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The Best Of The Marcels

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1. Blue Moon
2. I'll Be Forever Loving You
3. I Wanna Be The Leader
4. That Old Black Magic
5. Honestly Sincere
6. Footprints In The Sand
7. Summertime
8. Heartaches
9. Allright, Okay, You Win
10. Goodbye To Love
11. Find Another Fool
12. My Melancholy Baby
13. Sweet Was The Wine
14. One Last Kiss
15. Friendly Loans
16. Crazy Bells
17. Blue Heartaches
18. Over The Rainbow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032SC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Their combination of a bass-man on steroids, a good tenor and syncopated rhythms bouncing off the walls and ceiling make them my favorite doowop group of them all. Of all the various treatments of BLUE MOON, theirs is the wildest! Why not five stars? This isn't everbody's kind of rock and roll, and despite the album liner's claim, they were pretty much a one-hit wonder.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lead singer Cornelius "Nini" Harp, tenors Ronald "Bingo" Mundy and Gene Bricker, baritone Richard Knauss, and bass Fred Johnson caught everyone's attention in the spring of 1961 with their upbeat version of the old [1935] Rodgers and Hart tune, Blue Moon. Especially the opening few bars. A # 1 on both the Billboard Pop Hot 100 [3 weeks] and R&B [2 weeks] charts, it was backed by Goodbye To Love on the Colpix label.

They dug back just as far for their next hit that June, George Gershwin's Summertime [from the 1935 folk opera Porgy And Bess], although this time they topped out at # 78 Hot 100 and were shut out on the R&B charts. The flip, Teeter Totter Love is omitted here.

In mid-1961 the two white members, Knauss and Bricker, were replaced by Fred's brother Allen and Walter Maddox in time to record another oldie, Heartaches. First a hit for Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians way, way back in 1931. it reached # 7 Hot 100/# 19 R&B in November. The B-side, My Love For You, is also missing.

Continuing that pattern [and with Mundy having left the group] they really dug down in the vaults [1915] for their fourth and final hit, taking My Melancholy Baby to # 58 Hot 100 in February 1962 b/w Really Need Your Love [missing here]. By this time the catchy, but similar approach to each release was clearly wearing thin.

Like another in this same series [see The Best Of The Flamingos], Rhino provides a complete discography along with some very informative liner notes, and the AAD sound quality is excellent. I just wish they had seen their way clear to provide all four B-sides which, it seems, would have been logical in an 18-track CD covering a group with just four hit singles in a brief 12-month chart success period.
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In 1961, with 'Blue Moon' at the number one chart position,
the Marcels added three more songs on the chart in less then one year.
Then with a total of four charted songs, the Marcels faded into history.

This compilation contains all four of those songs and one B-side
1. Blue Moon b/w Good-bye to love
2. Summertime
3. Heartaches
4. My Melancholy Baby

Known for their iconic version of 'Blue Moon', the Marcels continue
that same great doo-wop styling through-out this 18 track collection.

There have been attempts by three other artists to make 'Blue Moon' a hit for them,
but none have climbed the chart past #fifty.

Original recordings, produced by Rhino ~~
these AAD recordings have excellent sound.
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By W. H. Woodier on December 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a nice compilation of a great Do-Wop era group. It seems to have been remastered to remove any inherent imperfections common of the era it was originally recorded. This is "feel good" music at its best; it just doesn't get much better!
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