The Castells Very Best of The Castells
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The early 1960's vocal foursome The Castells formed in high school after being brought together in their choir class. The vocal styling of the group was very close to Brian Wilson's arrangements for the Beach Boys. Their records on Era utilized the talents of the best studio musicians of the day including Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. Included on this disc are the quartet's most popular songs, including "Sacred," "So This Is Love" and "Oh! What It Seemed To Be."
- 1.So This Is Love
- 3.Little Sad Eyes
- 4.I Get Dreamy
- 5.Oh! What It Seemed To Be
- 6.Dancing In The Dark
- 7.Make Believe Wedding
- 8.Some Enchanted Evening
- 9.On The Street Of Tears
- 11.My Miracle
- 13.Stand There Mountain
- 14.Vision Of You
- 15.Clown Prince
- 16.Stiki De Boom Boom
- 17.What Do Little Girls Dream Of
- 18.I Do
- 19.Echoes In The Night
- 20.Only One
Liner Note Author: Chuck Girard.
The Castells sat next to the Cascades in the record bins, but the similarity doesn't end there -- both were white vocal groups that proffered the most enchantingly airy of teen pop, like all-male versions of The Fleetwoods. While The Cascades were soft and gentle to the point of being twee, The Castells offered a more varied approach, from the '50s vocal group stylings heard on their rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" to the Beach Boys-inspired "I Do," which Brian Wilson produced. The high harmonies of 1961's near-hit "Little Sad Eyes" suggests that The Castells and The Lettermen were moving in similar directions. Best of The Castells is an 18-track anthology that compiles the group's four charting singles and the entirety of their rare 1962 album So This is Love. The group's two biggest hits, "Sacred" and "So This is Love," are highlights, but there are excellent obscurities to be found, such as "I Get Dreamy," on which a female session vocalist adds a bit of spice to the group's deliciously vanilla harmonies. The anthology has most, but not all, of the group's Era recordings from 1961-63, the majority of which are stylistically similar to the hits. A couple of exceptions are the novelty "Stiki De Boom Boom" and "Clown Prince," the latter of which is a dramatic tune with Spanish horns that vaguely resembles the theme from Disney's Zorro. A few recordings were mastered from vinyl with noticeable surface noise. Collectables' anthology, The Very Best of The Castells is a straight reissue of this collection. ~ Greg Adams
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- Sales Rank: 20,348
- UPC: 090431685129
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