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Various - Bandera Doo Wop

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    The small Chicago-based Bandera label was most notable for being involved in the early career of Jerry Butler & the Impressions, though its commercial impact was tiny even in comparison to fellow Chicago R&B labels, such as Vee-Jay. It recorded a lot o......more

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The small Chicago-based Bandera label was most notable for being involved in the early career of Jerry Butler & the Impressions, though its commercial impact was tiny even in comparison to fellow Chicago R&B labels, such as Vee-Jay. It recorded a lot of doo wop and R&B/rock vocal group music in the late '50s and early '60s, much of which is on this 26-track CD, pressed in a limited edition of 1,500 copies. Though Ace doesn't exploit it much in the packaging, it's most notable by far for the inclusion of ten early recordings by the Impressions, only a couple of which found release at the time (on a 1959 Bandera single). The rest of them have a sparse and slightly lo-fi sound, with Curtis Mayfield's guitar often serving as the sole instrumental backing; six of them (including a couple demos) make their first appearance on this compilation. While these have only a glimmer of the brilliance of the soul that the Impressions (which included Butler on all of these recordings except the 1959 single) would produce in the 1960s, they're a valuable insight into their more doo wop/gospel-oriented roots, as well as a snapshot of their harmonies at this very early stage of their career. The remainder of the collection doesn't have any such big names, but is a little above average as anthologies of obscure doo wop go, in part because these Chicago outfits seemed to have a somewhat earthier, less corny approach to the form than many similar acts in other parts of the country. It's still largely limited in appeal to Impressions historians and doo wop specialists due to the fairly ordinary material, though the Boomerangs impress more than some of the other groups with their Mayfield/Impressions-like "Love Causes People to Go Insane." As a side note, Ace's typically thorough booklet of notes includes a reproduction of a fascinating 1959 letter from Main Line Distributors to Bandera, matter-of-factly detailing how $150 of payola will be needed to get the Impressions' single "Listen"...
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Oh Why Oh Why - Diatones
  2. 2 Rowdy Mae - Epics
  3. 3 You Didn't Learn That in School - Kirk Taylor and the Majestics
  4. 4 Sweet Was the Wine [Demo Version, with Percussion] - The Impressions
  5. 5 Shorty's Got to Go [Demo Version] - The Impressions
  6. 6 Ruby Has Gone - Diatones
  7. 7 Please Tell Me - The Fleettones
  8. 8 Summer's Coming In - Epics
  9. 9 For Your Precious Love [Demo Version] - The Impressions
  10. 10 I Know My Baby Loves Me - The Impressions
  11. 11 I've Got a Girl - The Impressions
  12. 12 Run Daddy Run - The Majestics
  13. 13 Your Lover Man - The Fleettones
  14. 14 Oh Baby, Come Dance with Me - Diatones
  15. 15 She's a Problem [Undubbed Version] - Bobby Davis and The Big 3 Trio
  16. 16 From Out of This World - Kirk Taylor and the Majestics
  17. 17 Love Causes People to Go Insane - Boomerangs
  18. 18 Don't Drive Me Away - The Impressions
  19. 19 You Are the Only One - The Impressions
  20. 20 Pretty Baby - The Impressions
  21. 21 Sweet Was the Wine - The Impressions
  22. 22 Shorty's Got to Go - The Riley Hampton Orchestra/The Impressions
  23. 23 One Love Have I [Undubbed Version] - Bobby Davis and The Big 3 Trio
  24. 24 Listen - The Riley Hampton Orchestra/The Impressions
  25. 25 Telling Lies - Boomerangs
  26. 26 (I've Just Go To) Cut You Loose - Boomerangs
Type:
Collection
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Label:
Ace Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Editorial Reviews:
Living Blues (p.69) - "There are one issued coupling and one issued outtake each by the Diatones, the Boomerangs, and the Majestics, along with a lone single by the Epics....Highly interesting to Chicago vocal group aficionados." Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Rich doo-wop pickings from Chicago-based label..." Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Dialtones' great, youthful lead vocals kick things off with real intent on a previously unreleased 'Oh Why Oh Why'..."
UPC:
029667045926
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