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Oh So Fine: The Very Best Of The Fiestas (Ace)

  • 1. So Fine
    2. Last Night I Dreamed
    3. Things We Can't Forget
    4. Our Anniversary
    5. I'm Your Slave
    6. Come on and Love Me
    7. Good News
    8. That Was Me
    9. Dollar Bill
    10. It Don't Make Sense
    11. You Could Be My Girlfriend
    12. So Nice
    13. Look at That Girl
    14. Mr. Dillon, Mr. Dillon
    15. Hobo's Prayer, The
    16. Lawman, The
    17. Broken Heart
    18. Railroad Song, The
    19. I Feel Good All Over
    20. Gypsy Said, The
    21. Party's Over, The
    22. Try It One More Time
    23. Foolish Dreamer
    24. Rock-A-By Baby Don't Cry No More
    25. All That's Good
    26. Anna
    27. Think Smart
    28. Love Is Good to Me
    29. I Gotta Have Your Lovin'
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 382

  • Credits
    ProducerHy Weiss

    The Fiestas: Sam Ingalls, Tommy Bullock, Preston Lane, Eddie Morris (vocals).
    Recorded between 1958 & 1965. Includes liner notes by Peter Grendysa.
    Liner Note Author: Dan Nooger.
    Recording information: 09/22/1958-10/15/1965.
    The Fiestas' "Oh So Fine," with its gospel-style harmonies and loping rhythm, is a seminal soul record and the biggest hit for this New Jersey vocal group. The single's flip side, "Last Night I Dreamed," features lead singer Tommy Bullock's piercing falsetto and is just as good. Regardless, the group was practically a one-hit wonder whose chart career went into steep decline thereafter, despite waxing a number of excellent R&B and soul sides for Hy Weiss' Old Town label. Oh So Fine compiles a whopping 29 recordings, some previously unreleased, comprising the group's hits, misses, and album tracks. When commercial success proved fleeting, the Fiestas tried new things, such as Olympics-style Western novelties ("Mr. Dillon, Mr. Dillon," "The Lawman"), religious songs ("The Hobo's Prayer"), and "So Fine" clones ("So Nice"). If anything, the group only got better as the years wore on, and the recordings from the mid-'60s are sweet soul sounds, indeed. The Collectables label issued a similar Fiestas anthology domestically in 2000 that is somewhat less expensive than this import collection, but curiously omits the group's Top 20 R&B hit "Broken Heart," as well as three other tracks. ~ Greg Adams

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