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The Ames Brothers

Ames BrothersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA/BMG
  • ASIN: B000NGQY6A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Ames Brothers got their beginning in Malden, where all four were born. The act consisted of brothers Joe (3 May 1921 - 22 December 2007), Gene (born 13 February 1923 - 4 April 1997), Vic (20 May 1925 - 23 January 1978) and Ed (born 9 July 1927)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Alas Poor Yoricks February 5, 2009
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Back in the '50s when I was a little kid, my sister had the Ames Brothers single "Tammy," which at the time, I thought was a pretty song. But what I really liked was the "fast" song, "Rockin' Shoes," that was the B-side. Of course, I had no idea that that tune was an anomaly for the group, their one-shot nod toward the emerging genre of rock'n'roll. Actually, it's interesting to read the AllMusic blurb about the group here on Amazon and realize that--"Rockin' Shoes" notwithstanding--the rock revolution pretty much killed the group's career and they split up in the late '50s (scarcely seems like the good fight, really: most MOR acts persevered into the 60s--and many well beyond. Give brother Ed credit for sticking it out in the biz and actually pulling of a hit record in the late 60s, proving that it could still be done.

The Brothers Yorick (their real name)had as tight a harmony as any sibling act could ever hope for. The 20 selections on this record are silky smooth, and make for pretty good "grown up music"--as I would have referred to it back in the 50s. Of course, like most 1950s hit parade type acts, the mix is basically 50% ballads and 50% novelty. And that's not a formula that holds up particularly well more than 50 years later. Few of the ballads approach American Songbook standards, and what can be more dated than the novelty numbers of an earlier era?

And there's no "Rockin' Shoes" to be found anywhere here. Now that could have livened things up considerably.
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