Artist: THE VELVET CANDLES
Title: THE STORY OF OUR LOVE
Style: Doo Wop
Once again in the great tradition of the european doowop vocal groups, it’s from Spain this time that we get the lastest offering from the fantastic Velvet Candles. From great self penned numbers and covers of fairly obscure songs and even some traditional vocal group material sung in their native language, the guys and one girl serve up a great album that all doowop and Rock and Roll fan, whether you like the white or black sounds, will love. There is something for everybody in this superb set with is bound to become a classic in its own right.
The Velvet Candles come from Spain and are Mamen Salvador, Agusti Burriel and Eduardo Peregrin. Backed by a solid band they play late 50's/early 60's white/italo doo-wop.
Since my doo- wop knowledge is mostly made of compilation I won't go much into details telling you that this song sounds like this or this other one reminds of (write hear the name of the artist you want).
I can only trust my ears and they tell me that this album is pleasant, very well sung and very well orchestrated (some songs with strings arrangements).
Next to covers from the catalog of the Safaris, the Fabulaires, Dante & the Evergreens you'll find some solid originals like Robot Stomp and one song written for them by the great Mario Cobo.
The cd is very varied: the three of them singing lead, the songs go from the fully orchestrated "The Story Of Our Love" to the accapella of "Why Denise Grew" also including a song in Spanish.
Fans of the genre can buy it with confidence.
Fred "Virgil" Turgis
Jumpin from 6 to 6
Spanish Doowop? I wasn't sure i could see those two words working together, and popped this CD into the player with some trepidation. I needn't have worried.
From cut one, Agusti, Eddie and Mamen entertain and suprise with a series of wellconstructed, beautifullty sung and harmonised songs both self-penned and carefully borrowed from doowop's back catalogue. The tittle track opens proceedings, and the slight Spnaish inflection to the vocals actually add appeal to the cut, and to the whole album for that matter.
The mix of male and female vocals also works well, and Mamen takes lead on fourth track 'That's how I eel' to great effect, well backed by Agusti and Eddie's bassier tones.
Cut 5, the waltz-tempo 'Image Of A Girl, reminds us that Doowop isn't just about the voice, with (I think) Agusti's lush vocals more than matched by a soaring sax solo. 'Robot Stomp' is the closest the group get to traditional rock 'n' roll, and I've trawled the internet to find out what the 'Robot Stom' dance is without success - I guess i need to check these guys out in concert! 'Dimeo Tu' is Mamen's chance to shine in her native tongue, and shine she does - proof that music transcends most boundaries, i have no idea what she was singing about but it sounded sublime.
The last cut, 'There's A Girl', is recorded in a (real or contrived) live environment. and provides an upbeat end to the album - quality certainly doesn't drop towards the end of the selection as often happens these days.
Special mention to the piano fills on his song.
The whole fifteen-track album provides the listeners with upbeat, fun entertainment, my personal highlight being cut ten 'Lonely Days, Loney Nighs' - There's nothing radical about it, and that's part of the attraction, it's just straight-down-the-line vocal-hrmony rock'n'roll done very nicely indeed, Thank you.
Johnny Hop - Uk Rock & Roll