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Doo Wop CDs and Vinyl-Records

Vocal Groups - Doo Wop - Street-Corner Music

Doo-Wop was the term applied to the singing style of American R&B vocal groups of the Fifties, originating from the fact that the harmony support to lead vocals was often de-rived from simple phrases like 'don wop'.

Such groups, generally four or five strong, usually consisted of a tenor or baritone lead singer supported by a second tenor, baritone and bass voices and were thus, basically, musically self-supporting. In fact, many recorded initially with minimal instrumental accompaniment, partly to avoid detracting from intricate vocal harmonies and partly for economics.

Street-Corner Music

The style is also known as 'street-corner music', since some groups actually rehearsed on the street comers of their neighbourhood, singing `acappella' (without instruments; literally 'as in chapel'), though often preferring the acoustic qualities of subways or hallways. Doo-wop music had its roots in the late Thirties when the Inkspots climbed to world fame featuring Bill Kenny's high tenor lead and Hoppy Jones' bass voice.

While the 'jubilee' (multi-voice harmony lead) and 'quartet' (solo lead with harmony support) styles of gospel groups were the inspiration behind the immediate postwar 'race' market success of earliest doo-wop performers the Orioles (Natural Records). Led by the cool and clear tenor of Sonny Til, and the Ravens (National) featuring Jimmy Ricks' bass lead. Coincidentally, these names were precursors of a vast number of 'bird' groups to record during the Fifties — Larks, Crows, Penguins, Flamingos, etc.

The last vestiges of the style are evident circa 1962. Leading into the era of soul vocal groups where the Bluenotes, Four Tops, Isley Brothers, etc.      read more...

   
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The Checkers: White Cliffs Of Dover - The Very Best Of The Checkers (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2888
 

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(Collectables) 22 tracks (56:59) original King recordings  - The Checkers were formed as an off-shoot of the wildly successful vocal group The Dominoes. Billy Ward's group had one of the first R & B hits that also made the Pop charts as well in Sixty...

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Various: Doo-Wop Dynamite Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD21792
 

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(Charly) 20 tracks (54:25)  - Doo Wop was the ultimate do-it-yourself music, not even requiring skiffle's outlay on a cheap guitar, washboard and tea chest - a cappella harmonising, typically by groups of young blacks on New York City street corners....

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Rocky Sharpe & The Replays: Lookin' For An Echo - The Best Of Rocky Sharpe & The Replays (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWIKD194
 

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(ACE) 27 tracks (77:35) including all the Hits plus rarities with 16 page booklet. Superb and Essential collection. (Bear Family Records)  - Rocky Sharpe And The Replays made practically all of their best recordings for Chiswick Records and this CD has...

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Various: In The Still Of The Night - 1950's Rock'n'Roll Revival (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEB651
 

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(Sequel) 14 tracks (56:30)  - Performed Live at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum, 29th November 1969.

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The Shells: Badder Than Badd - Real Acapella (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT411
 

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(Juke Box Treasures) 20 tracks  - The Shells are a truly great vocal group, for they manage to cre-ate the sound of a five or six man group, from only four members. Each of The Shells are "Lead" voices, which means that each of them is also quite accomplished...

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The Orioles: For Collector Only (3-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL8801
 

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(Collectables) 60 tracks​

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Various: For Collector's Only (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL7003
 

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(Collectables) 40 tracks​  - I started collecting records when my parents bought me a Stromberg Carlson record player for my 13th birthday in 1956. I remember going to downtown Brooklyn to the record shop next to the Fox Theater and buying my first three...

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The Ronettes: The Colpix Years 1961 - 1963 (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCORN16042
 

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(Cornbread) 12 tracks - Album comes with download code Nedra, Estelle and the voice of Veronica. Beehives, Phil Spector anti "Be My Baby". Mascara vibrato and 'Baby I Love You'. Slit sarongs, castanets and 'Walking In The Rain'. Takes you back? Well, let's go way...

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The Shirelles: Tonight's The Night (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCORN16018
 

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(Cornbread) 13 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1961 'Scepter' album plus two bonus tracks

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The Shirelles: The Shirelles Sing To Trumpets And Strings (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCORN16023
 

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(Cornbread) 13 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1960 'Scepter' album plus one bonus track

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Various: Spotlite On Melba Records Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5636
 

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(1995/Collectables) 14 tracks - Doo-Wop & Rhythm and Blues

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Various: The Unavailable 16 & The Original Nitty Gritty (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVEEJAY708
 

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(Vee Jay) 28 tracks (77:00)  - Digitaly remasterd reissue of 2 incredible rare original 1950s LPs (VJ 1051 + VJ 1084) - superb sound quality!

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Various: The Philly Doo Wop Sound - Lost Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1007
 

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(Crystal Ball) 26 tracks (60:16)  - ​The Philadelphia sound in the early 60's began the transition from street corner Doo Wop to great soul harmony. Partners Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett would find fame with their B & L Productions working with groups...

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The Penguins: The Best Of Penguins - The Mercury Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD532735
 

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(PolyGram/Mercury Chronicles Series) 21 tracks, digitally remastered, includes essay and track annotation. Sealed US pressing - essential!

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Various: Beyond The Wall Of Sound - 18 Girl Group Classics From The 60s (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPROXY106
 

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(Roxy) 18 tracks - Girl Group compilation, including mostly unknown tracks from the early 1960s

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SILHOUETTES: The Complete Package (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRHY1006
 

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(Rhythm Records) 30 tracks  - Tracks 17,20,and 21 previously unreleased Bill Harton is actually Bill Horton lead singer of The Silhouettes . All tracks owned by Richard Lewis Lewra Productions mastered by Steve "The Gem" Dworkin for Kathy-MO Productions -...

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The Five Keys: Hucklebuck With Jimmy (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLAMP711
 

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(Lamp Records) 26 rare Aladdin tracks

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The Skyliners: Since I Don't Have You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCH78
 

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(ACE) 21 tracks (49:44) 1952-1960. ​

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Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL7043
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1961 Atlantic album!

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The Clovers: The Clovers (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL5961
 

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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 14 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1957 Atlantic album!

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The Flamingos: I Only Have Eyes For You (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1344
 

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(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks - Doo Wop Classics

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Various: The Arthur Crier Story - He Put The Bomp (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1022
 

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(2012/Cat King Cole) 30 tracks - "Arthur Crier came from the Morrisania section of the Bronx in New York City. He started his singing career in 1953 with The Chimes recording 4 sides of which -Rose Marie" is featured here. He next moved to a group known as The...

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The Manhattans: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21151
 

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(1989/CBS) 10 tracks, total time 37:40 min.

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The Drifters: Saturday Night At The Movies (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPML1014
 

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(2000/Planet Media) 18 tracks

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Various: Gerry Goffin And Carole King - Songbook Series (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPVSOP134
 

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(BMG Connoisseur) 24 tracks - Original songs, all composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King - Very slight damage on the right side of the frontcover

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The Drifters: Magic Moments (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLTG39561
 

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(2011/Digimode) 20 tracks, original recordings

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The Mills Brothers: Merry Christmas (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSPC1025
 

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(Pickwick) 11 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1959 'Dot' LP album - A must have Christmas LP

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Dorothy Love Coates: The Best Of Dorothy Love Coates (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSPS2134
 

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(Specialty) 12 tracks - Original 'Specialty' recordings

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The Golden Gate Quartet: The Best Of Golden Gate Quartet (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP05410219
 

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(EMI Italy) 16 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1963 'Columbia' album. 'EMI-Talent' series - originally sealed copy

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Bobby Hendricks: Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Singles Collection 1956-1961 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS959
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - 1956-1961 -  Bobby Hendricks is the last surviving member of the original Drifters and although his time with the group was short he sang the lead on one of their greatest hits, 'Drip Drop' and the wonderful 'Suddenly There's A...

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Various: Buck Ram's Doo Wop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD735
 

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(Ace) 26 tracks (69:13) with 8 page booklet.  - Buck Ram is best known as the manager, producer, and songwriter for the Platters - however they were not the only vocal group under his direction during the 1950s and early 60s. Buck Ram's 'other' vocal groups...

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The Platters: Christmas With The Platters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSPEC554642
 

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(1998/Spectrum) 13 Tracks - Original Christmas recordings 1962-1974!

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The Coasters: The Very Best Of The Coasters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN32656
 

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(1994/Rhino) 17 tracks, original recordings, digitally remastered

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The Fleetwoods: The Very Best Of The Fleetwoods (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPLA334
 

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(Liberty) 10 tracks - Originally sealed LP compilation from 1975 - Cut-out LP

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The Marcels: Summertime (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7030
 

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(Relic) 24 tracks  - The Marcels were one of the best doo-wop groups of the early sixties. Born and bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this racially-mixed group established their own style of exaggerated bass vocals accenting sometimes frantic, double-time...

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Frankie Lymon: Little Girl (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL1349
 

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​(2009/Collectables) 20 tracks 

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Various: Raging Harlem Hit Parade Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7046
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks (71:44)​  - When Bobby Robinson was asked to accept Elmore James's posthumous "influ-ence" award in the 1992 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, he finally received a measure of the recognition he has long deserved. There, standing before...

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Various: The Groups Of Beltone Records - The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7066
 

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(Relic) 25 tracks  - Les Cahan's Beltone label was a fortuitous outgrowth of his Beltone Recording Studios, located at 4 West 31st Street in Manhattan. Cahan started his studio in 1947 and, at $20 per hour, in the fifties, offered a good deal to the...

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The Demensions: Over The Rainbow (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDREL7032
 

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(Relic) 16 tracks  - It was 1957-58 at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx where Lenny Del Giudice and Howie Margolin formed the nucleus of what was eventually to become the "Demensions." Under the guidance of one of their teachers, Jack Finestone,...

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Various: La Noire, Vol.7 - Shout Shout (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPDGR009
 

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(2017/Doghouse & Bone) 14 tracks - Fourteen great Gospel goodies taken from the original 45 rpm records - The sound quality is really good and the liner notes come from James Ventrella, who had written them the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2016 in Chicago,...

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Various: Girl Groups - Golden Archive Series (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRN70179
 

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(Rhino) 14 tracks - The story of the 'Girl Group Sound' - originally sealed copy

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Various: Girl Groups - The Story Of A Sound (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPWL72140
 

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(Motown) 16 tracks - Original recordings - Selections from the soundtrack 'Girl Groups - Liner notes by Alan Betrock, the author of the book 'Girl Groups - The Story Of A Sound'

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Various: A Christmas Gift For You - The Phil Spector Christmas Album (Picture LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDOS628
 

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(2017/DOL) 13 tracks - Re-issue of the 1963 'Philles' album

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The Shangri-Las: Leader Of The Pack (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPCHARLY123
 

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(2014/Charly) 12 tracks. 180 gram vinyl! Heavyweight vinyl reissue of the seminal New York girl group's debut album produced by George 'Shadow' Morton for Red Bird Records. The album's opener, 'Give Him A Great Big Kiss', was immediately spun off as a single,...

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Various: History Of Rock, Vol.2 - Oldies 103 FM, Wods. Boston (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL2553
 

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(Collectables) 24 tracks - Originally sealed copy - Doo Wop, Soul, Rock 'n' Roll and Beat from the 1950s and 1960s

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Various: Harlem - The Ballad Era - 40 Hits (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL7002
 

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(Collectables) 40 tracks - Originally sealed copy featuring known and lesser known Doo Wop groups from the 1950s and early 1960s

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The Four Freshmen: Four Original Albums Plus Bonus Tracks 1959-1960 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS862
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 54 Tracks - The Four Freshmen are one of the most unique and arguably most influential of all the male vocal groups who emerged in American pop music during the 20th Century. In fact it is hard to imagine how Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys or Frankie...

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The Ink Spots: Encore Of Golden Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT6019
 

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(1994/Jukebox Treasure) 20 tracks The Ink Spots were the most popular vocal group of The 1940' s,with The Mills Brothers coming in second, which is saying quite a lot for The Ink Spots. Originally The Ink Spots were a "jive" vocal group, in a jazz sense,...

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Various: Saved And Sanctified - Songs Of The Jade Label (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNUM44007
 

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(2015/Numerophone) 13 tracks - Gospel recorded in the 1960s for Gene Cash's Jade label in Chicago, Illinois

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The Five Royales: Tell The Truth (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPSR3503
 

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(2016/Southern Routes) 16 tracks, recorded for 'Apollo', 'King' and 'Home Of The Blues' between 1952 and 1962

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Various: The Cruisin Story - 1961 (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
Art-Nr.: LPDAY704
 

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(2012/One Day Music) 32 tracks - A great retrospective about what was 'in' in 1961! Nice liner notes and the records come in a gatefold sleeve

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: The Best Of Smokey Robinson And The Miracles (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPNU9480
 

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(1979/Imperial House) 20 tracks - Original Tamla/Motown recordings - Cut-out LP - sealed LP album

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Various: A Capital Christmas (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBJM002
 

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(1989/Washington Hit Makers) 10 tracks - Doo Wop Christmas album, recorded 1989 - New recordings

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Various: Girls Are Messin' Up My Mind, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCDR1811
 

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(2017/Rock CD Records) 14 Tracks - Spanish Retro Girlies On The Spot! In the vein of great sixties sounds!

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The Clovers: Dance Party (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDATL45978
 

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(2013/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Reissue of the original 1959 Atlantic album!

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Various: Merritone Rock Steady, Vol.2 - This Music Got Soul 1966-67 (2-LP)
Art-Nr.: LPDSR012
 

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(2016/Dub Store) 21 tracks - Recorded at 'Federal Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica'

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Various: Teenage Heaven - The Fifties Girl Group Phenomenon (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACMEM173
 

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(2009/Cherry Red-El) 33 tracks (78:59) with informative 12 page booklet  - It may seem fanciful at first sight to draw any kind of parallel between the explosion of American girl groups in the late Fifties and the eruption of punk in the mid-Seventies....

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The Mysterials: Take One ! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSKY9501
 

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(1995/Skyscraper) 20 tracks (45:20)  - Mysterials sind eine fünfkopfige Vokal-Formation aus dem Raum Ruhrgebiet, die sich in erster Linie dem Doo-wop und A-cappella, Vokal-Rock'n Roll, der späten 50'er und frühen 60'er Jahre verschrieben hat. Ausnahmen wie...

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.15 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7035
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions Inc.) ​28 tracks - incedible rare Vocal Group recordings from the 'Golden Age'

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Girl Groups Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7032
 

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(1995/LG) 30 tracks - dubbed from the original 45s.

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.20 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7040
 

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(2009/Live Gold) 30 tracks  - If you had a million dollars to spend on purchasing the original 45 R.P.M.'s of these recordings, you still couldn't buy them all! Besides their cost, the original 45 R.P.M. records are so rare, that they are seldom (if ever)...

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.19 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7039
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions) 28 tracks (72:32)

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The Beach Boys: Lost & Found 1961 -1962 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS054
 

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(1991/DCC) 21 tracks - very hard to find rarity compilation - original US Longbox store copy (Bear Family Records)  - Most of the 20 tracks appear in mono, with 2 in stereo and about half containing studio talk. Some songs have been previously released on...

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VELVETS: Tonight (Could Be The Night) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDA21475
 

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(1990/CBS Special Product) 12 tracks (28:15) originally sealed US Longbox.  - In 1960, Roy Orbison had already established himself as a dynamic impact in the music industry on the Monument label. It was through his influence that The Velvets were brought to...

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Ruby & The Romantics: Our Day Will Come - The Very Best Of Ruby & The Romantics (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPMD247
 

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(2002/RPM) 42 Tracks - Original Kapp recordings, 1963-1968!

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The Shangri-Las: Myrmidons Of Melodrama (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRPM506
 

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(2002/RPM) 28 Tracks - Digipack - The definitive collection, 1964-1966! Incl. rare tracks and 4 radio spots!

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The Emotions: A Story Now Told (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1012
 

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​(1998/Crystal Ball) 30 tracks

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