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The Best of the Flamingos

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1990 audio CD release

The Best of the Flamingos is an 18-track collection that compiles all of the Flamingos' biggest hits and best songs. Best Of ignores the group's latter-day soul hits and concentrates solely on their doo wop material, which makes for a stronger, more … see full wiki

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Here's to one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.

  • Dec 31, 2008
What is the most perfect sounding single of all time?  Many collectors would answer that question without hesitation.  "Golden Teardrops" by The Flamingos was released on the fledgling Chance label in Chicago in late 1953.  This is an unforgettable and truly elegant recording featuring the passionate lead of Sollie McElroy and the intricate harmonies of first tenor Johnny Carter, second tenor Zeke Carey, baritone Paul Wilson and bass Jake Carey.  This record would establish the group as one of the top R&B vocal groups of the era.  But the Flamingos were not content to be just an outstanding vocal group.  They also played their own instruments and choreographed the act as well.  Many of the Motown groups a decade later would emulate the Flamingos.
In the marvelous "The Complete Book of Doo Wop" authors Anthony Gribin and Matthew Schiff list what they feel are the top 1000 doo wop records of all time.  There are 10 records by the Flamingos on that list.  9 of these songs appear on this wonderful CD.  Once again, Rhino has done a masterful job with this compilation.  There is an informative 8 page booklet featuring a history of the group as well as a complete discography.  This is an especially important feature for doo wop groups since most tended to wander from label to label.  The Flamingos were no exception in this regard.  Sit down relax and enjoy tunes like "That's My Desire" from 1953, "I'll Be Home" as well as tunes we all know and love like "Lovers Never Say Goodbye" and of course "I Only Have Eyes For You".   I am confident that you will enjoy each and every one of the 18 tracks on the CD.  One track I would have included here had it been up to me was the groups rendition of Patti Pages "Cross Over the Bridge".  It is one of my favorites.  Whether you are a long time fan of doo wop or someone just exploring the genre for the first time, this is a recording worth owning.  Highly recommended.

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