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Various Artists: Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 8 (1956) [Digipak]

Track List

>In the Still of the Nite - The Five Satins
>Stranded in the Jungle - The Cadets
>Oh What a Nite - The Dells
>I Want You to Be My Girl - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
>I'll Be Home - The Flamingos
>Ruby Baby - The Drifters
>My Prayer - The Platters
>Come Go with Me - The Del Vikings
>Thousand Miles Away, A - The Heartbeats
>Up On the Mountain - The Magnificents
>Way You Look Tonight, The - The Jaguars
>Church Bells May Ring - The Willows
>Closer You Are, The - The Channels
>I Promise - Jimmy Castor & The Juniors
>In Paradise - The Cookies
>Zoom - The Cadillacs/Jesse Powell Orchestra
>Casual Look, A - Six Teens
>Little Girl of Mine - Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra/The Cleftones
>Bad Boy - The Jive Bombers - (featuring Clarence Palmer)
>Down in Mexico - The Coasters
>Castle In the Sky - The Bop Chords - (featuring Ernest Harriston)
>You Gave Me Peace of Mind - Al Smith Orchestra/The Spaniels
>Ka-Ding-Dong - The G-Clefs
>Devil or Angel - The Clovers
>I'm So Happy (Tra-La-La-La-La-La) - Louie Lymon & the Teenchords
>Bacon Fat - Andre Williams & His New Group
>Rubber Biscuit - The Chips
>See Saw - The Moonglows
>Lover - Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra/Jimmy Jones & The Pretenders
>Let's You and I Go Steady - Sammy Lowe Orchestra/The Pearls
>Woo Woo Train, The - Jimmy Wright & His Orchestra/The Valentines
>Please, Please, Please - The Famous Flames/James Brown

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.

Illustrators: Stefan Wriedt; Charlie Horner; R.A. Andreas; Pamela Horner; Victor Pearlin; Billy Vera.

Often, 1956 is seen as rock & roll's ground zero -- it is the year Elvis Presley turned into a superstar, after all -- and it is also a cracking year for doo wop, as evidenced by the eighth volume of Bear Family's doo wop history Street Corner Symphonies. Many of the genre's all-time classics came out this year: the Five Satins' gossamer "In the Still of the Nite," the Cadets' loopy "Stranded in the Jungle," the Drifters' hard-grooving "Ruby Baby," Frankie Lymon's joyous "I Want You to Be My Girl," the Coasters' riotous "Down in Mexico," the Clovers' sweet "Devil or Angel," the sheer lunacy of the Chips' "Rubber Biscuit." Elsewhere, the style can be heard maturing and moving on out, particularly on James Brown's doo wop-informed "Please Please Please" and Andre Williams' greasy "Bacon Fat," and there are still quite a few pretty, dreamy ballads so commonly associated with the genre, but this volume alone provides a useful debunking to the myth that all doo wop sounds the same. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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