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Album Review

Without duplicating anything from their first album (1957's The Fabulous Cadillacs, actually a collection of sides from various 1954-1957 singles), the Cadillacs' second LP mixed seven tracks from 1954-1957 45s with five songs that made their first appearance on this long-player. It may not have anything on the order of their classic hit "Speedoo," but it's actually a consistent and superior doo wop album, with a few cuts that rate among the group's best. Prominent among them is the infectiously exuberant "My Girlfriend," one of the scarce non-hit doo wop tunes that does actually sound like it could have been a hit, not just something that specialists say should have been a hit. The sumptuously sung "Gloria" is probably roundly considered the Cadillacs' best slow ballad, and "Window Lady" is another effective slowie enhanced by gospel-ish organ, even if it was always fun and fast stompers like "Don't Be Mad with My Heart" that were going to be the group's selling points.

Biography

Formed: 1953 in New York, NY [Harlem]

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Earl Carroll, LaVerne Drake, and Robert Phillips were already singing together in the early '50s as the Carnations, whose lineup also included "Cub" Gaining. Carroll and Phillips were nearly as close as brothers, Carroll having been taken in by Phillips' family after the death of his own mother. The group — based in New York's Harlem in the area around 131st St. and Seventh and Eighth Avenues — had an energetic approach to music, but somewhat threadbare harmonies, and they were popular...
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