Down in the Alley: The Best of the Clovers

Down in the Alley: The Best of the Clovers

by The CloversThe Clovers


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This 21-song compilation covers the six-year history of one of history's most important R&B groups at Atlantic Records. All of the Clovers' charting singles are represented (albeit not in release order), along with notes indicating their chart history. For the uninitiated, this is where rhythm & blues started as a popular phenomenon, from a group that was incredibly consistent for its six years on the label. The material is representative of rhythm & blues as it sounded at its point of origin, and at its most well-defined and powerful, an unerring jump band beat melded with elements of urban blues and superb quartet singing, all of which were a new musical phenomenon when the Clovers brought it to the charts in 1951. Moreover, one hears the basis in these early tracks for Atlantic's subsequent move into R&B vocals with the Drifters and the Coasters, the sound of these early sides highlighted by very powerful sax and electric guitar accompaniment and the stomping beat one would expect out of a roadhouse band. From "Don't You Know I Love You" through "Ting-A-Ling," "Crawlin'," "Hey, Miss Fannie," and "Lovey Dovey," right into the middle of the decade, this CD moves from one jewel-like R&B-cum-rock & roll classic to the next, and the only complaint that one could reasonably have is that there isn't a complete compilation of the Clovers' work on Atlantic, from Rhino, Collectables, or Sequel.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/1991
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678231223
catalogNumber: 82312
Rank: 92892

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clovers   Primary Artist
Bill Harris   Guitar
Harold Lucas   Baritone (Vocal)
Matthew McQuater   Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie White   Vocals
Harold Winley   Bass (Vocal)
Billy Mitchell   Vocals
John "Buddy" Bailey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Danny Taylor   Composer
Herb Abramson   Producer
Yves Beauvais   Reissue Producer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Michael Mazzarella   Research Coordination
Jesse Stone   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Nick Tosches   Liner Notes

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