The Cadillacs

Crazy Cadillacs

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Without duplicating anything from their first album (1957's The Fabulous Cadillacs, actually a collection of sides from various 1954-1957 singles), the Cadillacs' second LP mixed seven tracks from 1954-1957 45s with five songs that made their first appearance on this long-player. It may not have anything on the order of their classic hit "Speedoo," but it's actually a consistent and superior doo wop album, with a few cuts that rate among the group's best. Prominent among them is the infectiously exuberant "My Girlfriend," one of the scarce non-hit doo wop tunes that does actually sound like it could have been a hit, not just something that specialists say should have been a hit. The sumptuously sung "Gloria" is probably roundly considered the Cadillacs' best slow ballad, and "Window Lady" is another effective slowie enhanced by gospel-ish organ, even if it was always fun and fast stompers like "Don't Be Mad with My Heart" that were going to be the group's selling points.