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The Very Best of the Platters

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Album Review

Multi-talented musical guide Buck Ram and his biggest act, the Platters, delivered an astonishing run of vocal hits during the latter half of the '50s and early '60. Perfect for nights at inspiration point and astute enough for discerning music geeks of today, such Platters smashes as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Only You," and "The Great Pretender" still impress with loads of top-flight harmonies and rock & roll-lite symphonic washes. Hearty fans will no doubt want to invest in a more thorough collection, but newcomers wanting just a taste are sure to enjoy this hits-heavy 12-track set. Take a stroll at "Twilight Time," drink in those "Harbor Lights," and be "Enchanted."

Biography

Formed: 1953 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Platters started out as a Los Angeles-based doo wop group with little identity of their own to make them stand out from the pack. They made their first records for Federal, a subsidiary of Cincinnati's King Records. These early sides don't sound anything like the better-known sides that would eventually emerge from this group, instead merely aping the current R&B trends and styles of the day. What changed their fortunes can be reduced down to one very important name: their mentor, manager,...
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