“We Are The Chantels” by The Chantels - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1958Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

End LP-301. First issued in October 1958 as “We Are The Chantels”, re-issued in September 1959 (also End-301 LP) as “The Chantels” with a different cover. The original cover had a picture of the group, 5 coloured girls from the Bronx. The repackaged issue had a picture of two white teenagers picking out a song from a Jukebox. I’d like to think the change was down to the rather awkward looking original shot (5 reluctant bridesmaids if ever I saw them) as opposed to any bow down to Americas’ racists of the day. According to most sources (including the well-respected bsnpubs which is where I put my faith) both versions were the same 12 tracks although Discogs lists only 10… Led by the irresistible lead soprano of Arlene Smith, The Chantels revel in shooby-doo-wop glories here. The perfect soundtrack to the teen dream…

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A1 [02:34] 6.9.png The Chantels - He’s Gone (Arlene Smith, Richard Barrett) Rock n Roll Ballad
A2 [02:15] 6.5.png The Chantels - If You Try (Richard Barrett, Neilson) Rock n Roll Ballad
A3 [02:32] 7.3.png The Chantels - Whoever You Are (Fran Manfred) Rock n Roll Ballad
A4 [02:58] 7.0.png The Chantels - The Plea (Arlene Smith, Richard Barrett) Rock n Roll Ballad
A5 [02:52] 8.9.png The Chantels - Maybe (Arlene Smith, Richard Barrett) Rock n Roll Ballad
B1 [02:22] 6.0.png The Chantels - Congratulations (B. Andrews, J. Dasher) Rock n Roll Ballad
B2 [02:06] 7.5.png The Chantels - Every Night (I Pray) (Richard Barrett) Rock n Roll Ballad
B3 [02:27] 6.8.png The Chantels - Sure Of Love (George Goldner, Weiner) Rock n Roll Ballad
B4 [02:19] 6.2.png The Chantels - I Love You So (Morris Levy, Sonny Norton) Rock n Roll Ballad
B5 [02:11] 5.0.png The Chantels - Come My Little Baby (Bob Lawrence, Dave Alldred, Mimi Uniman) Pop

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