Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Echoes of a Rock Era: Groups
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Christian
Good 50's Doo-Wop
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD contains 12 tracks by the Crows and 12 by the Harptones, both from their mid-50's recordings for Bruce/Rama/Gee. Both groups were originators of many aspects of the Doo-Wop vocal group style. The Crows portion of this CD includes all of their releases other than 2 obscure B sides. The topnotch cuts are their double sided 1953 R&B #2 smash hit "Gee" and "I Love You So" and the 1954 ballad "Untrue". This is balanced out by 2 lemons, "Mambo Shevitz" - a mambo record to the tune of a wine commercial, and "Perfidia" - an uptempo tune with an ear piercing near falsetto lead throughout. The rest of the Crows tracks are good ballad and uptempo sides.The excellent Harptone cuts are their 1953 ballads "A Sunday Kind Of Love" and "My Memories Of You" and the 1956 "The Masquerade Is Over". The only weak track is the uptempo "So Good, So Fine, You're Mine". All other tracks are good ballads. This CD omits some fine Harptones tunes done for other labels.The liner notes contain some interesting historical information about both groups and some original release data but does not contain a discography."
Classic DooWop done the old fashion way. Superb.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Arizona, USA | 05/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am a diehard Harptones fan. The silky, stylish voice of Willie Winfield, the Harptone's lead singer, is impeccably displayed in this selection of Harptone hits. The tight and well arranged background vocal harmonies the group became famous for come through true to form. Some Harptones classics that helped make the group famous are not listed in this selection like "Life Is But A Dream" and "What Is Your Decision," but that didn't take away from my experience of listening to this CD and the songs the Harptones recorded when they were at the top of their game. Other classics like "Sunday Kind of Love," "Shrine of St. Cecilia," "Cry Like I Cried" and "Three Wishes" are front and center in this CD for me to enjoy again and again.The Crow's recording "Gee" is an all time classic that I found myself playing over and over. Like the groups of their time, The appeal of the Crows sound is the unpretentious simplicity of their delivery.I was just a new born babe the year both groups were at the height of their fame in the 50's. Though I wasn't old enough to enjoy and listen to them then, not lost on me today is the artistic and emotion filled skill with which these groups performed their songs. The magic of this CD is its ability to put me back in the time when DooWop was pure, clean and real.I recommend this recording highly. Willie Winfield and the Harptones are an American jewel whose voices and style is preserved excellently for us to enjoy for a long, long time. Finally, don't be surprised if The Crow's rendering of "Gee" has you tapping your feet and snapping your fingers to its get up and dance rhythmic beat."
Crowin' across a Harp
Robert S. Estes | Santa Rosa, Ca | 06/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Crows most likely never met Harptones. Even the lengendary corners of New York streets would not have crissed/crossed this complilation.
Crows had a big hit, "Gee" and maybe some others that cawwed loudly while on the telephone pole wire as they tried to make a noise. The best part of the Crows is the sweet attempt to hit the right note while blinking back the tears/happiness they knew would come when the neighborhood asked for an autograph.
Harptones had the Mom and Dad nod that, yes, it was Rhythm and Blues, but Willie Winfield was as good as Nat "King" Cole and no problem there. And surely Harptones sang "Sunday Kind of Love" like a picnic in the park.
This CD is 12 Crows and 12 Harptones, 24 songs of an era. This is for completists and wided-eyed would-be crooners."