Various Artists

Del-Fi Doo-Wop, Vol. 2: One Teardrop Too Late

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

More L.A. doo wop from the late 1950s and early '60s that was released by Del-Fi. It's not as strong as Volume One, but is again a decent mixture of styles that arch from Five Satins-type quaintness to efforts that sound like very early Motown imitations. The Gallahads' "Lonely Guy" was a big local hit, though it's actually outpaced by their mournful "I'm Without a Girlfriend." Little Johnny McCall sounds all of eight-years-old on the novelty "My Love I Can't Hide," an effort which makes Frankie Lymon sound as mature as Frank Sinatra. The best curiosity is actually a nice early single, "Echo," by Brenda Holloway, who would find minor stardom on Motown a few years later (Holloway also sings on the Watesians' "I'm Gonna Find Myself a Guy"); Doretha Moore's "Mr. Fabulous" is another good female-sung cut that actually edges toward an early girl group sound. As far as the slower numbers, it's a fair bet that they found their way into Frank Zappa's legendary collection of doo wop rarities, as well as firing his imagination for his numerous affectionate parodies of the style.

blue highlight denotes track pick