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Fa La La La La Doo Wop
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Classical
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Eric K. (SoulfulStuff)
Reviewed on 11/1/2014...
This budget-label 1997 CD stretches things a bit to come up with twelve tracks, but a few gems within make it worthwhile for collectors of offbeat group/soul music of an earlier era. The Ebonys' version of "Christmas Ain't Christmas..." is
seldom seen on CD; it dates from 1972, following earlier issues
of the song by The O'Jays in 1969 & 1970.
The r&b group tracks by the Penguins and Moonglows are also worthwhile, as is the 1957 solo go at "Silent Night" by Frankie Lymon, recorded just weeks after the announced breakup of his Teenagers group.
Stretches: The Isley Brothers' version of the Laurie London hit "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," dating from 1960 and their association with RCA records, is perhaps interesting as a relic, but this is the only place I've seen it claimed as a holiday song. Ditto the Edwin Hawkins Singers' "Oh Happy Day," and what on earth the Monotones' "Book of Love" has to do with the season is beyond me. But there's enough worth hearing on this CD to elevate it above throwaway status, for sure.
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