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Lee Andrews & the Hearts scored only three hits, "Long Lonely Nights," "Tear Drops," and "Try the Impossible," in 1957-1958, so this collection contains plenty of the group's (and solo act Andrews') also-rans along with the successes. Liner notes author Marv Goldberg contributes an affectionate biography that traces the group's career, but doesn't help the consumer determine the sources of the actual recordings contained on the album, which is notable since Andrews & the Hearts re-recorded many of their songs. The sequencing, which jumbles up the chronology, doesn't help an understanding of the group's legacy, either. They recorded in standard doo wop style for the most part, for example, but when Andrews made solo recordings like "Can't Do Without You" in 1968, long after the doo wop era was over, he performed in a style that slavishly copied the Motown sound. Such a track can be jarring when it is preceded and followed by doo wop group recordings. Collectables is to be commended for gathering together nearly an hour's worth of Andrews solo and Andrews & the Hearts recordings, many of which are fine examples of the doo wop style. But the release could have been better assembled and annotated.

Track Listings

1. Long Lonely Nights
2. Glad To Be Here
3. Maybe You'll Be There
4. Cold Gray Dawn
5. Teardrops
6. Bluebird Of Happiness
7. The White Cliffs Of Dover
8. The Clock
9. Island Of Love
10. Lonely Room
11. Little Bird
12. Try The Impossible
13. Abide By The Golden Rule
14. Just Suppose
15. Can't Do Without You
16. Sipping A Cup Of Coffee
17. The Bells Of St. Mary's
18. Why Do I
19. Quiet As It's Kept
20. Baby Come Back
21. Dearest
22. I've Had It
23. The Fairest
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Performer:  Lee Andrews and the Hearts
Release Date:  April 2, 2002
Label:  Collectables
Genre:  Doo-Wop
Release Date:  April 2, 2002
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Hailing from Philadelphia, USA, Lee Andrews and the Hearts certainly made their mark during the late fifties.  While most doo wop vocal groups never made the Billboard Top 100, Lee Andrews and the Hearts managed to place three songs on the charts.  The haunting "Long Lonely Nights", "Try The Impossible" and their biggest hit "Teardrops" all charted between the summer of '57 and the summer of '58.  Over the years the group would record several …
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