Two rare albums from The Duprees
– one of the sweetest-sounding vocal groups of the early 60s! First up is You Belong To Me – a great full-length set from The Duprees
– a record that begins with their huge hit title single, but which quickly moves into a range of material that really showcases the depths of their harmony sound! These guys are a lot more soul-styled than most of their blue-eyed group contemporaries – and have an approach here that's especially nice on the mellower cuts – a bit like The Flamingos during their seminal years on End Records! The vocal interplay is great – rising up with plenty of warmth and feeling, over arrangements that are often very understated, and really let the harmonies dominate. Titles include "You Belong To Me", "Ginny", "Why Don't You Believe Me", "Let's Make Love Again", "I Wish I Could Believe You", and "Take Me As I Am". Next is Have You Heard – overlooked 60s material by The Duprees
– a vocal group with chops that take them way past their few well-remembered hits! This second album showcases singer Joey Vann a bit more on the cover, and a bit more in the mix – as Joey handles leads on most tracks, with the others harmonizing behind him – still in the same well-crafted, soul-styled mode as before – but with a slightly different balance, given the spotlight on Vann! Titles include "So Little Time", "Have You Heard", "Yours", "It Isn't Fair", "Where Are You", "Love Eyes", "It's No Sin", and "I Gotta Tell Her Now".