Girls Go Zonk!!: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys

Girls Go Zonk!!: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys

     
 
Subtitled "a fab collection of rare and hard to find US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys of the '60s," Girls Go Zonk: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys gathers 22 rare, or certainly rarely anthologized, 1963-1968 sides in the girl group (or girl group-related) style. Like many such compilations, it's a mix of standout obscurities and forgettable (if pleasant and

Overview

Subtitled "a fab collection of rare and hard to find US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys of the '60s," Girls Go Zonk: US Beat Chicks and Harmony Honeys gathers 22 rare, or certainly rarely anthologized, 1963-1968 sides in the girl group (or girl group-related) style. Like many such compilations, it's a mix of standout obscurities and forgettable (if pleasant and well-produced) obscurities, though there's enough here to make this worthwhile for dedicated fans of the genre. As for the best items, Roberta Day's yearning ballad "Someday" would find a place of honor on the very best Phil Spector-soundalike productions of the mid-'60s; it's that good. Also highly worthy, and highly Spector-esque (as are, in fact, the majority of songs on the disc), are the Girls' ominous, Shangri-Las-like "Chico's Girl" (written by frequent Spector tunesmiths Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), and the Satisfactions' "Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In." Not that Spector-esque, but very good in a brassy, uptown pop-soul way, is the Dynells' "Just a Face in the Crowd." That about does it for cuts that would find their way onto a best-of '60s girl group non-hits compilation, but there are some other nifty tunes here, starting with Sharon Marie's "Run-Around Lover," which in addition to being another Spector homage was co-written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Patti Seymour's "The Silencers" has a very cool girl group-meets-'60s spy movie sound; the Kane Triplets score novelty points for doing a vocal version of "Theme from Mission Impossible"; the Murmaids, the one-shot group of "Popsicles and Icicles" fame, do a credible 1968 cover of Traffic's psychedelic classic "Paper Sun." And Verdelle Smith's "Tar and Cement," which sounds like a country-folk-tinged Dusty Springfield, was not only (unlike the rest of this stuff) an actual Top 40 hit (in 1966); it was also done in a French-language version by Françoise Hardy (as "La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi").

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929527423
catalogNumber:
274

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billie Barnum   Group Member
Ginger Blake   Group Member
Diane Rovell   Group Member
Carolyn Willis   Group Member
Julia Waters   Group Member
Carol Fischer   Group Member
Terry Fischer   Vocals,Group Member
Sally Gordon   Group Member
Marilyn Rovell   Group Member
Gretchen Owens   Group Member
Cathy Owens   Group Member
Noraneice Allen   Group Member
Sally Levy   Group Member
Kathy Kinsella   Vocals,Group Member
Diane Sandoval   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Margaret Sandoval   Drums,Group Member
Sylvia Sandoval   Bass,Group Member
Oma Heard   Group Member

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
John Stewart   Producer
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Jim Capaldi   Composer
Lou Christie   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Steve Winwood   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
Elaine Brown   Producer
Kim Fowley   Producer
David Gates   Author
Gerry Goffin   Composer,Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Mike Love   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Bob Stone   Composer,Producer
Bob Crewe   Producer
Phil Spector   Producer
Henry Jerome   Producer
Marty Cooper   Producer
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Perry Botkin   Producer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Mike Curb   Composer
Hutch Davie   Producer
Scott Walker   Composer,Producer
Ray Fleming   Composer
Jack Gold   Producer
Wally Gold   Composer
Sandy Hurvitz   Composer
Wayne Mincy   Composer
Simon Robinson   Artwork
Russ Titelman   Producer
Paul Vance   Composer,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Toni Wine   Composer
Adriano Celentano   Composer
Lester Sill   Producer
Gerry Granahan   Producer
Lee Pockriss   Composer,Producer
Dwain Mincy   Composer
Mark Stratford   Producer
Mick Patrick   Producer,Liner Notes
Lockie Edwards   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer,Producer
Twyla Herbert   Composer
Charlotte Brown   Producer
John Stuart   Composer

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