The Five Satins - The Original Master Tapes Collection, Vol. 1

The Five Satins - The Original Master Tapes Collection, Vol. 1
Album: The Original Master Tapes Collection, Vol. 1
Duration: 53:30
Release Date: October 8, 2002
Artist: The Five Satins
Genre: R&B
Styles: Doo Wop, Early R&B, Early Pop/Rock

For audio quality alone, this 23-song collection is worth picking up -- the Five Satins' vocals always sounded good, but you get the real sense of the presence of the backing band as well as the richness of all of the voices on this edition (except on "All Mine": the band never showed for the session, and the track was released a cappella as a result, and may be the prettiest song here other than "In The Still Of The Night"). The 22 songs on this CD, all derived from the earliest extant session masters of each, cover the bulk of the Five Satins' history with Fred Parris as lead singer -- this is the group's classic period, making this release all-but-essential when the quality of the audio is taken into account. This disc is about as close as Collectables Records has gotten to matching the quality of the workmanship on such releases as Bear Family's Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Cadillacs, and Orioles boxes -- about 50 years of hiss and degrading sound is stripped off of the songs at hand, though one must concede that the group's Ember Records sides, from late 1956 and 1957, benefit more from this treatment, as they were better recorded than their early Standard label sides.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
In the Still of the Night / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris3:03
Wonderful Girl / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:17
Oh Happy Day / Edwin Hawkins / Nancy Reed / E. F. Rimbault / TraditionalThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:17
Moonlight and I / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:20
All Mine / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:35
Weeping Willow / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris3:12
When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano / Leon RenéThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:45
Our Love Is Forever / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:16
The Jones Girl / J.B. FreemanThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris1:52
Baby Face / Phil LynottThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:12
Rose Mary / James FreemanThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:03
Please Be Mine Tonight / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:36
Skippity Doo / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:21
Again / Dorcas Cochran / Lionel NewmanThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:17
When Your Love Comes Along / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:18
Sugar / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:06
A Night to RememberThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:13
Shadows / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:33
Wishing Ring / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:37
I've LostThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:39
Candlelight / Fred ParrisThe Five Satins2:17
I'll Be Seeing You / Sammy FainThe Five Satins feat: Fred Parris2:41

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