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The Best of King Federal and Deluxe Doo-Wop: Volume 1

1 rating: 3.0
1999 audio CD release

A solid 20-track collection of vocal group and R&B offerings from Sid Nathan's stable of labels. In addition to classics from the Dominoes, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Otis Williams and the Charms, and the Checkers, the set also features rarities … see full wiki

Tags: Music, Albums, Doo Wop, Roots of rock and roll
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Sample some early releases from Cincinnati's legendary King records.

  • Dec 11, 2008
At the dawn of rock and roll in the late 40's and early 1950's there were creative forces at work in cities all across America. Big Band music had largely run it's course as the predominant musical genre in this country and something brand new was brewing. This new sound was being heavily influenced by African-Americans. Some call it R&B, some refer to it as doo wop and still others insist that this was early rock and roll. What was so fascinating about this period is that each city seemed to come up with it's own unique sound. In 1943 in Cincinnati Ohio record store owner Syd Nathan established King Records. His label originally released recordings aimed at the "hillbilly" market. But Nathan quickly realized that there was a fortune to be made in what were then referred to as "race" records. And so it was that King records began to record "black" artists. This chain of events perfectly positioned Syd Nathan and King Records for the explosion of interest in black music in the years following World War II.
"The Best of King Federal & Deluxe Doo Wop Vol 1" features 20 tracks from the vaults of this legendary company. It is worth noting that several of the acts included here and even Syd Nathan himself would one day be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy a pair of tracks from the great Hank Ballard and the Midnighters including "The Hoochie Coochie Coo" and "Annie's Aunt Fanny". Discover the awesome sound of Otis Williams and The Charms on both "Ling Ting Tong" and "Two Hearts". This collection also features three upbeat numbers by The Chanters including their big hit "No No No". Perhaps the biggest blunder Syd Nathan ever made was not signing the Platters to a long term deal. Give a listen to "Voo-Vee-Ah-Bee" and you will understand what I am talking about. What a great tune! One of my all-time favorite doo wop tunes is also included here. The Checkers recorded an amazing version of the World War II favorite "The White Cliffs of Dover" in 1954. I always enjoy hearing that one. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention The Dominoes. Over the years this group featured the likes of Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson as lead vocalists. You may sample a couple of their hits as well. Finally, there are tunes by a pair of long forgotten artists. Both Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone" and Wyonnie Harris' rollicking recording of "Lovin' Machine" are well worth a listen.
Whether you are a big fan of this type of music or someone just curious to learn about the genre then "The Best of King Federal & Deluxe Doo Wop Vol 1" is an outstanding choice. You will have an opportunity to sample a variety of sounds from those golden days. Unfortunately, as Collectables is loathe to do there are absolutely no liner notes included. Too bad. Liner notes greatly enhance the enjoyability of packages like this. But we certainly have no qualms with the music. Highly recommended!

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