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Bell's a Poppin'

Bell's a Poppin'

by Madeline Bell
     
 

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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

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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."]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929528123
catalogNumber:
281

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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
Gorgoni   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   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
Jon Stroll   Composer
Alec Palao   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Bevoir   Artwork
Charles Blackwell   Composer
Mark Stratford   Producer
Iller Pattacini   Composer
Brian Stanley   Producer

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