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(Deluxe CD digipac with booklet) Like Rap, Doo-Wop music was an urban American art-form. It was sung on street-corners, in stairwells of tenement apartments, in high school toilets... and it was preserved for posterity in recording studios. Most of the performers were African American, and many of the songs were romantic - in sharp contrast to the bleak reality of urban African American life at the time. Doo-Wop had its origins in the black pop and gospel groups of the pre-World War II era, but it flourished in the years after World War II and became a major contributing force to the evolution of Rock 'n' Roll. In fact, some eminent cultural historians cite records like Sixty Minute Man and Gee as among the first Rock 'n' Roll records. Both of those classics, along with many more, are on BEAR FAMILY's definitive history of Doo-Wop, Street Corner Symphonies. As always, you can trust BEAR FAMILY to get it right.

Starting in 1939 with pre-Doo-Wop acts like the Golden Gate Quartet, the Ink Spots, and the Mills Brothers, Street Corner Symphonies will take the story until the end of the Doo-Wop era in 1963. The first five volumes cover the years 1939 to 1953: in other words, Doo-Wop's true golden era.

There are simply too many hits to list - just look at the track listing! Suffice to say that these were the records that provided the soundtrack to the Rock 'n' Roll revolution... and the records that changed American and global popular music forever.

This series has been compiled and annotated by R&B music's foremost scholar, Chicago's Bill Dahl, and every song comes with detailed notes and illustrations. There have been plenty of Doo-Wop compilations, even a few Doo-Wop boxed sets, but this series is the last word on the genre. Truly definitive! Every hit, every underground classic, every song that lit up the airwaves at the dawn of rock 'n' roll. Every shoop, every doop, every doo-doo-wah!


1. The Silhouettes: Get A Job
2. The Chantels: Maybe
3. The Gladiolas: Little Darlin'
4. The Five Satins: To The Aisle
5. The Coasters: Searchin'
6. The Paragons: Florence
7. The '5' Royales: Dedicated To The One I Love
8. The Monotones: Book Of Love
9. Lee Andrews & The Hearts: Long Lonely Nights
10. The Bobbettes: Mr. Lee
11. The Pastels: Been So Long
12. The Dell-Vikings: Whispering Bells
13. The Shells: Baby Oh Baby
14. The Spaniels: Everyone's Laughing
15. The Rays: Silhouettes
16. Norman Fox & The Rob-Roys: Tell Me Why
17. The Dells: Why Do You Have To Go
18. The Cleftones: Lover Boy
19. The Charts: Deserie
20. The Cadillacs: My Girlfriend
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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B0085X0E1E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is an absolutely brilliant series. I would give it ten stars if I could. If you enjoy Doo Wop music, or what I refer to as Mid-Century Black Male Vocal Music, this is definitely a series to own. Starting in 1939 and running until 1963, it begins by giving the listener a very good sense of the music which gave birth to Doo Wop and then proceeds with a comprehensive trajectory up to 1963. You will not find better sound quality anywhere else on the market. And as this is a European compilation the selection criteria was not commercial popularity but rather musical quality. So what you get is one great selection after another with a number of fabulous rare jewels included which simply make one wonder why they weren't more popular. Is it a bit pricey... I thought so. But now that I own all 15 cd's I understand that this level of quality is worth every penny. I have many of these songs on other cd's and they do not sound anywhere near as good. Every time I listen to one of these recordings I am simply astonished by the depth and richness of the sound of these fairly old recordings, some of which were not recorded all that well in the first place. And listening to these beautiful Black male vocals and harmonies reminds me of what Lillian Hellman (who became an American legend by having the guts to stand up to Joseph McCarthy when no one else did), has a southern White male character say in her play from the first half of the Twentieth Century titled The Little Foxes: "Well, yes, the White man may have the piano... but the Black man has the human voice." This gorgeous series certainly proves her point. Of course, this is not a segregated series, as there are some White males as well as a few females included. But, in this series, Mid-Century Black Male Vocal Music definitely gets it's due. I simply can't imagine that there will ever be another Doo Wop series as good as this German, Bear Family Productions one. So enjoy.
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By Barry Rosen on May 31, 2015
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This entire series is amazing as everything done by Bear Records is.
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