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Various Artists: Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 2 (1950) [Digipak]

Track List

>Count Every Star - The Ravens
>Turkey Hop, Pt. 1 - Johnny Otis Orchestra - (featuring The Robins)
>I'd Rather Be Wrong Than Blue - Beavers
>Do Something for Me - The Dominoes
>When You Come Back to Me - The Clovers
>Chief, Turn the Hose on Me - The Cap-Tans
>If You See the Tears in My Eyes - The Delta Rhythm Boys
>At Night - The Orioles
>Jumping Jack - The Three Riffs
>I'll Never Love Anyone Else - Steve Gibson & the Red Caps
>I've Got No Time - The Whispers
>I Will Wait - Four Buddies
>Old Fashioned Love - The Four Tunes
>Cool Saturday Night - The Striders
>Do You Love Me - The Cats & the Fiddle
>I Don't Mind Being All Alone - The Colemans
>Gone (My Baby's Gone) - The Blenders
>I'll Never, Never Let You Go - The Shadows
>She's Gone - Dozier Boys
>As Long as I Live - Four Blues
>I Don't Have to Ride No More - The Ravens
>Mr. Blues - The Masterkeys
>Please Believe in Me - The Carols
>Nevertheless - The Mills Brothers
>My Heart Cries for You - The Larks
>Young Girl - The Flames
>Who Is There to Blame - The Four Aces
>Lover Come Back to Me - The King Odom Four
>Rival Blues - The Rivals
>Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, A - The Jubalaires

Album 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.

The second volume of Bear Family's exhaustive, multi-volume doo wop series Street Corner Symphonies reaches 1950, which gets us closer to the glory days of doo wop, but we're still basically in the style's prehistory. Here, the sounds of popular black vocal harmony groups were still aligned with big-band crooning, so they were sweet and dreamy, but the emerging newer groups added some real R&B swing to their rhythms. These were the Ravens, the Clovers, the Orioles, the Dominoes -- the groups that definitely stand out among the 30 cuts on this generous history lesson. And it's the Dominoes, fronted by the glorious Clyde McPhatter, who cut through the pretty, hazy harmonies, his transcendent tenor giving the Dominoes a sexy, earthy energy that helped shift vocal harmony groups into the doo wop era. The other groups had the rhythms, but the Dominoes had that extra sexual jolt via McPhatter, something that's apparent from the music that surrounds it here on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 2. This is still a steady march toward doo wop, so it may not truly captivate listeners looking for jumping and rocking rhythms, but it's a valuable, detailed, necessary piece of popular music history. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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