Various Artists

More Rockin' Doowop

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As a genre, doo wop is generally associated with syrupy ballads full of gorgeous harmonies and puppy love notions of romance, but doo wop can rock out, too, as this 20-track collection makes clear. Oh, there's plenty of puppy love here, but there are also songs that cut a little deeper, like the Miracles' bossa nova-paced "(I Need Some) Money," which underscores the fact that even puppy love can be economically draining. Other highlights included in this delightful compilation are the Cadillacs' manic "Sugar-Sugar," and three enduring classics, Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop," the Regents' original version of "Barbara Ann" (complete with saxophone), and the Cleftones' wise and elegant "Heart and Soul." Varied, fun, and full of the wonderful energy that comes with new love, this set is perfect for a long drive on a beautiful spring evening with the stars out and shining clearly, and the moon (you gotta have the moon, and maybe an angel or two) just sitting up there being magical.

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