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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.

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  • Interpret: HARPTONES

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

  • Label JASMINE

  • Price code JAS
  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0604988022629

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 1
01A Sunday Kind Of LoveHARPTONES
02I'll Never TellHARPTONES
03My Memories Of YouHARPTONES
04It Was Just For LoughsHARPTONES
05I Depend On YouHARPTONES
06Mambo Boogie (Bruce Version)HARPTONES
07Why Should I Love YouHARPTONES
08Forever MineHARPTONES
09I'll Never Tell (with Bunny Paul)HARPTONES
10Honey Love (with Bunny Paul)HARPTONES
11So Soon (with The Woodside Sisters)HARPTONES
12Love Me (with The Woodside Sisters)HARPTONES
13Since I Fell For YouHARPTONES
14Oobidee Ooobidee - OooHARPTONES
15I Almost Lost My MindHARPTONES
16Oo Wee Baby (Bruce Version)HARPTONES
17High Flyin' BabyHARPTONES
18Life Is But A DreamHARPTONES
19You Know You're Doing Me WrongHARPTONES
20My Success (It All Depends On You)HARPTONES
21I've Got A NotionHARPTONES
22I Love You (Peggy Farmer)HARPTONES
23Dreaming Is No Good (Peggy Farmer)HARPTONES
24Don't Stay Away Too Long (Peggy Farmer)HARPTONES
25Call Me, I'll Be There (Peggy Farmer)HARPTONES
26School Boy (Ruth McFadden)HARPTONES
27That's The Way It GoesHARPTONES
28Three WishesHARPTONES
29Second Hand Love (Mabel King)HARPTONES
30Symbol Of Love (Mabel King)HARPTONES
Harptones - Life Is But A Dream (2-CD) CD 2
02On Sunday Afternoon (Old Town Version)HARPTONES
03Mambo BoogieHARPTONES
04Chang Chang A Lang - Raoul Cita ChorusHARPTONES
05On Sunday Afternoon (Rama Version)HARPTONES
06The Masquerade Is OverHARPTONES
07The Shrine Of St. CeceliaHARPTONES
09What Is Your SecretHARPTONES
10I Got A Fine Little GirlHARPTONES
11What Did I Do Wrong (Carol Blades)HARPTONES
12When Will I Know (Carol Blades)HARPTONES
13Cry Like I CriedHARPTONES
14So Good So Fine, You're MineHARPTONES
15Until The Real Thing Comes AlongHARPTONES
16Laughing On the OutsideHARPTONES
18Love Me CompletelyHARPTONES
19Hep TeenagerHARPTONES
20No Greater MiracleHARPTONES
21What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)HARPTONES
22Rain Down KissesHARPTONES
23Answer Me My LoveHARPTONES
24Devil In VelvetHARPTONES
25Your Love Is A Good LoveHARPTONES
26All In Your MindHARPTONES
27The Last DanceHARPTONES
28What Will I Tell My HeartHARPTONES
30Loving A Girl Like YouHARPTONES
The Harptones Life Is But A Dream Considering their gorgeous harmonies and the majestic... more

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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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