Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pro Club Records Vol. 1

The latest sweet soul compilation to hit the LA scene. All tracks taken directly from vinyl sources therefore you will hear all associated anomalies. Highlights include "Down And Out" by Mixed Emotions, "Good Bye My Love" by Natural Love, "Hey Baby" by Johnny Soul And The JS Blues Band and "I Really Care" by Stand Free. Limited run so don't sleep on it if you see something you like.
7 out of 10

The Sa-Shays

Here is one comp I thought would never be, not knowing all of their aliases. West coast classic lowrider tune "Boo Hoo Hoo" set the bar pretty high. "My Pillow" and "I Need You", "This Is My Story", "No More Tomorrows" and "Here Comes Love" make a good run at it/ Sound  quality varies but not too bad. A must for the west coast Doo Wop fans.
6 out of 10

R&B Heroines

NYC female lead vocal groups at their best. Highlights include "If You Want To You Can Come" by The Carousels, "Have Fun" by Ann Cole, "Been So Long" by Anita Hume, "Is This Really The End" by The Joytones and "Repeat After Me" by The Delvets. Solid sound quality. Recommended addition for the Doo Wop fans.
5 out of 10

Rare Female Doo-Wops

Only a few worth while tracks in this comp, "Have Faith In Me" and "He Promised Me" by The Blossoms and "My Special Love" by The Delltones. Lots of early R&B female tracks. Not a recommended pick up for the sweet soul fans.
3 out of 10

The Best Of Neptune Records

Killer ballads in "I'm Crying" by The Del Rios, "The Time", "Tears Fell" and "Nobody Cares (About Me)" by Baby Washington and "He's Gone" by Glenda Green make this a very good pick up.
5 out of 10

Great Ladies Of R&B

Had to have this for "I Cried A Tear" by Lavern Baker which reminds me of Chuck Willis' "What Am I Living For". Pretty standard cuts by these well known ladies. Nice pick up for those on a tight budget.
5 out of 10

The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops: Parrot Records

Early Chicago are R&B compilation that is not for everyone. "Newly Wed" and "You Said You Loved Me" by The Orchids are the two sole standouts for me. Best left for the hardcore fans.
3 out of 10

The Fire And Fury Of Bobby Robinson

The bluesy ballad "Believe Me Darling" by June Bateman was the main reason for this pick up. The collection also includes the classics "Desiree" by The Charts, "Valarie" by Jackie And The Starlites and "Every Beat Of My Heart" by Gladys Knight And The Pips. Solid sound quality. 
4 out of 10

The Best R&B of "Nu Kat" Record Co.

For sometime picking up this compilation was eating at me. My hope was the Walter And Lola tracks were going to be nice ballads but, only "No Mercy" was good. Did not care much for the rest of the tracks.
2 out of 10

Sock-Hop Doo-Wop

"Moonrise" by The Terrans, "In Love In Vain" by The Voice Masters, "My Love" by Gloria Ramsey and "I'm So Lonely" By Leroy Fullylove are the standouts here. About half the tracks are upbeat and sound quality if not too good on a few tracks.
4 out of 10

The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops: Herald Records

"Cold Lonely Heart" by The Desires, "Diary Of Our Love" by The Premiers, "Story Untold" by the Nutmegs, "Little Dream Girl" by The Cashmeres and "Bells Of Love" by The Mint Juleps are my top picks on this two volume compilation. A solid addition for those who prefer Doo Wop.
5 out of 10

Harlem N.Y. The Ballad Era

Standard NY tracks by The Channels, The Dubs, The Chantels, The Charts, The Jesters, The Deltas and others. A nice collection that is available widely at decent prices.
5 out of 10