Saturday, March 26, 2016

* NEW * Lynwood Soul Vol. 4, Rare Street Soul Stories

Another sweet soul packed monster of a compilation from Lynwood Soul's incredible vinyl record collection. This guy does his homework and puts together comps with rare tracks that will even surprise the seasoned collector. Tight soul ballads by The Deltones Ltd., Vass Corp., The Soul Walkers, The Velons and others. Sound quality varies as all tracks are straight from vinyl sources. A must have for any serious soul harmony aficionado.
10 out of 10

From The Doo-Wop Vaults Of Titan Records

Three solid Doo Wop cuts make this a good addition to your music library. All highlights are by The Elgins, "Extra! Extra", "My Illness" and "Lonely Hearts Club" which was recorded under the name The Elements.
5 out of 10

Little Willie John

Highlights here are "Talk To Me, Talk To Me", "Come Back To Me" and "Every Beat Of My Heart". Recommended for those who dig the heavily blues influenced R&B sound.
3 out of 10

The Music City Story

An incredibly good look into the Music City Records label brought to us by Ace Records with usual great sound quality. Highlights include "My Heart's Desire" and "Scheming" by Wanda Burt & The Crescendos, "I Feel So Blue" by The Italics, "I'm Waiting" by The Fantastics, "A Man That Is Not Free" by The Soul Sensations, "Tell Me Darling" by The Gaylarks and "From The Bottom Of My Heart" by Leon Pryor.
5 out of 10

Friday, March 25, 2016

Music City Vocal Groups

Early R&B sounds out of the San Francisco bay area that like the Flash Records compilation brings to light long lost cuts known only to the hardcore collectors. Highlights include "Your True Love Is Standing by" by Wanda Burt And The Crescendos, "All The Days Of My Life" by The Chantels (male group), "There's A Girl" by The Italics and "Your Eyes" by The Echotones.
5 out of 10

The Flash Records Story

Early R&B from Los Angeles with a heavy blues influence. I did not care much for the first disc. On the second disc there are a few nice cuts by The Cubans, "Don't Go Baby", "Can't You See" and "Tell Me (Will You Ever be Mine)". Top notch sound quality and plenty of liner notes.
3 out of 10

The Greatest Brooklyn Doo-Wops

Mainly pop and uptempo tracks here. A couple of nice tracks in "On Starlight" by The Quinns, "Baby I Love You" by The Du Mauriers. Very good sound quality.
2 out of 10

Jamie / Guyden Doo-Wop

Highlights on this set are "Lovable Girl" by The Butlers, "Don't Just Stand There Do Something" by The Five Chords, "I Want Her To Love Me" by The Larks, "One Million Years" by The Heartbeats and "Foolish One" by The Stompers.
5 out of 10

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Charts

"Deserie" is one of the most cherished Doo Wop tracks ever recorded. The Charts did not record much but do have some solid ballads apart from the previously mention cut; "Why Do You Cry", "My Diane" and "You're The Reason". An absolute must have for the Doo Wop fan.
5 out of 10

The Best Of Budget Doo Wops

Covers all the way through here with some very good ones. Highlights include "Once Upon A Time" by Nick Thomas And The Toppers, "Earth Angel" and "Sincerely" by the Jayos, "Hello Stranger" by Alpha Zoe And The Hits and "Baby Oh Baby" (cut a little too short) by The Gilmar Singers. Sound quality varies.
5 out of 10

New York City's Best Loved Doo-Wop Oldies

A couple of outstanding cuts on this CD, "The Stars" by The Ocapellos and "The Vows Of Love" by The Paragons. Also worth the mention is "Love No One But You" by The Jesters. Sound quality is very good throughout the entire CD.
4 out of 10

Jamaican Doo wop

I thought for sure this CD would have been better but it was not to be. Highlights are "Enchanters Serenade" by The Melody Enchanters and "Tu-Woo-Up-Tu-Woo" by The Jiving Juniors. Sound quality varies.
3 out of 10

The Best Doo-Wops From Hull Records

Standard classic cuts here by The Desires, The Heartbeats, The Pastels, Shep And The Limelites and The Legends. A solid addition to your Doo Wop collection.
6 out of 10

The Ebb Records Story

Volume 1 contains a couple of really nice, rare ballads. Volume 2 leans more on the blues and uptempo side for me. Highlights include "Dearest" by The Tempo-Mentals, "There In The Might" by The M&M's and "Heavenly Escort" by The 5 Orleans. On Volume 2 the last track "You Fascinate Me" by Tony Harris is decent.
4 out of 10

The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops, Timely Records

Very early R&B sounds on this CD. It will take a serious fanatic to appreciate these recordings. The sound here was a bit too early for my liking.
1 out of 10

The Ly-Dells And Friends

"Dear Someone" by The Rock-A-Fellas is the sole highlight here. A wonderful ballad that, for me more than justified this purchase.
4 out of 10