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Album Review

Destination Moon is almost worth the price for its cover art, which shows the tuxedoed Ames Brothers inspecting moon rocks in front of a painted rocket ship and moonscape. The album is, indeed, a thematic one with song titles that range from campy ("Music from Out of Space") to merely nocturnal ("Count Every Star"). Unfortunately for novelty lovers, the album isn't as far out as the cover suggests, but the title track delivers to an extent with a rocket countdown and space-age lyrics. The instrumentation, courtesy of Sid Ramin, is the Ames' typical orchestral backing — the brothers' performances of the pop standards "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Beyond the Blue Horizon," and "Stella By Starlight" are no different from the sorts of things you'd hear on their other RCA Victor albums. Nevertheless, the theme is fun, and "No Moon at All" and "Destination Moon" manage to be fairly hip. At the very least, Destination Moon is an interesting space-age souvenir and a mildly adventurous departure for the Ames Brothers.

Biography

Formed: 1948 in Malden, MA

Genre: Traditional Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

A close-harmony vocal quartet with few equals during the '50s, the Ames Brothers hit number one in 1950 with "Sentimental Me," and found their biggest hit three years later with "You, You, You." Though they were indeed a family group, the Ames Brothers' surname was actually Urick. Joe, Gene, Vic and Ed were all born within four short years of each other in Malden, Massachusetts. After winning a few talent contests in their hometown, the group moved to Boston and began performing in nightclubs. They...
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