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The Orioles 1947-1955

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Disc 1 of 2
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It's Too Soon To Know
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Barbara Lee
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(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas
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Tell Me So
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Deacon Jones
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A Kiss And A Rose
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I Challenge Your Kiss
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Forgive & Forget
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What Are You Doing New Years Eve
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I Cover The Waterfront
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Every Dog-gone Time
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If It's To Be
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I'd Rather Have You Under The Moon
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I Need You So
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Goodnight Irene
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I Cross My Fingers
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Walking By The River
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I Miss You So
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Happy Go Lucky Local Blues
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Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)
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Hold Me! Squeeze Me!
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Baby Please Don't Go
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For All We Know
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How Blind Can We Be
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I May Be Wrong
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Blame It On Yourself
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Disc 2 of 2
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My Loved One
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Waiting
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Barfly
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A Scandal
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It Ain't Gonna Be Like That
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Getting' Tired Tired Tired
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Pretty Pretty Rain
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Why Did You Go
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No Other Love
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The Night Has Come
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Don't Stop
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My Baby's Gonna Get It
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I Only Have Eyes For You
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Once In A While
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Don't Cry Baby
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See See Rider
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Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me
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Bad Little Girl
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Crying In The Chapel
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In The Mission Of St Augustine
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The Robe Of Calvary
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Don't Go To Strangers
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Secret Love
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In The Chapel In The Moonlight
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Fair Exchange
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I Need You Baby
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 52   Total Length: 147:30

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04.22.11
The Orioles, The Orioles 1947-1955
2005 | Label: Acrobat Music / The Orchard

The greatest vocal group of the era that straddled the end of the big band years and the beginning of rock & roll, the Orioles of Baltimore, led by tenor Sonny Til, revolutionized group-harmony singing by sounding utterly agonized. They were unabashed romantics, heavy on melisma and their harmonic swoops were like butter smearing in a frying pan. Their three chart-toppers ("It's Too Soon to Know" is sadly unavailable in this version of 1947-1955) are… read more »

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Led by the sultry tenor voice of Sonny Til, the Orioles — in spite of being regarded by many as the originators of doo wop — have been poorly served in the CD era, with most of the collections available consisting of re-recorded versions of their late-’40s and early-’50s hits. There is the massive and definitive six-disc box from Bear Family, of course, but little for the more casual listener to seek out, a situation this double-disc, 52-track set from Acrobat addresses nicely. It features all of their major hits, including “It’s Too Soon to Know,” “(It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas,” and their signature tune, “Crying in the Chapel,” as well as more bluesy and raucous material like their version of “Baby Please Don’t Go.” One of the first groups to bring an overt gospel influence into the pop arena, the Orioles are well worth investigating, and since this collection features original recordings (rather than revisits), it makes a perfect and affordable place to begin. – Steve Leggett

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