The Turbans may have been most recognizable by their turbanic headgear, but their harmonies were just as distinctive. Comprised of four high school buddies and led by the falsetto of Al Banks, the Turbans were one of the first Philly-based R&B bands to break out to achieve national recognition. This collection brings together their biggest hits, including "When You Dance."
1.When You Dance
4.All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Bonus Track)
5.Bye And Bye
7.Three Friends (Bonus Track)
10.I Won't Be Your Fool Anymore (Bonus Track)
11.All Of My Love
12.It Was A Night Like This
13.I'll Always Watch Over You
14.Bad Man (Bonus Track)
15.Valley Of Love
16.Bye And Bye (Outtake, Bonus Track)
17.Let Me Show You Around My Heart
18.Diamonds And Pearls (Bonus Track)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
The Turbans include: Al Banks, Mathew Platt, Charlie Williams, Andrew "Chet" Jones (vocals).
Inculdes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Philadelphia's Turbans were far more than a novelty act, in spite of the goofy turbans they all wore on-stage, and were instrumental in introducing strong Latin rhythms into mid-'50s doo wop, mostly through the mambo-styled hit "When You Dance" (written by the group's bass voice, Andrew Jones) from 1955. Fronted by Al Banks' soaring falsetto vocals, the Turbans released a half dozen or so strong singles on Al Silver's New York-based Herald Records, all of which are included here along with their B-sides. "When You Dance" was probably the high-water mark, but the Turbans' second single, "Sister Sookey," is almost as good, as is the impressive ballad "I'm Nobody's." All you really need is here. ~ Steve Leggett