The Videls

The Very Best of the Videls (Yesterday & Today)

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As white doo wop groups go, the Videls had a few distinguishing characteristics: they wrote most of their material, had a strong lead singer in Peter Anders, and were able to stay in tune (which is more than can be said about many groups that had what is charitably termed a "street" sound). The Very Best of the Videls (Yesterday & Today) compiles most of the group's early recordings, from their first single for the local Rhody label to their better known recordings for JDS, which include their only national hit ("Mister Lonely"), a well-remembered regional hit ("Now That Summer Is Here"), and two previously unreleased songs. When the group split up, Peter Anders and Vini Poncia released a Philly-sounding party record on the Bigtop label, "Hand Clappin' Time," both parts of which are included here. Also present is a song from a Videls demo they later recorded as the Trade Winds for Red Bird in 1965. The remaining ten songs are taken from a 1994 cassette-only release, "Re-Videlized," on which the group re-create their classic doo wop sound on a set of excellent originals with Anders' youthful-sounding vocals leading the charge.

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