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Album Review

The Tokens are generally thought of as the vocal group who brought their "Lion Sleeps Tonight" hit to yet another generation through the success of The Lion King. But what we have here is the great lost Tokens album, recorded in 1968 and promptly turned down by Warner Bros. To fill a contractual obligation, a few hundred copies were pressed up — in a slightly altered form — and the album pretty much remained an interesting catalog sighting before its CD-era reissue. What we also have here is a White doo wop group delivering an album that falls somewhere between Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper's. No wonder Warner didn't know what to make of it; previous attempts by other doo woppers at updating their sound produced some of the most laughable examples that the genre has to offer. But everything on here works in a very organic manner: all of the songs follow a neat continuum and could easily be termed as a humanistic song cycle, each one surrounded by late-'60s Beatlesque production values, right down to the massively compressed drum sounds and omnipresent tape saturation. Trippy, loopy, and totally of its time, classic doo wop this is not; great, however, it is.

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If you love Zombies, Beach Boys or old Bee-Gees-buy this now!

Suprise! These seemingly "square" Doo-Woppers get psychedelic on this excellent LP. This great LP comes from an unlikely source- a Dop Wop band from another musical era- but they pull it off- this record is a pleasant suprise. Very solid, soft Psychedelia in the vein of the Zombies "Odysesee & Oracle", The Beach Boys "Smiley-Smile" or the early Bee-Gees material. Doc

One of my favorite albums!

This is one of my favorite albums by The Tokens. "It's Amazing To Be Alive" says it all. "Waiting For Something", "I Want to Make Love to You" and "You Loser-You Fool" should have been hits! If only this album hadn't been lost in its own era. Now that it's available again, I hope these songs will reach their audience! If you enjoy this, try searching around for another hidden gem called, "Cross Country".


i swear im the kid playing with the truck on the album cover!!!!! this is so weird


Formed: 1960 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

This Brooklyn doo wop group was originally known as the Linc-Tones when it formed in 1955 at Lincoln High School. Hank Medress, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Rabkin, and Cynthia Zolitin didn't have much impact in their early days recording for Melba. They later disbanded, but Medress re-formed the group in 1960 as the Tokens. Brothers Phil and Mitch Margo and Jay Siegel were now the members. They recorded for Warwick in 1960, then had their one glorious hit in 1962, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." It was based on...
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