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Street Corner Symphonies

Album: Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 14: 1962 [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Remember Then - The Earls
2)    What Time Is It - The Jive Five - (featuring Eugene Pitt)
3)    Do You Love Me - The Contours
4)    Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
5)    You've Really Got a Hold on Me - The Miracles
6)    Wonderful Dream, A - The Majors
7)    I Love You - The Volumes
8)    Forever - The Marvelettes
9)    You Belong to Me - The Duprees
10)    Sherry - The Four Seasons
11)    Coney Island Baby - The Excellents
12)    Devil in His Heart - The Donays
13)    Come on Little Angel - The Belmonts
14)    Village of Love - Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights
15)    Untie Me - The Tams
16)    Tell Him - The Exciters
17)    Little Young Lover - The Impressions
18)    Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow - The Rivingtons
19)    I Sold My Heart to the Junkman - The Blue-Belles
20)    Up on the Roof - The Drifters
21)    Paradise - The Temptations
22)    Chains - The Cookies
23)    Oh What a Way to Be Loved - The Daylighters
24)    Do Not Hang Up - The Orlons
25)    Arabia - The Delcos
26)    Your Heart Belongs to Me - The Supremes
27)    Hully Gully Baby - The Dovells
28)    I Wish That We Were Married - Ronnie & the Hi-Lites
29)    Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine) - Nolan Strong - (featuring The Diablos)
30)    There's a Love - The Del-Rios
31)    , The (Bossa Nova) Bird - The Dells
32)    I Found a Love - The Falcons
33)    Twist and Shout - The Isley Brothers
34)    Looking for a Love - The Valentinos
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
  • Illustrators: Stefan Wriedt; Charlie Horner; R.A. Andreas; Pamela Horner; Victor Pearlin; Billy Vera.
  • Photographers: Stefan Wriedt; Charlie Horner; R.A. Andreas; Pamela Horner; Victor Pearlin; Billy Vera.
  • Ever since the '50s gave way to the '60s it seemed that doo wop was fracturing and, certainly, by 1962, it wasn't quite as big a commercial force as it was five or six previously. That said, history is not tidy: Motown, uptown soul, girl groups, and Chicago soul may all have been taking hold in 1962, but doo wop hadn't disappeared, as this 14th volume of Bear Family's Street Corner Symphonies series illustrates. There are plenty of those aforementioned sounds, sounds that are loosely identified as doo wop due to their vocal group harmonies -- the Supremes have their first hit, the Miracles have a breakthrough with "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," the Marvelettes are here, the Exciters' exuberant "Tell Him" is pure early-'60s pop, as is the Orlons' "Don't Hang Up," while the Drifters' "Up on the Roof" -- and that's enough to keep this varied, entertaining, and interesting (and Beatles fanatics will also be happy to find the original versions of "Chains" (by the Cookies), "Devil in His Heart" (by the Donays), and the Isley Brothers' "Twist and Shout" on one disc). But what's striking is how many pure doo wop songs are still here -- there's the rollicking "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" by the Rivingtons, the Earls' nostalgic "Remember Then," the Belmonts' swinging street corner "Come on Little Angel," the Valentinos' groovy "Looking for a Love," and the creamy "Coney Island Baby" by the Excellents, a song so iconic Lou Reed later borrowed its title for a song of his own. This messiness makes this 14th volume of Street Corner Symphonies as great as the three that preceded it. ~ Stephen Thomas Elrewine
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