- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
A special collection featuring two popular east coast 1950s groups on one album. The Chimes specialized in the classic street-corner sound (remember their 1960 hit "Once In Awhile"?) while the Videls mastered the sweet teen ballad sound.
Personnel: Norman Marzano, Lenny Cocco, Peter Andreoli, Vini Poncia (vocals); Richard Mercado, Pat DePrisco (tenor); Joseph Croce (baritone); Pat McGuire (bass voice).
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Eleven songs by the Chimes, including their two chart entries, "Once in a While" (and its two different B-sides, "Summer Nights" and "Oh How I Love You So," of which the latter is the stronger, with a catchier melody and arrangement) and "I'm in the Mood for Love." The sound is clean and the textures of the harmony vocals and the backing instruments are revealed in very fine detail. Their version of "Let's Fall in Love" is a revelation, a languid, radiant slow ballad interpretation of a song usually taken at a much faster tempo by everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Three Stooges. "Dream Girl," by contrast, is more in the vein of a doo wop novelty number. "Paradise," written by Lenny Cocco, is uncomfortably close to "This Magic Moment," in content and arrangement, right down to the choruses and the string playing, although it is pleasant enough on its own terms. The CD is rounded out by six songs by the Videls. ~ Bruce Eder