From the streets of Harlem in the 1950s emerged one of the best-loved Doo Wop groups of all time - The Harptones. This collection contains both original and unreleased versions of some of the group's most popular tunes including "Life Is But A Dream".
1.Life Is But A Dream (Previously Unreleased, Take 1 & 2)
2.Life Is But A Dream (Take 3, master)
3.On Sunday Afternoon (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
4.On Sunday Afternoon (Take 2, Old Town master)
5.Loving A Girl Like You (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
6.Loving A Girl Like You (Take 2, Old Town Master)
7.You're Going To Need Me Someday (Master)
8.I've Got A Notion (Previously Unreleased, Takee 1)
9.I've Got A Notion (Take 2, Master)
10.It All Depends On You (Previously Unreleased, Take 1)
11.It All Depends On You (Take 2, Master)
12.Mambo Boogie (Previously Unreleased, Take 1 & 2)
The Harptones: Willie Winfield, Billy Brown, Claudie "Nicky" Clark, William Dempsey, William "Dicey" Galloway, Raoul Cita.
Includes liner notes by Marv Goldberg.
A more apt title for this CD would be "The Very Best of the Harptones and Friends." Among the 18 tracks are two done with Peggy Farmer and two with Ruth McFadden. Farmer and McFadden have one tune in common with the Harptones, "Dreamin's No Good." All the other selections, except "You're Going to Need Me Somebody" and "You Know You're Doing Me Wrong," have two takes. For instance, you get take one and take 20 of "On a Sunday Afternoon." This is mellow East Coast doo wop with a modern harmony feel. Not comprehensive or a complete overview by any means, but special because of the alternate takes and the collaborations with Farmer and McFadden. ~ Andrew Hamilton