Apollo Album Discography, Part 2: Reissues
by Mike Callahan and David Edwards
Last update: July 28, 2012





This page contains information on reissues not by Apollo or Nashboro. In the 1980s, the masters were leased by Relic Records of New Jersey, who started a large reissue campaign. The reissues started on vinyl, but were soon also reissued on compact disc. In the 1990s, these were the most accessible way to find Apollo material.

Other albums of unknown legitimacy were also issued by other labels.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Apollo Records, which is no longer active as a label, or any or the reissue labels. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 1997, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 by Mike Callahan.

APOLLO LABEL DISCOGRAPHY, PART 2: REISSUES


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Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] Contents

RELIC/APOLLO (Vinyl Issues):

LP-5072 - In the Evening - Keynotes [198?]

LP-5073 - You Are My Queen - Casanovas [198?]

LP-5074 - Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman - Cellos [198?] Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandman)/Under Your Spell/Love That Girl/Juicy Crocodile/You Took My Love (with studio talk and false start)/What's The Matter For You/Rang Tang Ding Dong [unreleased alternate] (with studio talk and countoff)//The Be Bop Mouse/Doo Doo Wah (with studio talk)/What's The Matter For You [unreleased alternate]/Don't Wait/I Beg For Your Love/Buffalo Bill/Girlie That I Love

LP-5075 - The Apollo Acappella Audion Album - Various Artists [198?]

LP-5077 - Golden Groups, Volume 47: Apollo Records, Part 1 - Various Artists [198?] Blue Apollo-style label.

LP-5078 - Golden Groups, Volume 48: Apollo Records, Part 2 - Various Artists [198?] Blue Apollo-style label.

LP-5080 - Golden Groups, Volume 50: Apollo Records, Part 3 - Various Artists [1989] Blue Apollo-style label.

LP-5081 - Golden Groups, Volume 51: Apollo Records, Part 4 - Various Artists [1989] Blue Apollo-style label.

LP-8013 - My Reverie: The Best of the Larks - Larks [198?] 16 tracks.

LP-8014 - When I Leave These Prison Walls: The Best of the Larks, Vol. 2 - Larks [198?]

LP-8015 - Baby, Don't Do It - 5 Royales [198?] All tracks mono. Baby Don't Do It/Baby Take All Of Me/Put Something In It (studio talk; countoff)/All Righty/Too Much Of A Little Bit/I Am Thinking (studio talk)/I Like It Like That//Help Me Somebody/Crazy Crazy Crazy/I Wanna Rest/Let Me Come Back/I Do/Cry Some More/Let Nothing Separate Me

LP-8016 - Laundromat Blues - 5 Royales [198?] All tracks mono. Laundromat Blues/What's That/I Wanna Thank You/Six O'Clock In The Morning/See Hear And Know Nothing/So God Can Use Me//Too Much Lovin'/With All Your Heart/Courage To Love/You Know I Know/Give Me One More Chance/Good Things/Come Over Here

LP-8018 - Goodbye 40's, Hello 50's - Various Artists [198?]

LP-8019 - Goodbye 40's, Hello 50's, Volume 2 - Various Artists [198?]



RELIC/APOLLO (Compact Disc Issues):

CD 7010 - The 5 Royales Sing Baby Don't Do It - 5 Royales [1991] Reissue of vinyl LP Relic/Apollo LP 8015. All tracks mono. Baby Don't Do It/Baby Take All Of Me/Put Something In It (studio talk; countoff)/All Righty/Too Much Of A Little Bit/I Am Thinking (studio talk)/I Like It Like That/Help Me Somebody/Crazy Crazy Crazy/I Wanna Rest/Let Me Come Back/I Do/Cry Some More/Let Nothing Separate Me

CD 7011 - The 5 Royales Sing the Laundromat Blues - 5 Royales [19??] Reissue of the vinyl LP RelicApollo LP 8016. All tracks mono. Laundromat Blues/What's That/I Wanna Thank You/Six O'Clock In The Morning/See Hear And Know Nothing/So God Can Use Me/Too Much Lovin'/With All Your Heart/Courage To Love/You Know I Know/Give Me One More Chance/Good Things/Come Over Here

CD 7029 - Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am the Japanese Sandman) - Cellos [1992] Reissue of the vinyl LP Relic/Apollo LP 5074. Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandman)/Under Your Spell/Love That Girl/Juicy Crocodile/You Took My Love (with studio talk and false start)/What's The Matter For You/Rang Tang Ding Dong [unreleased alternate] (with studio talk and countoff)/The Be Bop Mouse/Doo Doo Wah (with studio talk)/What's The Matter For You [unreleased alternate]/Don't Wait/I Beg For Your Love/Buffalo Bill/Girlie That I Love

CD 7123 - In the Evening - Keynotes [1996] All tracks mono. I Don't Know/Now I Know (faster version, with false start and studio talk)/Chapel Bells Are Ringing (demo)/A Star/Oh Yeah Hm-m-m (with studio talk and countoff)/Zoop Zoop (Darling I Love You)/Surely (demo)/Really Wish You Were Here/One Little Kiss/In The Evening/Zup Zup (You Dance So Nice)/Tell Me You Love Me (demo)/A Star (alternate take)/Zenda (with studio talk)/Girl In The Chapel (demo, with studio talk and false starts)/I Don't Know (early version)/Now I Know (slower version, with studio talk and countoff)/Suddenly/Early One Morning (demo)/Bye Bye Baby

CD 7124 - My Reverie - Larks [1996] All tracks mono. My Reverie/Lucy Brown/I Live True To You/The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise/If You Were The Only Girl In The World/Coffee Cigarettes And Tears/Jam Session (warmup)/Rockin' In The Rocket Room/Honey From The Bee/Os-Ca-Lu-Ski- O/Forget It/Little Side Car/Eyesight To The Blind/Christmas To New Year's/Stolen Love/Let's Say A Prayer/Ooh...It Feels So Good/It's Breaking My Heart/How Long Must I Wait For You/If It's A Crime

CD 7125 - When I Leave These Prison Walls - Larks [1996] All tracks mono. In My Lonely Room/Margie/For The Love Of You (with take announcement)/Darlin'/When I Leave These Prison Walls/Hold Me/Eyesight To The Blind (alternate take, with studio talk)/All I Want For Christmas/Hopefully Yours/Tippin' In/I Ain't Fattenin' Frogs For Snakes/What's The Matter/No Other Girl/My Heart Cries For You (fades in)/I Don't Believe In Tomorrow/No Mama No/My Lost Love/Hey Little Girl/Shad-Rack/Honey In The Rock

CD 7127 - The Golden Era of DooWops: Apollo Records, Part 1 - Various Artists [1996] Apollo label recordings from 1951-54. All tracks mono. Angel Baby - Billy Austin & Hearts/Night Has Come - Billy Austin & Hearts/Courage To Love - Five Royales/Baby Don't Do It - Five Royales/Don't Let That Dream Come True - Jumping Jacks/Long Head Leggy Rascal - Jumping Jacks/Why Oh Why - Jumping Jacks/Julocka Jolly - Jumping Jacks/I Just Love You So - Lydia Larson & River Rovers/Bald Headed Daddy - Lydia Larson & River Boys/Oh But She Did - Opals/My Heart's Desire - Opals/My Lost Love - Larks/I Don't Believe In Tomorrow - Larks/Darlin' - Larks/Tired Of You - Gentlemen/Something To Remember You By - Gentlemen/Don't Leave Me Baby - Gentlemen/Baby Don't Go - Gentlemen/Tired Of You - Gentlemen

CD 7128 - The Golden Era of DooWops: Apollo Records, Part 2 - Various Artists [1996] Apollo label recordings from 1954-55, including the Sparks of Rhythm, which was Jimmy "Handy Man" Jones' group. All tracks mono. Love Me - Romeos/Somebody's Been Plowing My Mule - Romeos/Oh Baby Oh - Romeos/I Beg You Please - Romeos/Rags - Night Riders/Keep It A Secret - Night Riders/Women & Cadillacs - Night Riders/Doctor Velvet - Night Riders/Say Hey - Night Riders/Who Walks In When I Walk Out - Barbara Gale & Larks/You're Gonna Lose Your Girl - Barbara Gale & Larks/When You're Near - Barbara Gale & Larks/Johnny Darling - Barbara Gale & Larks/Please Squeeze - Dovers/My Angel - Dovers/My Love - Dovers/Stars In The Sky - Sparks Of Rhythm/Hurry Home - Sparks Of Rhythm/Women Women Women - Sparks Of Rhythm/Don't Love You Anymore - Sparks Of Rhythm

CD 7129 - The Apollo Acappella Audion Album - Various Artists [1996] All tracks mono. Please Be Mine - Casanovas/Only Heaven Knows - Dovers/You're Driving Me Crazy - Gentlemen/A Star - Keynotes/Pleading From My Heart - Casanovas/My Love - Dovers/Love Me Now Or Let Me Go - Avalons (with studio talk)/Girl In The Chapel - Keynotes/Sweet As A Flower - Dovers/Suddenly - Keynotes/Baby Looka Here - Avalons/You Are My Queen - Casanovas/Tell Me You Love Me - Keynotes/Night Rider - Casanovas/Do Something For Me - Avalons/Early One Morning - Keynotes/The Sentence - Dovers/Story Of A Love Gone Cold - Gentlemen/I Don't Know - Keynotes/Your Love - Dovers

CD 7130 - Goodbye 40's, Hello 50's, Volume 1 - Various Artists [1996] All tracks mono. If I Only Knew - Striders/Hesitating Fool - Striders/I Wonder - Striders/Baby Don't You Cry - Striders/Cool Saturday Night - Striders/P.S. I Love You - Four Vagabonds/Wig Blues - Melody Masters/My Baby - Melody Masters/Don't You Mind Them - Melody Masters/As Long As I Live - Four Blues/I Need You - Four Blues/Missing You - Four Blues/Don't Say You're Sorry Again - Rivals/Rival Blues - Rivals/Christmas Is Coming At Last - Rhythm Kings/Merry Christmas One And All - Rhythm Kings/Five O'Clock Blues - Striders/I've Got No Time - Whispers/Ever Lovin' Slick - Whispers/Hal Jackson Theme [WLIB] - Whispers

CD 7131 - Goodbye 40's, Hello 50's, Volume 2 - Various Artists [1996] All tracks mono. Jumping Jack - Three Riffs/Cherry In My Lemon & Lime - Three Riffs/Barbecued Ribs - Three Riffs/Driftin' - Three Riffs/Subway Cutie - Melody Masters/If I Only Knew You Were Mine - Melody Masters/Fox And The Crow - Melody Masters/Vamoose - Striders/If I Only Knew - Striders (outtake)/I Gotta Go Now - Rhythm Kings/Why My Darling Why - Rhythm Kings/One More Time - Mel-O-Dots/Just How Long - Mel- O-Dots/Rock My Baby - Mel-O-Dots/Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Mel-O-Dots/My Reverie - Larks/Honey Chile - Four Blues/It Takes A Long Tall Brown Skinned Girl - Four Blues/Vegetable Song - Four Blues/Re-Bop-De-Boom - Four Blues

CD 7132 - You Are My Queen - Casanovas [1996] Reissue of the vinyl LP Relic/Apollo LP-5073. Apollo singles from 1954-57, with a few previously unreleased songs. All tracks mono. You Are My Queen/Are You For Real/Please Be Mine (acappella)/That's All/Hush-A-Mecca/Listen To Those Bells (acappella)/Good Lookin' Baby/It's Been A Long Time/Night Rider (acappella)/My Love For You/Love Me Baby/I Don't Want You To Go/Sleepy Head Mama/Pleading My Heart To You (acappella)/Night Rider/For You And You Alone (fades in)/Please Be My Love/Good Lookin' Baby (acappella)/My Baby's Love)/Please Be Mine (with countoff)

CD 7133 - The Golden Era of DooWops: Apollo Records, Part 3 - Various Artists [1996] Apollo label recordings from 1954-56, including a 1956 recording of "Handy Man" by the Sparks of Rhythm. Even though Jimmy Jones, who was in that group, would later make the song into a huge hit, here it is bass Andrew Barksdale who sings lead. All tracks mono. Darling (You Know I Love You) - Vocaltones/Please Don't Leave Me - Vocaltones/My Girl - Vocaltones/I'm Gonna Get That Girl - Vocaltones/I Don't Know - Keynotes/Raindrops - Inspirations/Maggie - Inspirations/Pretty Mama - Inspirations/So Strange - Lillian Leach & Mellows/Be Mine - Lillian Leach & Mellows/Cry On My Shoulder - Sparks Of Rhythm/Somewhere - Sparks Of Rhythm/Everybody Rock And Go - Sparks Of Rhythm (slight surface noise)/Handy Man - Sparks Of Rhythm/That's All - Casanovas/Rockabye Baby - Casanovas/I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody - Brenda Lee & Vocaltones/My Last Goodbye To You - Brenda Lee & Vocaltones/Three Kinds Of People - Vocaltones/My Version Of Love - Vocaltones

CD 7134 - The Golden Era of DooWops: Apollo Records, Part 4 - Various Artists [1996] Apollo label recordings from 1956-1959. All tracks mono. Bermuda Shorts - Delroys/Time - Delroys/I'll Never Let You Go - Vocaltones/My Version Of Love - Vocaltones/Darling (You Know I Love You) - Vocaltones/Howie - Tonettes/Oh What A Baby - Tonettes/Rang Tang Ding Dong (I Am The Japanese Sandman) - Cellos/Girlie That I Love - Cellos/Christmas Letter - La Fets & Kitty/Fires Burn No More - Chesters/Lift Up Your Head - Chesters (with false start and studio talk)/Please Be Mine - Casanovas/Angel Of Romance - Claremonts/Why Keep Me Dreaming - Claremonts/Bong Bong - Vince Castro & Claremonts/The Fool - Ann Ford/Present Of Love - Armanda & Jays/They Lied - Brochures (with false start and studio talk)/My Baby - Admirations



DELMARK/APOLLO CDs:

DE-538 - Jumpin' at Apollo - Illinois Jacquet [2002] Diggin' The Count/Bottoms Up/Ghost Of A Chance/South Street Special/Jacquet Bounce/Robbin's Nest/Jumpin' At Apollo/What's This/Memories Of You/Music Hall Beat/Jumpin' At The Woodside/Merle's Mood/She's Funny That Way/12 Minutes To Go/Wondering And Thinking Of You/Here Comes The Blues/Wynonie's Blues/Bottoms Up/12 Minutes To Go/Merle's Mood/South Street Special/Jumpin At The Woodside/Jacquet Mood

DE-754 - Hoot and Holler Saturday Night! - Piney Brown & Ed Mack [2002] With Willis Jackson and Bobby Smith. Hoot And Holler Saturday Night!/Am I Gonna Have Trouble With You (previously unreleased)/Behind Closed Doors/How About That/Heart Throbbing Blues/Kind Loving Daddy/Gloomy Monday Blues/Mourning Blues/Down And Out Blues - (previously unreleased)/Piney Brown Boogie (previously unreleased)/Lovin' Gal Blues/That's Right Baby/Why Do I Cry Over You/How About Rocking With Me/Handy Gal/If You Want Me To Come Home Baby/Good News (previously unreleased)/Lemonade/Cool Mama/How About That (previously unreleased alternate take)/Long Time/Hoot And Holler Saturday Night! (previously unreleased version)

DE-755 - The Back Porch Boys - Alec "Guitar Slim" Seward & Louis "Jelly Belly" Hayes [2002] Big Hip Mamma/Good Boy, Long Way From Home (previously unreleased)/King Kong Blues/Sweet Woman Blues/Friday The Thirteenth Blues (previously unreleased)/Sorry Woman Blues/Be Kind Blues/Water Trough Blues/That's All Right With Me (previously unreleased)/She Can Shake It (previously unreleased)/Doomed/Rub A Little Boogie/Goin' Back Home (previously unreleased alternate take)/Big Hip Mamma (previously unreleased alternate take)/Sorry Woman Blues (previously unreleased alternate take)/Be Kind Blues (previously unreleased alternate take)/Goin' Back Home/It's My Desire (previously unreleased alternate take)/River Jordan (previously unreleased)/How About You (previously unreleased)/It's My Desire/Hide Me In Thy Bosom

DE-756 - McVoutie's Central Avenue Blues - Jack McVea [2002] O-Kay For Baby/Listen Baby Blues/Opus Boogie/It Never Should Have Been This Way/Gone With The Wind/Baby Look At You/Don't Blame Me (alternate take)/Boulevard Boogie/Blues This Morning/We're Together Again/Naggin' Woman Blues/The "G" Man Got The "T" Man/Tarrant Blues/Blues All Night/I Live True To You/B Flat Boogie (alternate take)/Then I've Got To Go/I'll Be True/Wiggle Wiggle Woogie/Love Will Get You Down/Hey Hey Hey Baby/Don't Blame Me/O-Kay For Baby (alternate take)



OTHER "APOLLO" VINYL RELEASES (not believed to be issued by Apollo Records):

ALP-400 - When I Leave These Prison Walls - Larks/Eugene Mumford [19??] When I Leave These Prison Walls/My Reverie/I Live True To You/Eyesight To The Blind/Coffee, Cigarettes And Tears/I Don't Believe In Tomorrow//Hopefully Yours/I Ain't Fattenin' Frogs For Snakes/Hold Me/Let's Say A Prayer/My Heart Cries For You/Ooh It Feels So Good

LP-418 - Down Home with the 5 Royales - 5 Royales [19??]

ALP 500 - The Best of Mahalia Jackson - Mahalia Jackson [197?] The Lord's Prayer/Come To Jesus/He's My Light/City Called Heaven/Bless This House//Silent Night - Holy Night/Walking To Jerusalem/Go Tell It On The Mountain/I Can Put My Trust In Jesus/God Spoke To Me/His Eye Is On The Sparrow

AP-1000 - Best of the Keynotes - Keynotes [198?] Also issued on multicolor vinyl. Label has group photo (same one as on LP jacket).

LP-1001 - The Vocaltones Meet the Sparks of Rhythm - Vocaltones/Sparks of Rhythm [198?] Also issued on multicolor vinyl.

LP-1004 - Best of the Casanovas - Casanovas [198?] Also issued on multicolor vinyl.




Thanks to Kyle Bonney.



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