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Billy Ward & His Dominoes: Sixty Minute Man: The Best of Billy Ward & His Dominoes [Rhino, 1993]
Bass man Bill Brown's title boast dwarfed and outlasted the rest of their catalogue because Ahmet Ertegun knew how to channel Clyde McPhatter's weirdness, whereas all Billy Ward could do was sell it. On the Drifters' exhaustive Let the Boogie-Woogie Roll, McPhatter is too busy swinging to succumb to the histrionics that fly every which way here. "Harbor Lights," "The Bells," and, yes, "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" are memorable--absolutely. How often you'll want to refresh your memory is the question. A-