01. Marie - The Four Tunes
02. Take Me Back To Heaven - Billy Ward & The Dominoes
03. I Understand - The Four Tunes
04. Come To Me Baby - Billy Ward & The Dominoes
05. Sugar Lump - The Four Tunes
06. Sweethearts On Parade - Billy Ward & The Dominoes
01. Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles
02. Green Eyes - The Ravens
03. It's Too Soon To Know - The Orioles
04. Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle - The Ravens
05. Tell Me So - The Orioles
06. I'll Always Be In Love With You - The Ravens
Released in June, 1960. A reissue of the 1956 LP "Best Of Rhythm And Blues" (Jubilee LP 1014).
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The last in the series of Jubilee vocal group compilations released in 1959 - 1960 and a real curiosity. The contents seem to be completely divorced from the teen hoodlums cover picture as the 12 numbers on offer all hark back to an earlier era of R&B and there's little here that could pass as rock 'n' roll. However, the collection is an R&B historian's delight as it includes the record that launched the career of The Orioles back in 1948, "It's Too Soon To Know" plus their big 1953 hit "Crying In The Chapel."
The Four Tunes (originally The Brown Dots) sides "Marie" and "I Understand" were big, big hits in 1953/54, not only in the R&B charts, but also in the pop charts.
Most of the rest of the tracks were issued between 1953 and 1956. The Ravens tracks are the latest releases of the collection, from 1956, long after their 1940s /early 1950s heyday on Savoy. Similarly, the Dominoes tracks are a world away from their early 1950s gospel influenced rockers on Federal with Clyde McPhatter on lead. These 1954-55 sides are from a time when Billy Ward was repositioning the group as a pop act. However, Jackie Wilson leads on "Take Me Back to Heaven."
What did Billboard make of this LP?
Not a bad review! (June 13th 1960).
The original post of this LP (June 23rd 2008) with label scans by Joan K can be found here:
Here's some of the scans:
Thanks to Joan K for sights 'n' sounds.