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Various Artists: Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956

Track List

>Help Me - The Aladdins
>Somebody Changed the Lock - The Empires
>Zindy Lou - The Chimes
>Jingle Jangle - The Penguins
>That's the Way I Like It - The Queens
>When You Dance - The Turbans
>Mardi Gras Mambo - Hawketts
>Hot Mama - The Chanters
>You Know I Can't Refuse - Five Dollars
>Do-Be-Do-Be-Wop-Wop - The Squires
>Witchcraft - The Spiders
>Lips Red as Wine - The Colts
>Don't Do That - The Five Tinos
>Day by Day - The Four Freshmen
>Rollin' Stone - The Marigolds
>Gumbo Mambo - Larke Sisters
>Grand, Nice, Swell - The Ebony Moods
>Chop Chop Boom - The Danderliers
>Morocco Chant - The Moroccos
>Going Down to Tia Juana - The Don Juans
>Rock It, Davy, Rock It - The Jaguars
>Cha Cha Baby - The New Yorkers 5
>Yacka Hoom Boom - The Savoys
>Cigareetos - The Orioles
>Laverne - The Earls
>Ay Si Si - The Dootones
>Mambo Baby To-Nite - The Falcons
>Watussi Wussi Wu - The Tenderfoots
>Cool, Mambo - The Sheppards
>Red Hots and Chili Mac - The Moroccos
>Man from Utopia - The Velaires
>Brazil - The Coasters
>Goin' Goin' Gone - The Jewels
>Patricia - The Rhythm Masters
>Choo Choo - The Cardinals
>Everybody's Whalin' - The Rhythm Aces
>Gift O' Gabbin' Woman - The Nutmegs
>Stranded in the Jungle - The Jayhawks
>Don't Worry About a Thing - The Sweet Teens
>Cha Jezabel - The Notes
>All My Love Belongs to You - The Joytones
>Fallen Tear, A - The El Dorados
>Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Wop - The El Capris
>A-1 in My Heart - The Spiders
>Mambo Fiesta - The Calvaes
>Watusi - The Pharaohs
>Gotta Have You Baby - The Combonettes
>Let's Do the Razzle-Dazzle - The Rip Chords
>I'm Yours - The Mellows
>Last Night - The Starlighters
>Cotton Pickin' Hands - The Dukes
>Show Me the Merengue - The Hearts
>It Was a Night Like This - The Turbans
>So Good - The Playboys
>Tonight - The Supremes
>Mexico Bound - The Champions
>Out of the Picture - The Robins
>Smooth, Slow and Easy - The Drivers
>Ain't She Got Nerve - The Mellows
>Last Ride - The Dukes
>Down in Mexico - The Coasters
>In Paradise - The Cookies

Album Notes

Editor: Mandy Bolster.

In jazz music, the Latin tinge is well-documented, but its influence on pop music has been given far less space; although it's not often hard to connect the dots between Cuban or Brazilian rhythms in early swing, it's far more difficult to see how those rhythms eventually filtered through the rest of popular music, especially R&B and rock & roll. The astonishingly thorough compilation Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1955-1956 provides 63 additional examples -- beyond what appeared on volume one -- of how vocal groups (nearly all of them black) incorporated Latin rhythms into their recordings, nearly always easily and naturally. While the first volume, Rumba DooWop, Vol. 2: 1933-1954, began the story with early vocal groups or gospel combos, this volume focuses on the rock & roll era. There are few hits to be found (the only very well-known songs are the Coasters' "Down in Mexico" and the Jayhawks' "Stranded in the Jungle"), but for doo wop fans looking beyond the charts, it's an excellent way to pad out their collection. Aside from containing dozens of great songs by talented groups, listeners shouldn't assume that many of these sides are radical departures from standard doo wop; in fact, the fusion of Latin and American was so complete by the late '40s that scads of doo wop sides could use Latin rhythms without even sounding exotic -- which works slightly to the detriment of the compilation, at least as a concept. The best course of action is to treat it simply as a repository for great sides by a variety of doo wop groups, both popular and obscure. ~ John Bush


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