Various – The Ember Records Doowop Collection 1956-64 – 2CD
The Ember label was founded in 1952 by Mercer Ellington, song of Duke Ellington, and Jack Angel, but was acquired in 1953 by Al Silver, who turned it into a creative hub for R&B recording and most particularly becoming renowned for its output of doowop recordings by a string of different groups during the late ‘50s and into the 1960s. Most notable among those groups were The Five Satins and The Sihouettes, who both had multiple hits on the label during this era. This great-value 60-track 2-CD set brings together most of the label’s releases by artists whose work falls broadly into the category of doowop, although this is obviously not a definition which can be slavishly or precisely applied. It features the A & B sides of the Ember releases by the Five Satins and The Silhouettes, plus most of those by The Smooth Tones, The Concords, David Clowney Band, The Marktones, The Colonairs, The Starlites, The Miffin Triplets, The Wonders, The Illusions, The Starlarks and The Fabulons. It includes the Five Satins hits ‘I Remember (In The Still Of The Night)’, ‘To The Aisle’, ‘Shadows’ and ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’, and the Silhouttes’ No. 1 pop and R&B hit ‘Get A Job’. It’s a feast of classic doowop from a label which was at the heart of the genre.
The Smooth Tones: 1. Dear Diary - 2. Crazy Baby - The Five Satins: 3. I Remember (In The Still Of The Night) - 4. The Jones Girl - The Concords: 5. I'm Satisfied With Rock 'N' Roll - 6. I'll Always Say Please - The Five Satins: 7. Weeping Willow - 8. Wonderful Girl - David Clowney: 9. Soft Lights - Kenny Esquire and The Starlites: 10. Pretty Brown Eyes - 11. They Call Me A Dreamer - The Starlarks: 12. Fountain Of Love - 13. Send Me A Picture Baby - The Five Satins: 14. Our Love Is Forever - 15. Oh Happy Day - The Colonairs: 16. Can't Stand To Lose You - 17. Sandy - The Five Satins: 18. To The Aisle - 19. Wish I Had My Baby - The Marktones: 20. Hold Me Close - 21. Talk It Over - The Five Satins: 22. Our Anniversary - 23. Pretty Baby - 24. A Million To One - 25. Love With No Love In Return - The Silhouettes: 26. Get A Job - 27. I Am Lonely - 28. Headin' For The Poorhouse - 29. Miss Thing - 30. Bing Bong -
The Silhouettes: 1. Voodoo Eyes - Fred Parris and the Satins: 2. A Night To Remember - 3. Senorita Lolita - The Boptones: 4. I Had A Love - 5. (Be My) Pussy Cat - The Mifflin Triplets: 6. I Do I Do I Do - The Wonders: 7. I'll Write A Book - 8. Hey Senorita - The Five Satins: 9. Shadows - 10. Toni My Love - 11. I'll Be Seeing You - 12. A Night Like This - 13. Candlelight - 14. The Time - The Fabulons: 15. Smoke From Your Cigarette - 16. Give Me Back My Ring - The Five Satins: 17. Wishing Ring - 18. Tell Me Dear - The Illusions: 19. How High Is The Mountain - 20. Can't We Fall In Love - The Edsels: 21. Three Precious Words - 22. Let’s Go - Roger and the Travelers: 23. You're Daddy's Little Girl - 24. Just Gonna Be That Way - The Paramonts: 25. In A Dream - 26. Shedding Teardrops - The Barries: 27. Tonight Tonight - 28. Why Don't You Write Me - The Camelots: 29. Pocahontas - 30. Searching For My Baby -