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Dealer's Choice

Dealer's Choice


It was January 1972 and the Dallas Big D Chapter had volunteered to perform for the Waxahachie, TX charter night. On the way Al Kvanli, Bill Thornton, Brian Beck, ad Gary Parker decided to sing a few tunes in the back of the bus. Even over the engine roar it sounded promising. They decided to buy socks and give it a go. In August they drove straight through from Dallas to Kenosha, WI for Harmony College, a trip which proved to be the catalyst for their accelerated future development. It was there they met and learned from Bob Johnson, Mac Huff, and Don Clause, each of whom had a significant positive impact on their evolution. They squeezed about three years of rehearsal into the next ten months. The following summer in Portland OR they became the only quartet since 1952, and even to this day, to win the gold medal in their first international competition. The original four sang through 1976 when Brian moved to California to pursue his studio musician career. Dr. Greg Lyne, then a young choral professor at Eastern New Mexico University and one of the DC's arrangers and coaches, stepped in to singing baritone through their final performance in 1978 at the BABS convention. In 1988, Bill, Brian, and Gary returned to the stage with Greg Clance, who grew up watching the DC take the Society by storm while singing in the Vocal Majority. With Greg they recorded their fourth successful album and performed for four more years before retiring at the 1992 international convention at the Super Dome in New Orleans. The DC is credited with ushering in a new era of vocal technique, and even today their recordings attract countless new and repeat fans.


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Dealer's Choice : Anthology Vol 3 : 00  1 CD : 

Dealer's Choice : Anthology Vol 3

Review: 1973 International Quartet Champions Dealer's Choice recorded this CD just prior to their appearance at the British Association of Barbershoppers Convention in 1978. Featuring a nice mix of traditional barbershop and pop tunes, such as a Simon & Garfunkel medley and the quintessential hankie-wringing movie theme, "The Way We Were," the group also includes the tongue-in-cheek "Ain't She Sweet," and "Chloe," which begins subtly and then gradually swells into a broad chorus, followed by its apogee, the tag-the defining moment for any manly barbershop contingent!

Songlist: Have A Little Talk With Myself, Chloe, Simon & Garfunkel Medley, Shenandoah, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Way We Were, Yes Indeed!, Contest Up-Tune Medley, Together , Ain't She Sweet?, This Is All I Ask

5223c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

Dealer's Choice : Anthology Vol 4 : 00  1 CD : 

Dealer's Choice : Anthology Vol 4

Review: A different line-up than that of the previous recording-Brian Beck and Greg Clancy assuming the positions of Al Kvanli and Greg Lyne-Volume Four nonetheless reflects the same fine close harmony that made Dealer's Choice consistently popular, even today. Leading off with a crowd-pleasing Beach Boys medley, the Dealers segue into "If You Could Read My Mind," the 'seventies pop hit, the arrangement of which is entirely original and a barbershop how-to manual of stylistic conversion. A recommended selection for any fan of the genre, but Dealer's Choice enthusiasts will want all four volumes.

Songlist: Beach Boys Medley, If You Could Read My Mind, Hello Mary Lou, Brian's Song, I'm Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses, Where Is Love?, I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do, You'll Never Know, Mr. Piano Man, Like The First Tme

5224c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

Dealer's Choice : The Anthology

Review: Dealer's Choice were SPEBSQSA Champions in 1973, and maintained their following and reputation through a long and prodigious career. This four-CD "Anthology" traces their evolution as barbershoppers supreme. The first CD's focus is on the traditional, with "At The Jazz Band Ball," "Who'll Take My Place When I'm Gone" and "Old Fashioned Mother of Mine" some examples. Subsequent recordings featured more vocal jazz and pop, such as "What'll I Do" and "Didn't We," along with the Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel medleys. The Dealer's Choice arrangement of the "Lord's Prayer," from the second CD, is especially grand. This group combined exceptional tone, state-of-the-art arrangements and performance flair - legendary!

Songlist: Songs Like Daddy Used To Play, Choice II, The Last Session, Like The First Time

5192c | 00 1 CD | $49.98 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

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