Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 506]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this is extremely similar to the 1994 CD Shangri-Las compilation on RPM bearing the same title, there are some small differences that might give you pause for consideration if you're either choosing between the two of them or considering "upgrading" with the new version. One of their two rare pre-Red Bird singles, "Wishing Well"/"Hate to Say I Told You So," has been dropped from the track lineup, as has their cover of the Chantels' "Maybe." In their place is the less impressive of the other pre-Red Bird 45s, "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks," a live or perhaps pseudo-live early soul-pop novelty effort. In addition, seven songs, including several of their biggest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although this is extremely similar to the 1994 CD Shangri-Las compilation on RPM bearing the same title, there are some small differences that might give you pause for consideration if you're either choosing between the two of them or considering "upgrading" with the new version. One of their two rare pre-Red Bird singles, "Wishing Well"/"Hate to Say I Told You So," has been dropped from the track lineup, as has their cover of the Chantels' "Maybe." In their place is the less impressive of the other pre-Red Bird 45s, "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks," a live or perhaps pseudo-live early soul-pop novelty effort. In addition, seven songs, including several of their biggest hits, are heard in stereo. Close listening reveals some difference between those and the more commonly heard versions, like a longer fade on "Remember Walkin' in the Sand" and an extra instrumental bar after the crash on "Leader of the Pack" which actually diminishes that classic's impact slightly. There's a new cover and longer, updated liner notes. All this doesn't necessarily add up to an improvement. It's good to have the rare "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks" single available at last, but you still need "Wishing Well"/"Hate to Say I Told You So" and the two post-Red Bird 1966-1967 Mercury singles available on Mercury's The Best of the Shangri-Las CD to assemble all of the group's important rarities. More embarrassingly, the running order of tracks 24 through 28 play in a different sequence than that listed on the cover. And most importantly, you still need to buy no less than three CDs -- Mercury's The Best of the Shangri-Las and both RPM configurations of Myrmidons of Melodrama -- to get everything of interest by the group. That's a luxury that most fans would agree should somehow have been covered by a more affordable, convenient two-CD set if possible. If for some reason this is the only Shangri-Las comp you can lay your hands on, though, it's a very good one, including all of their big hits, several fine semi-forgotten low-charting singles, several other worthy obscure cuts, and additional assorted rarities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929550629
  • Catalog Number: 506
  • Sales rank: 40,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Remember (Walking in the Sand) (2:41)
  2. 2 It's Easier to Cry (2:27)
  3. 3 Leader of the Pack (3:00)
  4. 4 What Is Love? (2:23)
  5. 5 Give Him a Great Big Kiss (2:14)
  6. 6 Out in the Streets (2:48)
  7. 7 The Boy (2:42)
  8. 8 Give Us Your Blessings (3:16)
  9. 9 Heaven Only Knows (2:09)
  10. 10 Right Now and Not Later (2:38)
  11. 11 The Train from Kansas City (3:20)
  12. 12 Never Again (2:22)
  13. 13 I'm Blue (3:30)
  14. 14 What's a Girl Supposed to Do? (3:04)
  15. 15 The Dum Dum Ditty (2:23)
  16. 16 You Cheated, You Lied (2:24)
  17. 17 I Can Never Go Home Anymore (3:14)
  18. 18 Bull Dog (2:38)
  19. 19 Long Live Our Love (3:08)
  20. 20 Sophisticated Boom Boom (2:10)
  21. 21 He Cried (3:06)
  22. 22 Dressed in Black (2:51)
  23. 23 Past, Present, and Future (2:43)
  24. 24 Paradise (3:12)
  25. 25 Love You More Than Yesterday (2:40)
  26. 26 Give Him a Great Big Kiss (2:12)
  27. 27 Simon Says (2:24)
  28. 28 Simon Speaks (2:36)
  29. 29 Radio Spot #1 Revlon: How Pretty Can You Get? (0:11)
  30. 30 Radio Spot #2 Revlon: Natural Wonder (0:14)
  31. 31 Radio Spot #3 Good Taste Tip: Gift Receiving (0:52)
  32. 32 Radio Spot #4 Good Taste Tip: Dating Courtesy (0:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Shangri-Las Primary Artist
Leroy Glover Conductor
George "Shadow" Morton Conductor
Technical Credits
Harry Nilsson Composer
Brooks Arthur Engineer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Jeff Barry Composer, Producer
Perry Botkin Jr. Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Artie Butler Arranger, Composer
Ted Daryll Composer
Joseph DeAngelis Composer
Sal DiTroia Arranger
Leroy Glover Arranger
Vinny Gormann Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Levon Helm Composer
Jerome Jackson Composer
Tony Michaels Composer
George "Shadow" Morton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Robert Mosely Composer
Artie Ripp Producer
Kenneth Hollon Composer
Gil Garfield Composer
Don Burch Composer
Ronald Moseley Producer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Annotation, Photo Courtesy
Robert Bateman Composer
Greg Richards Composer
Steve Venet Composer
Paul "PK" Kelly Artwork
Bob Bateman Arranger, Producer
Larry Martire Composer
Robert Steinberg Composer
Robert Racano Composer
Hy Mizrahi Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Shangri-Las Rock!

    I really injoy this CD you should buy it right away.I really like "Leader of the pack".

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