Early Girls, Vol. 5

Early Girls, Vol. 5

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The fifth volume of this long-running series of girl group-styled music offers 28 singles from the early to mid-'60s, all of which managed to make the national Billboard chart. That doesn't mean, however, that you'll remember all of them, even if you were listening to the radio at the time, as the majority of these songs failed to crack the Top 40, some of them only

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The fifth volume of this long-running series of girl group-styled music offers 28 singles from the early to mid-'60s, all of which managed to make the national Billboard chart. That doesn't mean, however, that you'll remember all of them, even if you were listening to the radio at the time, as the majority of these songs failed to crack the Top 40, some of them only managing to reach the section for those 45s "bubbling under" the Top 100. Partly for that reason, this isn't nearly as memorable as girl group comps that focus on the big hits, though there are a few Top Ten smashes here, like Diane Renay's "Navy Blue," Patty Duke's Lesley Gore-styled "Don't Just Stand There," Doris Troy's classic "Just One Look," and Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody" (which isn't exactly a girl group tune, but welcome as it's considerably superior to most of the rest of the set). There are a few good obscurities here: the Cinderellas' "Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)" (co-written by Cynthia Weil) is, in fact, one of the finest little-known Brill Building girl group gems, while the Rag Dolls' "Dusty" is a pretty good Four Seasons knockoff. The Royalettes' "Blue Summer" is gossamer soul-pop; the Shepherd Sisters' "Don't Mention My Name" also takes its cues from Four Seasons-styled production; the Paris Sisters' "Be My Boy" is a studied attempt by producer Phil Spector to replicate the sound of the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him"; and the Chiffons' cover of the Shirelles' "Tonight's the Night," weirdly, seems upon research not to be the Chiffons of "He's So Fine" fame, but an entirely different group. It seems like much of the rest didn't catch on in a big way for a good reason, however; the songs just aren't strong enough, sometimes reflecting the more vacuous face of early-'60s pop
ock pandering to the most blandly innocuous segment of the teen audience. That makes it an uneven listen even for girl group collectors, but they'll appreciate the thorough liner notes, which draw connections from a lot of these relics to some surprisingly well-known musicians, songwriters, and producers.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667032124
catalogNumber:
1181
Rank:
54775

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Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Eddie Rambeau   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Bruce Belland   Composer
Lor Crane   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Sherman Edwards & Donald Meyer   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Steve Gold   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jack Keller   Composer
Glen Larson   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
John Madara   Composer
William Page   Composer
Doris Payne   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Russ Titelman   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Norris Wilson   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Gregory Carrol   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Rickie Page   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
George Matola   Composer
Lockie Edwards   Composer
Carl Spencer   Composer
Jane Connell   Composer
Greg Richards   Composer
Lee Thomas   Composer
Russell Faith   Composer
Lou Josie   Composer
Ronnie Grossman   Composer
Shirley (Owens) Alston Reeves   Composer
Robert Spencer   Composer

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