Though Hy Weiss' Old Town Records wasn't very successful in a commercial sense, recordings by the label's artists -- the Chimes, the Capris, the Harptones, the Five Crowns, the Cleftones -- proved more durable than most when it came to doo wop revivals in the '60s, '70s, '80s, and 2000s. Certainly a five-disc wrap-up is more than most fans can handle; also, these discs are usually available separately from Collectable as well (under the title Spotlite on Old Town Records), while a competing series on Ace (Old Town Doo Wop) features crisper sound and more authoritative liner notes. Still, Spotlight on Old Town Records has a few virtues. The first is, obviously, the recordings themselves; Old Town contributed dozens of favorites for most doo wop fans -- gauzy ballads like "There's a Moon Out Tonight" by the Capris, or "Life Is but a Dream" by the Harptones. The price is also a factor, since Collectables is able to offer 125 tracks at a substantial price-cut from most labels. One (related) drawback: the decent packaging that Collectables has added for box sets still masks some deficiencies in the area of extra information, but as far as dreamy doo wop is concerned, this one does deliver. ~ John Bush
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