CD Here Comes the Nite Owl! * (CD 6263939),
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Here Comes the Nite Owl! *

  • 1. Check Yourself Baby
    2. Nite Owl
    3. Especially
    4. I
    5. It Hurts to Be Hurt - (previously unreleased)
    6. Don't You Know - (previously unreleased)
    7. Why in the World
    8. Come Back
    9. Lovers Mountain
    10. If Love Was Money
    11. Dreamin' aka I'm Dreaming [Version 2]
    12. Be My Love, Be My Love
    13. Cute Thing
    14. Have Faith in Me
    15. If I Had Aladdin's Lamp
    16. Why in the World [Version 2]
    17. Home Wrecker
    18. Give Me a Chance
    19. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
    20. Don't You Know I Love You - (previously unreleased)
    21. You Won't Let Me Go - (previously unreleased)
    22. Come-a Come-a Baby - (previously unreleased)
    23. I'm Dreaming [Version 1]
    24. I Found an Angel
    25. It Hurts Me So
    26. Check Yourself
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1247

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Tony Rounce.
    R&B singer Tony Allen recorded for numerous labels in the 1950s and early '60s without making a significant commercial impact. This 26-track compilation has sides he did for Specialty, Ebb, Modern, and Dig, either as a soloist or as a frontman for various groups (and on one track, a duet partner with a female vocalist). For the sake of early rock & roll collectors, Ace does a great service by putting so much material by singers like this in a well-annotated package, even including five previously unissued tracks. For the non-specialist, however, it must be said that this is pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. It's similar in some respects to, but not in the same league as, the output of other Los Angeles R&B stalwarts like Richard Berry. Though this isn't classic doo wop in the vocal group sense since Allen had his own billing, both slow and fast doo wop are the predominant styles. His vocals are competent and cheerful, but not especially distinctive, which is also true of the material, most of which Allen penned himself. At times he does get into songs that rock harder, with the previously unissued "Don't You Know," for instance, not far afield from singers like Larry Williams; another previously unreleased selection, the demo "Come-a Come-a Baby," is obviously derivative of Jimmy Jones' hit "Handy Man." ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.76) - "Allen's voice is at times seductively breathy....The blues-imbued flute solos and fills have the signature of Heartsman's sound on that instrument."
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