Doin' Things

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Madeline Bell's final '60s album was, like her first 1967's Bell's a Poppin', made in Britain under the production supervision of John Franz. And, like its predecessor, it unsurprisingly bore some resemblance to Dusty Springfield's late-'60s work, both because Franz also worked with Springfield, and because Bell sang backup vocals on Springfield records. To stretch the comparison even further, Bell had a style similar to Springfield's especially in her slight vibratos at the end of phrases, as well as a similar bent for varied soul-pop material. The overall impression was something of a Springfield with a closer connection to genuine black American soul -- a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Madeline Bell's final '60s album was, like her first 1967's Bell's a Poppin', made in Britain under the production supervision of John Franz. And, like its predecessor, it unsurprisingly bore some resemblance to Dusty Springfield's late-'60s work, both because Franz also worked with Springfield, and because Bell sang backup vocals on Springfield records. To stretch the comparison even further, Bell had a style similar to Springfield's especially in her slight vibratos at the end of phrases, as well as a similar bent for varied soul-pop material. The overall impression was something of a Springfield with a closer connection to genuine black American soul -- a connection that was honest enough, given that Bell was an African-American singer. The songs on Doin' Things, however, weren't as strong as the better material that Springfield interpreted. Still, it's a solid enough record, whether you're coming at it from a sub-Springfield angle or not, and it did contain some obscure compositions by Van McCoy, Billy Vera, Georgie Fame "For Your Pleasure", and John Lennon and Paul McCartney "Step Inside Love," which the Beatles never recorded, but which Cilla Black had previously done for a British hit single. Interestingly, John Paul Jones -- who would join Led Zeppelin shortly afterward, and plays bass as a session musician on the album -- wrote one of the songs, "Hold It," as well as co-writing two others with Bell. [The 2004 CD reissue on RPM, in addition to including thorough historical liner notes, also adds six bonus tracks from 1968-1969 singles, among them the Bell-Springfield composition "Go Ahead On."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929528529
  • Catalog Number: 285
  • Sales rank: 96,916

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madeline Bell Primary Artist
Ian Green Accompaniment
Arthur Greenslade Accompaniment
Keith Roberts Accompaniment
Derek Wadsworth Accompaniment
Keith Mansfield Accompaniment
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Dusty Springfield Composer
Maury Laws Composer
Madeline Bell Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Ritchie Adams Composer
Don Black Composer
Scott English Composer
James Last Composer
Peter Jones Original Liner Notes
Mark London Composer
Bob Stanley Producer
Billy Vera Composer
Alec Palao Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Mark Barkan Composer
Mark Stratford Producer
Fred Anisfield Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
Clive Powell Composer
Victoria Pike Composer
Srt Mastering
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