Golden Doo Wop, Vol. 1

One of the most enjoyable of R&B vocal collections, this first volume of the Dangerous Doo Wop series not only offers a first-rate entrée into the music, but should intrigue collectors as well. The familiar sounds of the Chords' "Sh-Boom" and the Robins' rendition of "White Cliffs of Dover" are included along with such marginalia as the Blisters' "Shortnin Bread" and the Poets' "Vowels of Love." Full of hits or not, the 20 numbers here are high quality, spanning the range of straight a cappella to combo R&B. The rich vocal tradition born in black churches is given secular wings throughout, informing both the Velvet Angels' utterly transcendent "I'm in Love" and King Odom 4's sublimely terrestrial "All of Me." And adding to the fun are the Larks' Ink Spots-inspired "Lucy Brown," the Monograms' malt shop bit of innocence "My Baby Dearest Darling," and Flamingos' rock & roll jumpin' "Let's Make Up." A record that never gets old. ~ Stephen Cook, Rovi

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