Saturday, July 1, 2017

Underground Monster Doo Wop Volume 1


Doo Wop has been pushed off to the back burner as the emphasis among most west coast collectors has been on soul. For me it is a much appreciated surprise to see someone take a step back and shine the spot light on what would evolve into soul, Doo Wop. This release is packed with not so common tracks and others that only the hardcore Doo Wop fans will recognize. Highlights include tracks by The Leaping Flames, Donnie Elbert, James Lee Washington, Marie And The Deccors, The Del-Rios, Gino & Vocal Group, Paul And Dale and Robert And Bobby. If you really dig Doo Wop like I do, this CD is a must for your collection. Check me out on Instagram for info on how to order.
9 out of 10

Friday, June 30, 2017

Virtue Recording Studio


Standouts for me here are "Give Up" and "How Can I Get In Touch With You" by The R.D.M. Band. Also worth a mention is the upbeat jam "Take These Memories" by The Creations. Good sound quality.
5 out of 10

Windy City Allnighter


Two pretty outstanding ballads forced this pick up. Buried in northern soul you will find "Wait" by The Fantasions and "He's For Real" by Geraldine Hunt.
4 out of 10


Nothing But A House Party, The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967-71


Standard tracks by The Delfonics, Brenda and The Tabulations, The Ambassadors and Jerry Butler on the sweeter side. As always clean crisp sound from the good folks at Ace Records plus, plenty of liner notes.
5 out of 10

The Best Of Danny O Productions


Classic Philly soul sounds featuring a good look at Broadway Express plus a solid female soul jam in "Guess I'll Never" by The Cooperettes.
4 out of 10

Vintage Soul 1962 - 1984


After picking up the Desert Doo Wops CD I felt it would be worth it to get the release featuring soul cuts recorded in Arizona. I was mistaken as "Too Good To be True" by Lon Rogers And The Soul Blenders was by far the only track I enjoyed. Solid sound quality.
2 out of 10

Youths Boogie


A few hidden early Jamaican R&B jams included in this two disc release. "Midnight Love" by The Downbeats, "Let Me Dream" by Alton And Eddy, "Dream Girl" by Ricketts And Rowe and "Why Did You Leave Me" by the Magic Notes are my top picks.
4 out of 10

Desert Doo Wops


I was pleasantly surprised how good this CD was. It features cuts recorded in Arizona, not exactly the hot spot most people relate this genre to. Good tracks by The Traditions, The Mandells, The Versales, The Versalites, Ron Molina, The Majestic Five and The El Domingos. Solid pick up for the Doo Wop aficionado.
7 out of 10

Best Of Don El Records




"Tell Me" by The D'Accords absolutely knocked my socks off! This is one beautiful track that I had to have. The set also contains nice tracks by The Kittens, Little Grier, Roxy And The Daychords, The Donnels and Lady Fox And The Foxettes. Sound quality varies.
5 out of 10

The Rainbows




"Hold My Hand" and "Come On Back" are little known and very nice ballads which made this CD a must for me. Sounds quality varies on some rough cut early to mid 50's recordings.
4 out of 10