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Rhythm & Blues, Early R&B, Rock & Roll

Album Review

Unless you're a major R&B collector, it's likely you've never heard anything by this duo besides "Love Is Strange," their only major hit (and a great one). With 20 cuts from 1956-1960, this disc reissues the bulk of their most interesting work. "Love Is Strange" will remain their most memorable tune after you've heard this, but on the whole, this is way-above-average '50s R&B/rock. If you're hungering for more great solos like the ones in "Love Is Strange," you'll find some here, especially in "There Oughta Be a Law" and the instrumental "Shake It Up," although Baker's virtuosity doesn't dominate most of the songs. Some of these tunes are routine doo wop, but a little over half the material is pretty strong, ranging from the calypso-rock they're best remembered for to ballads to straight-ahead R&B shouters, with King Curtis on sax.
Richie Unterberger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Love Is Strange
  2. Rise Sally Rise
  3. This Is My Story
  4. There Oughta Be a Law
  5. No Good Lover
  6. Rock and Stroll Room
  7. Shake It Up
  8. Peace of Mind
  9. Sweeter as the Days Go By
  10. Bewildered
  11. What Would I Do
  12. Say the Word
  13. In My Heart
  14. Walking in the Rain
  15. Dearest
  16. Where Is My Honey
  17. It's You I Love
  18. Love Will Make You Fail in School
  19. I'm Going Home
  20. Can't Get You on the Phone