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The Belmonts
"The Best Of The Belmonts"

© Relic Records

Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Tell Me Why
  • Don't Get Around
    Much Anymore
  • I Don't Know
    How To Cry
  • Diddle-Dee-Dum
  • Hombre
  • Coma Coma Baby
  • Time To Dream
  • Searching For
    A New Love
  • Have You Heard
  • I Got A Woman
  • That American Dance
  • Why
  • How About Me
  • Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate
    The Positive
  • More Important
    Things To Do
  • I Need Someone
  • Tweedle Dee
  • Summertime Time
  • I Confess
  • Ann-Marie
  • Come On Little Angel
  • Go On Back
  • Walk On Boy
  • This Love Of Mine
  • Farewell

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    "The Best Of The Belmonts"

    A big decision is determined for most bands when a prominent member of a group leaves for a solo career on their own, or even worse, when a member of the group unfortunately dies. In The Belmonts case, their prominent lead singer was Dion (DiMucci), having recorded such classics as "Teenager In Love" and "I Wonder Why." When Dion left in 1960, The Belmonts were forced to ask "Do we keep going, or quit?" The answer: "We keep going!" The Best Of The Belmomts is a 25-track compilation of songs recorded after Dion left the group. Doo-wop is best to describe the music of The Belmonts.

    There's some definite classic doo-wop sounding tunes, that can easily fit the existing Dion with or without The Belmonts style: "Tell Me Why," "Searching For A New Love", "I Got A Woman," and "More Important Things To Do." "I Don't Know How To Cry" could easily be a Dion song, on his own. Other Dion and the Belmonts inspired tunes include "Diddle-Dee-Dum", "I Need Someone" and "Summertime Time."

    Using the standard "Lullabye" as its melody, "Time To Dream" is a beautiful doo-wop ballad, with great harmonizing. Other great doo-wop harmonizing is featured in "Have You Heard," and "This Love Of Mine."

    As a child, collecting 45s was a hobby of mine. One particular single was "How About Me" with its B-side, "Come On Little Angel." Finding BOTH these songs on this compilation were truly treasure-finders!

    Of course there are some tunes that weren't better than others, but somewhat enjoyable: "Tweedle Dee" is more Rhythm & Blues; much different than the common Belmonts doo-wop style. "I Confess" is a bit slower doo-wop, and "Ann-Marie" may not be a cd-track repeater, yet there aren't that many songs from this compilation that are considered non-enjoyable.

    Two standards from the 1940s are here: "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" has a bouncy doo-wop style, "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive" is also different, having an early Beatles' Hamburg sound, and just to mention -- Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" could also fit this Beatles category. Since The Belmonts were italian (Freddie Milano, Angelo D'Aleo, Carlo Mastrangelo) the italian music style are heard in such songs as "Hombre" and the groovin' "Coma Coma Baby."

    Also having a different sound is "That American Dance," as it has a doo-wop Eddie Cochran sound, as in his song "Somethin' Else." "Walk On Boy" has the definitely black Rhythm & Blues sound, and you would never know that a white group such as The Belmonts were singing this particular tune. Having a folkish sound, "Go On Back" is different also in sound, as compared to the common doo-wop sound of The Belmonts. This compilation's final entry, "Farewell" is a beautiful slow ballad, a great way to end the album.

    A lot of comparisons to pre-rock singing groups, such as The Four Lads, The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen are heard here, as doo-wop dominates the sound of The Belmonts. And, it proves in rare instances, that success can follow after a prominent voice has left the group, as in Dion's case. Life does go on, and we can say that both Dion on his own, and The Belmonts on their own, have had very successful careers -- on their own.

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