Free Outdoor Concert
Kenny Vance (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kenny-vance-mn0000071788), who began with Jay & the Americans (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jay-the-americans-mn0000809058) and has gone on to an extensive career supervising music in films, and his cohorts in the Planotones, each of them with a lengthy list of music business credits, perform doo wop music as a sideline and a labor of love. On this self-titled release, they re-create '50s and '60s standards like Jerry Butler (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jerry-butler-mn0000329468)'s "He Will Break Your Heart," the Drifters (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-drifters-mn0000118544)' "Some Kind of Wonderful," and Jay & the Americans (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jay-the-americans-mn0000809058)' "This Magic Moment," as well as originals such as Vance (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/vance-mn0000071788)'s autobiographical history of doo wop, "Looking for an Echo" (presented in both demo and full group versions). Kenny Vance & the Planotones emphasize the sweeter aspects of doo wop over its more exciting elements. If they have a flaw (in addition to the slight wear and tear in their middle-aged voices), it is in their extreme reverence for the music, which sometimes makes it seem a bit formal. But they clearly love what they do.