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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 Four Preps: Absolutely The Best (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0614712X
 

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(2005/Fuel 2000) 14 Tracks - Cut-Out drill hole in barcode. Premier sound quality! Rare CD! Liner Notes by Bill Dahl!

$32.35 *

Ted Taylor: An Introduction To Ted Taylor (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0615722
 

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(2006/Fuel) 15 tracks (43:57) with notes by Bill Dahl. The legendary 'Jewel' and 'Ronn' labels 195-1973 single masters. - An Introduction to Ted Taylor is a comprehensive look at the soul singer's tenure with the Jewel and Ronn record labels, following the major...

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Various: The Doo-Wop Box (4-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN71463
 

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(1993/Rhino) 101 tracks, US Longbox with 80 page booklet, 29x13.5 cm. (Rhino  Doo Wop Box #1 with Gold Record selling status in den USA) Many fans and specialists contributed to this great booklet with articles and their expertise about the history of doo wop...

$129.55 *

Various: Collector's Choice Vol.1 - Rare Doo Wop And Groups (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSDB01
 

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(1998/Sapphire) 30 real rare tracks - Cool Canaries. Jiving Juniors, The Moroons, The Valients!

$21.55 *

Various: Sounds Of The City Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCS109
 

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(City Sounds) 24 incredible rare doo wop, teeny group sides from obscure labels. Mostly 1950s to early 60s plus the Spaniels genius 'Humpty Dumpty' killer side 'Fairy Tales' from 1970.

$32.35 *

Various: The Vinny Catalano Story Vol.3 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1028
 

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(2000/Crystal Ball/Hammer) 27 Tracks, 1950s-1960s - The many sides of Vinny Catalano - Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Arranger!

$21.55 *

Various: The Vinny Catalano Story Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1027
 

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(2000/Crystal Ball-Wilshire) 27 Tracks

$21.55 *

Billy & The Essentials: No More Lonely Weekends (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCB1023
 

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(2000/Crystal Ball) 32 tracks

$26.95 *

The Vocaltones: Our Version Of Love (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5082
 

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​(Relic) 12 tracks

$21.55 *

The Keynotes: In The Evening - The Best Of The Keynotes (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5072
 

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​(Relic) 16 tracks - sealed Vinyl LP from original stock (Bear Family Records)

$21.55 *

Various: The Golden Groups Vol.55 - Holiday Records (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5091
 

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​(Relic) 16 tracks - sealed stock copy - first pressing, black Holiday labels, black wax.

$16.15 *

Jackie & The Starlites: Jackie And The Starlites Featuring Jackie Rue (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5090
 

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(1991/Relic) 16 tracks (3 unreleased 5 stereo) of this legendary band from New York City. Including their 1960 Monster 'Valarie' and many other gems. Extensive liner notes by Donn Fileti.

$32.35 *

The Skyliners: Pre Flight - Also Featuring The Crescents & The Centuries (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5053
 

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(Relic) 18 tracks - sealed stock copy (Bear Family Records) - The Skyliners are an American doo wop group from Pittsburgh fronted by Jimmy Beaumont. The original lineup included Wally Lester, Jack Taylor, Joe Versharen, and Janet Vogel. They were best known for...

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The Aquatones: Just For You (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5033
 

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(Relic) re-issue of the mega rare 1964 album with bonus tracks. mint stock copy

$26.95 *

The Jive Five: The Jive 5 Featuring Their Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPREL5020
 

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(Relic) 16 tracks including 'What Time Is It', made famous again through a now legendary scene from 'The Sopranos' Season 1 - sealed stock copy (Bear Family Records)

$19.39 *

The Skyliners: Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPOSRL8873
 

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(1987/Original Sound) 16 tracks - rare US vinyl with one ballad and one uptempo side. Extensive linernotes by Manager Mr.Joe Rock. Sealed mint stock copy (Bear Family Records)

$26.95 *

Various: Twist & Shout - 12 Atlantic Tracks Produced By Phil Spector (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDAMCY25
 

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(1989/Atlantic Japan) 12 fabulous master tracks with 8 page booklet with notes by Alan Betrock (english) also including all lyrics.

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The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy (CD Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDWMC5353
 

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(1990/Elektra Japan) 9 tracks Buddah 1972 Stereo (35:34) Wonderful Street Corner Revival, recorded at Mayfair Sound Studios, New York City. High Quality japanese pressing with 16 page booklet of notes by Greil Marcus (english/japanese) and all lyrics. Doo Wop...

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Various: The Best Of Chess Vocal Groups Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCH9283
 

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(Chess) 12 tracks. This has been digitally remastered from the original Chess Records master tapes.This slim but potent mix of vintage harmony vocal sides spotlights Chess' roll in a market that was often dominated by the Atlantic and Mercury labels. Cut before...

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Various: The Very Best Of Red Bird & Blue Cat Records (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTAR1029
 

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(1998/Taragon) 15 Tracks - Label histories 1964-1965! Incl. 8 page booklet containing the story, short band biographies, and details to every recording on the CD!

$16.15 *

The Coasters: Girls, Girls, Girls - Part 2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRCD05
 

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(2007/Rockin' Rhythm) 31 Tracks - Anthology incl. recordings made as The Robins!

$21.55 *

The Coasters: Girls, Girls, Girls - Part 1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRRCD04
 

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(2007/Rockin' Rhythm) 31 Tracks - The anthology incl. recordings made under their first name, The Robins!

$21.55 *

Showaddywaddy: I Love Rock'n'Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDDMGTV030
 

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(2006/Demon) 20 Tracks, incl. a bonus track! Showaddywaddy play their all-time favorites!

$10.75 *

Various: Modern-Kent - The Best Of R&B Vocals (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CDPCD3004
 

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(1991/Blues Interactions Japan) 20 Tracks - Original 1950s Modern, Crown and Kent recordings! Digipack with foldable booklet containing lyrics, Japanese language liner notes!

$32.35 *

The Shangri-Las: Remember... The Shangri-Las - At Their Best (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOL5011
 

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(1981/Collectables) 12 tracks - Originally sealed!

$19.39 *

The Isley Brothers: Groove With You...Live! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0495
 

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(2016/Real Gone) 15 Tracks - Recorded live on tour between October 21 and 28, 1980!

$18.31 *

Various: Goofy Greats (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKTEL30352
 

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(1993/K-Tel) 10 Tracks - Rare novelty album - Still factory sealed!

$21.55 *

Various: The Girl Group Sound Vol.10 - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH110
 

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

$21.55 *

Various: The Girl Group Sound Vol.9 - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH109
 

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

$21.55 *

Various: The Girl Group Sound Vol.7 - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH107
 

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

$21.55 *

Various: The Girl Group Sound Vol.8 - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSH108
 

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

$21.55 *

FLAMINGOS: Flamingo Serenade (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5424
 

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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by FLAMINGOS - Flamingo Serenade (CD)

$13.99 *

The Versatones: The Versatones (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP2011081
 

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(2015/Rumble) 12 tracks. . Formed in 1956 by three members of the legendary de Paur Infantry Chorus - one of the top performing artists at Columbia Records throughout the late '40s and early '50s - the Versatones indeed lived up to their name, with the versatility...

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Various: The Chess Story Vol.1 - 1947-1956 (5-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: CDCHESS01
 

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(2001/MCA) 131 Tracks, CD 1-5 of its series, 28 page booklet!

$129.55 *

Various: The Chess Story Vol.2 - 1957-1964 (5-CD Box Set)
Art-Nr.: CDCHESS02
 

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(2001/MCA) 139 Tracks, CD 6-10 of its series, 28 page booklet!

$129.55 *

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Singles Collection (3-CD Box, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: CDTOCP7770
 

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(1993/Capitol Japan) 70 Tracks, Complete singles 1961-1968 - Contains a 40 page picture sleeves booklet plus a 34 page booklet with liner notes in Japanese language! Extremely rare limited edition Japan CD box!

$161.95 *

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons: 20 Greatest Hits 1962 - 1978 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPPLAT4902
 

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(1989/Prism Leisure) 20 tracks - Original recordings and the album is originally sealed!(Polydor) 15 tracks - Original 'Polydor' recordings from 1958 to 1963!

$16.15 *

The Crests: Sing All The Biggies (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOED901
 

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(Coed Records) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1960 Coed album!

$15.93 *

The Crests: The Best Of The Crests - 16 Fabulous Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCOED904
 

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(Coed Records) 16 tracks, Featuring Johnny Maestro - Reproduction of the original 1961 Coed LP compilation album!

$15.93 *

The Del Vikings: They Sing...They Swing (LP)
Art-Nr.: BB2063
 

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(1987/DEE JAY) 14 tracks / re-issue (Mercury labels) few copies

$23.71 *

The Del Vikings: Swinging, Singing Record Session (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBB2060
 

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​(1986/Dee Jay) 16 tracks - Mercury recordings!

$19.39 *

LIL' MO AND THE DYNAFLOS: Get Up And Dance! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRBR5829
 

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(2016/Rhythm Bomb) 14 tracks - Brandnew album of one of today's best Doo Wop Rock 'n' Roll bands! Lil' Mo and the Dynaflos! A brilliant mixture of their own composed stuff and great covers! Lil' Mo and the Dynaflos are a real treat 'on stage' and 'in the studio'!...

$15.66 *

The Roomates: Church Bells Ringing Everywhere (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET6079
 

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(2016/El Toro) 16 Tracks - Fantastic retro Doo-Wop!

$17.23 *

Gene Chandler: Duke Of Earl (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS925
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 27 Tracks - The Gene Chandler Story, 1961-62!

$16.15 *

Richard Barrett: The Richard Barrett Story (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS950
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 31 Tracks - His solo sides plus his early work with The Valentines - Finest Doo-Wop! Original Old Town, Rama, MGM, 20th Fox, Gone, Metro, Seville and Atlantic recordings, 1954-62! Richard Barrett became one of the most important African American,...

$16.15 *

The Dovells: Sharp As A Pistol (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS932
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 32 Tracks - Two complete albums plus bonus tracks, original Parkway recordings, 1961-62!

$16.15 *

Jay & The Americans: She Cried - The Early Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS937
 

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(2016/Jasmine) 28 Tracks - Original United Artists recordings and demos, 1961-1962. With their neatly groomed, short-haired, clean-cut image and Doo Wop-influenced vocals, JAY & The AMERICANS always evinced something of a retro vibe. Drawing equally from pop,...

$16.15 *

Various: Phil's Spectre - A Wall Of Soundalikes (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPHIQ043
 

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(2016/Ace) 12 tracks. Phil Spector did not produce the tracks on this LP. They all just sound as if he might have. Spector’s sessions at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles were celebrated for their extravagance. Using massed voices, an army of musicians and cavernous...

$23.71 *

The Murmaids: A Few Things We Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1459
 

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The Hollywood-based girl group’s complete 1960s recordings, several new to CD, including one with lead vocals by Jackie DeShannon.  Written by a pre-fame David Gates and produced by Kim Fowley at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, the Murmaids’ recording of...

$19.39 *

Various: Ride, Daddy, Ride! And Other Songs Of Love (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCR272
 

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​(1991/Charly) 21 Tracks - Great nasty Rhythm & Blues numbers, original King-Federal-DeLuxe recordings! 

$26.95 *

Little Anthony & The Imperials: Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR272158
 

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(1995/Rhino) 10 Tracks - 1958-65!

$17.23 *

Various: The Best Of Mohawk Doo Wop (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPCB110
 

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(Crystal Ball) 14 tracks - Doo Wop, recorded for Mohawk and its subsidiary labels. The compilation includes beside the released stuff a lot of previously unreleased material!

$19.17 *

Les Forbans: La Megacompil Des Forbans (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPOL33122
 

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(1990/Polydor-France) 17 Tracks - The French Sha-Na-Na, amazing showband!

$8.59 *

The Drifters: The Definitive Drifters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDVAR66495
 

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(2003/Atlantic) 29 Tracks, Anthology 1953 - 1976!

$13.99 *

CARDINALS: Come Back My Love - The History Of R&B Vocal Groups Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPLAZA501
 

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(​Plaza) 29 tracks (76:50) original 1950s masters and rarities.

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Various: For Collectors Only: The Swallows - The Lamplighters (King + Federal Sessions) (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEA90405
 

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(Eagle) 43 tracks (55:21) Eight all-time Doo Wop classics with different takes including studio chatter 1956-1958.

$53.95 *

Various: Great Googa Mooga - Rhythm & Bluesin' With King-Federal-DeLuxe Vocal Groups Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEM907
 

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(Sequel) 20 tracks 1953-1957 (50:10) with 12 page booklet - last original stock copies!

$19.39 *

Clyde McPhatter: Clyde McPhatter's Greatest Hits (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP830340
 

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(Polygram Australia) 12 tracks - Hit after Hit after Hit - 1980s Australian high quality re-issue of this great 1965 Mercury Vinyl Album.

$16.15 *

Marvin & Johnny: Flipped Out (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDSP2176
 

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(1991/Specialty) 26 tracks, original Specialty and Recorded In Hollywood recordings, 1952-1956. Bonus: 6 previously unissued studio cuts, 4 previously unissued demos, plus a Hollywood radio ad with D.J. Hunter Hancock! MM/Bear Family Records

$32.35 *

The Drifters: Five Decades And Moore (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD5186556492
 

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(2009/Rhino) 23 tracks

$10.75 *

Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.18 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7038
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions) 27 tracks

$21.55 *

FRANKIE & THE FASHIONS: Philadelphia (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5731
 

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​(1997/Collectables) 17 tracks

$10.75 *

Various: Old Town Doo-Wop (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD433
 

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​(1993/Ace) 27 tracks

$18.31 *

Various: Growing Up Too Fast (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CD528171
 

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(1996/Polygram) 50 tracks - All tracks digital remastered with 32 page booklet

$26.95 *

Various: Wonder Women - The History Of The Girl Group Sound, Vol.1 (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPRN055
 

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(1982/Rhino) 14 tracks - Originally sealed 'Rhino' LP compilation!

$17.01 *

Various: Let's Go Rock And Roll (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRNR500
 

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(1998/Star-Club) 30 tracks, very rare CD!

$23.71 *

The Flamingos: The Chess Sessions (LP)
Art-Nr.: LP30112236
 

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​(1988/Serdisco/Charly) 16 tracks

$17.23 *

The Monotones: Who Wrote The Book Of Love? (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPMH000180
 

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(1992/Murray Hill Records) 14 tracks. The Hull recordings 1957-62, incl. 6 previously unreleased sides! New and original factory sealed! MM/Bear Family Records

$21.55 *

Jimmy Ricks: Jimmy Ricks And The Ravens (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPBATON500
 

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​(1990/Baton) 18 tracks

$19.39 *

   
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