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The Harptones Legendary Group At Their Best! (2-CD Box Set)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  COL 0095
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

This two-disc collection is comprised of two albums by The Harptones ("The Goldner Recordings, 1956-57" and "Very Best Of The Harptones") and includes original plus alternate/unreleased versions of some of the group's most popular tunes.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.On Sunday Afternoon
  • 2.That's The Way It Goes
  • 3.Oo Wee Baby
  • 4.Three Wishes
  • 5.The Masquerade Is Over
  • 6.Until The Real Thing Comes Along (Previously Unreleased, Alternate Take)
  • 7.Shrine Of St. Cecilia
  • 8.Cry Like I Cried
  • 9.What Is Your Secret (Previously Unreleased)
  • 10.Is This Reallly The End (Recorded As The Jaytones)
  • 11.That's The Way It Goes (Previously Unreleased, Alternate Take)
  • 12.So Good, So Fine, You're Mine
  • 13.What Did I Do Wrong
  • 14.When Will I Know

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Life Is But A Dream (Previously Unreleased, Take 1 & 2)
  • 2.Life Is But A Dream (Take 3, master)
  • 3.On Sunday Afternoon (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
  • 4.On Sunday Afternoon (Take 2, Old Town master)
  • 5.Loving A Girl Like You (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
  • 6.Loving A Girl Like You (Take 2, Old Town Master)
  • 7.You're Going To Need Me Someday (Master)
  • 8.I've Got A Notion (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
  • 9.I've Got A Notion (Take 2, Master)
  • 10.It All Depends On You (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
  • 11.It All Depends On You (Take 2, Master)
  • 12.Mambo Boogie (Previously Unreleased, Take 1 & 2)
  • 13.Mambo Boogie (Take 3, Old Town Master)
  • 14.You Know You're Doing Me Wrong (Master)
  • 15.Dreamin's No Good
  • 16.I Love You Baby
  • 17.School Boy
  • 18.Dreamin's No Good

Product Description:

The Harptones were one of the best doo wop groups of all time, performing their jazz-tinged music with the power and enthusiasm that made them legendary in the genre. What is even more amazing is not a single song on this collection ever charted, proving how fickle the record and radio industries were at the time. This takes two of their best previous collections, The Goldner Recordings and The Very Best of the Harptones, and puts them together in one oversized box (the packaging is very inconvenient, a minor complaint). The first disc features the material they recorded with George Goldner. Showcasing Willie Winfield's silky voice and the wonderful harmonies that the group came up with, it acts as a document of a group that never quite made it. The second disc, made up of the material they recorded for Old Town, features several repeated tracks from different sessions as well as a few duets with Ruth McFadden and Peggy Farmer. The material here is still quite good, although there is a certain fatigue that becomes evident as the collection goes on. Despite their incredible talents, the group never had anything outside of regional success, and they eventually disbanded, reuniting for live performances and one album in the early '80s. For any fan of '50s doo wop, this is a great collection that showcases a group who never got their due. ~ Bradley Torreano
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  • Sales Rank: 11,417
  • UPC: 090431009529
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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