The Crescendos

Oh Julie Featuring the Crescendos

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The Crescendos actually only have ten tracks on this 30-cut disc, which also features a bunch of other teen-oriented rock groups that recorded for the Nashville-based Nasco label in the late '50s. It does, however, include all ten of the songs recorded by the Crescendos -- both sides of their three singles, and four performances that went unissued at the time -- and thus contains (barely) an LP's worth of material by the group. "Oh Julie," of course, is the highlight, and it's available on numerous various-artist oldies collections. The other cuts aren't as dispensable as you might think, their primary virtue being the spookily spare, almost amateurish heavy-on-the-echo production. It was idiosyncratically crude even by the standards of the day, which makes it rather more interesting than much other generic doo wop that you come across on reissues. A couple of the non-Crescendos tracks, incidentally, were the two songs waxed by "Oh Julie" backup vocalist Janice Green, billed on her sole solo effort as "The Oh Julie Girl."