Saturday, October 29, 2016

* New * Souldies Vault

If you really dig lost sweet soul this one has a track that will melt your socks off in "To Have And To Hold" by Los Invasores out of Panama. Other highlights include tracks by The Valdons, Sonny Parker, Unnatural Funk Band, The Soul Majestics and The Jhamels. Many repeats but well worth the pick up. Sound quality varies.
8 out of 10

Monday, October 24, 2016

* NEW * Lynwood Soul 5

Another treat featuring more rare, high dollar tracks taken directly from vinyl sources. No playing around here with downloads or MP3 crap. Highlights include one of my personal favorites in "Yea, Yea, Yea, Yea" by The Two Fellows, "Those Teardrops In Your Eyes" by Minzi Berry", "Without Your Lovin'" by Harvey And Vee Vee, and "Make-Up For Lost Time" by Deborah Stephens And Johnny J. Sound quality varies quite a bit therefore I had to drop down the rating. A must for the rare soul collector.
7 out of 10

The Cleftones

Best known for their dance numbers "Little Girl Of Mine", "Heart And Soul" and a few others. The Cleftones did put out a few good ballads. High points here are "You're Driving Me Mad", "For Sentimental Reasons" and "Please Say You Want Me". You cannot consider yourself a Doo Wop fan if you lack music by The Cleftones.
6 out of 10

Maurice Williams And the Zodiacs

When most see this group they think of their huge hit "Stay". I enjoy that tune but the one that catches my ear is "We're Lovers". "Running Around" is also a solid track but not much ballad wise left afterwards. There are a few tracks that attempted to capitalized on the the popularity of "Stay" but did not appeal much to me.
4 out of 10

The Best Of King Tut Records

With the exception of "Good Night" by The 4 Intruders the rest of the good tracks are all by Earl Lewis And The Channels found on other collections.
4 out of 10

The Best Of Ascot Records

The vast majority of these tracks are pop or upbeat. There are a couple of really nice ballads by The Vals and The Cotillions but not enough to make this a must have recommendation.
4 out of 10

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Charlie And Ray

Mid 50's R&B from a duo long forgot by most Doo Wop fans outside of Harlem. Some nice ballads made this one a keeper for me, "Take A Look At Me", "You're To Blame", "Guess I'm Through With Love" and "Oh Yes". If you like the sounds of Shirley and Lee this one will not disappoint. Recommended for the hardcore Doo Wop / early R&B fans.
5 out of 10

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Tune Weavers

This was one of those lucky finds that I quickly grabbed and rarely have seen afterwards. The goal was to add it to my collection not to score a super rare ballad. Besides the title track, "I Remember Dear" and "My Congratulations Baby" are decent.The last couple of tracks are from their resurgence in the mid 80's.
2 out of 10

Those Doo-Wopp Answer Songs

Highlights include "A Second Helping Of Cherry Pie" by Marvin And Johnny, All In Your Mind" by The Harptones, "Daddy's Going Away Again" by The Harps and "Together Again" by Lee Andrews And The Hearts. The rest of the tracks were too much mainstream pop for me. Sound quality varies.
3 out of 10

Sonny Knight

Classic early Los Angeles R&B showcasing Sonny Knight's recordings. Highlights include "Confidential", "Dedicated To You", "Baby Don't Want Me" and "End Of A Dream". This one is best left to hardcore Doo Wop / early R&B fans.
5 out of 10

The Hy Tone Record Story

I went through this one rather quickly making just a couple of stops on the tracks by The Hy-Tones and Luvon Rivers. Early R&B and gospel tracks that I just could not get into. Sound quality varies.
3 out of 10

The Turbans

Highlights here include "I Promise You Love", "These Golden Rings", "Six Questions" and "I'm Not Your Fool Anymore". They also do an interesting upbeat cover of "This Is My Story". A must for the Doo Wop collector.
5 out of 10

The Jaguars

The Jaguars transformed the standard "The Way You Look Tonight" into an iconic west coast ballad in the mid 50's. Other notable tracks included are "I Wanted You", "Girl Of My Dreams", "You Don't Believe Me" and "Thinking Of You". A must have for hardcore Doo Wop fans but a sound that might not appeal much to those that lean more towards 60's and 70's soul.
6 out of 10

The Best Of Music Note & Music Tone Records

A mix of well known New York area artists such as The Paragons, The Five Satins, The Crests and The Classics. However this set does contain good ballads by more obscure groups like The Chalets, Tony Valor & Group, The Personalities and Stoney Jackson. Sound quality varies.
5 out of 10

Remembering Rhythm Records

Mellow early west coast tracks featuring some rare artists that sadly have long been forgotten. Highlights include tracks by The Tempos, Alice Jean & The Mondellos, The Spinners and The Lyrics. Sound quality varies. A good pick up for those seeking rare Doo Wop.
5 out of 10.

Spotlite On Herald Records

Classic tracks by The Nutmegs, The Zodiacs and The Mello-Kings plus a few nice ballads by lesser known acts such as The Mint Julips, The Sunbeams, The Premeers and The 5 Willows. A must have for the Doo Wop fan.
6 out of 10