Various Artists

Teenage Party/Pajama Party

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Another two albums on one compact disc affair from Westside, this one combining an album originally issued on George Goldner's Gee imprint in 1958 and its follow-up, which eventually came out on Roulette in the early 1960s. Teenage Party is often cited as the first "oldies" album, even though the songs were only a couple of years old at the time of this LP's debut. Its follow-up, Pajama Party, didn't come out until Gee was absorbed by Roulette in the following decade. But either way, the music couldn't be better, bringing together hits and turntable faves from the stars of Goldner's doo-wop stable of talent like the Crows ("Gee," "I Love You So"), the Harptones ("Three Wishes," "You're Driving Me Mad"), the Valentines ("Lily Maybelle," "Nature's Creation," "Don't Say Goodnight"), Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers ("Out In the Cold Again," "Little White Lies"), the Cleftones ("Little Girl of Mine," "String Around My Heart," "Can't We Be Sweethearts"), the Wrens ("Come Back My Love") and bandleader Jimmy Wright ("Move Over"). A solid chunk of New York City vocal group music during its peak of creativity, and a reissue well worth adding to anyone's doo-wop collection.

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