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This substantial but incomplete (despite 67 tracks) compilation presents an overview of Little Anthony & the Imperials' recordings from their initial End single "I Cover the Waterfront" to some later United Artists sides. The tracks are kind of in chronological order but not in the strictest sense, which is the only bugaboo. A lot of the weaker Veep sides were omitted along with the Thom Bell productions for Avco Embassy, the Janus sides, etc., but this is still an ample gathering of their late-'50s/mid-'60s recordings. Early droppings "Tears on My Pillow," "Shimmy, Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop," "Two People in the World," and "The Diary" prepare you for the more sophisticated "I'm on the Outside Looking In," "Take Me Back," "Going Out of My Head," and "Hurt So Bad." This box set is too long to take in one sitting, especially since Little Anthony is the sole lead voice, but is a necessary and welcome CD for the group's faithful legion of silver-headed fans.


Formed: 1958 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Little Anthony & the Imperials enjoyed one of the longest career runs of any doo wop group, adapting their honey-smooth style to fit the sweet uptown soul sound of the mid-'60s. Right from the beginning, Little Anthony's aching way with a ballad was the group's calling card, but their repertoire was balanced by more R&B-inflected dance tunes. Little Anthony was born Jerome Anthony Gourdine in 1940, and grew up in Brooklyn's Fort Greene projects. While in high school, he sang in a doo wop group called...
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  • 3,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Doo Wop
  • Released: 28 November 2000

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