Starry-Eyed Serenaders

Various Artists
GENRE: , , ,
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
£8.99
Release date: 13 Jan 2014

 

“The whole is programmed excellently…making this a genuine collector’s delight.” 4/5 Record Collector

“Its more than likely that this is the first time many of these tracks have been issued on a domestic CD…a treat” Now Dig This

CAT No: FVDD183UPC TEXT: 5055311001838

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Dreamy Doo Wop, Romantic R&B, Passionate Pop

Romance has been the overriding preoccupation of songwriters and performers through the ages, and never more so than in the golden years of rock & roll. On Starry-Eyed Serenaders, music historian and producer Stuart Colman has intertwined an array of love songs, some famous, many much sought after, that together assert what the classic make-out ballad is all about. Not every song is devoted to matters of the heart, but they certainly predominate. Sweet-sounding harmonies have an uncanny ability to render a heaven-sent lyric even dreamier, and vocal groups abound here: some in a supporting role but many as the defining ingredient of doo wop.

The collection spans 1955 to 1962, the golden years of rock & roll, and draws on the catalogues of a wide array of labels ranging from majors to small indies. Virtually all of the recordings feature vocal groups, mainly as the featured artists, but occasionally in a support role, but there are also a handful of solo performances which fit nicely with the romantic theme. True to form Stuart has largely eschewed familiar artists or titles in favour of lesser-heard recordings. So key interpreters such as the Clovers, the Crests and the Harptones, sit alongside lesser-knowns such as the Electras, the Lavenders and Robert Peebles. Many rare sides are included within the set, sides that usually sell for telephone numbers in the collectors’ world.

The groups and soloists may have been starry-eyed when it came to their objective, but they all knew how to dispense romance and classiness with a free-flowing air of authority. Starry-Eyed Serenaders will be welcomed by rock & roll fans, and (being released ahead of Valentine’s Day), would also make the ideal present for a loved one.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Just Like The Bluebird (The Genies)
  2. I Do (The Crests)
  3. A Second Helping Of Cherry Pie (Marvin and Johnny)
  4. Can I Come Over Tonight (The Velours)
  5. Father Time (The Turks)
  6. This Little Light Of Mine (Robert Peebles)
  7. Your Tender Lips (The Clovers)
  8. A Fallen Tear (The El Dorados)
  9. Teenage Vows Of Love (The Dreamers)
  10. My Own True Love (The Duprees)
  11. Two Timing Lover (The Lions)
  12. Dorothy (The Hi-Fives)
  13. The Voice (Fred Parris and The Scarlets)
  14. Angel (The Lavenders)
  15. Gee How I Wish You Were Here (Curtis Lee)
  16. My Steady Girl (The Rays)
  17. Two People In The World (Little Anthony and The Imperials)
  18. You Know (The Electras)
  19. The Castle Of Love (The Raiders)
  20. The Girl I Love (The Glowtones)
  21. Life Is But A Dream (The Harptones)
  22. Two Hearts Make One Love (The Wisdoms)
  23. I’m In The Mood For Love (The Chimes)
  24. Spring Fever (The Velvets)
  25. I Wonder (If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me) (The Pentagons

CD2

  1. This I Swear (The Skyliners)
  2. Down In Cuba (The Royal Holidays)
  3. I’m Sorry (Bo Diddley)
  4. Crying For You (The Cineramas)
  5. Glad To Be Here (Lee Andrews and The Hearts)
  6. Oh What A Feeling (The Five Fleets)
  7. I Laughed (The Jesters)
  8. Florence (The Paragons)
  9. I’ll Stop Wanting You (The Moonglows)
  10. Lovers Never Say Goodbye (The Flamingos)
  11. I Remember (The Five Discs)
  12. Spiral (The Elegants)
  13. On My Word Of Honor (The Platters)
  14. I Don’t Want To Cry (Big Maybelle)
  15. Just Like A Fool (The Robins)
  16. I’m So Happy (Tra-la-la-la-la-la) (Lewis Lymon and The Teenchords)
  17. Comin’ Home (The Nutmegs)
  18. Oh My Love (The Drifters)
  19. Be My Boy (The Paris Sisters)
  20. You Mean Everything To Me (Neil Sedaka)
  21. I’ll Be Around (The Castaleers)
  22. Teenage Love (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers)
  23. Castle In The Sky (The Bop-Chords)
  24. Camera (Jimmy Beaumont)
  25. Does My Love Stand A Chance (The Del-Satins)