Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound

Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound

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Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound is a well-chosen selection; along with the huge girl group hits on offer here (like the Shirelles' "Mama Said," the Jaynetts' "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses," the Chiffons' "He's So Fine," and

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Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound is a well-chosen selection; along with the huge girl group hits on offer here (like the Shirelles' "Mama Said," the Jaynetts' "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses," the Chiffons' "He's So Fine," and the Murmaids' "Popsicles and Icicles"), the producers of the disc cast their net over a wide range of singers and groups and made some interesting song choices. By focusing on the girl group sound rather than the usual girl groups themselves, they are able to include middle-of-the-road girl singers like Linda Scott ("I've Told Every Little Star"), Marcie Blaine (the charming "Bobby's Girl"), and Kathy Young (the tremulous "A Thousand Stars"), soul singers like Barbara Lewis ("Hello Stranger"), Barbara George ("I Know [You Don't Love Me No More]"), and Barbara Mason ("Yes I'm Ready"), and some groups whose obscurity is completely unjustified, like Candy & the Kisses, whose soulful dance groover "The 81" should have been a huge smash, the Sapphires, whose "Who Do You Love" is a melancholy gem equal to the best of the Shirelles, and the Jelly Beans, who contribute one of the disc's best tracks with the heartfelt and sassy "I Wanna Love Him So Bad." There are also some big-name purveyors of the girl group sound here, but they aren't represented by their trademark hits; in a rare show of imagination, the producers decided to choose songs that are just as good as the classics but haven't suffered the tragic fate of being played to death on good-time oldies radio. So instead of "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las, listeners get the transcendent "Give Him a Great Big Kiss." Instead of the tired "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups, listeners get the laid-back and dreamy "People Say." Instead of the obvious "My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels, listeners get their weepy ballad "'Til." There are a couple of stinkers (Felice Taylor's pale Diana Ross imitation on "It May Be Winter Outside [But in My Heart It's Spring]" and Brenda & the Tabulations' "Right on the Tip of My Tongue," which not only falls outside of the girl group sound as it was recorded in 1971 and sounds it, but is also pretty tuneless vocally), but not enough to be problematic or keep this from being one of the more interesting mainstream girl group collections. The blend of the familiar and the farther afield make Girls! Girls! Girls! a joy to listen to for fans of girl groups and any fan of 60's pop music.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206647723
catalogNumber:
066477
Rank:
72922

Tracks

  1. I've Told Every Little Star
  2. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
  3. Mama Said
  4. 'Til
  5. Party Lights
  6. The 81
  7. Sally, Go 'Round the Roses
  8. I Wanna Love Him So Bad
  9. Laugh or Cry
  10. Bobby's Girl
  11. Hello Stranger
  12. He's So Fine
  13. It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)
  14. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
  15. People Say
  16. Yes I'm Ready
  17. Popsicles and Icicles
  18. I Love How You Love Me
  19. Jimmy Kiss and Run
  20. You'll Lose a Good Thing
  21. Who Do You Love
  22. A Thousand Stars
  23. Oh No, Not My Baby
  24. Right on the Tip of My Tongue
  25. Give Him a Great Big Kiss

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dells   Background Vocals
Russ Faith   Conductor

Technical Credits

Barbara George   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Barbara Lewis   Composer
Barry White   Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer,Producer
Claudine Clark   Composer
Kim Fowley   Producer
David Gates   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Barry Mann   Composer
Barbara Mason   Composer
Van McCoy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Paul Griffin   Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Gary Klein   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
George "Shadow" Morton   Composer,Producer
Eugene Pearson   Composer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Dick Sherman   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Juggy Murray   Producer
Ollie McLaughlin   Producer
Gilda Woods   Producer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Gerry Granahan   Producer
Keith Colley   Composer
Luther Dixon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Ronnie Mack   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Marty Wekser   Producer
Paul Leo Politi   Composer
Hank Hoffman   Composer
Russ Faith   Arranger
Marv Holtzman   Producer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Steve Massie   Producer
Zell Sanders   Composer,Producer
Tony Sepe   Producer
Pierre Buisson   Composer
Joseph Willie Cobb   Composer
Charles Danvers   Composer
Willie Denson   Composer
Steve Venet   Producer
Joe Johnson   Producer
Jim Lee   Producer
Stan Greenberg   Arranger,Producer
Larry Kolber   Composer
Barabra Lynn Ozen   Composer
Jim Bishop   Producer

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Girls! Girls! Girls! 25 All-Time Classics of the Girl Group Sound 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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With so many girl group and girl singer anthologies and reissues on the market, it’s hard to know where to start one’s collection. Varese’s generous 25-track collection provides a valuable tutorial, with a song selection that includes both iconic hits and lesser-known regional singles, it cuts a wide swath through girl groups (e.g., Shirelles, Chiffons, Dixie Cups, Murmaids, Paris Sisters, Shangri-Las), pop songbirds (e.g., Linda Scott, Marcie Blane, Kathy Young), and soul and R&B singers (e.g., Betty Everett, Claudine Clark, Barbara Lewis, Barbara George, Barbara Mason, Barbara Lynn). ¶ Nearly all of these tracks started life on indie labels, some well known (Red Bird, Sceptor, Wand, Laurie), and some hopelessly obscure (Tuff, Seville, A.F.O., Arctic). They were produced and hustled to radio in a time when regional hits on indie labels could still break out nationally. Then again, some of these gems remained regional favorites; the Philly soul favorite "The 81" only touched #51, failing to ignite a nationwide dance craze, and Yvonne Carroll’s sophisticated ballad "Laugh or Cry" was well known in Pittsburgh, but never cracked the national charts. And though Motown’s Detroit sounds are missing, Felice Taylor sounds remarkably like Diana Ross on the Barry White produced "It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It’s Spring)." ¶ In addition to the girls in the studio, the talent behind the glass is equally impressive. Songwriters anthologized here include Kenny Gamble (who would later co-develop the famed 1970s Philly Sound with Leon Huff), David Gates (whose "Popsicles and Icicles" is even stickier than his later work with Bread), and Brill Building stalwarts Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, Gerry Goffin & Carole King, and Barry Mann. Producers heard here include Kim Fowley (who would develop a rather different girl-sound with The Runaways in the late 70s), Phil Spector, Van McCoy and Shadow Morton, along with lesser-known names whose talent is laid down in these grooves. ¶ Varese’s gathered together an impressive number of stereo masters (1-3, 7-11, 15, 19-20, 23-25, possibly 4 and 12), and several of these tracks (6, 9, 13, 19, 21) are reasonably rare in CD circles, making this a good catch for both collectors and neophytes. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.