Various Artists

Old Town Doo Wop, Vol. 5

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Founded in 1953 by brothers Hy and Sam Weiss, Old Town Records remains one of the premier record labels of the early rock& roll era -- with a sprawling catalog spanning the breadth of pop, R&B and blues, the company remains best known for its rich, deep stable of doo wop artists, generating a series of classic hits including the Capris' "There's a Moon Out Tonight," the Fiestas' "So Fine" and the Earls' "Remember Then." Five volumes in, and the Ace label series Old Town Doo Wop shows few signs of slowing down -- thanks to Hy Weiss' penchant for all-night sessions yielding dozens of songs, the label's archives are an embarrassment of riches, and even if few of these songs made a dent at radio, they boast a remarkable vitality and fiercely idiosyncratic spirit, galvanized by a dynamic studio band led by the unsung saxophonist Buddy Lucas. Highlights include the Intruders' "Just to Be," the Solitaires' "Lonesome Lover" and the Cleftones' "The Last Round-Up."

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