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The Doo Wop Box, Vol. 2 Box set


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  • Audio CD (October 1, 1996)
  • 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: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000033UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Reverie - The Larks
2. Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers
3. Where Are You Now (Now That I Need You) - The Mello-Moods
4. Is It A Dream - The Vocaleers
5. I Love You So - The Crows
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Disc: 2
1. You Baby You - The Cleftones
2. Eddie My Love - The Teen Queens
3. Ruby Baby - The Drifters
4. Zoom - The Cadillacs
5. The Woo Woo Train - The Valentines
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Disc: 3
1. Could This Be Magic - The Dubs
2. Zoom Zoom Zoom - The Collegians
3. We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny
4. The Things I Love - The Fidelity's
5. Oh Gee, Oh Gosh - The Kodoks
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Disc: 4
1. Once In A While - The Chimes
2. Valarie - Starlites
3. To Be Loved (Forever) - The Pentagons
4. In My Heart - The Timestones
5. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) - Little Caesar & The Romans
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The second set of Rhino Records' The Doo Wop Box includes such gems as Robert & Johnny's "We Belong Together," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" and the Robins' original version of Leiber & Stoller's "Smokey Joe's Café." The box set contains 39 Top 30 R&B hits plus such pop smashes as the Platters' "My Prayer," the Clovers' "Love Potion No. 9," Dion & the Belmonts' "Where or When," the Crests' "Step by Step," the Marcels' "Heartaches" and Don & Juan's "What's Your Name." Putting more emphasis on uptempo tunes than its predecessor, the new box includes both the Cadillacs' "Zoom" and the Collegians' "Zoom Zoom Zoom" as well as Frankie Lymon's giddy, boy soprano on the galloping "ABC's of Love." The first Doo Wop Box is still the better collection, for it had first crack at the widely acknowledged classics of the genre, but The Doo Wop Box II is full of historical milestones and dizzying music. --Geoffrey Himes

Customer Reviews

Lots of fun stuff.
Andre M.
If you are looking for some of the best sounds of the 50's and 60's, this is a great place to look.
Bryan
The second boxed set is very good.
Carlton Stone

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought both Doo Wop sets - 202 Vocal Group Gems, and I'm not in the least bit disappointed. These groups and their songs brought back so many good memories of my growing-up years in Staten Island, New York City, in the '50s. I'm 62 years old and still can remember my childhood pal telling me all about the "Moon Dog Show," carried by a New Jersey (Newark, I think) radio station. It was a black oriented music station playing something called Rhythm & Blues. We listened to our radios late into the nights - without our parents knowing about it - and began to "connect" with the new sounds in no time at all. Entering high school in 1952, we were at the right place and time for the Rock 'n Roll explosion soon to come. Allan Freed had yet to "hit" the town, but the groups surely had. We were rocking and bopping throughout our four years, and of course, were members of a doo wop group of our own - The Seniortones of Port Richmond High School.
Rhino has done an outstanding job of compiling these songs and putting together two great 79-page books to go along with the collections. Listening to the originals always means so much more in that what those sounds bring back in terms of good feelings and vibes is just a bit difficult to describe. Anticipating a sound here or there from the originals is also a treat, something definitely missed with so many other collections purported to be "the best," etc. These collections ARE the best. Whether listening to the "A" or "B" sides, you just cannot escape being brought back to another place and time when life was defined quite differently for all of us. For so many of us back then, it was the music that helped us cope and propelled us into what was to come.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Still well worth having for dedicated Doo Wop nuts, but not quite as good a value overall as the first box set, especially in the pre-1958 selections. The quality level of these tracks is just a tad lower overall, though Rhino does pick up a few of the well-known and a few of the obscure later gems they probably tried unsuccessfully to get the first time around. Still a first-rate booklet and first-rate sound. If money's no object, you'll enjoy both box sets.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Because all of the really famous songs went into the first Doo Wop Box, the selection here runs to the obscure but very deserving regional hits that in many cases are superior to the "hits". Many of the cuts here I never heard before this, and they really have to rate among my all-time favorites now. One of the best music purchases I have ever made!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carl Anthony on March 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I own both box sets I and II. I love them both equally. Keep in mind their was little more than a handful of doo-wop hits that can be called 'noticeable' like some of the previous writers state. To fill a box of this size ( 101 songs) there would definetly have to be a lot of songs that are not familiar to non hardcore doo wop fans. I am familiar with all the groups and songs on both boxes but then I'm a hardcore fan/ researcher/lifelong spooky basements and attics collector. It would cost you thousands of dollars to own all the songs on dwbox II so buy it whether you know em or not.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It is true that the first Doo Wop Box Set had the more well known songs,but this second Box Set contains all the rare and hard to find doo wops. Trying to separetly find all the songs contained in this wonderful collection would take forever, so it's very convenient that all the treasures of the doo wop world are contained in this box set. The info book that comes along with the music isn't as good as the original one, but it's got great photos and stories. How can you go wrong with the Penguins' Memories of El Monte, or the Admirations' Bells of Rosa Rita?!! It's just an all around great collection!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bede on May 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most of the great classics of the genre are on the first Doo Wop Box, so Volume II has far fewer readily familiar titles to its credit. But if anything, the relative obscurity of most of these songs makes the second collection fresher and rootsier than the first. It definitely reaches deeper into the doo-wop canon.

Although few of this collection's songs were hits, many of the artists were successful elsewhere in their careers. There are lots of one-hit wonders represented here with their non-hits, quite a few of which have held up better than their more famous song(s). There are also at least two great entries in the "before they were famous" category: "Bad Girl" by the Miracles (about two years before "Shop Around" put them on the map); and the delightfully lush "Dear One" by the Scarlets, featuring a pre-Five Satins Fred Parris. Speaking of the Five Satins, the less famous of their two hits, "To The Aisle," is also here.

The collection is a pretty good mix of ballads and uptempo numbers, but it's heavier on the ballads. There is a surprising number of jazz and pop standards from long before the rock era (it's easy to forget that doo-wop didn't start out as proto-bubblegum!), but some of these are among the collection's best. Standouts include The Larks' "My Reverie," The Moonglows' "Secret Love," and the album's finale, The Classics' "Till Then." A more uptempo entry, The Four Tunes' rendition of "Marie," is less convincing but a lot of fun.
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