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MYSTICS The Complete Mystics

The Complete Mystics
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THE BENSONHURST section of Brooklyn, New York has been the birthplace of many popular groups... more

MYSTICS: The Complete Mystics

THE BENSONHURST section of Brooklyn, New York has been the birthplace of many popular groups of the 1950's and 60's. The Four Evers, The Passions, The Classics and The Mystics all grew up together and the main reason so many groups evolved was that at any given time there were just so many vocalists joining together for a night of corner harmonising.


It was in 1956 that Al Contrera was asked to join a local band known as the Overons, when their bass left the group. The other members, Al Cracolici - baritone, Joe Stroble - lead, George Galfo - second tenor and Bob Ferrante - first tenor were eventually joined by Al's brother Phil Cracolici as their new lead singer after Joe's departure. In 1958 they changed their name to the Mystics, a name they agreed on after finding it in the dictionary.


They soon were to receive their first big break, when in the process of recording some original demos an engineer at the studio, who liked their sound, phoned Jim Gribble, the well-known manager, for an audition. In the winter of 1958 the Mystics not only had a personal manager but within two months they had a record contract with Laurie Records.


The people at Laurie were not happy with the group's potential first release, ‘Adam And Eve’ and, while waiting to find the right song, had the band do various background vocals for single artists on their Laurie label. Eventually the writing team of Doc Pomus and Morty Shuman were contacted by Gribble to listen to the group and write a song that would fit the group's soft sound. Morty was from the same neighborhood as the fellows and took a personal interest in the group. In the next few days Morty and Doc contacted Gene Schwartz of Laurie and asked him to assemble the Mystics to hear the new song he had written for them. The song was ‘Teenager In Love’, Laurie Records realised the hit potential of the song and felt that since Dion and The Belmonts were already established it would be to their advantage to give the song to them and bypass the Mystics.


Both the band and writers were heartbroken. Gene suggested that the current hit by the Elegants, ‘Little Star’ would be the perfect type of sound for the Mystics to emulate. On this suggestion Morty and Doc left the Laurie offices only to return the next day with ‘Hushabye' and the rest is history.


This vinyl-record album not only includes the Mystics 6 singles (12 sides) but4 unreleased masters (3 of which have surfaced on a Crystal Ball album) and the never before released ‘Over The Rainbow’. This album of original Mystics material was long overdue and the people at Ace Records have spent a lot of time and effort to bring you this great package. ED ENGEL. Crystal Ball Records

(Ace) 16 Laurie masters (4 unreleased)

Article properties: MYSTICS: The Complete Mystics

  • Interpret: MYSTICS

  • Album titlle: The Complete Mystics

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Ace Records

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127779670

  • weight in Kg 0.21
Mystics - The Complete Mystics LP 1
01 Hushabye
02 White Cliffs Of Dover
03 All Through The Night
04 A Sunday Kind Of Love
05 It's Only A Paper Moon
06 So Tenderly
07 Star Crossed Lovers
08 Again
09 Don't Take The Stars
10 Darling I Know Now
11 (I Begin) To Think Again Of You
12 Over The Rainbow
13 Let Me Steal Your Heart Away
14 Blue Star
15 Adam & Eve
16 Goodbye Mr. Blues
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