VA – Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop vol. 8 (2012)

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If this collection sounds like it rocks a little harder than its predecessors in this series, it’s no misconception. The first flowering of rock and roll was in full bloom during 1956, and R&B vocal groups followed the trend, their waxings enriched by scorching sax solos and storming tempos.
There were plenty of familiar names riding the airwaves. The Drifters had survived the loss of Clyde McPhatter quite nicely, sharing the upper caches of the R&B hit parade with their labelmates The Clovers as well as other proven hitmakers such as The Spaniels, Moonglows, and Platters. But the great majority of groups populating this disc are first-timers, testifying to the continuous turnover in popular aggregations during the early days of rock and roll. The Ravens and Orioles were still cutting platters, but precious few teenagers cared.
The Coasters were making their first hits under the savvy eye of producer/ writers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. So were several Chicago groups, notably The Dells, Magnificents, and Flamingos. L.A. was represented by The Cadets (actually a ringer; they’d scored the previous year as The Jacks) and Jaguars. But as always, New York churned out more new groups per square mile than any other city. The Channels, Willows, Heartbeats, Bop-Chords, Pretenders, Cookies, and plenty more made classic platters in 1956, joining recently crowned stars Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers on the highly competitive Gotham scene. The Teenagers were extremely influential, thanks to Lymon’s ‘kiddie lead’ sound. Frankie’s little brother Lewis started his own Teenchords, and Jimmy Castor’s Juniors plowed much the same ground – and they were only the tip of the iceberg.Of all the seminal group recordings released in ’56, perhaps the most enduring wasn’t done in a studio at all. The Five Satins’ immortal ballad In The Still Of The Nite was taped in a chilly church basement in New Haven, Connecticut, its sonic limitations more than offset by the timeless yearning in Fred Parris’ lead vocal. James Brown and The Famous Flames offered vivid insight into the future of the vocal group genre with their intense debut single, the gut-wrenching Please, Please, Please. Like The ‘5’ Royales and Ray Charles before him and countless acts to follow, Brown presaged the rise of soul, his Famous Flames’ rough-hewn harmonies more in line with Southern gospel quartets than the polished doo-woppers on the East Coast.

Tracks:

01. The Five Satins / In The Still Of The Nite
02. The Cadets / Stranded In The Jungle
03. The Dells / Oh What A Nite
04. Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers / I Want You To Be My Girl
05. The Flamingos / I’ll Be Home
06. The Drifters / Ruby Baby
07. The Platters / My Prayer
08. The Dell-Vikings / Come Go With Me
09. The Heartbeats / A Thousand Miles Away
10. The Magnificents / Up On The Mountain
11. The Jaguars / The Way You Look Tonight
12. The Willows / Church Bells May Ring
13. The Channels / The Closer You Are
14. Jimmy Castor and The Juniors / I Promise
15. The Cookies / In Paradise
16. The Cadillacs with Jeese Powell’s Orchestra / Zoom
17. The Six Teens / A Casual Look
18. The Cleftones with Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra / Little Girl Of Mine
19. The Jive Bombers feat. Clarence Palmer / Bad Boy
20. The Coasters / Down In Mexico
21. The Bop-Chords feat. Ernest Harriston / Castle In The Sky
22. The Spaniels with Al Smith’s Orchestra / You Gave Me Peace Of Mind
23. The G-Clefs / Ka-Ding Dong
24. The Clovers / Devil Or Angel
25. Lewis Lymon and The Teenchords / I’m So Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La-La)
26. Andre Williams (Mr. Rhythm) and His New Group / Bacon Fat
27. The Chips / Rubber Biscuit
28. The Moonglows / See Saw
29. Jimmy Jones and The Pretenders with Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra / Lover
30. The Pearls with Sammy Lowe & Orchestra / Let’s You And I Go Steady
31. The Valentines with Jimmy Wright And His Orchestra / The Woo Woo Train
32. James Brown with The Famous Flames / Please, Please, Please

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