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The Spaniels: 16 Soulful Serenades [Solid Smoke, 1984]
Doowop is best sampled on multiple-artist compilations and studied on single-artist anthologies. This is for listening; it's a doowop album, with only one medium-tempo hit disturbing the devotionally deliberate pace. Like all the great doowop tenors, Pookie Hudson infused romantic escapism with the high aspirations of gospel, and his bosses at Vee-Jay gave him some great escapes to fly with. The first side is superb, the second more tipico, and you can sample or study if you prefer. Nor is that the end of it--those who think rock and roll should always be fast will be moderately amazed by the same great group's jumping 1981 Charly import, which bears the devotionally deliberate title Great Googly Moo! A