- Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: Jasmine Music
- ASIN: B000EMTHG2
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Sh-Boom (Where Swing Met Doo-Wop & Rock 'n' Roll) Original recording remastered, Import
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The Crew Cuts were regular visitors to the Top 20 in the mid fifties with hits such as "Sh-Boom", "Earth Angel" & "Crazy 'Bout Ya Baby" which are all included in this set. The Toronto foursome were synonymous with covering 'Black' R&B hits, these 'White' cover frequently outsold the originals. Beautifully packaged & wonderfully re-mastered.
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Earth Angel is a cover of the Penguins hit, and Sh-boom is a cover of the Chords hit. But I am not saying either are bad. Some covers are better than the originals. You be the judge. Now for the tunes on this CD. Some good stuff here.
Their sound is like the "Joe College" of pop music. The harmonies are crisp and tight. They sound similar to the Hi-Lo's. They came out under the banner of rock N roll in the fifties, but they were a little too sweet sounding to be considered rock artists. "Crazy 'bout ya Baby" can be considered a novelty tune and not a real rock song. Also listen to "Chop-chop Boom" for any reference to the rock music of that era (Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats) and it misses big time. Their sound is wonderful but it is neither Doo-wop or rock N roll. Maybe swing (like the Four Aces???) but more like pure pop music. Nice tunes here, not too much filler, and enjoyable listen.
The 2 CDs contain the most important recordings of this group that made them famous, there are some less known pieces however which I have never heard of. The tunes tells us something about the degree of smoothness that this band have achieved and very few groups can even put up the fight with this one. One thing why I recommend this to everybody, that these songs are evergreen tunes and sound even better from 50 years of time than any other music nowadays.