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

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206647723
  • Catalog Number: 066477
  • Sales rank: 97,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Told Every Little Star (2:25)
  2. 2 The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) (2:16)
  3. 3 Mama Said (2:07)
  4. 4 'Til - The Angels (2:28)
  5. 5 Party Lights (2:23)
  6. 6 The 81 - Candy & the Kisses (2:35)
  7. 7 Sally, Go 'Round the Roses (3:06)
  8. 8 I Wanna Love Him So Bad - The Jelly Beans (2:52)
  9. 9 Laugh or Cry - Yvonne Carroll (2:56)
  10. 10 Bobby's Girl (2:25)
  11. 11 Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis (2:43)
  12. 12 He's So Fine - The Chiffons (2:07)
  13. 13 It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring) (2:51)
  14. 14 I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) (2:25)
  15. 15 People Say - The Dixie-Cups (2:25)
  16. 16 Yes I'm Ready (3:06)
  17. 17 Popsicles and Icicles - The Murmaids (2:33)
  18. 18 I Love How You Love Me (2:05)
  19. 19 Jimmy Kiss and Run (2:05)
  20. 20 You'll Lose a Good Thing (2:25)
  21. 21 Who Do You Love - The Sapphires (2:38)
  22. 22 A Thousand Stars - The Innocents (3:14)
  23. 23 Oh No, Not My Baby - Maxine Brown (2:37)
  24. 24 Right on the Tip of My Tongue (3:20)
  25. 25 Give Him a Great Big Kiss - The Shangri-Las (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Evren Göknar Mastering
Paul Griffin Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rich cross-section of ’60s girl sounds

    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.

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