Doo Wop 50 [DVD] [Import]

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  1. Only You - The Platters (Vol.1)
  2. Great Pretender - The Platters (Vol.1)
  3. Come Go With Me - Del-Vikings (Vol.1)
  4. This I Swear - Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners (Vol.1)
  5. Since I Don't Have You - Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners (Vol.1)
  6. Earth Angel - The Penguins (Vol.1)
  7. Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler and Pure Gold (Vol.1)
  8. 16 Candles - Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge (Vol.1)
  9. Worst That Could Happen - Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge (Vol.1)
  10. Long, Lonely Nights - Lee Andrews and the Hearts (Vol.1)
  11. Little Girl of Mine - The Cleftones (Vol.1)
  12. Heart and Soul - The Cleftones (Vol.1)
  13. There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris (Vol.1)
  14. Blue Moon - The Marcels (Vol.1)
  15. My True Story - Jive Five (Vol.1)
  16. What Time Is It - Jive Five (Vol.1)
  17. Just To Be With You - The Legends of Doo-Wop (Vol.1)
  18. Oh Rosemarie - The Legends of Doo-Wop (Vol.1)
  19. Guardian Angel - The Legends of Doo-Wop (Vol.1)
  20. That's My Desire - Earl Lewis and the Channels (Vol.1)
  21. The Closer You Are - Earl Lewis and the Channels (Vol.1)
  22. Zoom - The Cadillacs (Vol.2)
  23. Gloria - The Cadillacs (Vol.2)
  24. Speedo - The Cadillacs (Vol.2)
  25. Unchained Melody - Golden Group Memories (Vol.2)
  26. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) - Golden Group Memories (Vol.2)
  27. Look In My Eyes - The Channels (Vol.2)
  28. Maybe - Arlene Smith with the Chantels (Vol.2)
  29. Sincerely - Harvey and the Moonglows (Vol.2)
  30. Ten Commandments of Love - Harvey and the Moonglows (Vol.2)
  31. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler and Pure Gold (Vol.2)
  32. Sunday Kind of Love - The Harptones (Vol.2)
  33. Life Is But A Dream - The Harptones (Vol.2)
  34. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos (Vol.2)
  35. Lovers Never Say Goodbye - The Flamingos (Vol.2)
  36. Gloria Medley - all performers (Vol.2)
  37. Stormy Weather - The Spaniels (Vol.2)
  38. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels and all performers (Vol.2)
Taped during a 1999 tribute in Pittsburgh, this straightforward, live review honors rock 'n' roll's '50s and early '60s legacy of vocal groups. For oldies fans hoping to bask in nostalgia, the caliber of the hits and the inclusion of most of the groups originally associated with the recorded hits make Doo Wop at 50 a satisfying stroll down memory lane. In light of the focal importance of the songs, rather than the singers, for the majority of listeners the program's choice of material will be sufficient reason to watch, as underscored by the success of PBS's broadcast of the complete concert.

Veteran soul stylist Jerry Butler, who hosts the show, is himself a legitimate bridge between the street corner symphonies of the '50s and the more sophisticated urban pop and soul that succeeded them. Butler shepherds a lineup including current editions of the Platters, the Del-Vikings, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, the Penguins, the Cadillacs, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and other fondly remembered groups. A competent if not exactly inspired revue band accompanies all the acts, taped performing on a set decorated with oversized portraits of '50s icons like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, with a few vintage hot rods parked alongside to hammer home the nostalgic thrust of the night.

More impassioned doo-wop fans and rock historians, however, will be a tougher sell. If the groups indeed carry the names associated with the hits, many feature reconstituted lineups with few of the members actually heard on the original singles, a practice that can be traced back to the '60s (as with the Platters). Alternatively, more authentic lineups, like The Marcels (heard performing their galloping version of "Blue Moon" for the first time in decades), reflect their advancing years in rough vocal edges or arrangements transposed to lower keys. Given the show's inspiration (Rhino's exemplary Doo Wop Box anthologies, which unearthed both big hits and forgotten gems and placed the music and performers in a rich historical context), it would have been intriguing to provide some documentary context. --Sam Sutherland