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The Skyliners - The Greatest Hits

The SkylinersAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Sound
  • ASIN: B0000034JR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Since I Don't Have You
2. This I Swear
3. I'll Be Seeing You
4. Stardust
5. If I Loved You
6. Warm
7. Blossoms In The Snow
8. Believe Me
9. Lonely Way
10. How Much
11. It Happened Today
12. Pennies From Heaven
13. Zing Went The Strings
14. Happy Time
15. One Night, One Night
16. Tomorrow
17. Lorraine From Spain
18. I Can Dream, Can't I
19. Tired Of Me
20. When I Fall I Love

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 29-MAR-1994

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Singing February 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If I have to choose between a black group from the Doo Wop era, and a white group, I'll almost invariably choose the black group. Why? Am I a racist, who just can't accept the talent of good white singers? Nope. Being a white guy myself, that idea doesn't really enter the picture. It's just that most white groups that I've heard are pale imitations of the more natural, soulful voices one hears in their groups. Some examples are Vito and the Saultations, the Five Discs, Randy and the Rainbows, and the Elegants. They're not bad, but they don't compare, in terms of rhe richness of vocal quality you could find in, say, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, or the Harptones.

So where do the Skyliners fit in? This group could sing. Jimmy Beaumont, the distinctive, bluesy lead had a wonderful, impressive, and confident voice. He was always on key, and you know, when you listen to the records, that he meant every word he sang. This isn't a "goody-goody" bunch of singers. We're not talking about pop style here (except for the intrusion of those strings). Their style is definitely in the direction of R&B. It's a coolness that goes beyond the conventional, mainstream sounds. That's why the Skyliners' records have had a staying power over the years. It's also a shame that some of their other recordings, besides "Since I Don't Have You" and This I Swear" never get airplay. How about "Lonely Way", "I'll Be Seeing You", or "Comes Love"?

I had the pleasure of seeing the Skyliners in concert several times, in the early '70s. I was astounded by the range of their talent, and the beauty of their soulful voices. Their were indeed one of the few groups to record back in the early '60s, who understood the essence of rhythm & blues group harmony, and could do it as it should've been done.

Pick up this CD, and enjoy some great music you'll never forget!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASS ACT IF EVER THERE WAS ONE. March 9, 2005
By Samiam
Format:Audio CD
Doo Wop, with its emphasis on voice as musical instrument, represents one of the most beautiful genres ever. The Skyliners exude so much feeling delivered with almost cocky confidence it's amazing. Too many white singers seem to confuse soulful singing with trying to sound black (Michael Bolton;Michael Mcdonald)and come off sounding strained. This group's soulful sound comes off its superior talent, honesty, inocence, and unapologetic white sound. Every song on this disc is a treat. By the way, I'm a black classic soul music freak.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I was not around when this group was on the charts but, everytime I listen to the music it takes me to a time when things were somehow more innocent. This music is swingin' and sincere. Do yourself a favor buy all the Skyliners albums and listen to them frequently.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY ELEGANT May 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
DON'T ORDER THIS RECORD BECAUSE SINCE I DONT HAVE YOU AND THIS I SWEAR ARE ON HERE. THOSE ARE ON ALL KINDS OF COMPILATIONS AND THE RADIO EVERY DAY.ITS ALL THOSE OTHER GREAT SONGS THAT YOU DONT HEAR ON THE OLDIES THAT ARE THE REAL TREAT OF THIS CD. ITS UNBELIEVABLE HOW GOOD THEY ARE, ITS HARD TO PICK ONLY ONE FAVORITE BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL GREAT ARRANGEMENTS OF FANTASTIC SONGS BOTH THEIR ORIGINALS AND COVERS. JUST LISTEN TO I'LL BE SEEING YOU, BELIEVE ME, LONELY WAY, HOW MUCH, WARM, IF I CAN DREAM CANT I, WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, AND STARDUST. A CD JUST DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT. BUY IT YOU WONT BE SORRY.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The songs on this album show that Jimmy Beaumont as a lead vocalist is every bit as great as Bobby Darin, Paul Anka, or even Frank Sinatra. The big band sound and the addition of a rock n'roll beat make the Skyliners a leader in early rock n' rool groups. Too bad that the Skyliner hits on ColPix without Jimmy are not included as they were just as great. Also the singles of Jimmy Beaumont "Every Bodys Cryin" and Feel Like I'm Falling In Love" should also have been included. Otherwise this is A1.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Are The Greatest December 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I grew up with their songs and just love them.I saw the group on television tonight and they were still great after all these years.Jimmy Beumont is such a wonderful singer and handsome as ever. I could listen forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The All-Time Great "Golden Oldies" Songs July 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When The Skyliners made their 1959 debut on the Calico label with Since I Don't Have You, little did they realize they were introducing one of the most enduring ballads ever to emerge from that decade. Simply put, no Golden Oldies collection is complete without that wonderful song. Backed with One Night, One Night (also included here), it rose to # 3 R&B and # 12 Billboard Hot 100 in April on Calico 103.

That their initial song, and the follow-up This I Swear (# 26 Hot 100/# 20 R&B in July b/w Tomorrow - also included - on Calico 106) scored higher within the R&B market is even more surprising when you consider that the Pittsburgh quintet - lead Jimmy Beaumont, tenors Wally Lester and Janey Vogel, baritone Joe VerScharen, and bass vocalist and guitarist Jackie Taylor - were white. In November 1959, however, their third release, It Happened One Day, only managed a # 59 Hot 100 b/w Lonely Way (not included) on Calico 109 (on all of their hits to this point they were backed by the orchestra of Lannie Martin). In July 1960 their fourth hit, Pennies From Heaven, was also limited to the Hot 100, peaking at # 24 b/w I'll Be Seeing You (omitted here) on Calico 117.

After that the group split up, with Beaumont going solo for the Colpix, May, Bang, Sceptor and Capitol labels with mediocre results (Ev'rybody's Cryin', a # 100 Hot 100 in late 1961 on May 112 b/w Camera was his only solo hit). In 1965 Taylor then resurrected The Skyliners as lead singer, together with Sharon Taylor, Tommy Davis, Gene Molinaro and Robert Peckman and, on the Jubilee label, had a # 34 R&B/# 72 Hot 100 with The Loser b/w Everything Is Fine on Jubilee 5506 - neither is part of this package.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vintage Skyliners. Need I say more.
Published 15 days ago by L. M. TODD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good item
Published 1 month ago by juan l. santalla
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy wife happy life
Package arrived earlier than anticipated which was excellent because it arrived just in time for my wifes birthday!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian Maldonado
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Also play this one alot!
Published 2 months ago by Karen L. Wisdom
5.0 out of 5 stars A good compliation
I bought for a friend who loves this kind of music, and he raved about it. A very good buy.
Published 3 months ago by k. c.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
The two main songs that I love on this CD are This I Swear and Since I Don't Have You.
Some of the songs are the older ones, but they still sound great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Siegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
All songs are original recordings, not remakes you sometimes get on "Greatest Hits" albums, and ALL of their hits are there not just a few. Very Pleased!
Published 6 months ago by Dave
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Not even close to excellent doo-wop. I regret making this purchase. Lyrics too syrupy, singing and arrangements mediocre. Skip this one.
Published 7 months ago by William R. Toddmancillas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, however.........
Although I love the cd, it took about 2 months for me to get it. That was far too long. You should not have things listed, if you do not
have them.
Published 11 months ago by Shirley Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skyliners - The Greatest Hits
I bought this for my sister and she just loves this music it brings back so many memories for her
Published 11 months ago by Cher
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