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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: 1952 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

With classics such as "The Great Pretender," "Only You," and their rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters were one of the preeminent doo-wop groups of the rock & roll era. Under the guidance of manager and producer Buck Ram, the Platters churned out hit after hit during the 1950s, bridging the gap between more traditional vocal-group stylings and the popular R&B grooves of the early '50s. Their sound was unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams' powerful vocals and the feminine...
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