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Doo-Wop Forever, Volume 2

(Empire Musicwerks; US: 18 Jul 2006; UK: Available as import)

Doo-Wop Forever, Volume 2 has plenty of great vocal music, but little that the average music fan would recognize. The collection’s geared for more intense doo-wop fans, and features some otherwise very difficult to find songs. A few notable groups show up here, such as the Flamingos and the Five Satins, but they don’t stand out above acts that made only a single or two before disappearing. Over the course of 40 well-mastered tracks, the compilation covers a wide range of sounds within doo-wop, from the ballads to the near-rockers, in an enjoyable sequence. Some highlights to look for include the Edsel’s “Rama Lama Ding Dong”, the Eternals’ “Babalu’s Wedding Day”, and the Nightcaps’ “Wine Wine Wine.”

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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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