The Complete Federal Recordings

The Complete Federal Recordings

by The PlattersThe Platters


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These are the earliest recordings by the Platters, done for the Federal and King record labels in the early '50s. The innovative fusion of R&B and smooth, classical-styled orchestration that was the group's trademark sound was still a year or two down the road, and these tracks (most of which were recorded as demos) have a raw and ragged feel that will surprise fans who are only familiar with their Mercury Records releases. The original version of their massive hit "Only You" is included here, marred by some irritating whistling by Herb Reed behind Tony Williams' surprisingly tentative lead vocal, and there is no doubt that the later Mercury version of "Only You" deserves its classic status. Zola Taylor, then only 14-years old, is featured on a couple songs, and her voice bears an uncanny resemblance to Dolly Parton's, which is a little jarring on these mostly jump blues tracks. The Complete Federal Recordings is a valuable look at a group not quite ready for public consumption, and diehard fans will find it fascinating, but casual listeners should stick to the later, and more fully realized Mercury releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/25/2003
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667197427
catalogNumber: 974
Rank: 122054

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Platters   Primary Artist
Herb Reed   Group Member
Alex Hodge   Group Member
Zola Taylor   Group Member
Tony Williams   Group Member
David Lynch   Group Member

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Ralph Bass   Composer
Alex Hodge   Composer
Zola Taylor   Composer
Tony Williams   Composer
Jim Williams   Composer
Bill Millar   Liner Notes
Hayden Wood   Composer
David Lynch   Composer
John Roberson   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer
Dwight Davis   Composer
Bertha Roberson   Composer
Phyllis Otis   Composer
Emil Gallo   Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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