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HARPTONES Life Is But A Dream (2-CD)

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(2012/JASMINE) 60 tracks 1953-61. more

HARPTONES: Life Is But A Dream (2-CD)

(2012/JASMINE) 60 tracks 1953-61.

Article properties: HARPTONES: Life Is But A Dream (2-CD)

  • Interpret: HARPTONES

  • Album titlle: Life Is But A Dream (2-CD)

  • Label JASMINE

  • Price code JAS
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2012
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988022629

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 1
01 A Sunday Kind Of Love HARPTONES
02 I'll Never Tell HARPTONES
03 My Memories Of You HARPTONES
04 It Was Just For Loughs HARPTONES
05 I Depend On You HARPTONES
06 Mambo Boogie (Bruce Version) HARPTONES
07 Why Should I Love You HARPTONES
08 Forever Mine HARPTONES
09 I'll Never Tell (with Bunny Paul) HARPTONES
10 Honey Love (with Bunny Paul) HARPTONES
11 So Soon (with The Woodside Sisters) HARPTONES
12 Love Me (with The Woodside Sisters) HARPTONES
13 Since I Fell For You HARPTONES
14 Oobidee Ooobidee - Ooo HARPTONES
15 I Almost Lost My Mind HARPTONES
16 Oo Wee Baby (Bruce Version) HARPTONES
17 High Flyin' Baby HARPTONES
18 Life Is But A Dream HARPTONES
19 You Know You're Doing Me Wrong HARPTONES
20 My Success (It All Depends On You) HARPTONES
21 I've Got A Notion HARPTONES
22 I Love You (Peggy Farmer) HARPTONES
23 Dreaming Is No Good (Peggy Farmer) HARPTONES
24 Don't Stay Away Too Long (Peggy Farmer) HARPTONES
25 Call Me, I'll Be There (Peggy Farmer) HARPTONES
26 School Boy (Ruth McFadden) HARPTONES
27 That's The Way It Goes HARPTONES
28 Three Wishes HARPTONES
29 Second Hand Love (Mabel King) HARPTONES
30 Symbol Of Love (Mabel King) HARPTONES
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 2
01 Schoolgirl HARPTONES
02 On Sunday Afternoon (Old Town Version) HARPTONES
03 Mambo Boogie HARPTONES
04 Chang Chang A Lang - Raoul Cita Chorus HARPTONES
05 On Sunday Afternoon (Rama Version) HARPTONES
06 The Masquerade Is Over HARPTONES
07 The Shrine Of St. Cecelia HARPTONES
08 Oo Wee Baby HARPTONES
09 What Is Your Secret HARPTONES
10 I Got A Fine Little Girl HARPTONES
11 What Did I Do Wrong (Carol Blades) HARPTONES
12 When Will I Know (Carol Blades) HARPTONES
13 Cry Like I Cried HARPTONES
14 So Good So Fine, You're Mine HARPTONES
15 Until The Real Thing Comes Along HARPTONES
16 Laughing On the Outside HARPTONES
17 I Remember HARPTONES
18 Love Me Completely HARPTONES
19 Hep Teenager HARPTONES
20 No Greater Miracle HARPTONES
21 What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) HARPTONES
22 Rain Down Kisses HARPTONES
23 Answer Me My Love HARPTONES
24 Devil In Velvet HARPTONES
25 Your Love Is A Good Love HARPTONES
26 All In Your Mind HARPTONES
27 The Last Dance HARPTONES
28 What Will I Tell My Heart HARPTONES
29 Foolish Me HARPTONES
30 Loving A Girl Like You HARPTONES
The Harptones Life Is But A Dream Considering their gorgeous harmonies and the majestic... more
"HARPTONES"

The Harptones

Life Is But A Dream

Considering their gorgeous harmonies and the majestic lead tenor Willie Winfield, The Harptones should have been a national force instead of East Coast favorites. But the New York group was on comparatively tiny Bruce Records when they waxed their first two classic ballads, A Sunday Kind Of Love (it's on the 1953 disc in this series) and My Memories Of You (included on our '54 volume).

Leo Rogers, Morty Craft, and Monte Bruce couldn't break the group despite their fine 1954-55 Bruce followups I Depended On You (fronted by tenor Nicky Clark), Why Should I Love You?, Since I Fell For You (a remake of Buddy Johnson's 1946 classic), and a revival of Ivory Joe Hunter's '50 R&B chart-topper I Almost Lost My Mind, the rest led by Winfield. When Bruce folded in May of '55, Leo took The Harptones to Hy Weiss, who launched his Paradise subsidiary with their stunning Life Is But A Dream. Written by Harptones pianist/arranger Raoul Cita and featuring Willie's magic carpet lead tenor, it was issued on Paradise that June with the jumping You Know You're Doing Me Wrong, led by new baritone Jimmy Beckum (a former member of The Majors), on the B-side (it was another Cita composition). As was too often the case with The Harptones, a lack of nationwide distribution meant the record wouldn't make the national charts. 

On one splendid release after another on Paradise, Andrea, Rama, and Tip Top, Winfield's pipes never lost their sparkle, The Harptones' harmonies growing even more lush compared to their initial Bruce output. "I think that that was really primitive compared to things like 'That's The Way It Goes' that we did later, and 'The Shrine Of St. Cecelia,'" says Winfield. "It was a little bit more progressive."

Their '56 treatment of The Masquerade Is Over on Rama was thrilling. "Mr. Cita, he arranged it so we could get a different sound towards like having less members in the group," says Willie. "At that time, we had six, so we went down to like four-part harmony behind that. He wrote a beautiful arrangement on it." The Harptones also lip-synched three up-tempo numbers in the 1956 film 'Rockin' The Blues.'

Winfield and The Harptones kept making records for Gee, Warwick, Coed, Companion (where their What Will I Tell My Heart inched onto the pop charts at #96 in '61), Cub, and other labels into 1964, when Willie left. "The Beatles came in and chased everything out!" he says. Amazingly, Winfield, Cita, and longtime tenor William 'Dempsey' James were still performing at last sighting as The Harptones

- Bill Dahl -

Various Vol.7, Street Corner Symphonies 1955

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Tracklist
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 1
01 A Sunday Kind Of Love
02 I'll Never Tell
03 My Memories Of You
04 It Was Just For Loughs
05 I Depend On You
06 Mambo Boogie (Bruce Version)
07 Why Should I Love You
08 Forever Mine
09 I'll Never Tell (with Bunny Paul)
10 Honey Love (with Bunny Paul)
11 So Soon (with The Woodside Sisters)
12 Love Me (with The Woodside Sisters)
13 Since I Fell For You
14 Oobidee Ooobidee - Ooo
15 I Almost Lost My Mind
16 Oo Wee Baby (Bruce Version)
17 High Flyin' Baby
18 Life Is But A Dream
19 You Know You're Doing Me Wrong
20 My Success (It All Depends On You)
21 I've Got A Notion
22 I Love You (Peggy Farmer)
23 Dreaming Is No Good (Peggy Farmer)
24 Don't Stay Away Too Long (Peggy Farmer)
25 Call Me, I'll Be There (Peggy Farmer)
26 School Boy (Ruth McFadden)
27 That's The Way It Goes
28 Three Wishes
29 Second Hand Love (Mabel King)
30 Symbol Of Love (Mabel King)
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 2
01 Schoolgirl
02 On Sunday Afternoon (Old Town Version)
03 Mambo Boogie
04 Chang Chang A Lang - Raoul Cita Chorus
05 On Sunday Afternoon (Rama Version)
06 The Masquerade Is Over
07 The Shrine Of St. Cecelia
08 Oo Wee Baby
09 What Is Your Secret
10 I Got A Fine Little Girl
11 What Did I Do Wrong (Carol Blades)
12 When Will I Know (Carol Blades)
13 Cry Like I Cried
14 So Good So Fine, You're Mine
15 Until The Real Thing Comes Along
16 Laughing On the Outside
17 I Remember
18 Love Me Completely
19 Hep Teenager
20 No Greater Miracle
21 What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)
22 Rain Down Kisses
23 Answer Me My Love
24 Devil In Velvet
25 Your Love Is A Good Love
26 All In Your Mind
27 The Last Dance
28 What Will I Tell My Heart
29 Foolish Me
30 Loving A Girl Like You