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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 |


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 out of print

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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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 : 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, Stardust, 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 Nothin' 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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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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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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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, Goodnight, This Was

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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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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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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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Four Freshmen : 5 Trombones / 5 Saxes

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.

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, That's The Way I Feel, You're So Far Above Me, He Who Loves and Runs Away, What's It Gonna Be?, How Can I Begin To Ell?, Angel Eyes, Love Is Just Around the Corner, Mam'selle, Speak Low, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Somwbody Loves Me, You Stepped Out Of A Dream, I Remember You, Love, Love Is Here To Stay, You Made Me Love You, Guilty

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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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4770c | 1 CD | $14.98 |


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' Till You Hear from Me, When My Sugar Walks Down the Street

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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 : 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 Swingers / 5 Trumpets

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.

Songlist: Lulu's Back in Town, Li'l Darlin', Let's Take A Walk Around the Block, Dynaflow, Do Nothin' Till 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', 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, Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight, Give Me the Simple Life, Lonely Night In Paris, )I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

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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 : 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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Four Lads : The Singles Collection : 1 CD :  : 7665

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Turn Back

Four Lads : The Singles Collection

Review: Collectables Records assumes that we know the story of the legendary Lads from Toronto using a chance opportunity to appear at NYC's Le Ruban Bleu as a springboard to worldwide fame and fortune; their fresh, upbeat sound defining jazz/pop music in the 50s and early 60s. There's not a single biographical note in the liner notes, just a list of the 28 songs and when they were recorded. Let the music do the talking-fair enough! "Turn Back," "Rocks in My Bed," "He Who Has Love," "Gotta Go to the Fais Do Do," "Harmony Brown," the silly "Cleo and Meo" and "Do You Know What Lips are For," the Polka tune "Oh, That'll Be Joyful," "I've Got Four Big Brothers," the sexy, funny "A Little Bit" and "Guess What the Neighbors'll Say," the dramatic "Fountain of Youth," "Our Lady of Fatima," "Got A Locket in My Pocket" and the latest-recorded song, 1969's "The Sheik of Chicago"aside from occasional hits like "No, Not Much" and "Standing On The Corner," we've never heard most of this (band accompanied) material. But the butter-smooth harmonies that soar to breathtaking, ringing heights, innocent romantic lyrics and general silliness are still a joy, whether the song was a near-hit or merely an album-filler. "Collection" is a rare, surprising winner, pure, uncut 1950s romantic jazz/pop from one of the great male vocal quartets of all time!

Songlist: Turn Back, Rocks in My Bed, I Hate Myself in the Morning, Risin' Sun, He Who Has Love, Anymore, All I Desire, Gotta Go to the Fais Do Do, Harmony Brown, Cleo and Meo, Do You Know What Lips Are For, Oh, That'll Be Joyful, Pledging My Love (Forever My Darling), I've Got Four Big Brothers (To Look After Me), A Little Bit, Moments to Remember, I'll Never Know, No, Not Much!, Standing on the Corner, It's So Easy to Forget, Guess What the Neighbors'll Say, The Fountain of Youth, Sunday, Who Do You Think You Are?, Our Lady of Fatima, Got A Locket in My Pocket, Two Other People, The Sheik of Chicago

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Four Preps : Collectors Series : 1 CD :  : 5673

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Dreamy Eyes

Four Preps : Collectors Series

Review: The Four Preps were a wholesome, clean-cut group who had 13 chart hits between 1956 and 1964. A Capitol Records scout discovered them while they were performing at a Hollywood High talent show. Among their biggest hits included in this 20-track collection are "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)", "Big Man", and "Down By The Station (Early In The Morning)". One of the Preps, Glen Larson, later became the well-known TV producer of "McCloud", "Quincy", "Battlestar Gallactica", "Magnum P.I.", "The Fall Guy" and others.

Songlist: Dreamy Eyes, 26 Miles (Santa Catalina), Big Man, Lazy Summer Night, Summertime Lies, Cinderella, I Ain't Never, Down By The Station (Early In The Morning), Got A Girl, More Money For You And Me, Seine, Big Drift, Charmaine, A Letter To The Beatles, I've Known You All My Life, I'll Never Be The Same, Girl In The Shade Of The Striped Umbrella, Let's Call It A Day Girl, Love Of The Common People, Draftdodger Rag

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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Review: For many years Waring and his Pennsylvanians entertained America with radio and tv broadcasts, as well as stage shows and a multitude of recordings. Culled from the Waring archives, the spontaneity and energy of these live recordings comes through from the first cut. Featured are famous Pennsylvanian soloists and the incomparable Waring Glee Club on these 21 wonderful (all big band accompanied) songs of Christmas. We can't really pick favorites here. The jazzy "Jingle Bells" perhaps, or the Teen Trio's solo on "Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer" that segues into manic sound-effect silliness." Certainly the "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Medley," Frank Davis' soulful solo on "One for the Little Bitty Baby," and Jack Best and Gordon Goodman on "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Oh, and we have to include Jane Wilson's solos on "Away In A Manger" and "Cantique De Noel" (Oh Holy Night). The bottom line is, this is great, classic entertainment by, in our opinion, the premier choral organization of all time. Christmas music just doesn't get any better than this!

Songlist: Opening: I Hear Music, Jingle Bells, Christmas Was Meant For Children, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, One For The Little Bitty Baby, Medley (Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, The Sleigh, Winter Wonderland), White Christmas, The Christmas Song, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, Medley (Adeste Fidelis, The First Noel, Carol Of The Bells), Beautiful Savior, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Rise Up Shepard And Foller, Oh Gathering Clouds, Behold That Star, Medley Of English Carols (Suzzani, Coventry Carol, Gloucestershire Wassail), Away In A Manger, Cantique De Noel (Oh Holy Night), Silent Night/Come Unto Him, Closing Sleep

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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Broadway Years

Review: Volume 2 of the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians legend compendium features cuts from early 1929, the last months of the Flapper Era, through 1932, the first years of the Depression, but the time of some of Waring's greatest fame and success. The very soul of optimism, fun and silliness, the group was a hit performing in movie theatres, on the radio, on records and ultimately in the movies themselves later in the 30s. "Broadway Years" features 24 (all accompanied) digitally restored and remastered songs from the Pennsylvanians in their prime: "Button Up Your Overcoat," "Alma Mammy," "I Want To Be Happy," "Tea For Two," "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy," "Elizabeth," "Sing A Little Jingle," "Dancing In The Dark," "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee," "I Say It's Spinach (And To Hell With It!)" and "Well! Well! Well! Beautifully produced, funny, hip, smooth, always with a catchy "hook" to sing along with-this is top-40 pop before there was such a thing. This series is fascinating on many levels and a joy to listen to!

Songlist: Button Up Your Overcoat, Then You've Never Been Blue, Navy Blues, Alma Mammy, With You, Crying for the Carolines, We want to Be Happy, Tea For Two, Let Me Sing and I'm Happy, Thank Your Father, Love for Sale, Where Have You Been?, Elizabeth, Oh Donna Clara!, Sing A Little Jingle, Dancing in the Dark, Let's Have Another Cup O' Coffee, I Say It's Spinach, On A Room in Manhattan, How'm I Doin'?, Rhymes, Old Yazoo, The Old Man of the Mountain, Well! Well! Well!

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Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians : The Collegiate Years

Review: In the early 1920s Fred Waring was a student at Penn State, where he formed Waring's Pennsylvanians (which featured a trademark glee club) who entered radio on pioneer station WWJ in Detroit. This generous, fascinating compendium of 24 (all accompanied) songs is from 1925 to 1928, a boom time of heady first success for the Pennsylvanians. Fred's amazing career as a bandleader stretched from the 1920s to the 1970s, enjoying his greatest success in the 1930s, appearing in many movies. These songs have the "jazz age" manic optimism that fit so well in the backgrounds of early cartoons. This is feel-good, funny, tongue-in-cheek dance music with titles like "Keep Sweeping The Cobwebs Off The Moon," "Don't Sing Aloha When I Go," "Syncopation Sal," "How About Me?," "What Do You Say?" and "Any Ice Today, Lady?" (with a bit that sounds like Popeye singing to Olive). It's not possible to be in a bad mood while listening to a Fred do the vocals on a truly silly song like "Bolshevik." Great stuff, digitally restored and remastered!

Songlist: Collegiate, Syncopation Sal, Mighty Blue, Freshie, I Love My Baby, Collegiate Blues, Any Ice Today, Lady?, Bolshevik, Don't Sing Aloha When I Go, I Love the College Girls, My Regular Girl, Hello, Swannee, Helllo, Wob-A-Ly Walk, ICE CREAM, Keep Sweeping the Cobwebs Off the Moon, If I Can't Have You, The Yale Blues, Who's Blue Now?, What Do You Say?, Lila, Farewell Blues, Hello! Montreal, How About Me?, Glorianna

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Hi-Lo's : All Over The Place / All That Jazz

Review: Two original CDs combined into one from the legendary jazz vocal group featuring the arrangement of the genius himself Gene Puerling.

Songlist: Bali Ha`i, How Are Things In Glocca Morra?, My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii, Sand In My Shoes, Autumn In New York, April In Fairbanks, Italian Street Song, Massachusetts, Isle Of Capri, A Nightingale Sang In Berkerley Square, Dixie, Island In The West Indies, Fascinatin` Rhythm, Small Fry, Something`s Coming, Love Locked Out, Lady In Red, Agogically So, Some Minor Changes, Then I`ll Be Tired, Mayforth, Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed, Summer Sketch

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Hi-Lo's : Cherries And Other Delights

Review: The Hi-lo's were formed in April of l953 by bass singer and arranger Gene Puerling. Their tight, close, ringing harmonies are applied to an eclectic variety of music, barbershop, folk, bossa nova etc. etc. All the songs are accompanied by a three piece combo of piano, bass, and drums except for the extremely beautiful "Down By The Sally Gardens." Aside from the title track other well known tunes are "Lazy Afternoon," "Georgia On My Mind," "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby." On less well known tunes they rock, they jazz it up, they visit Hawaii. They are formidable!

Songlist: Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries, My Sugar Is So Refined, April Snow, The Lady in Red, Lulu's Back in Town, Lazy Afternoon, I Could Write A Book, Georgia On My Mind, (Ol') Rockin' Chair, Small Fry, (Back Home Again In) Indiana, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Down By The Sally Gardens, My Little Grass Shack

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Hi-Lo's : Clap Yo' Hands out of print

Review: Comprising two of their records from the 1950's-1954's "I Presume" and 1958's "In Stereo"-"Clap Yo' Hands" captures the close harmony sound of the Hi-Lo's, who defined the vocal jazz of their era. The playground for the talents of the brilliant arranger Gene Puerling, who went on to form the Singers Unlimited, the Hi-Lo's toured with theJudy Garland show and sang with legends such as Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. These tracks are orchestrated (by Frank Comstock, who backed the group on many early recordings) and include wonderful standards such as "Summertime," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." This is a jubilant recording that is alive with the joy of music. We have it on good authority that "Clap Yo' Hands" includes some of the group's favorite songs.

Songlist: Clap Yo' Hands, Long Ave and Far Away, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Shadow Waltz, Chinatown, My Chinatown, Too Young for the Blues, Summertime, You Took Advantage of Me, Birth of the Blues, Surrey With the Fringe on Top, Put Your Dreams Away, Button Up Your Overcoat, Speak Low, Jeepers Creepers, I Thought About You, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Stars Fell on Alabama, Rockin' Chair

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Hi-Lo's : Happen To Bossa Nova / Happen to Folk Songs

Review: Here, in their full glory, are the first two releases the group recorded on Reprise. This is classic stuff as these vocal masters explore two different musical genres with their usual sophistication and expertise. They use the most difficult form of voice pattern. Unlike many vocal groups, which keeps to intervals of thirds fifths and ninths, The Hi-Lo's apply intricate harmonies, moving tones, and suspended chord intervals using about every altered degree of the solmization scale in their arrangements. There are many gems including the practically a cappella "Black Is The Color of My True Love's Hair" featuring a rare solo exquisitely sung by Clark Burroughs and most of the vocal arrangements are by the man himself, Gene Puerling. The majority of these tracks have not been previously released on CD making this a great addition to all of their fans collection. Includes original LP art work and liner notes.

Songlist: Carnaval, The Gift, Let's Go To Brasil, A New Dream, Gold Brazillian Sun, One Note Samba, The Duck ( O Pato ), Cry Your Sadness, Desafinado, Once Again, Love and The Rose, No More Brasil, Sixteen Tons, Turkey In The Straw, Careless Love, Cotton Fields, Black Is The Color of My True Loves Hair, Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Yellow Rose of Texas, Michael, Gotta Travel On, Cockles and Mussels, On Top Of Old Smokey

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Hi-Lo's : In Stereo! out of print

Review: A vintage audiophile vocal pop record originally released in 1959, "The Hi-Lo's In Stereo" features the popular 1950's vocal group The Hi-Lo's backed by Frank Comstock and his orchestra. One of the first LPs to introduce the true sound of stereo to the listening public, the classic album is presented here newly remastered.

Songlist: Surry With The Fringe On Top, Birth Of The Blues, You Took Advantage Of Me, Summertime, Too Young For The Blues, Chinatown My Chinatown, Shadow Waltz, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Long Ago And Far Away, Clap Your Hands

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Hi-Lo's : Listen To The Hi-Lo's!

Review: Here's the recording that started the career of quite possibly the best vocal jazz arranger ever and certainly one of our favorites. In April 1953 24-year-old Gene Puerling and his friend Bob Strasen met Clark Burroughs and Bob Morse within a week of moving to Los Angeles and together formed the Hi-Lo's. Taking their name from the incredible vocal range they covered between them it was also true that, while Puerling and Burroughs were five feet seven and five feet five respectively, Morse and Strasen topped six feet. Recorded for Starlite Records and released in 1954 "Listen to The Hi-Lo's" received rich praise from the critics and led to a series of titles on Starlight which included collaborations with Frank Comstock. Gene Puerling's genius in arranging complex yet pleasing vocal arrangements is apparent from the very first track on this historic recording which is here released for the first time on CD. This import has the original liner notes and the earliest photographs we have seen of the group and shows how young they were when they first found success. This is a collector's title that will gather no dust on your shelf, as you will be listening to it time and time again. Fabulous!

Songlist: June In January, Little White Lies, I Don't Want To Cry Anymore, She's Funny That Way, Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets), Island of Desire, You Brought A New Kind of Love To Me, Fools Rush In, Have You Met Ms. Jones?, Where Are You?, You Can't Hardly Get Them No More

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Hi-Lo's : Now Hear This / Broadway Playbill

Review: We admit we're unabashed Hi-Lo's devotees, and the love fest continues with this latest re-issue, comprising 1957's "Now Hear This" and 1960's "Broadway Playbill." What's exceptional about this collection - aside from the performances themselves, of course - is that 18 of the 25 tracks aren't presently available anywhere else. For example, the Hi-lo's arrangements of "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," from the "Sound Of Music" had been only a memory until now! Yes, they're accompanied (with orchestrations by Frank Comstock and Warren Barker), but the vocals are so prominent that there's no doubt who's in charge here. The many moods of Gene Puerling's often-imitated style run the gamut from sheer joy ("Sunnyside Up") to the purest expression of longing ("There's No You'). The Hi-Lo's capture the essence of emotion that is music.

Songlist: Sunnyside Up, Laura, A Shine on Your Shoes, The Heather on the Hill, There's No You, Camptown Races, Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree, Little Girl Blue, Brown-Skin Gal in the Calico Gown, My Time is Your Time, A Quiet Girl, My Melancholy Baby, Overture, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Small World, Together Wherever We Go, You'll Never Get Away From Me, Little Lamb, Mr. Goldstone, I Love You, My Favorite Things, The Sound of Music, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Gentleman Jimmy, When Did I Fall In Love, Politics and Poker

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Hi-Lo's : This Time It's Love : 1 CD :  : 7552

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Hi-Lo's : This Time It's Love

Review: I really don't have to go into who the Hi-Lo's were, or how their sound defined jazz and pop singing from the 1950s on, do I? Good! This CD starts with an lp, originally released on Columbia Records in 1962, "This Time It's Love," of 12 (accompanied by an Orchestra conducted by Clare Fischer) love songs, and then goes on to add 14 bonus tracks, including 3 previously unreleased tracks--a generous helping of classic Hi-Lo's. The title tune, "More Than You Know," "The Second Time Around," "Besame Mucho," "Only Forever," "There's a Small Hotel"--these songs by the Hi-Lo's are listed in the dictionary under "romantic." Why? Because we can understand every word, and, dammit, we believe every word they're singing! The previously unreleased tracks are "The Ever-Changing Plains," "Nobody's Heart" and "Camelot." One song, the lovely "Star Carol" is a cappella. Tremendous value, great music!

Songlist: My Foolish Heart, More Than You Know, The Second Time Around, Besame Mucho, Only Forever, Let Me Love You, Catch A Falling Star, There's A Small Hotel, The Very Thought of You, Tangerine, On the Alamo, Paradise, Autumn Rain, The Ever Changing Plains, A Face in the Crowd, A Very Special Love, Pamela Throws A Party?, When I Remember, Whistlin' Down the Lane, The Star Carol, Nobody's Heart, A Lot of Livin' To Do, Cindy's Prayer, Camelot, The Trolley Song, Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

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Hi-Lo's : Under Glass / I Presume : 1 CD :  : 794579

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Hi-Lo's : Under Glass / I Presume out of print

Review: A spate of Hi-Lo's albums have been recently released on CD, but this may be the most auspicious re-emergence yet: the Hi-lo's first two records, paired up for over an hour's worth of great listening. Though some of the cuts can be found on other recordings, the a cappella "Molly Malone" and "Through The Years" aren't available anywhere else, and the remarkable harmonizations that were Gene Puerling's unique artistry are gloriously displayed in a riot of tonal color. Also, "Georgia On My Mind," and "They Don't Believe Me," from their first 1953 recording session for Trend, are included; the latter was on the previously available "Nice Work If You Can Get It" CD, which has since been discontinued. Anyway, suffice it to say, that among the vocal harmony groups of the 1950's, the Hi-lo's were much imitated, but never duplicated, and their appeal is timeless. Mostly accompanied, with orchestrations by frequent music director Frank Comstock.

Songlist: Summertime, The Birth Of The Blues, Skylark, Through The Years, Shadow Waltz, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Chinatown, My Chinatown, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, In The Blue Of The Evening, Molly Malone, You're the Top, Long Ago And Far Away, Rockin' Chair, Stars Fell On Alabama, Nice Work If You Can Get It, I Thought About You, This Is The Night, Too Young For The Blues, Jeepers Creepers, Put Your Dreams Away, Button Up Your Overcoat, Speak Low, Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo, They Didn't Believe Me, Georgia On My Mind

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Ink Spots : 20th Century Masters

Review: Along with the Mills Bros, the Ink Spots were the most popular black vocal group of the 1930's and 40's, though their careers spanned such duration, that groups are still performing under the Ink Spots name. Their trademark style, with a buttery tenor vibrato over spoken interludes by the bass vocalist, and elegant yet understated accompaniment, generated a spate of hits, including their first big chart appearance with "If I Didn't Care" in 1939. Having found their niche, a series of similarly-produced songs, including "The Gypsy," "Java Jive," "I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire" and "Prisoner of Love," capitalized on the record-buying public's attention. Though there were many subsequent personnel changes, the group sustained both artistic quality and popular success, and no music collection is complete without the Ink Spots.

Songlist: If I Didn't Care, My Prayer, Java Jive, I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You), I'm Making Believe, Into Each Life Some Rain Will Fall, The Gypsy, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Prisoner of Love, To Each His Own

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Ink Spots : Java Jive

Review: Through changing pop styles the popularity of the Ink Spots remained strong. Across the globe, audiences flocked to hear their unique blend and fresh approach to the music. Spotlighted on this CD are some their greats, including "I Love You Truly," "My Wild Irish Rose" and "Shine On Harvest Moon." Not to be forgotten, closing the program is one of their most beloved hits from 1940, "Java Jive." No matter the changes in style, these songs will always be classics.

Songlist: I Love You Truly, Stars Fell On Alabama, My Wild Irish Rose, Just for A Thrill, Shine On Harvest Moon, It's Been A Long, Long Time, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, I've Got the World on a String, Address Unknown, In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree, Blueberry Hill, You Always Hurt the One You Love, In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town, Java Jive

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Ink Spots : Street of Dreams

Review: Twenty five track compilation brings together greatest hits from the legendary vocal group's early career in the 1930s, and it features their original lineup, incuding the songs "Knock-Kneed Sal," "I'm Beginning To See The Light" & "When The Sun Goes Down"

Songlist: Knock-Kneed Sal, Street Of Dreams, I'm Beginning to See the Light, If I Didn't Care, When The Sun Goes Down, That's The Way It Is, Is It A Sin (My Loving You), We Three, I Hope To Die If I Told A Lie, I Could Make You Care, This Is Worth Fighting For, Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat, Nothin', Memories Of You, Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall, Shout, Brother, Shout, White Christmas, A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, I'm Making Believe, I Cover The Waterfront, That Cat Is High, I'm Through, I'll Get By, Oh, Red, Maybe It's All For The Best

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7482c | 1 CD | $15.98 || Black Vocal Groups

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