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Street Corner Symphonies: The Complete Story of Doo Wop, Vol. 12: 1960

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5/3/2013

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The fracturing of a signature vocal harmony sound so evident on the 11th volume of Bear Family's Street Corner Symphonies continues on Street Corner Symphonies, Vol. 12: 1960, whose 35 tracks boast nearly the same number of sounds and styles as its predecessor. There are a handful of sides that are recognizable as traditional doo wop harmonizing, but more and more, the records are heavily produced, a trend that suited not only the string-drenched heartbroken love songs of the Drifters ("There Goes My Baby" plays like a mini-symphony) but also the hard-rocking, funny "Big Boy Pete" from the Olympics. There are still a number of Coasters-styled novelties, burgeoning girl group harmonies (the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"), coolly grooving pop tunes like Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay," but there are some new wrinkles arriving via the testifying of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters ("Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go"), and, especially, Detroit's Four Tops and Miracles, the latter of whom contribute "Who's Lovin' You," a song that pushes doo wop toward what became known as soul. It was the birth of Motown and it's fascinating to hear that, along with uptown soul, surface among what in retrospect looks to be the twilight of doo wop, and hearing all the styles blend together makes this a rather wonderful volume in this excellent series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Stay Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs 1:33
  3. 2 Nobody Loves Me Like You The Flamingos 2:12
  4. 3 Once In a While The Chimes 2:26
  5. 4 Easy Lovin ' The Clovers 2:2
  6. 5 Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go Hank Ballard 2:24
  7. 6 To Be Loved (Forever) The Pentagons 2:22
  8. 7 Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles 2:39
  9. 8 This Magic Moment The Drifters 2:24
  10. 9 Besame Mucho, Pt. 1 The Coasters 2:14
  11. 10 Who's Lovin 'You The Miracles 3:1
  12. 11 Big Boy Pete The Olympics 2:26
  13. 12 Over the Rainbow The Demensions 3:15
  14. 13 I Know The Spaniels 2:12
  15. 14 Dollar Bill The Fiestas 2:45
  16. 15 Once Upon a Time Rochell & the Candles 2:49
  17. 16 Step By Step The Crests 2:26
  18. 17 Diamonds and Pearls The Paradons 2:13
  19. 18 Pennies From Heaven The Skyliners 2:7
  20. 19 Cruise To the Moon The Chaperones 2:11
  21. 20 Is Not That Love Four Tops 1:47
  22. 21 Charlena Sevilles 2:46
  23. 22 My Baby-O Five Dollars 2:42
  24. 23 Sally Green The Jesters 2:10
  25. 24 I'm With You The "5" Royales 4:21
  26. 25 My Hero The Blue Notes 2:38
  27. 26 Come On The Distants 2:15
  28. 27 If You Do Not Care The Danleers 2:0
  29. 28 So Blue The Vibrations 2:3
  30. 29 The Teacher The Falcons 2:46
  31. 30 I'm Willing The Cadillacs 2:17
  32. 31 Valarie Dave & The Starlights 2:24
  33. 32 Mama Loocie The Moonglows 2:26
  34. 33 Rendezvous With You The Desires 1:50
  35. 34 Do Not Laugh At Me The Dubs 2:22
  36. 35 I'll Be Seeing You The Five Satins 2:40

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