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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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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: 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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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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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.

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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

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.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!

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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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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!

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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: The Rare Doo Wop Box Set! (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSTARR127
 

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(Starr) 2-CD Jewelcase - 60 tracks

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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)

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Various: The Dore Story - Postcards From Los Angeles 1958-1964 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP1293
 

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(2011/ACE) 28 tracks of rare Rock'n'Roll, Doo Wop and Instumentals 1958-64. Slipcase packaging with 44 page booklet.  - A one-man operation run at street level for more than two decades, Hollywood’s Doré label launched the careers of Phil Spector and Jan...

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

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

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

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

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

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

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

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

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

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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

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The Flamingos: Flamingo Serenade (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL5424
 

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

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ROSIE & THE ORIGINALS: Angel Baby Revisited (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCHD814
 

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(2001/ACE) 23 tracks (65:08) with 12 page booklet.

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The Platters: The Musicor Years (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKEND116
 

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(2006/KENT) 28 tracks Musicor 1966-68 with 8 page booklet - Sweet Soul harmonies, Northern Soul stompers mixed with beach music classics from the Platters that matter.

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The Platters: Rock & Roll Legends Series (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD3045144
 

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(2008/MERCURY) 15 tracks, original recordings

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Dion: New Masters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL2797
 

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(2003/Collectables) 18 tracks (67:11) 2 new songs, 5 new covers, 11 classics revisited featuring an acoustic version of 'Abraham,Martin And John'.  - Dion and his music represent a special time and place... a moment when a song could mean so much and a singer...

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The Crystals: Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best Of The Crystals (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDSNY761288
 

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(2011/SPECTOR) 18 tracks (1 unreleased) with 12 page booklet. Remastered by Vic Ansini, NY Battery Studios. Top Sound

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The Contours: Dance With The Contours (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDTOP350
 

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(2011/Ace) 26 tracks with 24 page booklet. Fabled unreleased 1964 album by Motown's pre-eminent purveyors of the dancing groove, with bonus titles from the same timeframe - 24 unissued masters!

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

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

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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,...

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