Billy Jones was from Texas and a big fan of Archie Bell & the Drells. He ended up living in Amsterdam and sang in Oscar Harris' Twinke Stars. As Billy Jones & The Stars they made this spectacular album which is wholly in the Archie Bell style. The production on this LP is fantastic, just as on Billy's other LP "Birds of the sea". Billy's version of "Love is gonna rain on you", the self-penned ballad "Change your mind" and "My baby's gone" are all classics.
The Flamingos were one of the original Doo Wop groups, with Tommy Hunt an original member. The group had many incarnations over the years, with the brothers Zeke, J.C. and Jake Carey a constant factor. This LP finds them in 1972 on the small Ronze label for which they recorded several excellent lp's. This one is worth seeking out for the superb remakes of some of their own classic 50s hits, primarily "Golden teardrops" which is transformed into an early seventies anti-drug song. Also noteworthy is "let it be me" which has a running faucet audibly throughout, apparently to give the impression of a thunderstorm...