The Platters

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The Platters merged Tin Pan Alley pop with just enough R&B grit to prefigure what came to be known as soul, and they were one of the most important vocal groups of the 1950s. Unfortunately, this brief ten-song set consists of re-recordings of the group's hits that lack the intimacy, feel, and subtle texture of the original recordings. It's pleasant enough, but still feels like a series of facsimiles standing in for the real deal.

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