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The Platters: The Platters - Rock (CD)

The Platters – Rock

  • The Platters are the most popular vocal group in music history on the circuit of Doo-Wop, Ballads and Rock'n'Roll!
  • Instead of their classic ballads 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' we've included their rockin' and jivin' tunes such as 'Bark, Battle And Ball'and 'Hula Hop'!
  • Contains the complete uptempo material recorded for Mercury Records.
  • New mastering of the most rockin' tracks by The Platters, 1955-1962.
  • Also contains many dance versions of such standards as 'On A Slow Boat To China', 'Sixteen Tons' and Cole Porter's 'In The Still Of The Night'.
  • Tony Williams (tenor vocal), David Lynch (tenor vocal), Zola Taylor (female vocal), Paul Robi (baritone vocal), and Herb Reed (bass vocal) – The Platters!
  • 30 tracks and a 36 page booklet in a digipack with liner notes by Bill Dahl!
''During the mid-to-late 1950s, the ultra-polished vocal group was the epitome of cool, velvet-smooth harmonizing as they cranked out an avalanche of smash ballads under the supervision of manager Buck Ram. Filmmakers cast them as the relatively safe and sedate antidote to the otherwise steamy sounds dished up in the memorable films ‘Rock Around the Clock,’ ‘The Girl Can’t Help It,’ ‘Rock All Night,’ ‘Carnival Rock,’ and ‘Girls Town,’ their segments allowing overheated teenagers a chance to cool down a bit in their sweaty theater seats. ,

Yet a close examination of their mammoth catalog for Chicago’s Mercury Records reveals a surprising number of up-tempo gems that entirely legitimize the concept of this collection. You may not recognize all of the titles at first glance, but taken as a whole they confirm that The Platters could indeed rock whenever Ram allowed them to. ,

The Platters started out as an R&,B vocal group before magnificently crossing over to the pop realm.“ (Bill Dahl) The Platters proove it on 30 jivin' and rockin' uptempo dancehall fillers that they never forgot their jumping R&,B roots! Bark, Battle And Ball!

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  • Album titlle: The Platters - Rock (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Price code AR
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5397102175589

  • weight in Kg 0.115
Platters, The - The Platters - Rock (CD) CD 1
01 Bark, Battle And Ball
02 I Don't Know Why
03 In The Middle Of Nowhere
04 By The River Sainte Marie
05 Sixteen Tons
06 Don't Let Go
07 Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere
08 He's Mine
09 Lie Low
10 In A Little Spanish Town
11 Hula Hop
12 Let's Fall In Love
13 On A Slowboat To China
14 I Wanna
15 A Tisket, A Tasket
16 It Isn't Right
17 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
18 Out Of My Mind
19 Advertise It
20 Movin' In
21 Heartbreak
22 Love Me Or Leave Me
23 My Heart Belongs To Daddy
24 Winner Take All
25 You Don't Say
26 Roses Of Picardy
27 True Lover
28 When You Wore A Tulip (& I Wore A Big Red Rose)
29 Darktown Strutter's Ball
30 In The Still Of The Night
The Platters As rock and roll surged forth in the mid-1950s into the national and global... more
"The Platters"

The Platters

As rock and roll surged forth in the mid-1950s into the national and global consciousness, an avalanche of African-American vocal groups helped mightily to lead the charge, even if the history books don't always report it that way.

The Drifters, Clovers, Moonglows, and Midnighters were at the head of that long line (they're all prominently featured on Bear Family's 'Street Corner Symphonies' series). Yet the most popular of them all from a commercial standpoint was a finely honed quintet of expert balladeers whose vocal harmonies were as delightful as their material was refined. That carefully crafted polish led to pop crossover status on an epic scale.

The Platters had two things going for them that their competitors couldn't claim: the stratospheric lead tenor of Tony Williams and the writing and managerial skills of Buck Ram. Instead of sticking with the all-male lineup they'd started out with, the group brought in cute-as-a-button teenager Zola Taylor, further setting them apart from the great majority of their contemporaries. They debuted in Los Angeles as a standard-issue R&B outfit, but after Ram took over their supervisory reins, the group focused on pop supremacy.

The L.A. R&B vocal group scene was like no other in its extreme interchangeability. Members switched groups and groups changed names seemingly at the drop of a note or the composition of a song. Standouts such as Jesse Belvin, Richard Berry, and Cornel Gunter were involved in so many interwoven aggregations that it's a major challenge to keep their tangled lineage straight. Thus, it shouldn't come as any great shock that the crew that morphed into The Platters started out in 1952 with zero members of the polished quintet that we know and revere on board.

Called The Flamingoes (not to be confused with the Chicago-based quintet of the same moniker, minus the 'e'), the loose-knit aggregation initially included Gunter before he moved on to form The Flairs as well as Jody Jefferson, future Penguins mainstay Curtis Williams, and two melodious brothers: Alex and Gaynel Hodge.

Bass singer Herb Reed was the first 'real' Platter to join the ranks. Born August 7, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, Reed sang in a church choir before venturing out to L.A. when he was 15. He served in the Air Force and reportedly sang in a Los Angeles chapter of The Wings Over Jordan Choir, though he made ends meet washing cars, pumping gas, and driving a jitney cab. Second tenor David Lynch came into the picture during this same period. Born in St. Louis on July 3, 1929, he arrived in L.A. in 1942, later serving in the Navy.

Reed, Lynch, and the Hodge brothers picked up a background vocal gig at a June 1953 session for Federal Records by tenor sax wildman Big Jay McNeely. Precise harmonies weren't necessary. The quartet enthusiastically belted the title of the song, Nervous Man Nervous, over and over and provided handclaps while McNeely ferociously honked and wailed. When the saxophone smoke cleared, Federal A&R man Ralph Bass introduced the group to a singer he had rehearsing in an adjacent studio, exercising his pipes on something operatic. His name was Tony Williams.

Samuel E. 'Tony' Williams was a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, born April 5, 1928. Another Air Force vet (he sang for three years in Special Services and was stationed in Guam, Japan, and the Pacific Islands), Tony got his feet wet singing around Jersey and New York until he headed west. He had an in: his older sister Bertha was singing professionally under the handle of Linda Hayes and having some success at it. Yes I Know (What You're Putting Down), her snappy answer to Chicago pianist Willie Mabon's salacious R&B chart-topper I Don't Know, was almost as hot a seller as its predecessor, sailing to #2 on 'Billboard's' R&B 'Juke Box' chart via John Dolphin's Recorded in Hollywood label. She'd score another charter the following year with Take Me Back.

Always on the lookout for fresh talent that would please King Records founder Syd Nathan, his boss back in Cincinnati (the Bronx-born Bass had previously served in similar A&R capacities for Black & White and Savoy, piloting Johnny Otis' spectacular string of hits at Savoy before inaugurating Federal with The Dominoes' ribald Sixty-Minute Man in 1951), Ralph first heard Tony unfurl his prodigious pipes at one of the amateur shows that Bass and deejay Hunter Hancock staged on Monday evenings at the Club Alabam in Watts, Otis' band providing swinging backup. Even though Williams didn't win the competition that evening, an impressed Bass signed him to a Federal contract. Deciding it might be easiest to market Tony in a group context, the savvy producer teamed the newcomer with the quartet he used to back Big Jay. It was a match made in musical heaven.

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15 Oct 2017

Sorgfältig remastert

Stereoplay 10/17 "Die sorgfältig remasterten Tracks zeigen die Nuancen, mit denen The Platters auch einige schwache Songs aufwerten konnten. Andere Platters-Nachfolgebands haben keine dermaßen elegant klingenden Gesangsaufnahmen hinterlassen."

15 Sep 2017

Tolle Idee

Die CD rockt tatsächlich, klasse !

28 Jul 2017

Alle Ehre.

Oldiemarkt 8-18 "Es gab genügend schnelle Songs, die problemlos beweisen, wie gut man rocken konnte. Die 30 Songs von 1955-62 machen dem Titel alle Ehre!"

23 Jul 2017

Klasse Idee!

Musicreviews 21.07.17 "Auf jeden Fall ist dieses Album wirklich eine klasse und zugleich ungewöhnliche Idee, die rockt, gerade weil man THE PLATTERS immer wieder mit ihren Balladen in Verbindung bringt und dabei ihre rockige Seite viel zu sehr vernachlässigt, die mindestens genauso spannend wie ihre Balladen ist, was man auf „Rock“ nun eindrucksvoll um die neugierigen Ohren gefeuert bekommt."

3 Jul 2017

Rockt !!!!

29 Jun 2017

Cooler Mix.

InMusic 6-7/17 "Ein cooler Mix aus Rock, Jive und tanzbarem Rock 'n Roll, inklusive Klassikern wie "On a slow Boat to China" und Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night"."

24 May 2017

The rockin' sides of the Platters

What a fantastic compilation! The only drop of bitterness is the lack of their fantastic 'Federal' material! Besides that a nice and rockin'
compilation, including many tracks I wasn't aware of. 'Sixteen Tons', 'I Wanna', 'Don't Let Go', 'Heartbreak' and 'On A Slow Boat To China' are some of my favourites - just to name a few! Well done Bear Family!

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Tracklist
Platters, The - The Platters - Rock (CD) CD 1
01 Bark, Battle And Ball
02 I Don't Know Why
03 In The Middle Of Nowhere
04 By The River Sainte Marie
05 Sixteen Tons
06 Don't Let Go
07 Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere
08 He's Mine
09 Lie Low
10 In A Little Spanish Town
11 Hula Hop
12 Let's Fall In Love
13 On A Slowboat To China
14 I Wanna
15 A Tisket, A Tasket
16 It Isn't Right
17 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
18 Out Of My Mind
19 Advertise It
20 Movin' In
21 Heartbreak
22 Love Me Or Leave Me
23 My Heart Belongs To Daddy
24 Winner Take All
25 You Don't Say
26 Roses Of Picardy
27 True Lover
28 When You Wore A Tulip (& I Wore A Big Red Rose)
29 Darktown Strutter's Ball
30 In The Still Of The Night