7. Various Artists, 'Street Corner Symphonies, 1956'
This is what it was like to be glued to the radio in doo-wop's crowning year, soaking up the deep-blue romance, randy vocal desire and pavement-choir harmonies of the Five Satins ("In the Still of the Nite"), the Dells ("Oh What a Nite"), the Drifters ("Ruby Baby") and even the young James Brown ("Please, Please, Please"). This CD, jammed with 32 tracks, is part of a multidisc project from the Bear Family label covering the roots and bloom of black vocal R&B. There is no low year in the series. But 1956 is primal golden soul all the way through.