Orchestra
  18. Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
  19. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) - Little Caesar & The Romans


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00074CBFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This two-CD collection of doo wop classics from 1954's "Goodnite Sweetheart" through 1963's "Denise" does a first-rate job of hitting most of the highlights of that glorious pre-British Invasion period in American popular music. Essentially what this is is a condensed version of Rhino's superb 1993 101-track THE DOO WOP BOX. [Note: there are seven tracks here that are not found on Rhino's box set, but "Duke of Earl" is the only real gem among them.] Since this collection focuses on the hits, it's no surprise that they include the version of "Little Darlin'" by the Canadian vocal group The Diamonds and not the original recording by the Gladiolas, whose version peaked at No. 41 on the pop charts earlier in the year. But overall, this is an excellent primer and will make an excellent addition to you music library. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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What a fantastic couple of CDs!!! If you're wondering what doo-wop was all about, this is the CD to buy. If you're looking for something that doesn't feature a lot of filler on it like so many sets of doo-wop songs do, this is the CD to buy. CD one clocks in at 45+ minutes with CD 2 coming in at 47+ minutes. It wouldn't have bothered me if they had included a couple of more genuinely classic songs on there, but hey, I'm not complaining. Listening to these 2 CDs is pure enjoyment from the beginning to the end. Only one flaw and that is that "Little Darlin'" listed by the Diamonds most definitely isn't the Diamonds (who did it much better than the group which is represented).
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While the sound quality on these disks is excellent, be aware that app. 50% of the tunes are not the originals. Shout Factory should be ashamed, duping customers like this. Rhino Records would never pull such a stunt. Go for the 4-disk Rhino box set (Vol. One) instead. You can find many high quality used versions for sale all over the web, too.
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I doubt if this is the definitive Doo-Wop collection as implied by the title, but it is excellent. For a long time I have had a craving to buy a boxed set of Doo-Wop, but the $70+ was just too rich for my blood. This is great feel-good music at a feel-good price.
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The Only Doo-Wop Collection You'll Ever Need is an amazing two CD set of fantastic doo wop hits from almost all the biggest doo wop stars of the day. The sound is quite good and I like the artwork that comes with the CD.

"Why Do Fools Fall In Love" by The Teenagers, featuring Frankie Lymon starts the CD off strong; they sing and harmonize very well and the musical arrangement shines like gold! I love it! Frankie never misses a note; and that horn solo beats anything for sure! The Dell Vikings also perform their hit entitled "Come Go With Me;" this peppy little ballad sounds as great as it ever did! They harmonize well and they handle the tempo changes effortlessly. The Five Satins sing their slow dance "In The Still Of The Night;" and I really like "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners. Man, how they do this up right! I predict that you will enjoy "Since I Don't Have You."

The Crests continue the hits with "16 Candles;" this touching ballad is one of the greatest doo wop tunes I've heard--ever. It's THAT good. "Get A Job" is a tune both playful and somewhat serious by The Silhouettes; they deliver this like true professionals.

The second CD has many more great songs on it. Listen for Dion & The Belmonts as they lament the uneasiness of being "A Teenager In Love." The Flamingos perform their touching melody entitled "I Only Have Eyes For You;" I really like this number. The Duprees perform a moving rendition of "You Belong To Me," too.

Gene Chandler sings his classic "Duke Of Earl;" Gene never sounded better and this ballad still sounds great today. The two CD set ends with the very sentimental "Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)" by Little Caesar & The Romans.
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I was a teen in the 50's and grew up with this music. The two disks contain many of the best of this period and is well recorded. If you want an inexpensive collection that includes some of the best, this is it. I listen in the car and can't help singing along. I also own Slow Dancing Disk 1 and Disk 2 which are on the Warner Special Products label and recommend them highly if you want more great music from the 50's and 60's.
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After reviewing several oldies doo-wop;I chose this one because of quality of sound and artists and the great memories that it evokes.Buy it,you won't regret it.
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When my wife and I sat down to listen to this set, we were instantly transported back to a time so different than today. It was wonderful to hear music that was not instrumentally and technologically overloaded with effects, offensive and often unintelligible lyrics and screaming overdubs. It reminded us of an innocent time in our history and brought back a lot of good memories as a child of those years. I would recommend this set to anyone looking to relive that era or for someone young to hear what real music was like.
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