The fourth installment in the Encyclopedia of Doo Wop series features one hundred doo wop gems, including rare and obscure finds, many appearing here on compact disc for the very first time. Also included is Who Sang Our Songs? The Official Rhythm & Blues And Doo-Wop Songography by authors Douglas E. Friedman and Anthony J. Gribin, a 490+ page book which is the only comprehensive book on vocal harmony music, primarily of the 1950's, that contains listings by song (over 30,000 entries). An indispensable book for the serious collector and casual enthusiast alike. This wonderful 4-CD collection is packaged in a deluxe black-lacquered wooden storage case with a sliding panel front. The rare titles in this volume will satisfy even the most hard-core Doo Wop listener. DIGITALLY REMASTERED!
Encyclopedia of Doo Wop, Vol. 4 collects original vocal group performances, some of which are hard to come by, with very few artists receiving more than one track apiece. As with the first three volumes in this Collectables series, the absence of liner notes is counterbalanced by decent sound quality and 25 songs per disc. Even though the performances are great, this is really geared toward doo wop collectors. Passive listeners should stick with Golden Archive Series: Best of Doo Wop Uptempo or Golden Archive Series: Best of Doo Wop Ballads, both on Rhino. ~ Al Campbell