Baby It's You/The Shirelles & King Curtis Give a Twist Party

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Shirelles' third and fourth LPs are combined onto one CD for this compilation, with the addition of a few bonus tracks and historical liner notes. That third LP, Baby It's You, is actually a pretty strong pop
ock album for its time, spearheaded by the smashes "Baby It's You" and "Soldier Boy." It must be acknowledged that for the discriminating fan, those two hits and the strongest secondary tracks -- the rocking, soulful "Big John" (itself almost a Top 20 single), the lovely "A Thing of the Past," the fine Gerry Goffin-Carole King composition "Make the Night a Little Longer," "The Things I Want to Hear," and "Putty in Your ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Shirelles' third and fourth LPs are combined onto one CD for this compilation, with the addition of a few bonus tracks and historical liner notes. That third LP, Baby It's You, is actually a pretty strong pop
ock album for its time, spearheaded by the smashes "Baby It's You" and "Soldier Boy." It must be acknowledged that for the discriminating fan, those two hits and the strongest secondary tracks -- the rocking, soulful "Big John" (itself almost a Top 20 single), the lovely "A Thing of the Past," the fine Gerry Goffin-Carole King composition "Make the Night a Little Longer," "The Things I Want to Hear," and "Putty in Your Hands" (the last covered by the Yardbirds) -- often (and sometimes always) show up on Shirelles compilations that make for far more consistent listens than this LP. Still, on the whole it was the Shirelles at their peak, with great New York uptown girl group production, if not always great songs. In comparison, The Shirelles & King Curtis Give a Twist Party is an inferior and disappointing affair, in part because the album is split between cuts by the Shirelles and saxophonist/vocalist King Curtis, with Curtis and the group actually singing together only on "I Still Want You." The concept isn't the only problem, however -- the material, whether performed by the Shirelles and/or King Curtis (some of whose selections are instrumental), is run-of-the-mill early-'60s R&B-rock, sounding like an entire LP of filler tracks. The three CD bonus cuts include the 45 version of their 1960 single "I Saw a Tear"; the mono version of "Baby It's You," which has a different vocal than the stereo one; and the bizarre 1962 single "Hurry Home to Me (Soldier Boy)," in which a singer credited only as Valli sings an entirely different song over the Shirelles' recording of "Soldier Boy," Scepter Records not even bothering to remove the Shirelles' vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667034227
  • Catalog Number: 1199
  • Sales rank: 208,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby It's You (2:34)
  2. 2 The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words) (2:43)
  3. 3 Big John (2:20)
  4. 4 The Same Old Story (2:21)
  5. 5 Voice of Experience (2:19)
  6. 6 Irresistible You (2:13)
  7. 7 Soldier Boy (2:40)
  8. 8 A Thing of the Past (2:39)
  9. 9 Twenty-One (2:01)
  10. 10 Make the Night a Little Longer (2:29)
  11. 11 Twistin' USA (1:52)
  12. 12 Putty in Your Hands (2:29)
  13. 13 Mama, Here Comes the Bride (2:25)
  14. 14 Take the Last Train Home - King Curtis (3:05)
  15. 15 Welcome Home, Baby - King Curtis (2:32)
  16. 16 I Got a Woman - King Curtis (4:56)
  17. 17 I Still Want You - King Curtis (2:29)
  18. 18 Take the Last Train Home - King Curtis (1:54)
  19. 19 Love Is a Swinging Thing - King Curtis (2:11)
  20. 20 Ooh Poo Pah Doo - King Curtis (2:18)
  21. 21 New Orleans - King Curtis (3:24)
  22. 22 Mister Twister - King Curtis (2:28)
  23. 23 Potato Chips - King Curtis (2:37)
  24. 24 I Saw a Tear - King Curtis (2:14)
  25. 25 Baby It's You - King Curtis (2:40)
  26. 26 Hurry Home to Me (Soldier Boy) - Valli (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Shirelles Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jessie Hill Composer
Stanley Kahan Composer
Al Kasha Composer
Irwin Levine Composer
Stan Green Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Shirley Owens Composer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Florence Greenberg Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
Mack David Composer
Kay Rogers Composer
Fred Anisfield Composer
Bob Brass Composer
Willie Denson Composer
Bob Elgin Composer
John Patton Composer
Barney Williams Composer
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