(2005/Charly) 54 tracks, great multi label collection of original 1950s recordings from labels like Vee Jay, Federal, Red Robin and others.
0f all the musical styles which peaked in the 1950s Doo-Wop is, perhaps, the most misunderstood.
Almost exclusively urban and in its older manifestations even urbane it was a genre where subtle
shadings in delivery meant everything.
Yet this overwhelming and defining concern with aesthetic has been lost in a fog of nostalgia,
a fate which other musical forms like blues, gospel and rockabilly seem to have avoided.
While there is no denying the potency of keening stairwell balladry, no denying the
immediacy of place created whenever something like the Jesters' waxing of 'The Wind' or the
Collegians 'Zoom, Zoom, Zoom' graces a film soundtrack doo-wop is seldom accorded
the proper respect and discussed in the present. And make no mistake, doo-wop deserves
a place of real prominence in the pantheon of post-war American music.