Bell's a Poppin'

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Though born in New Jersey, smooth soul diva Madeline Bell enjoyed her greatest success in the United Kingdom where she began living in 1963, and her first album, 1967's Bell's a Poppin', is a thoroughly enjoyable example of British pop record-making at its most poised and professional. Bell had a world-class voice and sang supper-club soul in the manner of Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield the latter of whom was a friend of Bell's and often used her as a backing vocalist; those looking for Southern soul grit will be disappointed, but Bell's a Poppin' is a marvelous example of the British equivalent of Brill Building pop. The arrangements are clever and sophisticated, the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Though born in New Jersey, smooth soul diva Madeline Bell enjoyed her greatest success in the United Kingdom where she began living in 1963, and her first album, 1967's Bell's a Poppin', is a thoroughly enjoyable example of British pop record-making at its most poised and professional. Bell had a world-class voice and sang supper-club soul in the manner of Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield the latter of whom was a friend of Bell's and often used her as a backing vocalist; those looking for Southern soul grit will be disappointed, but Bell's a Poppin' is a marvelous example of the British equivalent of Brill Building pop. The arrangements are clever and sophisticated, the musicians are spot-on throughout, producer John Franz adds just the right amount of polish without rubbing away the personality of the music, and Bell's vocals tell a story just beautifully, boasting smarts and understated passion while maintaining a firm sense of control and balance throughout. Franz also rounded up some great songs for Bell, with Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, John Sebastian, and Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson among the tunesmiths represented on this disc. Fans of the slicker side of Northern soul and great mid-'60s pop-soul will delight in Bell's a Poppin'. [RPM's 2004 reissue adds a handful of non-LP singles that are every bit as enjoyable, especially "Don't Come Running to Me" and an interesting cover of the Beatles' "You Won't See Me."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929528123
  • Catalog Number: 281
  • Sales rank: 95,544

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madeline Bell Primary Artist
Arthur Greenslade Accompaniment
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
John Sebastian Composer
Dusty Springfield Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Madeline Bell Composer
Lesley Duncan Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Larry Weiss Composer
Shirley Ellis Composer
Jimmy Wisner Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Joshie Armstead Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Joe Zawinul Composer
Hal David Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Al Gorgoni Composer
Richard Gottehrer Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Margo Lewis Composer
Gary Lyons Composer
Norman Newell Composer
Doris Payne Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Brian Stanley Producer
Jon Stroll Composer
Alec Palao Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Charles Blackwell Composer
Mark Stratford Producer
Iller Pattacini Composer
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