Various Artists

20 Classic Doo-Wop Hits

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A lot of great doo wop came out of Chicago in the years between 1954 and 1965, the year when soul music took over the R&B charts. The majority of the great ones came out on Chess and Vee-Jay Records, and this 20-track collection samples some of the very best. Kicking off (the disc runs chronologically) with 1954's "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" by the Spaniels -- who also appear on "You Painted Pictures" -- the set features two tracks each by the Flamingos ("The Vow" and the absolutely gorgeous "I'll Be Home"), Lee Andrew and the Hearts ("Teardrops" and "Long Lonely Nights"), the Dells (the original "Oh What a Night" and the 1965 set-closing "Stay In My Corner") and three from the Moonglows ("Ten Commandments of Love," "Twelve Months of the Year" and "In My Diary"). This would make a formidable enough backbone for a comp, but add the El Dorados' "At My Front Door," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," the Students' "I'm So Young," Johnnie & Joe's "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," the Magnificents' "Up On the Mountain," the Pastels' "So Far Away" and the Sensations' "Let Me In" to the mix and you've got a healthy chunk of some of this genre's greatest music in one quick history lesson.

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