Memories of Times Square Record Shop (11-CD Box Set)
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Memories of Times Square Record Shop (11-CD Box
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  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Released: March 14, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Collectables Records

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In the late 1950s, the Doo Wop era began in a small subway arcade shop located beneath the Walgreen's Drug Store at Broadway and 42nd Street in New York City. Jerry Greene, a young teenager from Brooklyn, would travel to Times Square in search of records he heard on the Alan Freed radio show. One of his favorite stops was a costume jewelry store that strangely enough, also sold records - twenty for a dollar. Before long, Jerry had convinced owner Irv "Slim" Rose that there was a much bigger market for records, especially if priced correctly and there was someone to manage the section, monitor the inventory, and keep one ear on the radio and the other on customer requests. Jerry had found himself a job. In short time (and with help from mentions by Alan Fredericks on his popular "Night Train" radio show on WHOM), the Times Square Record Shop became the place where record collectors went to shop, and became quite influential in the launching of many vocal groups in the New York market. This amazing 11-CD, 154 song box set collection contains rare and obscure Doo Wop finds from the days of the Times Square Record Shop. It was personally compiled by Jerry Greene and includes extensive liner notes written by him about this important piece of Doo Wop history.

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With a title like Memories of Times Square Record Shop, you wouldn't think that this Collectables series would have such broad appeal, but it compiles dozens of rare doo wop singles -- most of which are excellent -- that have changed hands for substantial sums. Obsessive doo wop fans won't be 100 percent satisfied, of course (these are, after all, budget releases), but the beauty of these discs is that the music can be enjoyed by the informed and merely interested alike. This box set combines all 11 volumes, with appearances from dozens upon dozens of under-recognized groups. Needless to say, there's plenty to devour. ~ Andy Kellman
Collectables Records

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A Novice's Reaction to This Set: Music Lover: from Florida USA -- October, 6, 2016

I'm not really sure what to say here. I am of The Beatles generation (9 years old when they hit the US), so I never really listened to Doo Wop. I decided to give it a try in a big way by purchasing this 154 song set. The problem is....there are so many doo Wop collections to choose from...and on, there is a lot of song crossover in the different anthologies. I took a chance on this one. The price is right. As on many budget sets, you get very little info on the music or artists, which is to be expected at such a low price. Honestly, if I had it to do over, I would consult with a major Doo Wop fan. I'm really not sure if this is a good representation of the field in either songs or artists. The sound is only 'OK'. Nowhere is the term "remastered" used in the description or on the packaging. By the time I listen to this entire set, I will know if I want to continue delving in to Doo Wop music...or perhaps this taste is all I want.

So, if you are new to Doo Wop, I would suggest getting help if you are looking for a good place to begin. I can only hope I made a good choice. Who knows…maybe I made the right one!

Memories of Times Square Record Shop (11-CD Box Set) (Box Set) Music Lover: from NC -- December, 28, 2006

HI...I actually went to this store, when I was a Teenager... I also found them once they relo to another store.. I would site there (old store) and listen and talk with Jerry.. His collection was outstanding, I still have many of the 45's, I bght from him, plus some albums, "Battle of the Groups" etc.. This collection here is outstanding... Must Purchase... If you really are into the DOO WOPS.. Happy Listening....!

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  • Sales Rank: 19,446
  • UPC: 090431008829
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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