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Lights Out: The Dore Records Story

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Dore was a spin-off of Era Records and their first big hit was Phil Spector's first hit "To Know Him Is to Love Him," and although Spector didn't stick around, Dore targeted teens just like the famed producer. One Day's triple-disc collection showcases this desire, as it's filled with surf rock tunes, doo wop, cheerful R&B, rock & roll -- songs for sock hops. Apart from that Teddy Bears song, there aren't many hits here -- the label's next big stars Jan & Dean wound up having hits once they left the label, the version of "The Blob" here is a quickie cover -- but the fun of this is hearing the label try to get hits. This can mean that they're having Sharon Mason write a song for Edd Kookie Byrnes ("Eddie Can I Park in Your Lot") or let the Tides record the wacko novelty "Chicken Spaceman" and everything in between. Not everything here works, not by a long shot, but it's fun to hear them try, and it makes for a good time capsule.

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