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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 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)
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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)
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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 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: 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)
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(1998/Sha-Boom) 23 Tracks

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FLAMINGOS: Flamingo Serenade (CD)
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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)
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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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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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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!

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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,...

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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...

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The Hollywood Flames: The Hollywood Flames - Specialty (CD Longbox, US)
Art-Nr.: CDSP7021
 

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(1991/SPECIALTY) 28 tracks 1951-59 (64:00) (4 unreleased), digital remastered from the original Fidelty/Specialty & Ebb masters. Including the vocal group monster 'Buzz, Buzz, Buzz' - new stock of the original US version (longbox packaging) - out of print for...

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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! 

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Dion: Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD, US Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDCGK46972
 

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(1991/Columbia) 20 tracks (55:04) - The Columbia Recordings 1962-1965 - 12 page booklet.  - Originally sealed US Legacy Longbox packaging - collector's item. (Bear Family Records)

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Dion: Bronx Blues - The Columbia Recordings (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD469060
 

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(1991/Columbia) 20 tracks (55:04) 1962-65 with 12 page booklet.  - European pressing - new stock copy. (Bear Family Records)

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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

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The Coasters: Thumbin' A Ride (LP)
Art-Nr.: LPED156
 

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(1985/DEMON) 16 tracks - original Atco Masters!

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

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​(1997/Collectables) 17 tracks

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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

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

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

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The Olympics: All-Time Greatest Hits (CD Longbox)
Art-Nr.: CDDZS057
 

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(1991/Dunhill US) 26 tracks, original Demon and Arvee recordings, 1958-65, incl. unissued material! Rare CD!

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Various: Foot Tappin' And Dance At The Screamin' Festival Vol.6 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDET1072
 

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(2016/El Toro) 29 tracks, great jivin' compilation for every dance craze! 40s and 50s material! MM/Bear Family Records

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Various: The Red Bird Girls - Stereo 1964-66 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDRGM0427
 

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(Real Gone) 20 tracks (79:48) Contains 3 unreleased masters plus hidden session outttakes, jewelcase with 16 page booklet. 20 Stereo debuts from the greatest Girl Group label ever. (previously released as RGM0023)  —Founded by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,...

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Various: Best Of Proverb & Gospel Corner 1959-1969 (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDNARRO1601
 

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(2016/Narrow) 52 tracks (149:57) with 20 page booklet.

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Ellie Greenwich: I Can Hear Music - The Ellie Greenwich Collection (CD, Cut-Out)
Art-Nr.: CDRAZ82195
 

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few copies - rare now ! with Interview booklet

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The Cleftones: For Collectors Only (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDCOL8806
 

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(1992/Collectables) 40 Songs

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The Diamonds: Pop Hits ... Plus (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD1217821
 

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(1993/GLOBE) 33 tracks 1956-59

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The Drifters: The Definitive Drifters (2-CD)
Art-Nr.: CDWSM137
 

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(Atlantic-Warner) 58 essential tracks 1953-76 with 16 page booklet including a band member listing 1953-2003!

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Jay & The Americans: Live From The Cafe Wha? - Blockbusters (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDBGO791
 

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(2008/BGO) 27 tracks two albums from 1962 & 1965.

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Cookie & The Cupcakes: By Request (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDJIN9037
 

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(1993/Jin Records) 20 Tracks - Louisiana Vocal Group Rhythm And Blues 1958-1966, original recordings!

$18.31 *

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters: Spotlight On Hank Ballard (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDKLP740
 

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​(1987/King) 12 Tracks - Original 1960 album reissue!

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The Jive 5: Let Us All Go Back (CD)
Art-Nr.: CD9206006
 

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(1994/STOMPIN'TIDE) 21 tracks (63:11)

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Various: The Best Of Enrica & Rae Cox, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEA90421
 

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​(2001/Eagle) 20 tracks

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Various: The Best Of Enrica & Rae Cox, Vol.1 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDEA90420
 

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​(2001/Eagle) 23 tracks

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The Fleetwoods: Chronicles - Thru The Years (2-CD)
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(2005/LIBERTATE) 65 tracks 1959-65 stereo masters feat. Hits, Flips & rare album cuts plus 20 page color booklet

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Various: The Kiddie Sound, Vol.14 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR3014
 

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(2005/Magic Rabbit) 30 tracks - Rare Doo Wop CD series!

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Various: The Kiddie Sound, Vol.11 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR3011
 

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​(2005/Magic Rabbit) 30 tracks

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Various: The Kiddie Sound, Vol.2 (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDMR3002
 

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​(2002/Magic Rabbit) 30 tracks - Rare Doo Wop CD series!

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