The Swallows The Very Best of The Swallows

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  • Released: July 11, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Collectables Records

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Along with The Orioles, The Swallows are widely considered one of the greatest doo-wop groups to have come out of Baltimore; a city famous for producing many of the most influential doo-wop groups of the '40s and '50s. Now, for the first time, you can enjoy this unbelievable compilation of essential Swallows tracks, as recorded by King Records. This album features many of The Swallows' greatest hits, including their Top 10 smash hit "Dearest."


  • 1.Will You Be Mine
  • 2.Dearest
  • 3.Wishing For You
  • 4.Since You've Been Away
  • 5.Eternally
  • 6.You Left Me
  • 7.It Ain't The Meat
  • 8.Roll, Roll Pretty Baby
  • 9.Tell Me Why
  • 10.Beside You
  • 11.I Only Have Eyes For You
  • 12.You Walked In
  • 13.Our Love Is Dying
  • 14.Where Do I Go From Here?
  • 15.Nobody's Lovin' Me
  • 16.Please, Baby, Please
  • 17.Laugh (Though You Want To Cry)
  • 18.Trust Me
  • 19.Pleading Blues
  • 20.I'll Be Waiting
  • 21.Bicycle Tillie
  • 22.It Feels So Good
  • 23.We Want To Rock
  • 24.Itchy Twitchy Feeling
  • 25.Who Knows, Do You?

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Liner Note Author: Victor Pearlin.
The Swallows' forte was the romantic doo wop ballad, and in spite of several different lineups, they remained remarkably consistent throughout the 1950s in delivering them, beginning with 1951's "Dearest." This compilation collects the best of their King sides, including the group's signature tune, "Dearest," an early version of "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Please, Baby, Please," and the perhaps wise (and definitely somewhat ribald) "It Ain't the Meat." Also included are a handful of their later, more rock & roll-oriented releases for Federal Records (a King imprint), including "We Want to Rock," "Itchy, Twitchy Feeling," and the Swallows' last hit (and pretty much their last recording), "Who Knows, Do You?" from 1958. Charly has a collection on the market called Dearest that covers pretty much the same territory, but lacks any of the Federal sides. ~ Steve Leggett

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Stunning Music Lover: from Denver -- March, 13, 2007

If one song from the early doo-wop era stands out for its excellence, it's the hauntingly-beautiful "Beside You" by the Swallows. The vocal group (together from 1946) began recording a few years later, when the old piano-blues and boogie sound was still dominant. The Swallows, more than any other group, created music that drew a line between the earlier style and the emerging doo-wop music. Doo-wop would have ome along anyway, of course. But this group had a profound and lasting impact on its development.

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  • UPC: 090431287828
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