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Vocal Groups & Doo Wop

The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity

Crying In The Chapel

 

The Orioles were also the first group to gain 'mass-market' acceptance when 'Crying In The Chapel' became a national pop hit in 1953. The song's pop success was due to the relative sophistication of the Orioles' delivery which, in contrast to that of the earthier R&B hits of the time, did not immediately give away their colour.

 

The following year, 1954, was perhaps the turning-point for acceptance of doo-wop (and R&B in general) with the Crows "Gee', the Chords' Sh-Boom' and the Penguins' `Earth Angel' selling in huge quantities 'across the board', paving the way for the subsequent success and popularity of the Platters, Coasters, Drifters, Moonglows, etc. during the rock'n'roll heyday of the mid- and late Fifties.

 

From New York to Los Angeles

 

This, in turn, inspired the literally hundreds of similar groups in Doo-Wop hotbeds like New York and Philadelphia in the East, and Los Angeles in the West, many of which had national hits. The essence of Doo-Wop was simplicity, and passing years saw arrangers become more ambitious. Until vocal harmonies became engulfed in string and brass sections of studio orchestras.

   
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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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Johnny Otis: Let's Live It Up (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKCD6015
 

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(1997/King) 22 Tracks - Original 1961-62 King recordings - Cool mix of Gospel sound, Soul music, vocal group harmonies and Rhythm'n'Blues. Featuring JOHNNY 'GUITAR' WATSON - guitar!

$18.81 *

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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 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: Dancin' & Romancin' - 54 Original Doo Wop Ballad & Jump Classics (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNAD543
 

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(2005/Charly) 54 tracks, great multi label collection of original 1950s recordings from labels like Vee Jay, Federal, Red Robin and others.  - 0f all the musical styles which peaked in the 1950s Doo-Wop is, perhaps, the most misunderstood. Almost exclusively...

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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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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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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: 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!

$25.82 *

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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The Reflections: (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet - The Complete Recordings 1963-1966 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGW300
 

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(2003/GW) 31 tracks (76:45) with 8 page booklet.  - The Detroit-based Reflections were a five-man group schooled in doo wop who scored in 1964 on Ed Wingate's Golden World label with "(Just Like) Romeo & Juliet," written by Bob Hamilton and Freddie...

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Various: New York's Best Loved Doo Wops (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT6017
 

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(1994/Juke Box Treasures) 20 tracks plus hidden bonus (73:00) sealed stock copy (Bear Family Records)

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Various: West Coast Doo Wop Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJBT6015
 

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(1993/Juke Box Treasures) 24 tracks plus hidden bonus (72:00)

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Otis Williams & the Charms: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKS1402
 

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(1994/King) 8 tracks

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The Fleetwoods: Greatest Hits (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLL57404
 

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(1991/Cema) 10 tracks

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Various: Doo Wop Memories Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR272157
 

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(1995/Rhino) 10 tracks

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Various: Doo Wop Memories Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR272156
 

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(1995/Rhino) 10 tracks

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The Ink Spots: The World Of The Ink Spots (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD0400122
 

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(1992/Trace) 10 tracks

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The Chiffons: Fabulous Chiffons (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFAB010
 

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​(1991/Ace) 12 tracks

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Various: The Ultimate Doo-Wop Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNEM618
 

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(1992/Sequel) 20 tracks - original recordings including ' Stormy Weather' by The Five Sharps.

$29.42 *

The Tams: The Best Of The Tams (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO266
 

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(1995/BGO) 14 tracks

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The Dells: On Their Corner - The Very Best Of The Dells (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMCD09333
 

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(1997/MCA) 18 tracks - 32 bit digitally re-mastered

$23.52 *

The Toys: A Lover's Concerto - Attack! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSC6034
 

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(1994/Sundazed) 14 Tracks - Original DynoVoice recordings, 1965-1966!

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Various: Love Charms - California Girls And Groups (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJAS963
 

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(2017/Jasmine) 33 tracks

$17.63 *

Dion: Dion's Greatest Hits (CD, Japan)
Art-Nr.: CD28DP1053
 

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(CBS/Sony Japan) 10 tracks - mono. Originally sealed, new stock copy.(Bear Family Records)

$94.26 *

Various: Rock & Roll Party Vol.1 - The Early 50s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA59773X
 

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(1989/RCA) 20 tracks - 24 page booklet -USA Longbox - cutout - punch-hole through backcover - sealed new stock copy.

$35.31 *

Various: Rock & Roll Party Vol.2 - The Late 50s (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRCA59758X
 

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(1988/RCA) 20 tracks - 24 page booklet -USA Longbox - cutout - punch-hole through backcover Rock & Roll Party - The Late 50s - Vol. 2 (CD) Compiled by Billy Vera The late nineteen fifties are generally considered to be Rock 'n' Roll's Golden Age, that first...

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The Platters: The Platters - Rock (CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD17558
 

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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...

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The Drifters: Five Decades And Moore (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRN56492
 

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(2009/Rhino/Warner Music UK) 23 tracks (65:39) Superb, complete career spanning compilation 1958-2009! (Bear Family Records)

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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!

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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...

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

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(2000/Crystal Ball-Wilshire) 27 Tracks

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

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(2000/Crystal Ball) 32 tracks

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Tony Allen: Here Comes The Nite Owl! (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD1247
 

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(ACE) 26 tracks (65:59) 1954-1961 with 12 page booklet.  - Although lesser known than some of his west coast contemporaries like Belvin oder Barry, Allen recorded a bunch of excellent mellow r&b sides. Great stuff.  - Tony Allen should have been a...

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The Platters: Four Platters And One Lovely Dish (9-CD)
Art-Nr.: BCD15741
 

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9-CD box (LP-size) with 52-page book, 254 tracks. Playing time approx. 648 mns. A long overdue set! The Platters sold more records, played more venues, and appeared in more films than any other vocal group of the time. They truly had the Magic Touch. By 1962, the...

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Jackie Wilson: The Brunswick Anthology (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBI1001
 

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(2001/Brunswick International) 40 tracks, 8-page booklet with photos, short story, and details on all chart entries. Original Brunswick recordings, incl. some rarities and the collaborations with Count Basie and LaVern Baker, a reflection of Wilson's career,...

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Various: Money Honey (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDGVC2027
 

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​(2009/Great Voices) 55 tracks - 1953-58

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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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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!

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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!

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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!

$35.31 *

The Mello Kings: The Herald Sessions (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDACM4301
 

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(2008/ACROBAT) 26 tracks 1957 -1960 (6 alt/uniss.) with 12 page booklet. last copies  - Tight harmonies and cool vocals on the complete 1960 album plus all the singles and out-takes we could find from this great R&B sounding Italian-American pop group....

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Clyde McPhatter: The Essential Collection (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD063105
 

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(2002/Universal-UK) 18 tracks, 1959-1971 ! Last copies!  - It is no exaggeration to say that Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential and innovative vocalists of the 20th Century - a fact often confirmed by such artists as Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson...

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

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(1996/Sequel) 20 tracks 1953-1957 (50:10) with 12 page booklet.  - This CD samples the bluesy side of fourteen pioneer rhythm and blues vocal groups who recored for Syd Nathan's King Records and it's Federal/DeLuxe subsidiaries. The twenty tracks featured...

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

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(1996/Live Gold Productions) 27 tracks

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Various: A Million Dollars Worth Of Doo-Wop Vol.16 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDLG7036
 

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(1996/Live Gold Productions) 28 tracks

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Various: Stateside Presents Doo-Wop Classics (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3831412
 

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(2007/Stateside) 30 Tracks - Original recordings from 1951-1961 - A decade of doo-woppin'! The 12 page booklet contains short group biographies!  - HARMONY SINGING BY BLACK VOCAL GROUPS HAD BEEN DEVELOPING SINCE THE MID 19TH CENTURY AND THE ROOTS OF WHAT...

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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!

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Various: Don't It Sound Good - The Great Atlantic Vocal Groups Vol.1 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDR27160
 

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(1995/Rhino-Collectors' Choice) 76 Tracks - Doo-Wop collector's dream set from the Atlantic master tapes 1951-1958!  - Compiler's Notes: Let me catch my breath. "The Great Atlantic Vocal Groups"...oh boy. Finally. Well, I'd better check myself; "finally" isn't...

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Various: Here Are The Hits! The Original All-Time Rock And Roll Favorites (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDFIRE100
 

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(FIRE) 24 tracks - rare custom pressing of 24 all-time doo wop monsters - sealed new copy (Bear Family Records)

$47.10 *

   
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