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Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 1 (1939-1949) [Digipak]

Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story Of Doo Wop, Vol. 1 (1939 1949) [Digipak]


Bear Family's ambitious multi-volume Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop chronicles a time long before rock & roll. It begins in 1939 with the Ink Spots' "If I Didn't Care," a song that contains the DNA of doo wop within Bill Kenny's lovely, keening tenor counterbalanced by the bass of Orville "Hoppy" Jones. This slight but significant shift within vocal harmony groups can be heard throughout the 30 songs on this first volume. Almost all of these sides, all cut between 1939 and 1949, are rooted in big-band pop, not gospel, so the rhythms sway instead of jump. This begins to change in the late '40s, particularly with the Orioles' "It's Too Soon to Know," which has the swing of R&B and gospel harmonies. A few other singles here also point to nascent doo wop but most of the music on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 1 should be viewed as prehistory for the main event -- it is instructive, at times fascinating and entertaining, and always well-annotated by Bill Dahl, but it retains a slight musty air, possibly because the bulk of this music is so dreamy it verges on the sleepy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Bear Family Records (Germany)
  • UPC: 4000127172792
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Track listings

  • 1. If I Didn't Care The Ink Spots
  • 2. I Miss You So The Cats & The Fiddle
  • 3. Till Then The Mills Brothers
  • 4. I Learned A Lesson, I'll Never Forget Five Red Caps
  • 5. Sentimental Reasons Deek Watson & His Brown Dots
  • 6. Play Jackpot Dusty Brooks & His Four Tones
  • 7. Atom And Evil Golden Gate Quartet
  • 8. Just A Sittin' And A Rockin' The Delta Rhythm Boys
  • 9. I Know The Jubalaires (Featuring Andy Kirk & His Orchestra)
  • 10. I Sold My Heart To The Junk Man Basin Street Boys (Featuring Eddie Beal Fourtet)
  • 11. I Cover The Waterfront Cats 'n Jammer Three
  • 12. My Baby The Melody Masters
  • 13. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder, Pt. 2 The Four Aces
  • 14. P.S. I Love You Four Vagabonds
  • 15. Ol' Man River The Ravens
  • 16. Don't You Think I Oughta Know Bill Johnson & His Musical Notes
  • 17. I'm All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart The Five Bars
  • 18. Solitude The Scamps
  • 19. After Awhile The Big Three Trio
  • 20. It's Too Soon To Know The Orioles
  • 21. Recess In Heaven Deep River Boys
  • 22. Loch Lomond The Rockets
  • 23. Go Long The Dixieaires
  • 24. It Takes A Long Tall Brown Skinned Gal Four Blues
  • 25. You're Heartless The Four Tunes
  • 26. Kiss And A Rose, A The Charioteers
  • 27. Wrapped Up In A Dream The Four Knights
  • 28. River Stay Away From My Door The Syncopators
  • 29. If It's So Baby The Robins
  • 30. I've Been A Fool The Shadows
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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