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Vintage Harmony Male Groups Recordings

Vintage never goes out of fashion. These recordings are a period of history – in many cases, they are from the artists who made these songs so ubiquitous to the vocal music world. We’ve all heard many modern groups sing tunes like “Under the Boardwalk” – but in these vintage recordings, you can hear some of the first groups ever to sing these songs. They don’t make recordings like this anymore. If you enjoy the origins of the modern a cappella world, you’ll love these albums.

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Ames Brothers : Destination Moon

Review: The four tall (all six-footers), healthy-looking young singing brothers were a standout quartet even back in their grammar school days, but hit their stride, and the charts in the late 40s and through the 50s. This CD combines 2 lps in one bargain-priced CD, effectively giving us twice as much great music for our money. The first, a 1956 lp with Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra, features 12 (accompanied) hits, like "It Must Be True," "Ol' Man River," "That's The Way Love Goes," "Gotta Be This Or That," "Anniversary Song," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Not You, Not I." The 1958 space-race inspired "Destination Moon," with Sid Ramin and His Orchestra, features another 12 (accompanied) winners, the title tune, "Moonglow," "East of The Sun," "No Moon At All," "Music From Out of Space," "Stella By Starlight," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Beyond The Blue Horizon" and others. Powerful harmonies, great solos, memorable hooks in every tune-this CD is a truckload of big-fun 50s pop!

Songlist: It Must Be True, The Alphabet, Ol' Man River, Noche de Ronda, That's the Way Love Goes, Why Do I Keep Lovin' You, Gotta Be This or That, Anniversary Song, Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, I'll Never Get You Off My Mind, Not You, Not I, Destination Moon, Clear Out of This World, Moonglow, East of the Sun, Count Every Star, No Moon At All, I'm Shooting High, Music from Outer Space, Stella by Starlight, It's Only A Paper Moon, The Starlit Hour, Beyond the Blue Horizon

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4556c | 1 CD | $15.98 |

Ames Brothers : Hello Italy / Knees Up, Mother Brown

Review: Vic, Gene and Joe Ames were born and grew up in Boston, and the rich harmonies that made them international celebrities were in evidence as early as grammar school, when they began singing together. They won prizes in virtually every amateur contest they entered; then they were booked at the Fox and Hound in Boston for a week, were held over 3 months-and were on their way to a long career as pop singing stars with a slew of gold records. A compilation of two lps from the early 1960s, "Hello Italy!" is their debut LP for Epic Records, and a cinch for the multilingual Brothers, who could read or converse in 6 languages. Some favorites on "Hello" (all accompanied and in Italian) are "Fontana di Trevi" (Three Coins in the Fountain), "Corrin Corrina" (Corrine, Corrina), "Volare" (Nel Blu DiPinto Di Blu), "Luna Milinconica" (Blue Moon), "Ritorna A Me" (Return to Me), "Nastri Rossi" (Scarlet Ribbons) and "Arrividerci Roma." "Knees Up!" is not a typo, but the title of one of the songs on this collection of wonderful fun and nonsense from the talented Brothers. Some favorites here are "I'm Walking the Floor Over You," "I'll Lend You Everything I've Got Except My Wife," "If I Had My Life To Live Over I'd Live Over A Grocery Store," "Take Your Finger Out of Your Mouth I Want A Kiss From You," "When It's Night Time In Italy It's Wednesday Over Here," and the touching ballad, "Where Can I Find A Bookie." 24 popular vintage hits from the celebrated Ames Brothers, whose smooth, rich harmonies fill this generous CD. By the way, Mother Brown had just turned 100, and "Knees Up" refers to dancing, but you knew that!

Songlist: Fontana Di Trevi (J. Styne), Corrin, Corrin (J.M. Williams), Dammi Dammi Dammi (D. Di Minnio), Fiamma D'amor (B. Green), Volare (D. Modugno), Luna Malinconica (L. Hart), Ritorna A Me (D. Di Minnio), Chi Sara? (E.L. Poletto), Nastri Rossi (J. Segal), Ciao Ciao Bambina (D. Modugno), Tre Campane (J. Villard), Arrivederci Roma (P. Garinel), In the Middle of the House (B. Hilliard), I'll Lend You Everything I've Got Except My Wife (J. Havez), If I Had My Life To Live Over- I'd Live Over a Grocery Store (F. Davis), Knees Up! Mother Brown (H. Weston), Take Your Fingers Out of Your Mouth- I Want a Kiss from You (J. Schluster), When Banana Skins are Falling- I'll Come Sliding Back to You (A. Frazzini), Shut the Door- They're Comin' Through the WIndow (W. Ives), Where Can I Find a Bookie?- The Daily Double Blues (F. Davis), When it's Night Time in Italy it's Wednesday Over Here (J. Kendis), That Old Red Undershirt My Daddy Wore (F. Davis), When Grandma Got Her Teeth in Upside Down (H. Bruyninx), Two Ton Tessie (R. Turk)

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4579c | 1 CD | $14.98 |

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Ames Brothers : Very Best of Ames Brothers

Review: Four brothers named Urick - foreign-sounding names were frequently changed back then - began singing as kids and in their Boston neighborhood. It was at Franklin Field, a semi-pro baseball park, where they played their first gigs. Much dues-paying later, they were signed to Coral Records in 1948, and their first number one was "Sentimental Me." The Ames Bros. produced a clutch of hits throughout the 1950's: "You, You, You," "The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane," and many others. These are four young men you could bring home to mother - their romantic lyrics, sweetly orchestrated arrangements, and cheerful delivery epitomize the wholesome American optimism of this decade.

Songlist: You, You, You, I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, The Man With The Banjo, The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane, My Bonnie Lassie, My Love, Your Love, Forever Darling, It Only Hurts For A Little While, Summer Sweatheart, I Saw Esau, The Game Of Love, Tammy, Melodie D' Amour, A Very Precious Love, Little Serenade, Pussy Cat, No One But You (In My Heart), Red River Rose, China Doll, Destination Moon

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4535c | 1 CD | $14.98 |

Buffalo Bills & the Chordettes : Barbershop Harmony Time

Review: Here's history for you. The Buffalo Bills were International Champions in 1951 and are well remembered today for their appearance as a barbershop quartet in the 1962 movie 'The Music Man.' That appearance along with their winning harmonies leave an inspired heritage for today. The Chordettes were a Wisconsin group who shifted their focus from folk music to close harmony in the late '40s. After winning Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout Show they became regulars on the show, which is why you'll hear them singing "Down By The Old Mill Stream" with Arthur on this recording. From 1954-1961 The Chordettes had thirteen songs on the top hundred charts including the 1954 hit "Mr. Sandman." This is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of great barbershop groups!

Songlist: Time They Say It's Wonderful - Chordettes, If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight - Buffalo Bills, Angry - Chordettes, Down By The Old Mill Stream - Chordettes, Why Do I Love You - Buffalo Bills, Down Among The Sheltering Palms - Chordettes, As Time Goes By - Buffalo Bills, Fit As A Fiddle - Buffalo Bills, I Believe - Chordettes, Your Eyes Have Told Me So - Buffalo Bills

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5030c | 1 CD | $9.98 | A Cappella |

Comedian Harmonists : Auf Wiederseh'n

Review: The story of the Comedy Harmonists is as intriguing and compelling as their music. Drawing upon the close harmony ensembles of the 1920's - the vaudeville era - for inspiration, they crafted an eclectic mix of the classical and the cabaret in pre-war Germany. The six members, including pianist and arranger Emil Gerhardt, founder Harry Frohmann and bass singer Robert Biberti, were the pop stars of their era, and even toured America and Europe, before they were forced to disband by the Nazi government. These twenty-five tracks comprise the best-known songs in the Harmonists repetoire, including the memorable "Creole Love Call," (re-created later by England's King's Singers on their tribute album), "Tea For Two" and Rossini's "Barber Of Seville Overture."

Songlist: Creole Love Call, Muss I' Denn Zum Stadtle Dinaus, Perpetuum Mobile, Ein Bisschen Leichtsinn Kann Nicht Schaden, Tea For Two, Humoreske, Liebling, Mein Herz, Congo Lullaby, Wenn Die Sonja Russisch Tanzt, Whispering, An Der Schonen Blauen Donau, Das Alte Spinnrad, The Barber Of Seville Overture, Puppenhochzeit, Am Brunnen Vor Dem Tore, Barcarolle, Holzhackerlied, Ich Traum' Von Eine Marchennacht, In Stiller Nacht, Night And Day, Sah Ein Knab' Ein Roslein' Steh'n, Hein Spielt Abends So Schon Auf Dem Schifferklavier, Komm Im Traum, Heute Nacht Oder Nie, Auf Wiederseh'n, My Dear

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6245c | 1 CD | $12.98 |

Comedian Harmonists : Classic Recordings

Review: If you have ever been attracted to the instrumental vocalizations of anyone, The Kings Singers, The Swingle Singers, The Mills Brothers, or the Real Group to name a few, they are treading in the footsteps of the Comedian Harmonists who starred in twelve films and sold millions of records before they were suppressed by Hitler and banned from performing. Founded in 1927, they peaked in 1930-1932 before their three Jewish members became the focus of Nazi hatred. Delightful, joyous interpretations of classical and popular standards of the day are the fare of the quintet. A light piano accompaniment is provided by the sixth member who was also the arranger. This recording contains nearly 70 minutes of music from old 78 rpm records. Fabulous!!

Songlist: The Barber Of Seville, Must I, Then?, When Sonia Danced In Russian Style, Sleep My Little Prince, Good Moon, You Go So Gently, The Minuet, Creole Love Call, A Little Lightness, Blue Danube Waltz, Ah, How Is It Possible!, Court Serenade, Marie, Marie!, Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear, Tonight Or Never, Liebesleid, A Boy Saw A Rosebush, Woodcutter's Song, Village Music, The Old Ship Piano, Let's Have Another Beer!, In The Hayloft, Perpetuum Mobile

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6235c | 1 CD | $15.98 |

Comedian Harmonists : Comedian Harmonists

Review: If you have ever been attracted to the instrumental vocalizations of anyone, The Kings Singers, The Swingle Singers, The Mills Brothers, or the Real Group to name a few, they are treading in the footsteps of the Comedian Harmonists who starred in twelve films and sold millions of records before they were suppressed by Hitler and banned from performing. Founded in 1927, they peaked in 1930-1932 before their three Jewish members became the focus of Nazi hatred. Delightful, joyous interpretations of classical and popular standards of the day are the fare of the quintet. A light piano accompaniment is provided by the sixth member who was also the arranger. This recording contains nearly 70 minutes of music from old 78 rpm records. Fabulous!!

Songlist: Daisy (You're Driving Me Crazy), The Last Roundup, Happy Days Are Here Again, Creole Love Call, Veroninka, The Spring Is Here, Night And Day, My Little Green Cactus, Tea For Two, Can You Whistle, Johanna?, Where Is My Baby?, Beautiful Lisa, In A Shady Grove, The Village, Somewhere In The World

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7474c | 1 CD | $14.98 |

Delta Rhythm Boys : Delta Rhythm Boys

Review: "Boys" is the reissue of a 1957 LP of the same name, from the end of the five-man Jazz quintet's long and illustrious career, beginning in 1934 at an Oklahoma university. The "Boys," in these all-accompanied, upbeat collection of 13 cuts, bring us a tasty mix of jazz/swing covers (the Gershwins' "'S Wonderful" and "It Ain't Necessarily So," Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," Rogers and Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me." With wonderful humor and poise, the guys will begin a standard, then feel free to riff it into a joyous, upbeat, funny romp. "Poor Boy" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry" follow the basic rockabilly theme of "How'd I Get Into this Ridiculous Mess?" "There'll Be Some Changes Made," "The Riddle Song" and "Side By Side" are bright, upbeat foot-tappers, while "Young Man with a Horn" and "Something I Dreamed Last Night" are creamy-smooth slow-dance tunes. A varied repertoire with one thing in common-it's all wonderful stuff from the legendary, pioneering DRB.

Songlist: 'S Wonderful, Poor Boy, Saturday Night Fish Fry, The Riddle Song, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Young Man With A Horn, Side By Side, It Ain't Necessarily So, Blue Skies, Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered, Cha Cha Joe, Something I Dreamed Last Night, It's All Right With Me

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4652c | 1 CD | $12.98 || Black Vocal Groups

Delta Rhythm Boys : Masters Of Hip Harmony

Review: The Delta Rhythm Boys were not only one of the top black acts of their time, but also played a big role in breaking down color barriers in the entertainment field even while lending a helping hand to the Armed Forces Radio Service from which much of this material hails. We'd put their harmonies right up there with the Ink Spots, Mills Brothers and Charioteers. Includes five tracks cut with Mildred Bailey on the Rockin' Chair Rhythm show.

Songlist: There'll Be Some Changes Made, It All Comes Back To Me Now, Give Me Some Skin, Georgia On My Mind, Bugle Woogie, Dry Bones, Jersey Bounce, Trav'lin' Light, Is You Or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Knock Me A Kiss, One O'Clock Jump, Paper Doll, Take The A Train, St. Louis Blues, Are You Fer It?, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Good News, The House I Live In, It's Only A Paper Moon, Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'

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4557c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Black Vocal Groups

Delta Rhythm Boys : Radio, Give Me Some Jive

Review: Twenty nine track compilation contains radio & movie soundtrack performances from 1941-45 from the legendary & innovative Delta Rhythm Boys, who were one of the first vocal groups to wear matching color uniforms (most prior groups wore only black tuxedos) & one of the first groups to choreograph their moves on stage. This features the songs "A-Sittin' & A-Rockin'," "East Of The Sun," "Star Dust," "Darktown Strutters' Ball," "How High The Moon" & others.

Songlist: A-Sittin' & A-Rockin', One O'Clock Jump, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Jersey Bounce, Are You For It, St.Louis Blues, Star Dust, Get On Board Little Children, Texas Polka, Hey, John, Snoqualimie Jo Jo, My Sacrifice, Darktown Strutters' Ball, Dry Bones, Jack You're Playing The Game, Jut A-Sittin' And A-Rockin', Rigoletto Blues, Snoqualomie Jo Jo, Take The A Train, The More I Go Out With Somebody Else, Give Me Some Skin, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, Shoe Shoe Baby, Paper Doll, How High The Moon, East Of The Sun, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Bugle Woogie

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7479c | 1 CD | $17.98 || Black Vocal Groups

Drifters : Save The Last Dance For Me / The Good life

Review: Two classic Atlantic albums from '61 and '65, featuring some of the Drifters' biggest hits-including 'Save the Last Dance for Me; Some Kind of Wonderful; I Count the Tears; Sweets for My Sweet; Please Stay; Saturday Night at the Movies; Mexican Divorce; Tonight; Temptation', and more. 24 tracks, over an hour of music!

Songlist: Save The Last Dance For Me, I Count The Tears, Somebody New Dancin' With You, Jackpot, No Sweet Lovin', Sweets For My Sweet, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Sweets For My Sweet, Mexican Divorce, Some Kind Of Wonderful, When My Little Girl Is Smilin', Please Stay, Nobody But Me, Room Full Of Tears, Quando Quando Quando, On The Street Where You Live, I Wish You Love, Tonight, More, What Kind Of Fool Am I, The Good Life, Desafindo, As Long As She Needs Me, Who Can I Turn To, Saturday Night At The Movies, Temption

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8296c | 1 CD | $12.98 || Doo wop

Drifters : Up On The Roof / Under The Boardwalk

Review: Two original early '60s LPs are combined here and the result is a virtual Drifters Greatest Hits. "Up on the Roof," Carole King's gorgeously romantic ode to working class escape and freedom, is here in both the hit single and slightly longer LP versions (the single is in mono, the LP version is stereo with a longer intro). Elsewhere, you'll find a real embarrassment of riches, with song after brilliant hit song from the fertile imaginations of the great Brill Building writers of the pre-Beatle era, including Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill ("On Broadway"), Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman ("Sweets for My Sweet," "This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me"), plus lesser known but equally evocative songs from Burt Bacharach and Otis Blackwell. Timeless stuff.

Songlist: Up On The Roof, There Goes My Baby, Sweets For My Sweet, This Magic Moment, Mexican Divorce, Stranger On The Shore, What To Do, Save The Last Dance For Me, Lonliness Or Happiness, Another Night With The Boys, (If You Cry) True Love, True Love, Room Full Of Tears, When My Little Girl Is Smiling Ruby Baby, Under the Boardwalk, One Way Love, On Broadway, Didn't It , I Feel Good All Over, Vaya Con Dios, Rat Race, In The Land Of Make Believe, If You Don't Come Back, Let The Music Play, I'll Take You Home

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8294c | 1 CD | $12.98 || Doo wop

Drifters : Very Best Of Drifters

Review: All the great hits!

Songlist: There Goes My Baby (If You Cry), True Love, True Love, Dance With Me, This Magic Moment, Save The Last Dance For Me, I Count The Tears, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Up On The Roof, On Broadway, Under the Boardwalk, I've Got Sand In My Shoes , Saturday Night At The Movies, Please Stay, Sweets For My Sweet, When My Little Girl Is Smiling, I'll Take You Home

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8293c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Doo wop

Drifters : Winter Wonderland

Review: We have always loved recordings by the Drifters, and have enjoyed their live performances even more. "Winter Wonderland" is an all-accompanied collection of 10 soulful Doo-Wop Christmas tunes: "Christmas Just Ain't Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," The Beach Boys' wonderful "Little Saint Nick," "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Please Come Home for Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night," "O Holy Night" and "Auld Lang Syne." No frills, no extensive liner notes, just some great fun, romantic tunes to dance to, enjoy and brighten up your holiday season!

Songlist: Christmas Just Ain't Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Little Saint Nick, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Please Come Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song, Silent Night, O Holy Night, Auld LangSyne

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4363c | 1 CD | $6.95 || Vintage Christmas

Flamingos : Best Of Flamingos

Review: The Flamingos are in the elite of vocal harmony groups, considered by some to be one of the best; they emerged from the 1940's jazz idiom, and though they were certainly influenced by their precursors the Five Keys, Orioles etc., they were intent upon forging their own unique sound. From the Chicago neighborhood to the local black Jewish 'Church of God and Saints,' where they lived, worshipped and hung out, the young conglomeration practiced and performed (changing lead singers on the way) and subsequently were able to secure a deal with Chance Records. This was the first of many labels, including Parrot, Checker, Decca and End, for whom the group recorded, and certainly the Flamingos suffered through as much ignominy as any group could: non-payment of royalties, original compositions attributed to other writers, litigation, and the 'cover' phenomena, whereby a white artist would record a hit by a black group, and make off with the sales. (Pat Boone was a notorious raider.) Nonetheless, history was kinder, and the Flamingos have since been recognized as the innovators they are.

Songlist: That's My Desire, Golden Teardrops, Jump Children, Dream Of A Lifetime, Ko Ko Mo, I'll Be Home, A Kiss From Your Lips, The Vow, The Ladder Of Love , Lovers Never Say Goodbye, I Only Have Eyes For You, Mio Amore , Nobody Loves Me Like You, Your Other Love, If I Can't Have You, Love Walked In, Goodnight Sweetheart, This Was

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8286c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Doo wop

Flamingos : Fabulous Flamingos

Review: These tracks are from their years with End Records who they signed with in 1958 and stayed until 1962 leaving a legacy of hits. Includes a cool interpretation of the Orioles "It's Too Soon To Know".

Songlist: It's Too Soon to Know, Flame of Love , The Sinner (El Pecador), I'm Coming Home, Only Seventeen, Ol' Man River, You're Mine, My Lovely One, I Know Better, Moonlight in Vermont, Without His Love, Danny Boy

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8287c | 1 CD | $11.98 || Doo wop

Forever Plaid : Forever Plaid

Review: Based upon the stage production of the same name, this CD is equal parts silly schtick and a musically adept and professional parody of the close harmony groups of the 1950's - Freshmen, Hi-Lo's and the like. Romantic themes dominate - "Three Coins In A Fountain, "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," 'Cry,"-with a "Caribbean Medley" and "Scotland The Brave" (a homily to Plaid) for yukks. The style is unapologetically sentimental and deliberately cliched, but will be good fun for those who are familiar with the colloquialisms typical of the period. A good portion of the dialogue is included to introduce the songs and explain the plot.

Songlist: Three Coins In The Fountain, Gotta' Be This Or That/ Undecided, Moments To Remember, Crazy 'Bout Ya' Baby, No Not Much, Perfida, Cry, Sixteen Tons/ Chain Gang, A Tribute to Mr. C/ SIng to Me Mr. C/ Dream Along with Me/ Catch a Falling Star, Caribbean Plaid/ Kingston Market/ Jamaica Farewell/ Matilda, Matilda, Heart and Soul, Lady of Spain, Scotland the Brave, Shangri-La/ Rags to Riches, Love Is A Many/ Splendored Thing

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4715c | 1 CD | $15.95 || Doo wop

Four Aces : Heart And Soul

Review: A pair of Philadelphia boys, Al Alberts and Dave Mahoney, finding themselves in the North Atlantic in the Navy in WWII, killed time by singing together. Joining two more local boys, Rosario and Louis, they formed the Four Aces, following in the footsteps of the Ames Brothers. Their first hit was "(It's No) Sin," which was shopped to no avail to New York record companies, and finally released by Al, who started his own record company, Victoria Records, to do it. The song peaked on Billboard's charts at #4 in 1951, and the Aces were quickly signed by Decca. The group-written "Tell Me Why," "A Garden in the Rain," "Perfidia," "I'm Yours" and "Heart and Soul" were next to climb high on the charts. Appearing frequently on TV, Aces singles "La Rosita," "Just Squeeze Me," "Laughing on the Outside" and "The Gang that Sang (Heart of My Heart)" were among 8 of the group's hits in 1952. "Stranger in Paradise" went to #2 on the charts, which the Aces finally topped with the theme from the movie "Three Coins in a Fountain." Popular hits "Dream" and "So Long," followed, and "Mr. Sandman" and "Melody of Love" scored in Billboard's top five before the floodgates of Rock 'n Roll opened in 1955, and even that year the Aces had another chart-topper with "Love is a Many Splendored Thing." "Heart" features 24 of the group's (all accompanied) upbeat, romantic tunes in a nicely done package with group history and photos. For smooth quintessential 50s pop harmonies, Four Aces win every time!

Songlist: (It's No) Sin, Tell Me Why, Heart And Soul, A Garden In The Rain, Strange In Paradise, The Gang That Sang "Heart Of My Heart", Mr. Sandman, Perfidia, Melody Of Love, Three Coins In A Fountian, I'm Yours, Should I, There Is A Tavern In The Town, You Brought Me Love, In Apple Blossom Time, Dream, So Long, Laughing On The Outside, Organ Gringer's Swing, La Rosita, Just Squeeze Me, I Understand, It's A Woman's World (From Woman's World), Wedding Bells (Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)

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Four Aces : Hits From Hollywood and Broadway

Review: "Hits from Hollywood & Broadway" is another generous, remastered collection of pop hits, this one by the first "Fab Four," The Four Aces, the most successful recording group worldwide in the 1950s, scoring 44 chart successes between 1951 and 1959. Most of those have been reissued, but their album tracks have been neglected, and Sepia Records decided to feature 26 selections (all accompanied) from films and stage shows that the Aces recorded. Beginning in 1946 when Al Alberts got together with sax player Dave Mahoney. They got together back home in Pennsylvania with drummer Lou Silvestri and trumpeter Rosario "Sod" Vacarro, and evolved into a vocal quartet with Al at lead. Offered a song by local songwriters called "It's No Sin," the foursome recorded and distributed it themselves, which caught the attention of Decca, who signed the Aces, who were on their way! These are all well-known and loved songs: "Standing on the Corner," "Too Close for Comfort," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Till There Was You," "Tonight," "Small World," "I Love Paris," "Bali Ha'i," "Hawaiian Wedding Song," "Arrivederci Roma," "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "Whatever Will Be, Will Be," "Tammy, "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" and "Three Coins in the Fountain," all of which feature the bright, upbeat, beautifully harmonic sound of the Four Aces. Sit back and enjoy this sweet blast from the past!

Songlist: Standing on the Corner, Long Before I Knew You, Too Close For Comfort, Anyone Would Love You, How Can You Forget, Get Me To The Church On Time, It's Good To Be Alive, Till There Was You, You Are Beautiful, Tonight, Two Faces In The Dark, Small World, I Love Paris, Bali Ha'i, South of the Border, Hawaiian Wedding Song, Waltzing Matilda, Arrivederci Roma, Love Is A Many Splendid Thing, Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Written On The Wind, Secret Love, Tammy, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo, To Love Again, Three Coins In The Fountain

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Four Aces : Love Is A Many Splendid Thing

Review: With its roots in Philadelphia, close-harmony all male quartet The Four Aces first began performing together in 1949 and scored their first big hit with "It's No Sin" in 1952. They followed up with top 10 hits "Tell Me Why," "Perfida," "The Gang That Sang Heart of My Heart," "Should I?," "Melody of Love," which hit #3 on the charts, "Mister Sandman" (#5), "Stranger in Paradise" (#3) and "Three Coins In The Fountain" (#1). 28 all-accompanied songs by this enormously popular group, 25 chart hits and 10 top tens, recorded from 1951 to 1955, records which have sold over 100 million copies. A generous, spirited collection by Vocal Hall of Famers, the Aces!

Songlist: Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing, It's No Sin, Tell Me Why, A Garden In The Rain, Perfidia, I'm Yours, Heart And Soul, I'll Never Smile Again, My Devotion, Should I, La Rosita, Just Squeeze Me, But Don't Tease Me, Laughing On The OUtside, Crying On The Inside, Organ Grinder's Swing, The Gang That Sang "Heart Of My Heart", Stranger In Paradise, Amor, Three Coins In The Fountain, Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine, Dream, It's A Woman's World, Mr. Sandman, Heart, Shine On Harvest Moon, Melody Of Love, There Is A Tavern In The Town, A Woman In Love, So Long

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Four Blazes : Mary Jo

Review: The Blazes were journeymen musicians, who had played in and around the Chicago club scene since 1940, though they didn't score a national hit until 1952, with "Mary Jo." Written by bassist/singer Tommy Braden, who didn't actually join the Blazes until 1950, it epitomized their blues-influenced jazz sound: walking bass, clean guitar tone, honking sax over blues progressions. However, it was a sound rooted in an earlier era, and was swept away by the tides of rock 'n roll, in spite of the superior musicianship of professionals such as the Blazes. Still, these 24 songs show why the idioms of blues and jazz are universal, and any of them could be performed today. Highlight: an original arrangement of "Mood Indigo," a summer breeze wafting by on a sultry July evening.

Songlist: Mary Jo, Not Any More Tears, Raggedy Ride, Mood Indigo, Perfect Woman, My Great Love Affair, Rug Cutter, Lovin' Man, All Night Long, Never Start Living, Snag The Britches, Please Send Her Back To Me, Night Train, Ella Louise, Stop Boogie Woogie, My Hat's On The Side Of My Head, Perfect Woman, Do The Do, Drunken Blues, She Needs To Be Loved, Women, Women, Did You Ever See A Monkey Play A Fiddle, Done Got Over, Don't Loose You Cool

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6261c | 1 CD | $14.98 || Black Vocal Groups

Four Coins : In Shangri-La

Review: They didn't have as many hits as contemporaries like the Four Lads or The Four Aces, but The Four Coins nonetheless managed to rack up a respectable list of chart records during their run of popularity in the '50s. Initially known as The Four Keys, the group began their career in earnest with long stint at Pittsburgh club. They also did their first recording in Pittsburgh, getting a deal with tiny Carona Records and debuting with a song called "Hot Toddy". It failed to heat up, as did subsequent Carona releases. As The Four Coins, they signed to Columbia's Epic division, debuting with "In the Church in the Wildwood". Their next single was "I Love You Madly", it was a cover of a regional hit by a duo called Charlie and Ray. The Coins' version was a national hit going top 30 in early 1955. While most artists are lucky to get one shot at the charts, let alone two, The Four Coins were not about to be counted out of the Hot 100 just because of a few flops. In the Spring of 1957 they cut their biggest hit yet, just missing the top 10 with the lush "Shangri-La". The song would go on to become something of a standard.

Songlist: Shangri-La, Memories of You, Heartache Street, Lovers' Island, Manhattan Serenade, The Curly-Headed Kid In The Third Row, You're Breaking My Heart, This Life, Ting-A-Ling Telephone, New World, I Will Never Be The Same, Maybe, I Love You Madly, My Anxious Heart, Rio Rita, We'll Be Married, That's The Way, My One Sin, The World Outside

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7669c | 1 CD | $14.95 |

Four Freshmen : 5 Trombones & 5 Trumpets

Review: Two classic albums on one CD. Twenty four songs include "Laughing On The Outside", "Speak Low", "Love", "The Night We Called It a Day", "Guilty", "The Last Time I Saw Paris".

Songlist: Angel Eyes, Love Is Just Around the Corner, Mam' selle, Speak Low, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Somebody Loves Me, You Stepped Out of a Dream, I Remember You, Love, Our Love Is Here to Stay, You Make Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It), , Guilty, Easy Street, Ev'ry TIme We Say Goodbye, Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside), After You've Gone, Good-Bye, There Will Never Be Another You, Got a Date with an Angel, Something in the Wind, Someone Like You, The Night We Called It a Day, Give Me the Simple Life, Goodnight Sweetheart

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Four Freshmen : And Five Saxes / And Five Guitars

Review: Let's take a moment right now to bless the record company executive who first came up with the idea to put two classic LPs on one CD. That said, here's one with a particularly wonderful pair of Four Freshmen recordings, ...And Five Saxes, & ...And Five Guitars. We know we needn't go into the 4F being discovered in 1950 by Stan Kenton in an Ohio lounge, or how they became one of the most influential and popular vocal jazz groups of all time. The very cool thing about this collection is the songs that appear on no other 4F CD that we carry: "East of the Sun," "I May Be Wrong," "There's No One But You," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "This Love of Mine," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "The More I See You," "This October," "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," "It All Depends On You," "I Never Knew" and "Nancy." This is slow-dance music: 24 songs, all gently accompanied, sweetly romantic, bright, light, tight-harmonied, "rainy day" jazz!

Songlist: Liza, You've Got Me Cryin' Again, This Can't Be Love, The Very Thought Of You, East of the Sun, I May Be Wrong, There's No One But You, Sometimes I'm Happy, For All We Know, Lullaby in Rhythm, This Love Of Mine, I Get Along Without You Very Well, Rain, The More I See You, This October, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, It's A Pity To Say Goodnight, Oh Lonely Winter, It All Depends On You, Nancy (With The Laughing Face), I Never Knew, Invitation, I Understand, Come Rain or Come Shine

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Four Freshmen : Collectors Series

Review: The Four Freshmen were signed to Capitol afer auditioning for the label in 1950, an audition set up for them courtesy of bandleader Stan Kenton, who had heard them when they were appearing at the Esquire Lounge in Denton, Ohio. The band's history is described in detail in the booklet included with the CD, which contains twenty-one Freshmen tunes (all accompanied) from their Capitol Records years, commencing in 1952. Contains the best-known hits "Graduation Day," "Day by Day," "Poinciana," "Route 66," "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring," "It's A Blue World," and so many more. The Four Freshmen, who played all of their own instruments, were the sound of the 1950's.

Songlist: It's A Blue World, The Day Isn't Long Enough, Poinciana, It Happened Once Before, Please Remember, We'll Be Together Again, Mood Indigo, It Never Occurred To Me, Day By Day, How Can I Tell Her, Charmaine, In This Whole Wide World, Angel Eyes, Love Is Just Around The Corner, Graduation Day, Whistle Me Some Blues, It Could Happen To You, Candy, Route 66, Their Hearts were Full Of Spring, And So It's Over

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Four Freshmen : Day By Day

Review: Recorded in 1962 as part of a Public Service series sponsored by the U.S. Navy for radio broadcast, this recording includes many the Four Freshmen standards-"Day By Day," "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring," "Route 66"-as well as some lesser known songs. Their trademark voicings made the group a popular favorite; they recorded over twenty albums for Capitol alone! Their likeable onstage persona can be heard on "Once In Love With Amy," a novelty number that sounds like singer Ross Barbour is on helium. "Somebody Loves Me" and "Taps Miller" are swung at a speed that is vivace going on dangerous-"Taps" features a challenging scat performance, while "Somebody Loves Me" has a rubato turn of phrase that is a clever device.

Songlist: Day By Day, Lulu's Back In Town, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Teach Me Tonight, (It's Only A) Paper Moon, This October, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Candy, Once In Love With Amy, Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World, Fools Rush In, Somebody Loves Me, Taps Miller, Route 66, In This Whole Wide World

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First Affair

Four Freshmen : First Affair / Voices in Fun

Review: OK, first we have to admit once again to our bias for compilation CDs like this-24 songs, two LPs worth, digitally remastered so they're smooth and clean-sounding as you please. Two classic Four Freshmen lps from their bright, jazzy 1960s' prime, the romantic "First Affair" and the upbeat, funny "Voices in Fun"-what could be better? "Please Be Kind," "At Last," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Be Careful It's My Heart" and the title tune-these are slow dance anthems to fall in love to. "I Want to Be Happy," "Ole Buttermilk Sky," "You Make Me Feel So Young," the silly "Save the Bones For Henry Jones," "On The Sunny Side of the Street," "Manana," "Aren't You Glad You're You" and "Happy Talk"-these are joyous, feel good tunes featuring the 4F's trademark butter-smooth jazz/pop harmonies. All accompanied. Too much good stuff!

Songlist: Please Be Kind, I Hadn't Anyone Till You, At Last, I Didn't Know About You, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Long Ago And Far Away, I've Never Been In Love Before, Be Careful It's My Heart, I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me, First Affair, I Want To Be HAppy , Old Buttermilk Sky, I Can't Give Yo u Anything But Love, You Make Me Feel So Young, Save The Bones For Henry Jones, Swinging On A Star, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, Manana, On The Atchison Topeka And The Santa Fe, Aren't You Glad Your You, Happy Talk, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, It's A New World

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Four Freshmen : Freshmas

Review: The last CD featuring original member Bob Flanigan and the arrangements of Dick Reynolds, this mostly-accompanied CD (listen to the spectacular "trombone choir" on "Silent Night"!) was recorded in 1992. The Freshmen have become a sort of post-graduate institution for singers everywhere; their approach to chord voicings - dropping the root of a five-part chord, and the ingenious placement of the remaining notes - galvanized audiences and critics alike. Phil Mattson contributes an arrangement of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," showing his respect, while "And The Bells Rang" chimes brightly with the excitement of this very special "Freshmas"!

Songlist: Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, I'll Be Home For Christmas, White Christmas, Christmas Song, And the Bells Rang, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, We Three Kings, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Four Freshmen : Golden Anniversary Celebration

Review: Twenty-five (previously unreleased on CD), songs from the Four Freshmen to commemorate their fiftieth, compiled by the group themselves! The group worked with the great arrangers and songwriters of their era, and exemplified the vocal jazz sound that has been so frequently emulated since: rich, lush and opulent, with harmonies so close they are painted-on! Their first single, "Then I'll Be Happy," opens the CD, followed by the first song they recorded by the great Bobby Troup: "Now You Know." "Baltimore Oriole," written by Hoagy Carmichael, features the sinewy lead vocal of Don Barbour, and is real Americana. Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" merges with Afro-Cuban percussion (most of the record is accompanied to one degree or another) and shows the group stretching their sound by adding elements from other styles. "I Will Wait For You" is introduced by a brash trumpet solo and swings to an active bass line; released in 1969, the 'sixties influence is evident. Some of the songs have different mixes than those previously heard on Four Freshmen records; the group's intent is to offer something new, and shall we say, fresh? This CD is a wonderful holiday gift!

Songlist: Then I'll Be Happy, Now You Know, Tuxedo Junction, Baltimore Oriole, Love Turns Winter To Spring, The Nearness Of You, I'll Be Seeing You, Chelsea Bridge, Star Eyes, Invitation, Rain, First Affair, Please Be Kind, The Freshman Year, Opus One, Imagination, Tom Dooley, Act 3, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, Once In Love With Amy, Moon River, Its A Blue World/By The Time I Get To Phoenix Medley, I Will Wait For You, Misty Roses, Old Friends

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Four Freshmen : Greatest Hits

Review: There are 10 classic Four Freshmen songs here: "Graduation Day," "Day by Day," "It's A Blue World," "Charmaine," "Poinciana," "Satin Doll," "Lullaby of Birdland," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" and "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street," all from the original studio recordings. Every song is one of the 4F's biggest hits, as opposed to their other CDs, where every song merely sounds like it's one of their biggest hits. The point is, the 4F are incapable of doing a bad song or cover, so buy with confidence, and enjoy!

Songlist: Graduation Day, Day By Day, It's a Blue World, Charmaine, Pionciana, Satin Doll, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

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Four Freshmen : In Concert

Review: The liner notes merely tell us that "In Concert" was recorded in the early sixties, probably at a number of live performances. The signature tight, bright harmonies are there, lightly accompanied by what sounds like an excellent jazz combo, but in fact are the 4F themselves, which always prompts the question: how can these guys sing so well and play instruments at the same time? There are 11 songs, mostly of the "torch song" variety: "You've Got Me Crying Again," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," "Love Lost," "There Will Never Be Another You," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "How Can I Tell Her," "Angel Eyes," "Blues In The Night," "Fools Rush In," "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" and "In This Whole Wide World." The electricity of a live performance, while losing none of the excellent recording quality and tone-music to slow dance to!

Songlist: You've Got Me Crying Again, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Love Lostwomens, There Will Never Be Another You, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, How Can I Tell Her, Angel Eyes, Blues In the Night, Fools Rush In, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring, In This Whole Wide World

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Indian Summer

Four Freshmen : In Person / Voices In Brass

Review: We are big fans of the Four Freshmen, whose clean, jazz/pop sound made them popular stars in the 1950s and 60s. "In Person/Voices and Brass" is another 2 remastered lps on one CD deal, "In Person" having been recorded live in 1958, and "Voices" in a recording studio in 1960. All accompanied, but the focus is on the Four's marvelous harmonies. 26 songs, "Somebody Loves Me," "Day By Day," their trademark "It's a Blue World," "Them There Eyes," "Route 66," "It Had to Be You," "Pennies from Heaven" and "Autumn Leaves" are particularly fine. A great collection by the legendary 4 Freshmen that contrasts their entertaining and very funny live performances with their flawless studio recording technique.

Songlist: Somebody Loves Me, In This Whole Wide World, Holiday, Sweet Lorraine, You've Got Me Cryin' Again, My Heart Stood Still, Old Folks, Day by Day, Malaya, Indian Summer, Them There Eyes, Circus, Its a Blue World, Mr. B's Blues, Voices and Brass:, Stella by Starlight, Route 66, I had the Craziest Dream, I'm Glad There Is You, It Had to Be You, Laura, Candy, Lonely for My Love, Pennies from heaven, Never Again, Sunday, Autumn Leaves

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Four Freshmen : In Session

Review: Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, Vince Johnson and Bob Ferreira, the "new" Four Freshmen, play their own instruments on this sweet-sounding studio recording, which was produced by The Four Freshmen Society. OK, the album is all accompanied, but the smooth, bright, tight-knit harmonies that, for us, define the best of 50s and 60s Vocal Jazz, are here in spades. 11 well-chosen covers, standards such as Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," Mercer's moody "Skylark," his lesser-known, bluesy "Early Autumn" and his more upbeat "Something's Gotta Give;" Harold Arlen's "If I Only Had a Brain," "September Song" (with a nice a cappella intro), and the hits just keep on coming with "That Old Feeling" and "You've Changed." The sound that launched dozens of top 40 hits, made millions fall in love while slow dancing, and influenced every male Vocal Jazz quartet that came after the 4Fs is sounding as new, and as fresh, as ever!

Songlist: It's All Right With Me, My One And Only Love, Skylark, If Only I Had A Brain, Early Autumn, Something's Gotta Give, How Do You Keep The Music Playing, That Old Feeling, September Song, If I Had You, You've Changed

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Four Freshmen : Live

Review: Recorded Live on October 18th, 1971 at the Ft. Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, FL featuring Hen Albers, Ross Barbour, Bill Comstock and Bob Flanigan. The show opened with "Day In, Day Out" and showcased throughout the evening a sampling of the songs that successed these four guys such as: "Girl Talk", "Day By Day", and "Angel Eyes". Comedy relief and a gulf full of great tunes make the night complete. Here are a few more tunes to wet the palate a temptation more: "Graduation Day", "Sweet Lorraine", "it's A Blue Day", and "We'll Be Together Again". If you are a lover of live music this is an epic event to add to your collection! Warning, This cd does not come unaccompanied.

Songlist: Day In, Day Out, Freshmen Introduction, Misty Roses, Bird Avenue, Girl Talk, Day By Day, Come Back To Me, In This Whole Wide World, Angel Eyes, Route 66, I Can Sing A Rainbow, Poinciana, Candy, Teach Me Tonight, Graduation Day, Beautiful Friendship, Sweet Lorraine, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, It's A Blue World, We'll Be Together Again

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Four Freshmen : Live At Butler University

Review: Local boys make good (jazz), and Butler is where, in 1947, Ross Barbour, his brother Don, their cousin Bob Flanigan and buddy Hal Kratzsch formed a quartet called the Toppers when they were freshmen there. They became the Four Freshmen after their discovery by Kenton at Denton, Ohio's Esquire Lounge. Stan celebrates his discovery with a delighted audience in this 1986 recording (originally a 2-record set) that includes 18 smooth and smokin' (all accompanied) jazz hits, from "There Will Never Be Another You," "After You," "Byrd Avenue," "Girl Talk" and "When The Feeling Hits You" to "Walk On By," "Brand New Key," "Teach Me Tonight," "Summer Has Gone," "Come Back To Me" and "Walk Softly." All present are having big fun, and so, listening in, are we!

Songlist: *with Stan Kenton and his Orchestra*, There Will Never Be another You, After You, Byrd Avenue, Surfer Girl, Girl Talk, When the Feeling Hits You, Walk On By, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, Brand New Key, A Beautiful Friendship, Teach Me Tonight, Summer Has Gone, Hymn To Her, Come Back To Me, It's Not Unusual, She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain, Walk Softly, Artistry In Rhythm

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Four Freshmen : More 4 Freshmen and 5 Trombones / In Person 2

Review: This is another of those wonderful 2 lps on one CD compilations. We particularly like that they print the original covers (these two from 1963 and 1964), back and front, on the liner notes. All that wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't wonderful, and of course Four Freshmen sing first class, influential vocal jazz. There are 11 songs on "More," songs like "Hello, Dolly," "Midnight Sun," "The Girl from Ipanema," "Days of Wine and Roses," "More," "Misty," "What Kind of Fool Am I?," and "Second Time Around." "In Person" has "Route 66," "Poinciana," "Moon River," "Once In Love With Amy," "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone," "Blues In The Night," and "And So It's Over." 23 slices of the bright, jazzy FF sound, smooth stunning harmonies, incredible arrangements-this CD is a treat!

Songlist: Hello Dolly!, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Midnight Sun, The Girl From Ipanema, Days Of Wine and Roses, Call Me Irresponsible, More, Misty, A Taste Of Honey, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, Second Time Around, Route 66, Poinciana, You Came A Long Way From St Louis, Moon River, Take Your Shoes Off Baby, Once In Love With Amy, Wail For The Bread, Please Don't Talk About Me When I've Gone, Act 111, Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town, Blues In The Night, And So It's Over

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Four Freshmen : Snowfall

Review: The "new" Four Freshmen bring us a smooth, upbeat, jazzy collection of 13 Christmas standards, lightly accompanied by guitar, acoustic bass, drums and group member Curtis Calderon on trumpet. But "Snowfall" remains a great Christmas album because of the Freshmen's trademark blend of seamless, bright harmonies that simply make us feel good to listen to. Just listen to the 4F nail the flawlessly arranged "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," the bluenote "My Favorite Things," "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," the moody title tune, "Let It Snow," "A Child is Born," "Oh, Holy Night" and the requisite "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and notice that you are in fact having one, even though it might only be July. The Freshmen are all about classic romantic tunes, slow dancing, falling in love and white Christmases, so give "Snowfall" to yourself or a loved one and enjoy!

Songlist: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Walkin' In A Winter Wonderland, Christmas Is Here, I'll Be Home For Christmas, My Favorite Things, White Christmas, Snowfall, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, Let It Snow, A Child Is Born, Oh Holy Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Four Freshmen : Still Fresh

Review: Under the direction of original Freshman Bob Flanigan, this recent release (on Pat Boone's independent label, no less) maintains the quality of the original group, with an absolute allegiance to the unmistakable chord voicings of their style! Accompanied, with the group members playing their own instruments in Frosh tradition, songs such as "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" and "Straighten Up And Fly Right" will have you reveling with joy. "Meaning Of The Blues" (written by Bobby Troup) and "Moonlight In Vermont" are redolent with a liquid sensuality that hasn't lost its magic after all these years.

Songlist: My Shining Hour, Moonlight in Vermont, Get Out of Town, Where Do You Start?, Straighten Out And Fly Right, Unforgettable, More Love, Close Enough For Love, Once In Awhile, Meaning of the Blues, Walkin' My Baby Back Home

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Four Freshmen : The Liberty Years

Review: We return to the 60's with the legendary Four Freshmen, where they spent most of the decade and had a half-dozen LPs released on the Liberty label, none of which have come out on CD. So, thoughtfully, Collector's Choice Music picked the 24 best tracks from those albums, including 7 from the hard-to-find LP "Four Freshmen in Tokyo," and put them on "The Liberty Years" at a great price. Includes "It's Not Unusual," "A Man and a Woman," "Everyday People," "I Will Wait for You," "Walk On By," "Fools Rush In," "Byrd Avenue," "Michelle," "California My Way," "Shadow of Your Smile," "When the Feeling Hits You," "The Wonderful World of Color," "Love Is a Happy Thing," "Daydream," "Cherish/Windy" medley, "Come Fly with Me/Up, Up and Away" medley, "It's a Blue World/By the Time I Get to Phoenix" medley, "Misty Roses," "My Special Angel," "Old Friends," "Winchester Cathedral," "Canadian Sunset," "Girl Talk" and "A Beautiful Friendship." Most of these don't appear on any other 4F CD. If you were there in the 60's (even if you remember nothing), this collection is for you.

Songlist: It's Not Unusual, A Man and a Woman, Everyday People, I Will Wait for You, Walk On By, Fools Rush In, Byrd Avenue, Michelle, California My Way, Shadow of your Smile, When The feeling Hits you, The Wonderful World of Color, Love is A Happy Thing, Daydream, Medley: Cherish/Windy, Medley: Come Fly With Me/Up-up and away, Medley: It's a Blue World/By the time I get to Phoenix, Misty Roses, My Special Angel, Old Friends, Winchester Cathedral, Canadian Sunset, Girl Talk, A Beautiful Friendship

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Tom Dooley

Four Freshmen : The Swingers / Stars In Our Eyes

Review: It's a twofer! Two classic albums are included on this CD of one of the great male quartets of the twentieth century! Their ability to maintain perfect intervals in vertical harmony is legendary. Fortunately the legend lives anew as almost every one of their tremendous discography has now been remastered for CD. Actually, it's amazing that "Stars In Our Eyes" and "The Swingers" haven't been released until now. The songs released originally on the album "Stars In Our Eyes" are the first twelve tunes. Each of them is a testimonial of regard for the other artists of their day who helped to create the cultural climate which saw the Four Freshmen rise to stardom. They sing songs made famous by The Four Coins, The Ames Brothers, The Four Lads, The Modernaires, The DeCastros, The Mills Brothers, The Hi-Los, The Brothers Four, The Andrews Sisters, and the King Sisters. There is even one of the rare a cappella tunes, "Tom Dooley," which was responsible for catapulting the Kingston Trio to instant acclaim. On the second half of this fabulous reissue, the music ranges from smoothly swinging Frosh-styled ballads to several tunes which used to be strictly big-band instrumentals like Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll," Count Basie's famous "Taps Miller," and "Dynaflow" which was a Stan Kenton/Art Pepper original. Those as well as the jazz 'national anthem,' "Lullaby of Birdland," are done as wordless vocals, utilizing syllables instead of lyrics. Among all the songs on this production is a complete purview of one of the great vocal jazz quartets of all times.

Songlist: Shangri-La, Sentimental Me, Standing On the Corner, The Lamplighter's Serenade, Teach Me Tonight, Tom Dooley, Opus One, I Thought About You, Green Fields, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, In Apple Blossom Time, Imagination, Lulu's Back in Town, Li'l Darlin', Let's Take A Walk Around the Block, Dynaflow, Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me, Spring Isn't Spring Without You, Taps Miller, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street, Satin Doll, This Could Be the Start of Something, Lullaby of Birdland, I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

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Four Freshmen : Voices In Latin / The Freshmen Year

Review: Two re-released CD's from one of the greatest vocal jazz groups of all time. What's even more amazing is that the "Frosh," as they were affectionately known, played their own instruments! Their characteristic voicings are unmistakeable, written in part by mellophone and trumpet player Ken Albers (the rest, by Dick Reynolds and Pete Rugelo). The Latin spin is, dare we say, fresh; "Chelsea Bridge" (written by Billy Strayhorn), "What's New" and "Mine" (Gershwin) are uniquely interpreted, the elegant and colorful rhythms a vivid infusion. "The Freshmen Year" begins with the title track, where the four voices introduce the verse with step-wise motion, announcing their arrival; it's a frequently-used Freshmen trick. "Fools Rush In" is an advanced lesson in phrasing - listen how they slide into the line and then stop it staccato. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" is precision vertical harmony, the voices in lock-step, a contract to the Bob Flanigan solo lead on "Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World" (he also handles bass and trombone duties). "My Funny Valentine" is almost spoken, rather than sung, poignantly articulated by Don Barbour, without harmonic relief of any sort from his fraternity; a wrenching performance.

Songlist: Frenesi, If I Should Lose You, Granada, Yesterdays, Tangerine, What's New, Brazil, Chelsea Bridge, Mine, Star Eyes, The Breeze And I, Again, The Freshman Year, Fools Rush In, Where Do I Go From Here, I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You, It Happens Every Spring, Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World ('Cause That's Where Everything Is), Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, If I Knew Then, My Funny Valentine, It's Only A Paper Moon, But Beautiful, Dream

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Four Freshmen : Voices In Love / Love Lost

Review: A two CD value-priced collection that includes 24 songs (most of which are accompanied), and how gorgeous they are. These standards ("I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," "It Could Happen to You," "I'm a Fool to Want You" amongst them) are the sketchpads on which the Freshmen practice their vocal art, their harmonic palette filled with rich hues that create a unique tonal interplay. Their approach produced a legacy that is still influencing the vocal groups of today.

Songlist: I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, There Is No Greater Love, Moonlight, It Could Happen to You, Out of Nowhere, In the Still of the Night, I'll Remember April, While You Are Gone, Warm, Time Was (Duerme), You're All I See, I Heard You Cried Last Night (And So Did I), Love Lost, Spring Is Here, I'm a Fool to Want You, I Should Care, I Could Have Told You, If I Ever Love Again, The Gal That Got Away, When Your Lover Has Gone, I Wish I Didn't Love You So, I Wish I Knew, I'll Never Smile Again, Little Girl Blue

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Four Freshmen : Voices in Modern / Funny How Time Slips Away

Review: "Voices/Funny" by The Four Freshmen is another of those 2-LPs-on-one-CD re-releases that we love so much. That's particularly true in this case, as the Freshmen were such an influential jazz/pop group, with a smooth sound that kept the Freshmen high on the charts from the early 1950s, when "Voices in Modern" was recorded, into the mid-60s, when "Funny " was recorded. All 23 cuts are accompanied, but these songs are the very definition of "classic:" "Over the Rainbow," "My Heart Stood Still," "The Nearness of You," "Stormy Weather," "Mood Indigo," "It's A Blue World," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Graduation Day," "Charade," "Wake the Town and Tell the People"...great stuff by composers like Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini. And the Freshmen's bright, upbeat sound is such that their covers of these songs are the ones that people remember and associate with the songs. This is a great collection of hits by a group whose work influenced jazz/pop music and generations of musicians!

Songlist: After You, Over the Rainbow, My Heart Stood Still, The Nearness of You, Holiday, Stormy Weather, We'll Be Together Again, Circus, Mood Indigo, It Happened Once Before, It's a Blue World, Funny How Time Slips Away, Graduation Day, Do You Really Love Me, Tears in Our Eyes, Hold Me, We've Got a World That Swings, Don't Make Me Sorry, My Baby's Gone, Charade, Looking Over My Shoulder, Wake the Town and Tell the People, Street of Dreams

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Four Lads : Breezin' Along / On The Sunny Side

Review: The Four Lads transition from singing together as Canadian choir boys, to stardom at New York's Le Ruban Bleu, to being voted America's favorite vocal group, is the stuff of music industry legend, but it's their fresh, jazzy, exuberant sound that we're interested in. Blessing again the record executive who first combined two classic lps on one CD for the price of one, we have 24 tracks here, all orchestrally accompanied, but the emphasis is on the four amazing singers. On "Breezin'," are songs like "That Old Feeling," "Someone Like You," "Long Ago (And Far Away)," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Come To Me" and "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening." On "Sunny," there's "The Things We Did Last Summer," "Bidin' My Time," "Makin' Whoopee" "Dancing In The Dark," "Lazy River," and "Side By Side." A generous helping of the Lads' contagiously jazzy, 60s nightclub sound!

Songlist: Breezin' Along With The Breeze, That Old Feeling, Swingin' Down The Lane, Someone Like You, You Were Meant For Me, Hit The Road to Dreamland, Long Ago (And Far Away), That's My Desire, Someone To Watch Over Me, I'll String Along With You, Come To Me, A Loverly Way To Spend An Evening, On The Sunny Side Of The Street, The Things We Did Last Summer, Taking A Chance On Love, Biden' My Time, Makin' Whoopee, Sentimental Journey, These Foolish Things, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Dancing in the Dark, Lazy River, The Way You Look Tonight, Side By Side

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Four Lads : Four On The Aisle

Review: The original Fab Four!

Songlist: Another op'Nin, Another Show, So In Love, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Why Can't You Behave, We Open In Venice, Bianca, Where in The Life That Late I Led, Too Darn Hot, Wunderbar, Way Out West, I Wish I Were In Love Again, The Lady Is A Tramp, Where Or When, All At Once, Johnny One Note, I Got The Sun In The Morning, My Defences Are Down, I'm An Indian Too, The Girl That I Marry, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, They Say It's Wonderful, There's No Business Like Show Business

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Four Lads : Moments To Remember

Review: Their sound was quintessential Fifties: bright, melodic, sentimental and uncomplicated. Often working with greats like Mitch Miller and Frank Loesser, the Four Lads have contributed some great songs to fifties pop music. This collection includes the very best of this group. Selections include novelty songs such as "Gilly, Gilly Ossenfeffer" and their first gold record hit "Istanbul." Also included are many of the songs written by Bernie Toorish under his pen name of Dazz Jordan, like "The Mocking Bird" and "My Little Angel," written for his wife. Since their arrival in America in 1950, this Canadian quartet has left us with many moments to remember.

Songlist: The Mocking Bird (Original 1952 Version), Somebody Loves Me, Down by the Riverside, Istanbul (not Constantinople), Gilly, GIlly, Ossenfeffer, Katzenellen Bogen by the Sea, Skokiaan, Rain Rain Rain, Moments to Remember, No, Not Much!, Standing on the Corner, My Little Angel, A House With Love in it, The Bus Stop Song (A Paper of Pins), Who Needs You, I Just Don't Know, Put A Light in the Window, There's Only One of You, Enchanted Island, The Mocking Bird, The Girl on Page 44, Happy Anniversary

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Four Lads : Sing Frank Loesser

Review: Record buyers agreed with Frank Sinatra's early 50's observation of the young Canadian pop quartet, "it's the freshest, nicest sound we've heard in a long, long, time," helping The Four Lads score almost 30 hits on the US Charts between 1952 and 1959. An audition over the phone in Toronto led to a 30-week run at NYC's fancy Le Ruban Bleu, and the Lads never looked back, appearing on Perry Como's and Dave Garraway's shows, then signed by Mitch Miller at Columbia Records. Originally released in 1957, "Sing Frank Loesser" (one of Broadway's, and Cinema's, most successful writers) was a popular album for the group. 9 songs, which actually become 25 when you add in the three Loesser medleys, "Where's Charley? Medley," five songs ("Once In Love With Amy," "Pernambuco," "My Darling, My Darling"); "Hans Christian Anderson Medley," five songs ("Thumbelina," "The Inch Worm," "Wonderful Copenhagen"); and "Guys and Dolls Medley," six songs, ("Guys And Dolls," "Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat," "More I Cannot Wish You"). The others, "I Don't Want To Walk Without You," "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year," "On A Slow Boat To China," "Two Sleepy People," and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," are the very definition of 50s romantic pop. All orchestrally accompanied, and all as sweet and bright, innocent and entertaining as you can imagine!

Songlist: Where's Charley? Medley, - Where's Charley?, - Once in Love with Amy, - Pernambuco, - My Darling, My Darling, - The New Ashmolean Marching Society and Student Conservatory Band, I Don't Want to Walk Without You, Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year, Hans Christian Anderson Medley:, - Thumbelina , - The Inch Worm, - The Ugly Duckling, - Wonderful Copenhagen, - Anywhere I Wander, On A Slow Boat to China, Two Sleepy People, I Wish I Didn't Love You So, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, Guys and Dolls Medley:, - Guys and Dolls, - Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, - I'll Know, - Fugue for Tinhorns, - More I Cannot Wish You, - The Oldest Established

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Four Lads : Sixteen Most Requested Songs

Review: A great compilation of some of this vocal group's top hits.

Songlist: Standing on the Corner, Who Needs You?, Magnificent Obsession, The Mocking Bird, No Not Much, There's Only One of You, Tonight, Somebody Loves Me, Fly Me to the Moon (in Other Words), Istanbul (not Constantinople), Moments to Remember, Together Wherever We Go, Time After Time, Breezin' Along With The Breeze, Why Can't You Behave?, Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

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Four Lads : Stage Show / Love Affair

Review: You all know the story of the 4 young men from Toronto, who auditioned over the phone for a 2-week gig at NY's Le Ruban Bleu, which turned into a 30-week booking, a tour, a recording contract and many, many hits. This is another of those "2 lps on one CD" that we love so much, and that is such a good value. The fresh, upbeat, jazzy, best-selling sound of the Four Lads (all big-band accompanied) is heaped on our plates like strawberries and whipped cream. 20 hits, the first 8 a live stage show, performed before fans who raved over songs like "Bye and Bye," "God Bless Us All," "My Blue Heaven," "The Wabash Cannonball" and "What Can I Lose;" the next 12 a smorgasbord of romantic winners with miles of violins: "Fly Me to the Moon," "Like Someone In Love," "While We're Young," Leonard Bernstein's "Tonight," Sammy Cahn's "Time After Time" and "I'll Never Stop Loving You," "An Affair To Remember" and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing." Fresh, jazzy pop, heart-tugging slow-dance music-it's all here, and all wonderful, by four lads whose influential sound defined the 1950s and early 60s.

Songlist: Stage Show:, The Opening Show, Bye and Bye, When You and I Were Young, Maggie, God Bless Us All, My Blue Heaven, The Wabash Cannonball, What Can I Lose, Medley: Swixie Bop, Love Affair:, Invitation, Fly Me to the Moon, Just Say I Love Her, Like Someone in Love, While We're Young, Magnificent Obsession, Time After Time, Tonight, I'll Never Stop Loving You, A Fellow Needs A Girl, An Affair to Remember, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

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Four Lads : Swing Along / Everything Goes!!!

Review: Canadians Bernie Toorish, lead tenor; Brank Busseri, baritone; Jimmie Arnold, second tenor and Connie Codarini, bass; began singing together as, in fact, lads, at St. Michael's Cathedral Choir School in Toronto. They polished their harmonies at night, and obtained a try-out engagement at the Ruban Bleu in New York. It stretched into 30 solid weeks, and the Lads were on their way to being voted America's favorite vocal group. This is 2 LPs (originally released in 1959-60) on one CD, both orchestrally accompanied, all contagiously jazzy and exuberant as the lads demonstrate their versatility with ballads, old-time favorites, racing rhythm numbers and popular standards. This is night club entertainment at its finest!

Songlist: The Old Oaken Bucket, Alouette Means "Skylark", Comin' Through The Rye, Grandfather's Clock, Love's Old Sweet Song, Swanee River, Mexicali Rose, Just How Much I Love You, When I Grow To Old To Dream, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland, All of You, It's All Right with Me, It Had To Be You, The Party's Over, Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Postive, Honeysuckle Rose, Some Of These Days, Anything Goes, You're Nobody 'till Somebody Loves You, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You, Nobody, Ace In The Hole

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