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The "5" Royales The Very Best of The "5" Royales

The Very Best of The "5" Royales
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CD Details

  • Songs Compiled By: Victor Pearlin
  • Audio: Little Walter DeVenne
  • Liner Notes: Victor Pearlin
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Collectables Records

Description by OLDIES.com:

The "5" Royales are often referred to as the forerunners of Soul music. Their southern heritage and background in gospel music served them well when they made the switch to secular music. One of the bluesiest vocal groups of their era, their records sold like crazy when they exploded on the music scene in 1952 on Apollo Records. Securing their sevices on King Records, which is where the songs on this CD are from, was considered a major coup in 1954. They were so popular at the time that their move to King required a lesser-known group which had been recording for King's Federal subsidiary without much success to that point, The Royals, to change their name to The Midnighters to avoid further confusion. Unable to make the switch to the Soul era, the "5" Royales disbanded in the late 1960s. It was a sad ending for a group wich had been at the top for longer than almost any other TRUE R&B group of the 1950s, and one that should have been able to weather the transition from R&B to Soul like The Dells and The Four Tops did. Their legacy remains in their recordings, among the best of which are featured here.

Tracks:

  • 1. Monkey Hips And Rice
  • 2. I'm Gonna Run It Down
  • 3. One Mistake
  • 4. How I Wonder
  • 5. I Need Your Lovin' Baby
  • 6. Women About To Make Me Go Crazy
  • 7. Someone Made For You
  • 8. Right Around The Corner
  • 9. My Wants For Love
  • 10. Come On And Save Me
  • 11. Just As I Am
  • 12. Mine Forevermore
  • 13. Thirty Second Lover
  • 14. Tears Of Joy
  • 15. Think
  • 16. Dedicated To The One I Love
  • 17. The Feeling Is Real
  • 18. Tell The Truth
  • 19. Don't Let It Be In Vain
  • 20. Your Only Love
  • 21. The Slummer The Slum
  • 22. Miracle Of Love
  • 23. I Know It's Hard But It's Fair
  • 24. I'm With You
  • 25. Don't Give No More Than You Can Take

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Victor Pearlin.
The Very Best of the 5 Royales is a slightly inferior collection compared to Rhino's Monkey Hips and Rice. The track selection is only slightly altered, but in this case that makes a big difference. This disc highlights 25 tracks recorded for the King label, but two of their earliest hits, "Baby Don't Do It" and "Help Me Somebody," were released on Apollo and have been omitted. Fortunately, this is still a strong, cohesive collection. Definitive versions of "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Tears of Joy," "Tell the Truth," and "Think" sound great, as do the more obscure numbers "Monkey Hips and Rice," "The Slummer the Slum," and "Right Around the Corner." This fine 5 Royales package certainly won't disappoint the doo wop novice, but collectors will definitely want the Apollo material. ~ Al Campbell
Very Best Of King/Federal/DeLuxe Records

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  • Sales Rank: 15,178
  • UPC: 090431288528
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