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The Tokens Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Version)


Download links and information about The Tokens Greatest Hits (Re-Recorded Version) by The Tokens. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 41:21 minutes.

Artist: The Tokens
Release date: 2001
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop
Tracks: 15
Duration: 41:21
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No. Title Length
1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (European Mix) [Re-Record] 4:42
2. Portrait of My Love (Re-Record) 2:20
3. He's In Town (Re-Record) 2:38
4. I Hear Trumpets Blow (Re-Record) 2:31
5. La Bamba (Re-Record) 1:56
6. I'll Always Love You (Re-Record) 2:29
7. Don't Worry Baby (Re-Record) 2:44
8. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Re-Record) 2:20
9. Diamonds and Pearls (Re-Record) 1:51
10. She Lets Her Hair Down (Re-Record) 2:53
11. Please Write (Re-Record) 2:23
12. Little Darlin (Re-Record) 3:22
13. Morse Code of Love (Re-Record) 2:40
14. Tonight I Fell In Love (Re-Record) 1:41
15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Club Mix) [Re-Record] 4:51



The story of the Tokens is really the story of a song. Formed in the mid-'50s in Brooklyn with Neil Sedaka as the lead singer, the Tokens eventually settled on a lineup of Jay Siegel, Hank Medress, and brothers Phil and Mitch Margo. The group scored a massive international hit in 1961-1962 with the impossibly infectious "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a song with a fascinating history. Originally called "Mbude," the song was written and recorded in Zulu by South African Solomon Linda in 1939 and was a big local hit in what is now Swaziland in the '40s. A copy of the original 78 found its way into folklorist Alan Lomax's hands, who, in turn, played it for Pete Seeger, then a member of the Weavers. Both men assumed it was a traditional African folk song. Seeger and the Weavers lifted the chorus and recorded it as "Wimoweh," which went to the top of the charts in 1952. The Weavers re-recorded it live in 1957 as part of their Carnegie Hall concert album, which is where Jay Siegel of the Tokens heard it. Since "Wimoweh" was simply a rhythmic vocal chorus as performed by the Weavers, the Tokens, still believing the song was an old traditional tune, added a verse melody line and lyrics and the song became "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," again soaring to the top of the charts in 1962. The new verse lyrics, in the most amazing of coincidences, actually echoed the original Zulu lyrics of "Mbude" (a song about hunting lions) as written and recorded by Solomon Linda way back in the '30s, a recording Siegel and the Tokens had never heard and didn't even know existed. Ten years later, a version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" produced by the Tokens and sung by Robert John hit the top of the charts once again, and a decade and a half after John's hit, South African Lebo M. recorded the song as part of Disney's The Lion King soundtrack, sending yet another hit version around the world. A royalties nightmare, "Wimoweh"/"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" ended up defining the Tokens' career. Three versions are included on this collection (in disco remixes), along with several covers and the group's only other significant hit, "Tonight I Fell in Love."