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Girls! Girls! Girls!: A Yearbook of Dream Dates

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ever since our primitive ancestors emerged from the primordial ooze and learned to walk upright, men have been going crazy over women, and once some caveman who could carry a tune invented music, they've been singing songs about them. As a consequence, one could easily compile a large and quite enjoyable box set of songs written in tribute to various members of the fair sex, and while the folks at Ace Records haven't gone quite that far, Girls! Girls! Girls!: A Yearbook of Dream Dates 1955-1965 does offer 28 songs that rock at various degrees of intensity as singers croon, warble and howl about the gals on their minds. The mood of these tunes ranges from Arthur Alexander's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ever since our primitive ancestors emerged from the primordial ooze and learned to walk upright, men have been going crazy over women, and once some caveman who could carry a tune invented music, they've been singing songs about them. As a consequence, one could easily compile a large and quite enjoyable box set of songs written in tribute to various members of the fair sex, and while the folks at Ace Records haven't gone quite that far, Girls! Girls! Girls!: A Yearbook of Dream Dates 1955-1965 does offer 28 songs that rock at various degrees of intensity as singers croon, warble and howl about the gals on their minds. The mood of these tunes ranges from Arthur Alexander's mournful "Anna (Go to Him)" (later covered by the Beatles) to Roy Orbison's celebratory "Claudette," and the velocity swings from Larry Williams' frantic "Baby's Crazy (Marie, Marie)" and Eddie Cochran's freewheeling "Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie" to the teenage heartache of Neil Sedaka's "Oh, Carol" and the gentle "Cindy, Oh Cindy" by Vince Martin & the Tarriers (with Alan Arkin on guitar!). A few well-known songs appear in unusual versions -- instead of Ricky Nelson's recording of "Hello, Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)," we get a rare take by Gene Pitney (who wrote it), and Del Shannon's cover of "Marie's the Name (Of His Latest Flame)" makes the cut instead of Elvis Presley's version, which was the one that hit the charts (though Shannon's take is a true gem). But nearly all of the tunes here are lots of fun (even the numbers by the normally odious Fabian and Frankie Avalon, who at least knew how to sing about girls), and along with documenting pop music's ongoing obsession with women, this is an entertaining overview of the musical shape-shifting during rock & roll's first decade, from the early days of rockabilly and R&B to the relative polish of the Brill Building era and the L.A. studio sound. Very fun stuff, and hopefully a second volume is in the works (or perhaps a companion piece in which women get their say about the boys).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667025423
  • Catalog Number: 1141
  • Sales rank: 375,758

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barbara Ann (2:39)
  2. 2 Plain Jane (1:59)
  3. 3 Corrine, Corrina - Joe Turner (2:55)
  4. 4 Lily Maebelle - The Valentines (2:18)
  5. 5 Oh! Carol (2:18)
  6. 6 Margie - Fats Domino (2:18)
  7. 7 Cindy, Oh Cindy - The Tarriers (2:55)
  8. 8 Dede Dinah (2:13)
  9. 9 Jo-Ann - The Twin-Tones (3:19)
  10. 10 Isabella - Roy Tann & His Combo (2:34)
  11. 11 Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart (2:15)
  12. 12 My Bonnie - Ray Charles (2:50)
  13. 13 Kathy-O - The Diamonds (2:18)
  14. 14 Lilly Lou - Fabian (2:21)
  15. 15 Jamie (2:25)
  16. 16 Gina - Johnny Mathis (2:50)
  17. 17 Elvira (2:34)
  18. 18 Brenda - Glen Campbell (2:19)
  19. 19 Midnight Mary - Jerry Cole (2:30)
  20. 20 Gloria - The Passions (2:16)
  21. 21 Baby's Crazy (Marie, Marie) - Larry Williams (2:46)
  22. 22 Anna (Go to Him) - Arthur Alexander (2:52)
  23. 23 Claudette - Roy Orbison (1:57)
  24. 24 Nadine (2:35)
  25. 25 Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie (2:23)
  26. 26 Blanche - Three Friends (2:58)
  27. 27 Marie's the Name of His Latest Flame (2:22)
  28. 28 Linda (2:34)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Ray Charles Arranger
Roy Orbison Composer
Gene Pitney Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Con Conrad Composer
James Cunningham Composer
Peter DeAngelis Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Billy Vera Liner Notes, Memorabilia
Joe Villa Composer
Artie Wayne Composer
Billy Page Composer
Tony Rounce Memorabilia
Ady Croasdell Memorabilia
Esther Navarro Composer
Rickie Page Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Philip Lloyd-Smee Cover Design
Bob Marcucci Composer
George Matola Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Cayet Mangiaracina Composer
Robert Marcucci Composer
Larry Shayne Composer
Fred Fassert Composer
Clay Pasternack Memorabilia
Vicki Fox Memorabilia
Traditional Composer
Bob Barron Composer
Burt Long Composer
Richard Otis Memorabilia
Brian Slipper Memorabilia
Tony Watson Memorabilia
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