Monday, January 28, 2013
The first CD I have listed is a must have just for the track "I'll Forget About You" recorded when he was with the Crowns. Other nice tracks on that disc include "Oh My Love" and "Sometimes I Wonder". The second release focuses more on this big hits and expands into the latter part of his career.
5 out of 10.
A Good collection of tracks when it was first released. Unfortunately, all the good tracks are now an many other compilations including newer Collectables Records releases with better sound quality. If you must have these they are easy to find and inexpensive. Highlights include tracks by The Five Satins, The Vocaleers, The Charts, The Scarlets and a few others.
5 out of 10
Some standard material by The Crests, The Duprees and The Rivieras that is pretty well known and available. The gems in this release for me are "All In Your Mind" by The Harptones and the beautiful "This Love That I'm Giving You" by The Joytones. Being it is an Ace Records release you can count on high quality sound and liner notes.
6 out of 10
Excellent sound quality on this release. No rare find bust still a good fare share of nice ballads. Highlights include tracks by The Cuff Links, The Capris, Don Julian & The Meadowlarks, The Jacks and a few other well known acts. A definitive add for the Doo Wop Fan.
7 out of 10
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Why is it that on the other side of the ocean Ace Records can put out excellent material on American R&B? What ever the reasons might be I am very grateful that Ace records does so and pays much attentions to sound quality and liner notes. This one features very nice material by Johnnie & Joe, The Teen Queens, Robert & Johnny, Joe & Ann and many others. Highly recommended for the early R&B fan.
8 out of 10.
Another good release from Ace Records with excellent sound quality and liner notes. Best known for his rocking smash hit "Rockin' Robin", Bobby Day also recorded some nice ballads including "Life Can Be Beautiful" and with Earl Nelson as the duo Bob & Earl "Chains Of Love", "Gee Whiz" and "That's My Desire". A must for the Doo Wop / rock 'n' roll fan.
5 out of 10
I have to say I was a bit surprised after listening to this release given The Wallace Brothers recorded this material out of Muscle Shoals. I knew "Lover's Prayer" was a very good track but was expecting it to be the only track I would like. I found other tracks such as "Faith", Precious Words", "She Loves Me Not", and their take on "These Arms Of Mine" to be good making this pick up well worth it.
5 out of 10.