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The Chordettes Collection

The Chordettes

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Album Review

Although packaged and presented as a studio LP, The Chordettes is in effect a greatest-hits collection spanning from the group's first and biggest hit, "Mr. Sandman," to later efforts like "Eddie My Love" and "Soft Sands." But despite its patchwork origins, the record hangs together as a cohesive listen thanks both to the consistency of Svengali Archie Bleyer's dreamy, stripped-down arrangements and the group's angelic harmonies. Subtle flourishes like echo add bold new dimensions to Bleyer's signature sound, and the harmonies achieve a new level of complexity, yet never lose the girlish charm so much a part of the Chordettes' essence. [The Japanese label Solid's 2008 paper-sleeve CD reissue appends a whopping 13 bonus cuts, including "Zorro," "Love Is a Two-Way Street," and "Wonderful One."]

Biography

Formed: 1946 in Sheboygan, WI

Genre: Pop

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

The Chordettes were one of the longest-lived vocal groups with roots in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 1940s and early '50s. Although the four women's arrangements owed more to the Andrews Sisters than doo wop, they did, unlike many of their peers, prove fairly adaptable to the rock era. First establishing themselves with the huge (and non-rock) pop hit "Mr. Sandman" in 1954, they continued to chart in the last half of the '50s and the early '60s, often with covers of rock and R&B...
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