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Ooh Bop Sha Boo: King Vocal Groups, Vol. 1

  • 1. Ooh Bop Sha Boo (Give All Your Love to Me) - The Guytones
    2. Come Go with Me - Federals
    3. Deep in My Heart for You - The Pyramids
    4. Standing Alone - The Temptations
    5. So Can I - Otis Williams & the Charms
    6. I Need Your Tenderness - The Chanters
    7. My Angel - Californians
    8. Lonely Rain - The Mascots
    9. God Only Knows - The Crystals
    10. You Broke the Only Heart - The Five Keys
    11. I'm Yours Anyhow - The Tenderfoots
    12. Dear Mother - The Hurricanes
    13. Let Some Love in Your Heart - Otis Williams & the Charms
    14. Who Knows, Do You? - The Swallows
    15. Tell Me (How Was I to Know) - The Guytones
    16. My, My, Darling - The Chanters
    17. Story of My Heart, The - The Mascots
    18. Roach's Rock - The Temptations
    19. Ask Me - Kenny Martin
    20. Tell Me You're Mine - The Five Jets
    21. My Baby's Gone - The Velvet Keys
    22. Those Golden Bells - The Tenderfoots
    23. Blue Flowers - The Strangers
    24. Eternally - The Swallows
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 983

  • Credits

    Performers include: The Five Keys, The Swallows, The Pyramids, Guytones, Temptations, Otis Williams & The Charm, Tenderfoots, Hurricanes, Mascots, Californians.
    Personnel: Stanley Wagner, Philip Spina, Tony Lopez Rivera, Michael Cruz (tenor); Vincent Pascale (baritone, bass voice); Ray Pea (baritone); John Cales (bass voice).
    Liner Note Author: Gordon Skadberg.
    Recording information: Cincinnati, OH (09/1951-09/1960); King Recording Facility, Cincinnati, OH (09/1951-09/1960); New York, NY (09/1951-09/1960).
    Arranger: John Brizant.
    King Records had the whole field of rock & roll, R&B, and hillbilly covered in the '50s, including doo wop groups. Here are a couple of dozen doo woppers from 1952-1961 King singles, none of them hits, and few of them by artists who had any success of note, other than the Five Keys and Otis Williams & the Charms. (Note that the group called the Temptations on this disc, represented by both sides of their sole 1958 single, are not the same as the Temptations who recorded for Motown, or indeed, as a third group called the Temptations who had a Top Thirty hit with "Barbara" in 1960. Nor is the male vocal group here called the Crystals any relation to the girl group who had several Phil Spector-produced hits.) There's a good variety of styles within the doo wop genre here -- gushy slow ballads, up-tempo numbers with nonsense syllables galore, and gymnastic vocal harmony arrangements. In the up-tempo approach, the Guytones' "Ooh Bop Sha Boo (Give All Your Love to Me)" is one of the best cuts; the Tenderfoots' "Those Golden Bells" has that mellow, melodramatic sound common in mid-'50s doo wop, just before it got toughened up by the rock & roll explosion; Otis Williams & the Charms' 1961 single "So Can I" has a nice, slightly modernized tinge; and the same group's earlier "Let Some Love in Your Heart" has some really fine harmonizing, leaning more toward an adult pop style than doo wop usually did. But most of this is pretty ordinary doo wop, sometimes stereotypically so, of interest almost exclusively to avid collectors of the genre. And the Federals' cover of "Come Go With Me," released in competition with the huge Del Vikings' hit version of the same song, is depressingly inferior to the one that became a smash. ~ Richie Unterberger

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