The Belmonts

Lost Treasures

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Lost Treasures, a companion to the greatest-hits collection The Best of the Belmonts, surveys an assortment of rarities and unreleased recordings by this white doo wop trio that first came to fame as Dion's backing group. Most of the cuts are either previously unreleased songs or different versions of released songs, the latter of which include a stereo mix of the group's biggest hit ("Tell Me Why") and a Dutch-language version of the minor hit "I Need Someone." The previously released recordings include some B-sides and cuts on which the Belmonts appeared pseudonymously and/or backed other artists like Pete Barin and Buddy Sheppard. The recordings hail from the group's tenure with Sabina Records and most date from 1962-1963, a time when the group's commercial fortunes were waning, as was doo wop as a whole. Ernie Maresca wrote or co-wrote several of the songs, one of which is a "Runaround Sue" sound-alike titled "That Background Sound." The biggest stylistic departure is the folk-flavored "Little Boat," originally credited to the Moonshiners. Lost Treasures is geared toward collectors, but much of the material is as appealing as the group's hits.

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