Gigi & the Charmaines

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The back-cover blurb to this disc describes Gigi & the Charmaines as "Cincinnati's top 1960s girl group", which sounds like the very definition of a dubious distinction, but this thorough overview of the R&B trio's recorded output from 1960 to 1967 shows they had the stuff to compete on a bigger field if they'd had a bit more luck. Gigi Griffin aka Marian Jackson, the group's lead singer, was able to meld passion with vocal precision in a manner that suggests a more sophisticated Diana Ross, and her partners Dee Watkins and Irene Vinegar brought some superb harmonies and backing vocals to their sessions. Add some memorable production smarts from Norman Lewis and, of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The back-cover blurb to this disc describes Gigi & the Charmaines as "Cincinnati's top 1960s girl group", which sounds like the very definition of a dubious distinction, but this thorough overview of the R&B trio's recorded output from 1960 to 1967 shows they had the stuff to compete on a bigger field if they'd had a bit more luck. Gigi Griffin aka Marian Jackson, the group's lead singer, was able to meld passion with vocal precision in a manner that suggests a more sophisticated Diana Ross, and her partners Dee Watkins and Irene Vinegar brought some superb harmonies and backing vocals to their sessions. Add some memorable production smarts from Norman Lewis and, of all people, Bobby Bare and quality material including "G.I. Joe," "Poor Unfortunate Me," "On the Wagon," and an offbeat cover of "Brazil", and you have one of the better soul vocal acts of the era. This set not only collects Gigi & the Charmaines' best near-hits but rare sides in which they performed backing vocals for the likes of Lonnie Mack, Kenny Smith, and Carl Edmondson though sadly none of the material where they sang behind James Brown made the cut. Northern soul obsessives and folks interested in unsung soul queens of the '60s will eat this up, and more casual R&B enthusiasts will find Gigi & the Charmaines fun listening as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667023320
  • Catalog Number: 1135
  • Sales rank: 163,545

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Guilty (2:29)
  2. 2 Poor Unfortunate Me (2:32)
  3. 3 I Don't Wanna Lose Him - Charmanes (2:26)
  4. 4 Eternally - Charmanes (2:34)
  5. 5 Girl Crazy (2:55)
  6. 6 If You Ever - Charmanes (3:57)
  7. 7 Brazil (3:42)
  8. 8 GI Joe - Charmanes (2:31)
  9. 9 Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu - Charmanes (2:07)
  10. 10 I Idolize You - Charmanes (2:23)
  11. 11 Goodbye Baby Goodbye - Charmanes (2:17)
  12. 12 On the Wagon - Charmanes (2:34)
  13. 13 Rockin' Old Man - Charmanes (2:27)
  14. 14 What Kind of Girl (Do You Think I Am?) - Charmanes (2:28)
  15. 15 I Can't Go on This Way - Charmanes (2:10)
  16. 16 Where Is This Boy Tonight - Charmanes (2:41)
  17. 17 All You Gotta Do - Charmanes (2:19)
  18. 18 GI Joe - Charmanes (2:42)
  19. 19 Baby What's Wrong (3:49)
  20. 20 All the Time - Jerri Jackson (2:13)
  21. 21 Say Something Nice to Me (3:05)
  22. 22 Baby Please Don't Go (2:33)
  23. 23 Oh I Apologize (3:05)
  24. 24 I'm So Satisfied - Max Falcon (2:26)
  25. 25 Lucy Miloo - Kenny Smith (2:21)
  26. 26 Don't Take Away Your Love - Charmanes (2:16)
  27. 27 If You Were Mine - Charmanes (2:10)
  28. 28 Only Love - Charmanes (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gigi & the Charmaines Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ray Pennington Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Jimmy Barnes Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Ike Turner Composer
Carl Jones Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Joe Seneca Composer
Ary Barroso Composer
Sidney Keith Russell Composer
Jimmy Steward Composer
Robert Goodman Composer
Carl Edmondson Composer
Marian Jackson Composer
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