The Five Royales

by: The "5" Royales

The group's last album for the King label is less impressive than The Five Royales Sing for You or Dedicated to You, but that's only because it's a little bit shorter in duration, and the first six songs are a bit too oriented toward what one might define as doo wop music. These ballads aren't as inventive as those on the earlier records, and the first side's rhythm numbers generally lack some of the catchiness of their predecessors -- then come the second six songs, where Lowman Pauling's guitar comes to the fore, and the Five Royales deliver up a half-dozen songs that are in a league with anything on The Five Royales Sing for You. There were lots worse ways that this band could close out their history in the LP format, and they sound like they still have quite a few good years left in them (which, in fact, they did). ~ Bruce Eder

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