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It's a Treat: The King/De Luxe Recordings 1959-63

It's A Treat: The King/De Luxe Recordings 1959 63


Otis Williams & the Charms are mostly known for their recordings in the mid-'50s, when they had hits with "Hearts of Stone," "Ivory Tower," and "Two Hearts (Two Kisses, Makes One Love)." It's not so well known that Williams continued to record for King into the early '60s. This 24-track anthology wraps up his surprisingly extensive King discography between 1959 and 1963, a time during which -- although the records were billed to Otis Williams & His Charms -- Williams was mostly backed by session singers. No chart hits emerged from this period, not so much due to Williams' vocals (which remained in good form) as a lack of outstanding material and his ability to keep pace with changing trends. Much of this CD is average doo wop, and so mostly of interest to completist collectors of that style. Sometimes he'd try out rock & roll ("You Know How Much I Care," co-written by Hank Ballard, and "Wait a Minute Baby") and earthy R&B ("Watch Dog"), and there was even an unlikely stab at a cover of a hit (the Safaris' "Image of a Girl"), doomed to failure in light of the original version's head start. Others had traces of early soul, with "When We Get Together," for instance, showing the influence of Sam Cooke. He even tried "Unchain My Heart," though his rather jolly version is markedly inferior to the anguished Ray Charles hit treatment of the same tune. Nothing clicked, leaving this clutch of average 45s to languish largely undiscovered, though Ace as usual packages them with excellent liner notes and illustrations. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667041522
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Track listings

  • 1. Wait A Minute Baby
  • 2. Image Of A Girl
  • 3. Watch Dog
  • 4. My Prayer Tonight
  • 5. Just Forget About Me
  • 6. So Can I
  • 7. You Know How Much I Care
  • 8. Wait
  • 9. When We Get Together
  • 10. Little Turtle Dove
  • 11. Secret, The
  • 12. Tears Of Happiness
  • 13. Unchain My Heart
  • 14. Only Young Once
  • 15. I Knew It All The Time
  • 16. Two Hearts
  • 17. Chief Um (Take It Easy)
  • 18. Funny What True Love Can Do
  • 19. Panic
  • 20. And Take My Love
  • 21. It's A Treat
  • 22. Silver Star
  • 23. It Just Ain't Right
  • 24. It'll Never Happen Again
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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