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Nice collection of one of the 1950's great vocal groups.

  • Dec 31, 2008
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 other memorable sides including "Maybe You'll Be There", a compelling dop wop version of the great WWII standard "The White Cliffs of Dover" as well as other tunes like "The Clock" and "Lonely Room".   In "The Complete Book of Doo Wop" authors Matthew Schiff and Anthony Gribin list the Best 1000 Doo Wop Songs of All Time. Lee Andrews and the Hearts place 10 tunes on that list and 8 of those appear on this compilation.

This CD issued in 2002 by Collectables replaces an earlier less comprehensive release.  After 1960 there were myriad personnel changes and the group would never again make the charts.  And as time went on the group would develop a more soulful 1960's sound reminiscent of the Four Tops or Temptations. A handful of these tunes appear on this disc.  At least one of them, "I've Had It" from 1968 could have been a major hit with the right promotion.  Collectables has outdone itself on this one. There is a detailed 3 page bio of the group and the sound quality is superb.  "Teardrops:  The Very Best of Lee Andrews and The Hearts" would be a nice addition to your music library.

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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 ...
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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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