A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives
the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 5 features 24 titles that include "Anything For You" by The Sounds, "My Satellite" by Jesse Belvin & His Space Riders, "Ever Since You've Been Gone" by The Hawks, "Heaven Help Me" by The Cadets, "You Are The First One" by The Rockets, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" by Tony Allen & The Wonders, "I'm In Love With A Girl" by The Cliques, "Come Back Baby" by Joe Houston & Group, "He's My Baby" by Donna Hightower & Group, and "Talk It Over Baby" by The Rocketeers.