Various Artists

Rhythm & Blues: Detroit Style 1952 - 1957

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The rarity of these 26 tracks makes this compilation invaluable to collectors. Included are sides by the Five Scalders (which included Mack Rice) and the Gales' "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying." The Fresandos, a group Otis Williams (the Temptations) admired as a youth, represent with the Latinish "Your Last Goodbye," and the Five Emeralds submit on two killer ballads -- "Darling" and "I'll Beg." Many tracks were originally 78 rpm and benefit from digital technology. The 78 was a trip, drop it and it broke into many pieces or a big chunk fell out rendering it unplayable. The labels, some of Detroit's earliest, include Fortune, Hi-Q, Star-X, Drummond, Gem, and Sugar Hill. The groups include Teardrops, Thrillers, Twilighters, Violinaires, and Dee Jays.