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Doo Wop Delights: The Boston Groups

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Assembled by Relic Records engineer Walter Devenne (a lifelong Boston resident), this hour-long retrospective has a very personal slant, encompassing many of his favorite records of the late 1950's and early '60s, drawn from decades of working with these acts and their music. The G-Clefs (who are still performing in the 1990's) open this collection with the rousing, soaring "Cause You're Mine" (and provide a killer dance number, "Ka-Ding-Dong"), followed by the Majestics gentle ballad "Sweet One." The Syndicates' tribute to Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," called "The Duke," is a beautiful, passionate record in its own right. Other groups featured include the Love Notes, the Uniques, the Supremes (no, not the girl trio), the Del-Tones (doing a doo wop version of "Misty" that's pretty cool, and a gloriously romantic ballad called "Lonely Drifter"), the Delphonics, Bobby Mathis and the Sevilles, the C-Quins and the Estelles (with a coyly passionate number called "Merry-Go-Round"). The variety is fairly impressive, and the sound is generally good to excellent, with some of these groups captured in good stereo.

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