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The Golden Era of Doo-Wops: Ember Records

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Forget about other doowop collections, the Relic compilation is the end (oops, that was another label). The 25 songs here, including hits and obscurities by The Silhouettes and lost tracks by the Five Satins, and work by the Barries, the Boptones, the Smoothtones, the Camelots, the Fabulons, and the Skarlettones, among others, are mastered so beautifully that many listeners may do a double-take. Master tapes were located, or very clean copies were digitized very carefully, so that this release will prove a revelation, even on hearing old chestnuts like "Get a Job." The notes are thorough as well -- real work went into this CD, and it shows; it's also a great tribute to its subject, each song having something new and different to offer.

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