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History of Rock: The Group Sounds, Vol. 1

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The three-volume Group Sounds set continues Collectables' diligent re-shuffling and re-packaging of doo wop and R&B singles from the late '50s and early '60s. As with other Collectables sets like For Lovers Only, Jukebox Giants, and Back Seat Memories, the Group Sounds discs offer a decent combination of national hits and regional hits. Although they are enjoyable, they are hardly definitive; and they don't exactly cater to collectors or newcomers, instead falling into some middle ground between those two poles. Another problem is that each of these discs are skimpy, containing only 12 songs. The first volume includes the Wrens' "Come Back My Love?," Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," the Flamingos' "Lovers Never Say Goodbye," Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Two People in the World," the Harptones' "On Sunday Afternoon," and the Cadillacs' "Speedoo." It must be noted that there are identical sets of the Group Sounds series that are dedicated to New York's WCBS and Philadelphia's WOGL; two oldies stations that have undoubtedly spun many of these songs several times over.

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