Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Del Vikings

One solid track in "Can't Wait" made this one a must have for me. "Heaven On Earth" and "When I Come Home" are also worth mentioning.
4 out of 10

The Soulful Side Of Tuff Records

I was hoping to get more out of this CD but no such luck as it is mostly upbeat numbers. A few decent tracks by Jimmy Raye but nothing outstanding that I can recommend you go out and acquire.
1 out of 10

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Kae Williams Story

"There You Go" by The Rosettes and "I'm In Love With You" by an unknown group drove this pick up for me. Other notable tracks include "I'm Sorry" by The Five Kaes and "How Much I Love You" by The Metronomes. Sound quality varies a bit.
5 out of 10

Spotlite on Old Town Records

A few gems included on this collection such as "A Fool In Love" by The Keytones, "Give Me Your Love" by The Four Pharoahs, "I Need Your Love So Bad" by The Vocaleers, "I Call To You" by The Solarettes, "Why Must I Love You" by The Esquires, "Why Oh Why" by The Tru Tones and The Night Is Over" by The Gems.
5 out of 10

Smoochin' In New York

Highlights here are "I" by The Velvets, "Is It A Dream" by The Vocaleers, "Dear One" by The Scarlets, "One More Chance" by Charles And Carl, "The Closer You Are" by The Channels and "Tears Fell From My Eyes" by The Tellers. A must have for the Doo Wop fan.
6 out of 10

It's Called Doo Wop

Standard, well known tracks on this release. Highlights include the classic "In The Still In The Night" by The Five Satins, "Why Don't You Write Me" by The Jacks, " The Glory of Love" by The Velvetones and "You're So Fine" by The Falcons. Nothing we have not seen and heard on many other compilations.
3 out of 10

Combo Vocal Groups

An impressive batch of L.A. Doo wop tracks with excellent packaging and sound quality thanks to the good folks at Ace Records. Highlights include "Arline" by The Starliters, "Darline"  and "I've been Dreaming" by Ray Frazier And The Blenders, "Take My Heart" by The Paramounts, "Only A Dream" by by Gene Moore And The Chimes and "Oh Let Me Dream" by The Native Boys.
5 out of 10

Spotlite On Class Records

A beautiful track in "Here's That Rainy Day" by The Intervals is included in this collection. Other highlights include "That's My Desire" by Bob And Earl, "Sad Fool" by The Roulettes, "Heavenly Angel" by The Satelites and "Wish I Could Change My Mind" by the Intervals. A must for the Doo wop fan.
6 out of 10

The Fantastics

A few nice ballads in this CD. "There Goes My Love", their take on "1000 Miles Away" and "You Pull A fast One".
4 out of 10

The Halos

A couple of interesting covers of "Oh What A Night" and "For Your Precious Love" with the rest being uptempo.
4 out of 10

Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

Mellow Doo Wop tracks that will definitely take a dedicated fan of the genre to appreciate. Highlights include "Truly", "Will You Be Mine", "A Fool's Prayer" and "Set My Heart Free".
5 out of 10

The Rivieras

"Count Every Star" for me was by far the best track on this release. Too much pop sound for my taste. Best off getting this track on one of the other compilations out there.
2 out of 10

The Earls

One of the most memorable Doo Wop groups had a big hit with their upbeat "Remember Then" which is one of the anthems of that era. As for ballads they had "I Believe" and "All Through Our Teens". A must for any Doo Wop fan.
5 out of 10

The Knockouts Meet The Genies

"For The First Time" and "Come Walk With Me" by The Genies along with "Darling Lorraine" by The Knockouts are the standout Doo Wops here.
4 out of 10