- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Abkco
Description by OLDIES.com:
All of their hits including "South Street," "Crossfire!," "The Wah Watusi," "Not Me" and "Don't Hang Up" are included featuring the basso profundo of Steve Caldwell and his distaff partners in song - Marlena Davis, Rosetta Hightower and Shirley Brickley. The package includes 20 tracks.
- 1.I'll Be True
- 2.The Wah Watusi
- 3.Don't Hang Up
- 4.The Conservative
- 5.South Street
- 6.Cement Mixer
- 7.Not Me
- 9.Don't Throw Your Love Away
- 11.Everything Nice
- 12.Shimmy Shimmy
- 13.Rules Of Love
- 14.Heartbreak Hotel
- 15.Knock! Knock! (Who's There?)
- 16.Goin' Places
- 17.Envy (In My Eyes)
- 18.Don't You Want My Lovin'
- 19.Spinning Top
- 20.Mr. Twenty One
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
The Orlons: Marlena Davis, Shirley Brickley (vocals); Steve Caldwell , Rosetta Hightower.
Personnel: Marlena Davis, Shirley Brickley (vocals, soprano); Steve Caldwell (vocals, baritone); Yvonne Young, Delores "Honey" Wylie, Lillian Washington, Sandy Person, Rosetta Hightower (vocals); Audrey Brickley (soprano); Dave Appell, Joe Sgro, Joe Renzetti , Roland Chambers (guitar); Dan Dailey, Fred Nuzzullio, George Young , Bob Schwartz, Buddy Savitt (saxophone); Rick Kellis, Ugene Dozier, Jimmy Wisner, Leon Huff , Thom Bell, Roy Stragis (keyboards); Karl Chambers, Joe Sher (drums, percussion); Bobby Gregg (drums); Joseph Wissert (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Jeff Tamarkin.
Recording information: Cameo Parkway Studio, Philadelphia, PA (??/1961-03/1966); Stea-Phillips Recording Studio, New York, NY (??/1961-03/1966).
Arrangers: Dave Appell; Jimmy Wisner; Rick Kellis; Ugene Dozier; Billy Jackson; Charles Calello.
This installment in the spate of releases showcasing Philadelphia's Cameo Parkway label focuses on the Orlons, a three-woman, one-man quartet that blended soulful doo-wop and R&B in the manner of contemporaries like the Shirelles and the early Miracles. The Orlons offered up several playful, rhythm-driven dance songs ("The Wah-Watusi"), but they are at their best on uptempo pop like "Don't Hang Up" and dramatic ballads like "The Conservative", which let lead vocalist Rosetta Highwater shine. Remastered sound and fine liner notes make this release a treasure for fans of doo-wop and R&B from the early '60s.
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None Better then The Orlons
Music Lover: CHARLIE CARTER
WESTLAKE, OH US
-- March, 8, 2006
One of Rock's forgotten best "Girl Groups" of all time, Philadelphia's hippest, The Orlons.
This is a MUST CD for any dancer and collector of great music.
THE BEST OF THE ORLONS, 1961-1966
Music Lover: ROBERT BLANCHARD
-- November, 24, 2005
I HAVE ORDERED MOST OF THE CAMEO RECORDS. MOST OF THESE RECORDS HAVE NOT BEEN AVAIBLE FOR MANY YEARS, IVE TRIED TO GET THE GIRL GROUPS BUT ALL WERE OUT OF PRINT. THANKS TO THE PERSON WHO GOT THESE PEOPLE TO CD'S
Music Lover: Dave Judovin
northern NJ US
-- October, 22, 2005
It's finally available. A greatest hits package, digitally remastered by the owners of the Cameo/ Parkway catalog. It's a great collection of the Orlons's hits on Cameo Records. They had many hits and this set proves it. Highly recommended!
- Sales Rank: 7,962
- UPC: 018771922728
- Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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