The "5" Royales

The Very Best of the 5 Royales

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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell

The Very Best of the 5 Royales is a slightly inferior collection compared to Rhino's Monkey Hips and Rice. The track selection is only slightly altered, but in this case that makes a big difference. This disc highlights 25 tracks recorded for the King label, but two of their earliest hits, "Baby Don't Do It" and "Help Me Somebody," were released on Apollo and have been omitted. Fortunately, this is still a strong, cohesive collection. Definitive versions of "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Tears of Joy," "Tell the Truth," and "Think" sound great, as do the more obscure numbers "Monkey Hips and Rice," "The Slummer the Slum," and "Right Around the Corner." This fine 5 Royales package certainly won't disappoint the doo wop novice, but collectors will definitely want the Apollo material.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The "5" Royales 02:55 Amazon
2 The "5" Royales 02:52 Amazon
3 The "5" Royales 02:55 Amazon
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The "5" Royales 02:45 Amazon
5 The "5" Royales 02:49 Amazon
6 The "5" Royales 03:03 Amazon
7 The "5" Royales 02:37 Amazon
8 The "5" Royales 02:28 Amazon
9 The "5" Royales 02:50 Amazon
10 The "5" Royales 02:36 Amazon
11 The "5" Royales 02:26 Amazon
12 The "5" Royales 02:18 Amazon
13 The "5" Royales 02:28 Amazon
14 The "5" Royales 02:41 Amazon
15 The "5" Royales 02:37 Amazon
16 The "5" Royales 02:45 Amazon
17 The "5" Royales 01:59 Amazon
18 The "5" Royales 02:15 Amazon
19 The "5" Royales 02:23 Amazon
20 The "5" Royales 01:45 Amazon
21 The "5" Royales 02:15 Amazon
22 The "5" Royales 02:37 Amazon
23 The "5" Royales 02:42 Amazon
24 The "5" Royales 04:23 Amazon
25 The "5" Royales 02:52 Amazon
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