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The Best of The Penguins: The Mercury Years Original recording remastered

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(1996/PolyGram Records) 21 songs.

Medium 1
Earth Angel
Ookey Ook
Love Will Make Your Mind Go Wild
Hey Senorita
Don't Do It
It Only Happens With You
Walkin' Down Broadway
Be Mine Or Be A Fool
My Troubles Are Not At An End
Devil That I See
Promises, Promises, Promises
She's Gone, Gone
Dealer Of Dreams
Ice
Peace Of Mind
Cool Baby Cool
A Christmas Prayer
Jingle Jangle
Will You Be Mine
Earth Angel
The Sound Of Your Voice

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (Version #1)
  2. Ookey Ook
  3. Love Will Make Yur Mind Go Wild
  4. Hey Senorita
  5. Don't Do It
  6. It Only Happens With You
  7. Walkin' Down Broadway
  8. Be Mine Or Be A Fool
  9. My Troubles Are Not At An End
  10. Devil That I See
  11. Promises, Promises, Promises
  12. She's Gone, Gone
  13. Dealer Of Dreams
  14. Ice
  15. Peace Of Mind
  16. Cool Baby Cool
  17. A Christmas Prayer
  18. Jingle Jangle
  19. Will You Be Mine
  20. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) (Version #2)
  21. The Sound Of Your Voice


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001EN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
With one notable exception the series known as The Mercury Years - The Best Of ... is one of the top such series around. I have the Vic Damone, Crew Cuts, Diamonds, Gaylords, Georgia Gibbs, Eddy Howard, and Ralph Marterie CDs and all present bona fide original hits by these artists.

The exception is the CD under review because, whereas the artists just mentioned had multiple hits on the Mercury label and its subsidiaries, The Penguins had exactly zero. Their two hit singles came with two other labels, the first in 1954 when Earth Angel, which has often been cited in various polls as being among North America's favourite oldies, was released by the small DooTone label.

Written by the great Jesse Belvin, it was the first vehicle for the group - consisting of lead Cleveland Duncan, Bruce Tate, Dexter Tisby and Curtis Williams - after they signed with DooTone, taking their name from the symbol on packages of Kool Cigarettes. With Hey Senorita as the flipside it climbed all the way to # 1 R&B (where it remained for 3 weeks) and # 8 Billboard Top 100 in February, 1955, losing out on the Top 100 only to The Crew Cuts' cover (# 3) for, ironically, the Mercury label, but finishing well ahead of the Gloria Mann cover (# 18) on Sound.

However, further hits while with DooTone evaded them completely. After moving to Atlantic Records in 1957, Pledge Of Love b/w I Knew I'd Fall In Love made it to # 15 R&B that summer. The thing is, try and find that one anywhere.

The group, with Teddy Harper and Randolph Jones replacing Tate and Williams in the process, then bounced from one label to another, including Sunstate, Original Sound, and then Mercury and their subsidiary Wing, without any further chart success.
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This is a nice collection of the best tracks by The Penguins. Of course, everyone remembers their own favorite, but these guys had a lot going for them. Good album.
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cd arrived on time and as advertised
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Regarding the previous review, this CD is not by a different group but rather contains a remake of a few of their hits for DOOTONE as well as some aditonal material recorded for Mercury.
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