Various Artists

Lost Soulful Doo Wop Treasures, Volume 1

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A various-artist collection that lives up to its title for these are truly treasures. Though '60s tracks, the doo wop in the title fits. Leo & the Leopards' "Come to My Palace" came out on Gordy in the early '60s, but it was really four years too late at that point; the song is straight out of the '50s with its exaggerated bass vocal and schoolyard harmonies. Another Motown song by the Pirates (bka the Temptations) features Paul Williams with Eddie Kendricks and the rest of the Temptations blending in the background on a soulful ballad. The Van Dykes' "No Man Is an Island," the Sheppards' "Tragic," and the Dynamics' "Misery" are the most known songs. But wait...there's more. This CD is loaded with "treasures" that fans of this genre may remember, may not, or possibly never heard (i.e. "Please Change Your Mind" by the Five Dutones [of "Shake a Tailfeather" fame]; or the Larks' [out of Cleveland, OH] beautiful "I Want Her to Love Me") but will relish and denote a special spot for in their CD holders. Twenty-eight tracks in all. To try to acquire every selection in its original 45 rpm format would be a mission impossible.