Dream Babes, Vol. 8: Stockingtop Pop

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid-'60s through early '70s, the British pop music industry was a well-oiled machine, cranking out bright, tuneful melodies at a feverish pace, and RPM's eighth CD collection of rare U.K. pop singles from female vocalists demonstrates just how deep the well goes on this stuff. With the exception of Tina Charles' brassy but over the top cover of Melanie's "Bo Bo's Party" and the subtle but defiant "I Don't Ever Want to Be Kicked by You" by the Stockingtops, the mood on these tunes is upbeat and the craft is polished and professional, with the production slick and the arrangements full-bodied, suggesting the British equivalent of classic Brill Building pop with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the mid-'60s through early '70s, the British pop music industry was a well-oiled machine, cranking out bright, tuneful melodies at a feverish pace, and RPM's eighth CD collection of rare U.K. pop singles from female vocalists demonstrates just how deep the well goes on this stuff. With the exception of Tina Charles' brassy but over the top cover of Melanie's "Bo Bo's Party" and the subtle but defiant "I Don't Ever Want to Be Kicked by You" by the Stockingtops, the mood on these tunes is upbeat and the craft is polished and professional, with the production slick and the arrangements full-bodied, suggesting the British equivalent of classic Brill Building pop with a characteristic dollop of music hall theatrics. Many of these singers supplemented their paychecks as solo acts by doing backing vocals on sessions by other artists (or by doing commercials -- a promotional recording for Bush audio equipment leads off this disc), and there's a certain uniformity to the performing styles of these artists. But a few of the tracks do stand out, such as the high-gloss soul stylings of Maxine Nightingale, the aggressively chirpy harmonies of the Cameos, the very American leanings of the Chanters, and the sweet, breathy confidence of the Paper Dolls. And even the lesser selections are fine examples of studiocraft at its height, from the days when the bigger the studio orchestra and the more audacious the arrangement, the better. While some might find a certain kitsch value in this stuff, Stockingtop Pop is good enough to be appreciated without irony, and Michael Robson's liner notes offer plenty of background data on these forgotten songbirds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929532922
  • Catalog Number: 329
  • Sales rank: 140,714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro Ad./Big Bush Sound - Sue & Sunny (2:38)
  2. 2 You're Never Gonna Get My Lovin' - The Stockingtops (2:51)
  3. 3 The Man I Love - The Chantelles (2:37)
  4. 4 Remember December - Paper Dolls (3:04)
  5. 5 Pretty Red Balloons - Rosetta Hightower (2:30)
  6. 6 The Love of a Boy - The Cameos (2:51)
  7. 7 Are You Ready for Love - Gloria Hunniford (2:17)
  8. 8 I Don't Ever Wanna Be Kicked by You - The Stockingtops (2:54)
  9. 9 He's Got Everything - Butterflies (2:21)
  10. 10 Lock Me In - Faith Brown (2:43)
  11. 11 Hurry on Home - Feminine Touch (2:52)
  12. 12 Mississippi Paddleboat - The Chanters (3:33)
  13. 13 Blacksmith Blues - Birds of a Feather (3:33)
  14. 14 You Don't Know What Love Is All About - The Stockingtops (3:21)
  15. 15 Don't Push Me Baby - Maxine Nightingale (2:36)
  16. 16 Pretty Shade of Blue - The Cameos (2:28)
  17. 17 I'm Getting Hungry for Your Lovin' - Lisa Collings (2:19)
  18. 18 My Boyfriend's Back - Paper Dolls (2:30)
  19. 19 Out of My Mind - The Chantelles (2:29)
  20. 20 The World We Live In's a Lonely Place - The Stockingtops (2:55)
  21. 21 Bo Bo's Party - Tina Charles (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Paul Jones Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Ian Green Arranger, Producer
John Pantry Composer
Kenny Young Producer
John Paul Jones Orchestral Arrangements
Byron Davis Arranger, Composer, Producer
Miki Dallon Producer
Bob Feldman Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Richard Gottehrer Composer
Alan Hawkshaw Composer
Ronny Jay Composer
Kenny Lynch Composer, Producer
Chas Mills Composer
Cy Payne Arranger
Melanie Safka Composer
Fiachra Trench Arranger
Phil Wainman Producer
Nick Welsh Arranger
Vicki Wickham Producer
Graham Bonney Composer
Billy Page Composer
Keith Mansfield Arranger
Jack Holmes Composer
Zack Laurence Arranger
Paul Bevoir Artwork
Amy Johnson Producer
Mark Stratford Producer
Miki Antony Composer
Valerie Avon Composer, Producer
Johnny Arthey Arranger
Cyril Stapleton Composer, Producer
Jack Baverstock Producer
Michael Robson Producer, Liner Notes
John MacLeod Producer
Dennis Berger Producer
Edward Kassner Producer
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