Foolish Little Girl/Sing Their Hits from It's a Mad Mad Mad World

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Shirelles' fifth and sixth albums are combined onto one CD with this 2009 reissue, with the addition of historical liner notes. In keeping with the rest of Ace's extensive series of Shirelles two-fers, it's the kind of thing where the best tracks have long been cherrypicked for numerous Shirelles compilations, which are by far the best way for most fans to hear the group. As 1963 LPs went, however, they weren't bad, even if certain tracks stuck out as by far the best of the lot. On the first of these records to be issued that year, Foolish Little Girl, the undisputed highlight, is the great and fetching title track, their last big hit. The rest of the LP ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Shirelles' fifth and sixth albums are combined onto one CD with this 2009 reissue, with the addition of historical liner notes. In keeping with the rest of Ace's extensive series of Shirelles two-fers, it's the kind of thing where the best tracks have long been cherrypicked for numerous Shirelles compilations, which are by far the best way for most fans to hear the group. As 1963 LPs went, however, they weren't bad, even if certain tracks stuck out as by far the best of the lot. On the first of these records to be issued that year, Foolish Little Girl, the undisputed highlight, is the great and fetching title track, their last big hit. The rest of the LP contained an erratic mix of quick-paced, R&B-inclined tunes and generally more satisfying slower pop
ockers, highlighted by the young Van McCoy's "Abra Ka Dabra" and the very good midtempo number "Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye," a Top 30 hit that was reminiscent (as the liner notes rightly point out) of their prior single "A Thing of the Past." Some pretty notable talents were in the songwriting credits, including McCoy (who also wrote the effervescent "I Don't Think So"), Sam Cooke (co-author of "Only Time Will Tell"), and Four Seasons hit songwriting team Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe ("Talk Is Cheap"), but it still added up to only an average LP overall. In retrospect, the Shirelles might have been starting to flounder a little stylistically with the subsequent It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, starting with the showbizzy title track (intended but not used as the theme for the hit movie of the same name), which nonetheless has some goofy charm. Despite contributions from notable songwriters Mack David and Ed Townsend, the other tracks are largely just fair late girl group-styled tunes, sometimes getting into a dated generic dance-party-themed bag. The version of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da" isn't an impressive addition to their résumé, either, considering it closely follows the Phil Spector-produced hit arrangement of that standard by Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. "Around the World" is an ill-fitting detour into bossa nova. It's an indictment of the LP's slightly substandard quality that the best track by far, "Boys" (famously covered by the Beatles), had been issued as a single back in 1960, and already included on their debut LP that same year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667037020
  • Catalog Number: 1227
  • Sales rank: 202,417

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Shirelles Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Jackie Ross Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Mack Davis Composer
Joseph DeAngelis Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Ernest Gold Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Jessie Hill Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ed Townsend Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Victor Young Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Peter Miller Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Tony Powers Composer
Ian Porter Composer
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