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Very Best of the Clovers
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  • Producers include: Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Abramson, Jerry Wexler, Lou Krefetz, Jesse Stone.
  • Compilation producers: James Austin, Billy Vera.
  • Includes liner notes by Billy Vera and James Austin.
  • Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch (DigiPrep).
  • Audio Remasterer: Daniel Hersch.
  • Liner Note Author: Billy Vera.
  • As Atlantic Records' first successful vocal group, the Clovers would be noteworthy if only for the fact that their success laid the groundwork for the Coasters, the Drifters, and other great vocal acts. However, even though the group was not as well remembered as the groups that followed, the Clovers were giants of the '50s R&B world in their own right, scoring 11 top-10 hits on the Billboard R&B chart. Their recordings of "One Mint Julep," "Devil or Angel," and "Love Potion Number 9" are instantly recognizable classics, and their other hits are equally good.
  • Like their contemporaries the "5" Royales and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, the Clovers used a disarming sense of humor to mask the raunchiness of their best material. There can be little doubt what lead singer Buddy Bailey is after in songs like "Good Lovin,'" "Hey, Miss Fannie," and "Lovey Dovey" (from which Steve Miller lifted several lyric passages for his "The Joker"). When the group drops all pretense--as it does on "Down in the Alley," later covered faithfully by Elvis Presley--the results are practically obscene.
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