Johnnie & Joe I'll Be Spinning: The J&S Recordings

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CD Details

  • Released: October 16, 2006
  • Label: Ace Records UK

Tracks:

  • 1.I'll Be Spinning
  • 2.Over the Mountain, Across the Sea
  • 3.Over the Mountain, Pt. 2
  • 4.My Baby's Gone, On, On
  • 5.Feel Alright
  • 6.Darling
  • 7.False Love Has Got to Go
  • 8.Why, Oh Why
  • 9.It Was There
  • 10.My Baby's Gone (And Left Me)
  • 11.Where Did She Go?
  • 12.Who Do You Love?
  • 13.Red Sails in the Sunset
  • 14.If You Tell Me You're Mine
  • 15.We Get That Feelin'
  • 16.There Goes My Heart (On Fire for You)
  • 17.Warm Soft and Lovely
  • 18.I Was So Lonely
  • 19.Why Did She Go
  • 20.Across the Sea
  • 21.Tell Me
  • 22.You're the Loveliest Song I Ever Heard
  • 23.Speak Softly (Angel)
  • 24.You Can Always Count on Me
  • 25.I Pray to Keep Our Love Strong
  • 26.Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • 27.Be Sure
  • 28.Sincere Love
  • 29.Let Your Mind Do the Walking
  • 30.Jamaica - Our Thing

Product Description:

While Johnnie & Joe are remembered as a one-hit wonder for their 1957 doo wop smash "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," they did have a couple of other singles that charted strongly on the R&B listings ("I'll Be Spinning" and "My Baby's Gone, On, On"), as well as recording quite a few singles for several labels over the next few years. This collection has 30 of their tracks (including all the aforementioned hits), dating mostly from 1957-1963, although a few stray items from the late '60s and early '70s are on board as well. In the doo wop world, this male-female duo did have an unusual, somewhat spooky sound -- Joe Rivers carried the bulk of the vocal duties, with Johnnie Louise Richardson often not so much a harmonizer or co-lead singer as one who wove around wordlessly in the distance, occasionally adding a spoken recitation. That's the formula that made "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea" so memorable. Unfortunately, it's a formula they milked quite a bit, sometimes to the point of blatant rewrites/remakes of "Over the Mountain, Across the Sea," as this anthology makes clear. That makes the disc useful primarily to serious doo wop fans and collectors, although the pair, working both together and on their own, did manage to record some sides (a few of which are found on this CD) in a more updated soul style in the late '60s and early '70s. Ace does its usual fine job with the packaging, with thorough liner notes and a discography. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Sales Rank: 7,416
  • UPC: 029667024327
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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