"Street Corner Style"
- Vocal, Vocal
- The Earth Angels
Liner Notes: It was almost one year ago that I first saw the YouTube video of the Earth Angels
in concert doing “My Island in the Sun.” I knew immediately that I had found a
very special group. The lead singer’s voice was extraordinary, the backing vocals
were beautiful, and the song’s overall effect on me was almost hypnotic!
I contacted the group to tell them how much I loved their sound, and this
led to numerous e-mail exchanges. Soon, I was offering song suggestions and
encouraging them to do a CD. I really wanted to hear the Earth Angels in highquality,
studio recordings, not just live videos. Over several months time, this
debut CD, Street Corner Style, came together.
Jordi Majo, the group’s lead singer, hooked up with Christian and Joan Carrasco
to form the Earth Angels in May 2008. It is obvious that they know and love Doo
Wop. In spite of their brief time together, they are able to recreate not only the
sound, but the feel of street corner harmony—something very few groups can do.
The guys are very talented singers, and this CD shows they are also accomplished
at songwriting and arranging.
As Street Corner Style was being planned, I was really pleased by the song
selections the group had made. This is not another collection of very well-known
songs, like “Sunday Kind of Love” and “Life Is But A Dream,” that have been
done by countless groups. Thankfully, the Earth Angels decided to select more
obscure songs, and the result is a much more interesting and enjoyable CD. It is likely that you have not heard some of these songs before. They were
originally recorded by groups such as the Decoys, Domineers, Eddie and the
Starlites, Timetones, and Valiants—hardly big names in music history. Even
though a few of these original recordings were of poor sound quality, the Earth
Angels heard something there that they loved. After singing the tunes numerous
times, the guys knew they wanted to record them.
After seeing the proposed track listing, I anxiously waited to hear how the group
would sound on their first studio recordings. To say that I am impressed is a very
large understatement! The vocals, instrumental backing, and mix are all fantastic.
The Earth Angels have brought their own approach and style to all of these songs.
Even though I have always enjoyed the Valiants doing “This Is the Night,” I really
love the changes made by the Earth Angels. They sing it more slowly and much
more passionately. The song kicks off with a great sax intro, and the vocals are
tremendous! It is truly one of my favorites on the CD, as is “Look Into the Sky,”
a great uptempo acappella, originally done by the Lytations. The Earth Angels
have created a great instrumental arrangement that fits the song perfectly.
Another song done completely differently from its predecessor versions is “I Don’t
Wanna Grow Up.” This song was recorded first by Tom Waits, and later by the
Ramones. Jordi wrote a melody that turned the lyrics into a very beautiful ballad.
There is only one weakness on this CD—OK, there are two! They are Track
Numbers 4 and 17, which are an instrumentally-backed and an acappella version
of “Weakness.” This fabulous original song was written by Jordi, and exemplifies
what he and the group mean when they say they sing in a Street Corner Style.
When I spoke with Jordi to congratulate the group on the marvelous job they had
done, we talked about their time in the studio. He told me that a number of the recordings were done in one take! During their last recording session, they did
six songs in only three hours. That is amazing for veterans, and these guys were
making their first recordings!
The Earth Angels bring a fresh, new, exciting sound to Doo Wop, while still
staying true to the genre’s roots. Their style should please ardent Doo Wop
fans, while also attracting new, younger audiences. Jordi, Christian, and Joan
are passionate about their music, and you can hear it in each of these 17
I am very honored and proud to have been part of Street Corner Style, and
look forward to hearing much more from the Earth Angels.
aka DJ Brad on the Doowop Cafe | www.doowopcafe.net | Nov ’09
THE CARRASCO BROTHERS
Christian and Joan
Influenced by our father’s musical background
(he was the drummer of the well
known, 60’s Spanish rock band, “The
Sirex”), we started singing during our
childhood. Along with our mum, Isabel
Comas, we crooned through songs by “Los
5 Latinos,” “Los TNT,” and classic Doo
Wop songs by the Marcels, Diamonds,
Chiffons and, especially, the 80’s revival
band “Rocky Sharpe & The Replays”.
We started collecting records, and recording
cassettes of Doo Wop songs from the radio
show Flor de Pasión, with DJ Juan de Pablos.
Joan and I used to sing “Rama Lama Ding
Dong” while carrying a big radio cassette
player as we walked around the streets. We
also enjoyed singing along with songs like
“Pretty Little Angel Eyes” while making
funny faces in the mirror, which caused us
to have uncontrollable outbursts of laughter.
Through the years, Joan learned to play a number of instruments by ear—
showing a special talent for piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, bongos, drums and
wind instruments. He’s currently the drummer and background singer for the
“Cram” rock band.
During the 90’s I was heavily influenced by the German group, The Crystalairs.
That led to my singing Doo Wop with some neighborhood friends. During the
next 15 years I was part of several projects before we met Jordi—with whom we
decided to form The Earth Angels. I sing the baritone/bass parts, while Joan does
falsetto, tenor and deep bass.
—by Christian Carrasco
I was born in a household filled with jazz music. My father played records by
Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson over and over. That music became part of the
family´s daily soundtrack. Both of my parents had extensive record collections and it was through my mum that I first had the chance to listen to 50’s artists
such as Elvis and the Platters.
I remember the first Doo Wop record my father bought for me at a jazz store
when I was about eight years old—“Original Classics Doo Wop Hits, 1955-
1965” (Vogue PIP). It contained such songs as “Genie of the Lamp” by the
Ly-Dells and “Lily Maebelle” by the Valentines. I was hooked on the sound
instantly. From then on, I became an avid collector of any Doo Wop record I
could find; I would listen to all those amazing groups for hours in my room. I
sang all through my teenage years, delighted by the sounds of Frankie Lymon,
the Students, and Dino & the Diplomats, among many others.
Years later, I saw an ad on a musicians’ web
page that someone was looking for a Doo
Wop singer, and I called immediately.
The guy on the other line turned out to
be Christian Carrasco—a baritone/bass
singer with a satiny voice and a wonderful
charm. I’ve been singing along with him
ever since on many street corners, at
parties, and on radio and TV stations.
The time came when his brother Joan,
with his multi-ranged voice talent,
joined us—leading to the formation of
the Earth Angels.
With this CD (thanks to Doo Wop DJ and
collector Joe Conroy, and Crystalairs’ bass extraordinaire, Frank Buttgereit)
For all the people who have been supporting and encouraging us to record and
refresh these sounds—you know who you are—we just want to say THANK
YOU for making it possible! This is for you.
I Love You
Chance Part 1
In My Heart
My Island in the Sun
This Is the Nigth
Nothing Can Go Wrong
Come on Home
Lift Up Your Head
It´S Going to Be Alright
I Don´T Wanna Grow Up
Look into the Sky
Just One More Chance