A follow-up to The Jamie/Guyden Story, Jamie/Guyden Doowop Collection, Vol. 1: Doop-Doo-Wah focuses on the doo wop offerings of the Jamie, Guyden, and Landa labels from the late '50s and early '60s. Jamie was best known for Duane Eddy and had no identifiable sound beyond that. Consequently, the styles are varied even within a targeted compilation such as this one, from white Italian-American vocal groups to girl groups to R&B. Many of the selections are so obscure as to be unknown even to serious collectors, and more than a few had to be mastered from rare, less-than-mint 45s with poor results. Some highlights include the Pentagons' gorgeously orchestrated "Until Then," which showcases lead singer Joe Jones' penchant for adventurous phrasing, Billy & the Essentials' endearingly earnest "Maybe You'll Be There," as well as rarities by known groups such as the Sharps and the Heartbeats. Five tracks overlap with The Jamie/Guyden Story, which is a much more hit-oriented package; even for the groups that had hits, Doop-Doo-Wah includes B-sides or non-hits instead. The Pentagons' "I Wonder" is one bona fide, though minor, hit that made the cut. There are also several previously unreleased recordings, including the Five Chords' rockin' "Crazy Rock." The rough sound quality and marginality of these often deservedly unsuccessful recordings make Doop-Doo-Wah a package for serious doo wop collectors only. Despite the title's suggestion that more volumes would follow, no sequel has appeared.
Jamie/Guyden Doowop Collection, Vol. 1: Doop-Doo-Wah Review
by Greg Adams