Street-corner soul has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last five years, spurred on by a successful PBS television special and two doo-wop compilations from Rhino Records. On Tuesday, the third and presumably final installment arrives, the four-disc The Doo Wop Box III.
The first three discs contain songs from doo-wop's classic era, the 1950s and early '60s, including tracks from the Drifters ("Fools Fall in Love"), the Del-Vikings ("I'm Spinning") the Flamingos ("The Vow") and Dion ("Donna the Prima Donna").
Disc four demonstrates the influence doo-wop has had on other artists, from the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann" to '80s and '90s R&B vocal group Boyz II Men. The disc also has its fair share of larks, from Big Daddy's cover of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" to Ruben Guevera's version of the "Star Spangled Banner."
The Doo Wop Box III is the only R&B release this week.