John Neal at Primarily A Cappella has dug deep
to put this list together. If you're a fan of the old stuff or just like to hear
some of variety of a cappella that's been around for the last ?? years, scan
this list and you'll come up with some real gems. And PAC will make a deal with
you -- just mention "colorado-acappella" when you send along an email order and
you might get a break!
I don't usually pass along this stuff, but these
titles just sort of intrigued me.Im agine seeing the DeCastro Sisters in a CD
list? Amazing! Here are some titles you probably haven't heard in
For cover art, song lists, group info and to
listen to sound samples go to:http://www.singers.com/newobc.htmlCAMERATA VOCAL GROUP - MY ANGEL
The Camerata Vocal Group comprises eight professional musicians, seven
singers and a sound engineer. All are graduates of higher schools of music in
Belarus and Russia. Their repertoire includes pieces belonging to different
genres, from classical to jazz, oftentimes interwoven with each other, giving
birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The core of "Angel" is Slavic
folklore, but each piece is a work of experimental and quite amazing vocal art.
Concert tours in the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria and the
U.S. have gained them fans from all music traditions. Eight stunning pieces:
"Near The Grove," the soaring "Falcon," the title tune (with a marvelous vocal
"horn section"), the classical/jazzy "My Little Eye-Brows," "Autumn Night,"
"Segudilia," "Bulgarian Fantasy" and "Christmas." Absolutely lovely, with
harmonies and vocal effects that must be heard to be believed. Camerata is one
of the best in the world, however we wish to define or categorize them!
TALISMAN - WATCH ME FLY
Founded in 1990 with the purpose of bringing African and African-American
music to the Stanford University (CA), community. Since then the 17 to 18-member
mixed voice a cappella group has recorded several excellent, critically
acclaimed albums, of which "Watch Me" is number six. 14 spirited,
beautifully-arranged tunes, some favorites: the People's Movement of South
Africa song, "Toyi Toyi," "Free," a new arrangement of "Swing Low," "Chant of
the Islands," "Strange Fruit," "Sum'Bulala," "Be Like Him," the celebration of
motherhood "Fifa," "Tumba," "On Children," and the title tune. Rhythmic,
powerful, sweet, heartfelt CDs and "Watch
Me" is their most poised, most confident yet. Outstanding!
GO FISH - SPLASH!
mission to share the word of God with the world through their music,
Contemporary Christian , Minnesota-based 3-man group Go Fish have brought us 3
excellent a cappella CDs, "More Than A Story," "Out of Breath" and "Part of the
Proof. Some non-vocal percussion, synthesizer, etc. are there, but the message,
the voices and the infectious original words and melodies are what stands out.
10 songs: "I've Got the Joy" makes you want to get up and boogie, "The
B-I-B-L-E," "Alleluia," the rocking, joyful chorus ("Oh me, oh my") of "Big, Bad
Billy," the sweet, inspirational "You Are Mine," "Planes, Phones and
Microwaves," the wonderfully arranged "This Little Light of Mine," "Ladybug,"
"My Very Own Church" and the powerful "I'll Do My Best." Go Fish, their music
and their ministry just keep getting better and more popular, and every cut on
Splash! is an upbeat winner!
AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR - WINDOW TO THE
"Windows On The World" is a dynamic new musical,
featuring an international cast, and the voices of Jodi Benson, the African
Children's Choir and guests from around the globe. 13 songs, all accompanied:
"He Is My Light," "Driftin'," the sweet ballad "Good News," "O Most High,"
"Journey Home (Song for the East)," "Standing for Heaven," "Let the Little
Children Come," "How Good It Is," "You Are The Shepherd," "Hallelujah," "The
Lord's Prayer," "There Is Hope" and "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." The
brightly-clad young ACC sing as brightly and spiritually as they look in the
colorful liner notes. Joyous and inspirational!
SHALIMARS - BEST OF
there were a Sweet Adelines All Stars of All Time, most people would place The
Shalimars near the top of the list! Their surprising, bright, ringing sound
shines on 20 wonderful pop selections, and then 9 more "sacred selections." "I
Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine," "Red Sails In The Sunset," "Just Friends,"
"Floating Down The River," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Lavender Blue," "Sound of Music
Medley," "In The Garden," "Nearer My God to Thee," "Joshua Fit The Battle of
Jericho" -- each song is a gem. This is the CD that beginning Sweet Adelines
groups listen to, and say "We want to be like the Shalimars!"
5611 CD $14.98
LAURELS - KEEPING
Harmony is a universal urge, and when it
accompanies a love theme, it's the pinnacle of music-making. The Laurels first
sought that peak in 1959, harmonizing at sock hops and at the studio. Forty
years later, original member Dick Muse and four others took their places around
the mike to record 16 classic and "should-have-been-classic" doo-wop tunes.
"Please Mr. Sun," "Ball & Chain," "Everyone's Laughing," the top-40 hit
"Barefootin'," "Willette," "Cold Feet," "For Your Love," "Something's Got A Hold
On Me," "Lundy Dundy," "Time Can Make You Change" and "Sweet Was The Wine" and
others. All a cappella except for the final cut, "Rhythm." These are authentic,
gravelly-bass, soaring tenor, sweet harmony doo-wop, the kind we love to hear.
"Keeping" is a keeper!
8262 CD $14.98
DELTA RHYTHM BOYS
- I DREAMT I DWELT IN HARLEM
The rise of groups like
the Golden Gate Quartet took gospel music out of the conservative confines of
the Black church, and opened the door for other groups who wanted to sing
spirituals in a different way. One of the groups to achieve success in the more
liberated climate was the Hampton Institute Quartet, who changed their name to
the Delta Rhythm Boys, and were equally at home delivering a pop song as a
gospel item. They teamed up with Ella Fitzgerald during the 1940s recording ban
in America, when her career might have been put on hold. However much the gospel
group might have been threatened with eternal damnation to even think about "La
Cucaracha," their fearlessness, both musically and politically, is what made
them one of the greats. 20 winners, and we can't decide which we like the best,
pop tunes like "Little Lize," the sweet "It Was Wonderful Then," a swinging "La
Cucaracha," the silly minstrel-show tune "Watermelon On The Vine," the hip
"Gimme Some Skin" and "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me," or gospel hits like
"Wait Till I Put On My Crown," a rocking "Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," "Certainly
Lord," "Mighty Day," and "Scandalize My Name" (which is actually more of a
commentary on religious bigotry). There's a particularly fine, laid-back early
version of "Georgia On My Mind," and the swinging title tune, the final cut, is
a joy. All songs at least piano accompanied, recorded in NY in 1941.
HOT HARMONY GROUPS 1932-1951 - THAT'S THE RHYTHM
"That's The Rhythm" is a delicious collection
of 20 examples of Black vocal roup harmony from the early 1930s to the early
1950s, all at least lightly ccompanied. The watershed moment for these groups
was the rise of network radio, which made immediate stars of the Mills Brothers
and the Ink Spots. y 1945 there were three routes an aspiring group could take,
the "jubilee" gospel style of the Golden Gate Quartet, which enjoyed a crossover
appeal, the jump/jive stylings of the Four Vagabonds, which had an almost
entirely Black following, or going into the pop crossover stylings of the Ink
Spots/Mills Brothers, whose huge success was due to the support of a vast white
audience. So many treats: The Three Keys' cartoon-like "Somebody Stole Gabriel's
Horn," Three Sharps and a Flat's wonderful title tune, the raunchy,
double-entendre "Garbage Man" by the Four Aces, the very funny "Wig Blues" by
The Melody Masters, who also star on "Subway Cutie," The Four Vagabonds'
swinging "Choo Choo," The Four Blues' boogie-woogie anthem "It Takes A Long Tall
Brown Skinned Girl," the Four Knights' sweet "Wrapped Up In A Dream," The Three
Riffs' silly "Cherry In My Lemon And Lime," The Beavers' torch song "I'd Rather
Be Wrong Than Blue" musical treasures on many levels.
Funny, poignant, hip, romantic here, and some of the sweetest leads
and harmonies you could imagine. We love this collection!
GOLDEN GATE QUARTET - GOOD BOOK
When the four young black men first began harmonizing together in
Norfolk, A in 1934, they could hardly have imagined being invited four years
later o New York to perform in the now legendary "From Spirituals to Swing"
cncerts at Carnegie Hall. About that time they cut their first recorded ides,
laying down an amazing 14 tracks in 2 hours. Nearly 70 years later, he group is
still spreading the Gospel and delighting audiences with their beat, rhythmic
hits. "Good Book" is essentially a "best of" studio CD, ontaining 18 tunes. "I
Soon Will Be Done With The Troubles Of This World," Ezekiel Saw The Wheel,"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Rock My Soul," "Gospel rain"
Day," "Down By The
Riverside," "Swing Down Chariot" aboard the Gospel train,
and it's a great ride!
2829 CD $14.98
CATS & FIDDLE
- WE CATS SWING FOR YOU
The Cats and the Fiddle was one
of the pre-eminent pioneering R&B vocal roups of the 1930s. "The Fiddle" in
the group's name is not purely himsical: it alludes to the stand-up bass they
used, while in jazz parlance ach member of the group was a "hep cat," as in
track 17 of this ompilation, "Hep Cat's Holiday." And what a compilation it is
27 swinging, iving mono recordings from 1939 to 1946. All songs are lightly
accompanied y the infamous "fiddle" and guitar, but whatever it was that made
whole enerations go nuts over R&B music, these "Cats" have got a boatload of
it! isten to the title tune, a too-hip-for-words "Killin' Jive," "Gang usters,"
"Thursday Evening Swing," "Nuts To You," "Mr. Rhythm Man," "When I row Too Old
to Dream," "Public Jitterbug Number One," "That's On, Jack, hat's On," "One Is
Never Too Old to Swing," "Stomp, Stomp," "Life's Too hort" -- these guys are
simply cookin' on every one of these cuts. Over 77 inutes of the finest jive and
swing you never got a chance to hear -- an nbelievable bargain!
DE CASTRO SISTERS - TEACH ME
Most popular in the 50s, the de Castros began a
decade earlier as a Latin act, which they virtually dropped when they were
signed by the otherwise hillbilly-oriented Abbott label. Besides 31 (big band
accompanied) period hits, "Teach Me" includes a thick photo album with the
history of these 3 Cuban rich girls who shared an amazing musical career
stretching from the 1940s to the present day (at least as of 1999, when the CD
was released), from Miami to Hollywood to New York City. Sneaking off from their
gig at Miami's Clover Club to sing (and record) with Tito Puente's band, being
invited to Hollywood by Walt Disney to sing background vocals on
flip side of the supposed-to-be hit "It's Love." A Cleveland disc jockey
turned it over, played it and got bags of mail. The "suggestive" tune became the
Sisters' biggest hit. Novelty and pop tunes like "Boom Boom Boomerang," "Cuckoo
In The Clock," "Rockin' and Rollin' In Hawaii," "Cowboys Don't Cry," "Don't Call
Me Sweetie," "Old Timer's Tune" the upbeat "Biddle-Dee Bop" and You Take Of
Me (I'll Take Care of You;" torch songs like "No One to Blame ut You," "Give Me
Time," "If I Ever Fall In Love," "It's Yours," and the ountry tune "That Little
Word Called Love"we've never heard most of these ongs, but we like them.
They are as full of energy, spirit and innocence as he 1950s, and the improbable
de Castro Sisters!
4548 CD $16.98
RAVENS - BIRDS OF A
In the development of Doo-Wop in the years
following WWII, the most influential singer, on a level with Elvis in
Rockabilly, was The Ravens' Jimmy Ricks, whose booming bass would set the
standard for a generation of aspiring bass vocalists. "Birds" is a generous 2-CD
set with 50 soulful, authentic (all accompanied) cuts, recorded from 1946 to
1952 by one of greatest R&B quartets of all time! Smooth and romantic on
hits like "Lullaby," "Until The Real Thing Comes Along," "Deep Purple," "It's
Too Soon to Know," Gershwin's "Summertime," and "I'm So Crazy For Love" and
"You Foolish Thing;" hip, swingin' and funny on "Be I Bumble Bee or Not,"
"Marie," "Leave My Gal Alone," "Oh Babe," "Don't Look Now," "My Baby's Gone,"
"Midnight Blues," "Gotta Find My Baby," "I Get My Lovin' on a Saturday Night," a
jazzy "Begin the Beguine" and a Ravens original, "Rock Me All Night Long."
Wonderful extensive liner notes with photos and vintage posters. Every cut is a
winner and these guys deserve to be a lot more famous! Outstanding.
All titles are in
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