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Wah Watusi/South Street

CD (Item 611011) Cameo/Real Gone, 1962/1963 — Condition: New Copy
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A Philly soul treasure trove – two rare albums from The Orlons, back to back on a single CD! First up is Wah Watusi – a soulful classic from The Orlons – a wonderful vocal group that mixed together the sweet harmonies of three female singers, and one bass-heavy male! The result is a hip take on both girl group soul and some of the male modes of the time – given the way that the lead singer varies on the different tracks on the set, as does the style of the tunes – moving effortlessly between late nite ballads and dancefloor groovers! The record features their smallish hit "The Wah-Watusi", an uptempo dance number – but the mellower tracks are even better, and include "He's Gone", "The Plea", "I'll Be True", and "I Met Him On A Sunday". Other titles include "Mashed Potato Time", "Gravy (For My Mashed Potates)", and "(Happy Birthday) Mr Twenty-One". South Street is an Orlons smoker from South Street in Philly – a perfect example of the way the city was becoming a major soul power in the early 60s! The set's got The Orlons taking on a host of other hits of the time – romping rockers, mellow ballads, and socking soul – all wrapped together in one tight little package that shows that the group, along with some Cameo Records help, can do just about anything they set their minds to! The blend of three girls and one guy makes for some unusual vocal moments – and titles include the chunky groover "South Street", plus a number of tunes in a similar mode, like "Big Daddy", "Pokey Lou", "We Got Love", "Don't Let Go", and "Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street".  © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.


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