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DARK & SWEET
on February 27, 2013
I don't know if you can expect men over the age of 60 to have the testosterone level, or the psychology, of 18 year olds. These are homages of youth by mature males. You have to be able to enjoy the simplicity and relish in the lush baritone richness and subtlety of these beautiful voices. These are men returning to the music of their youth with tenderness and capacity. The innocence of youth can be irresistible to those who have lost it. Going all the way back to the beginning, Mr. Neville's Doo Wop has always had a very charming simplicity to it. Like Shaker furniture, or Brancusi. Only with the eroticism of New Oleans. If you make this mid-century black-male vocal music more complicated, you would be making into something else. This is sweet black-male music. Deep dark swing and groove vocal music. If you have been listening to the drastic and extreme alpha-male music of the last 30 years, then I can imagine that you might not be able to hear, or feel, the heart of this sweet gift. To me this music feels like a dark eros filled baritone oasis in a parched land. With sweet doo wop vespers singing down like rain.
Ps: If you like mid-century black male vocal music you might want to check out the German Bear Family Records' series titled Street Corner Symphonies: The complete History Of Doo Wop. This extraordinary series is filled with many familiar and uncommon Doo Wop jewels with a audio quality that is perhaps better than anything I have ever heard on cd. Pricey but absolutely worth it.