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The Marcels - The Best Of The Marcels (1990)

The Marcels - The Best Of The Marcels (1990)

The Marcels

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The Marcels - The Best Of The Marcels (1990)
Label: Rhino Records
The Marcels were an American doo-wop group known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. They are known primarily for their novelty-tinged cover of "Blue Moon". The group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and signed to Colpix Records, with lead Cornelius Harp, bass Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss. The group was named after a popular hair style of the day, the marcel wave.
"Lest anyone think the Marcels were a one-song phenomenon (i.e. "Blue Moon"), this CD will be a valuable learning experience, as well as delightful listening. Drawing primarily from their singles (with three LP cuts and an unissued outtake filling out the song lineup), this is a fairly dazzling array of vocal acrobatics, much of it hung around old pop standards, among them "Summertime," "That Old Black Magic," "My Melancholy Baby," and "Over the Rainbow," as well as songs of more recent vintage. Among the discoveries to be made here is a gloriously radiant recording of an otherwise "lost" Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill number called "Find Another Fool." Cornelius Harp's lead on "Summertime" is a glorious thing to hear, while the brilliantly arranged "Heartaches" -- dominated by Walt Maddox's baritone -- which managed to hit number nine nationally, manages to encompass something essentially poignant about R&B and rock & roll, and elicit a laugh or two (or three) in the process. Original producer Stu Phillips, whose subsequent career involved him in everything from the Monkees to the soundtrack of Battlestar Galactica, did a brilliant job on these tracks, which hold up very well today, the voices always out front and in your face, and just enough rhythm section and whatever lead instrument (usually a sax) to sweeten the mix and add a little punch behind the group. If this disc has any flaw, it's that the makers didn't follow the chronological order of the recording dates, which means that the sounds of the two distinctly different lineups of the group are intermingled -- but the notes also include a chart delineating precisely which lineup sang on which songs, and that's excellent compensation."



Tracklist:

01. Blue Moon
02. I'll Be Forever Loving You
03. I Wanna Be The Leader
04. That Old Black Magic
05. Honestly Sincere
06. Footprints In The Sand
07. Summertime
08. Heartaches
09. Allright, Okay, You Win
10. Goodbye To Love
11. Find Another Fool
12. My Melancholy Baby
13. Sweet Was The Wine
14. One Last Kiss
15. Friendly Loans
16. Crazy Bells
17. Blue Heartaches
18. Over The Rainbow

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#tags Marcels, Marcels, Best,
The album code is : ODI4384403

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