Shep & the Limelites

Daddy's Home to Stay

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Shep & the Limelites would have been your average garden-variety late-'50s/early-'60s doo-wop group had it not been for the massive talents of their visionary lead singer James Sheppard. Sheppard was the group's songwriter, but more of a storyteller, using connecting themes between songs to create an overall bigger thing, an R&B song cycle, if you will. As the leader of the Heartbeats, he wrote and had hits with "A Thousand Miles Away" and "500 Miles to Go," sentiments that gave his new group a massive "follow-up" hit in "Daddy's Home" and others extending the theme. This two-disc, 44-track set brings together the A- and B-sides of every single, many alternate takes and previously unissued demos to give the most complete overview of this amazingly underrated trio. Many of the master tapes have been remixed to stereo for the very first time and sound wonderful, and there's studio chatter galore on the unissued material. If you only think of Shep and the Limelites as a one-hit wonder, here's exactly where you should go to reassess your thinking. One of doo wop's best-kept secrets.

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