Playin' Hard to Get: West Coast Girls

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Playin' Hard to Get assembles 28 girl group singles recorded for singing cowboy Gene Autry's Challenge label -- though best known for the Champs' chart-topping instrumental rave-up "Tequila," Challenge was one of the more diverse West Coast labels of the early rock & roll era, with a roster spanning from surf to garage rock. None of its girl singers troubled the upper rungs of the pop charts, but this is good stuff nonetheless -- far and away the most interesting material here comes from the Blossoms, featuring lead singer Darlene Wright, better known by her Phil Spector-stamped moniker, Darlene Love. The most soulful and powerful vocalist of the girl group generation,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Playin' Hard to Get assembles 28 girl group singles recorded for singing cowboy Gene Autry's Challenge label -- though best known for the Champs' chart-topping instrumental rave-up "Tequila," Challenge was one of the more diverse West Coast labels of the early rock & roll era, with a roster spanning from surf to garage rock. None of its girl singers troubled the upper rungs of the pop charts, but this is good stuff nonetheless -- far and away the most interesting material here comes from the Blossoms, featuring lead singer Darlene Wright, better known by her Phil Spector-stamped moniker, Darlene Love. The most soulful and powerful vocalist of the girl group generation, Wright is in exceptional form even on these early Blossoms sides -- "Write Me a Letter" and "I'll Wait" are lost classics. Also noteworthy is the lovely Donna Loren, whose cheeky "Muscle Bustle" shares Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Gary Usher, and Roger Christian as its co-writers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667155922
  • Catalog Number: 559
  • Sales rank: 286,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're So Fine - Dorothy Berry (2:25)
  2. 2 A Little Bit of Soap - Yvonne Carroll (2:29)
  3. 3 Stop Shovin' Me Around - The Delicates (2:46)
  4. 4 Dream World - Donna Loren (2:38)
  5. 5 Crying on My Pillow - Dorothy Berry (2:06)
  6. 6 He's a Big Deal - Renee Medina (2:14)
  7. 7 Goodbye Jimmy - Panda Berry (2:04)
  8. 8 You Haven't Seen Nothing - Dee Dee Young (2:31)
  9. 9 Don't Mess Around with Me - Sister Rachel (2:12)
  10. 10 Nothing to Write Home About (2:16)
  11. 11 Love Bells - The Galens (2:22)
  12. 12 Date Bait - Diane Maxwell (2:23)
  13. 13 You Better Watch out Boy - Accents (2:47)
  14. 14 Chinese Lanterns - The Galens (2:12)
  15. 15 The Boy I Love - Renee Medina (2:36)
  16. 16 Write Me a Letter - The Blossoms (2:38)
  17. 17 I've Been Hurt - The Delicates (2:53)
  18. 18 How Long Must This Fool Pay - Yvonne Carroll (3:11)
  19. 19 I'll Wait - The Blossoms (2:31)
  20. 20 I Want to Get Married - The Delicates (3:04)
  21. 21 The Search Is Over - The Blossoms (2:09)
  22. 22 Hard to Get - The Blossoms (2:36)
  23. 23 Come on Everybody - The Delicates (2:21)
  24. 24 I Gotta Tell It - The Blossoms (2:23)
  25. 25 Big Talkin' Jim - The Blossoms (2:18)
  26. 26 Mister Loveman - Yvonne Carroll (2:16)
  27. 27 Comin' Down with Love - The Delicates (1:57)
  28. 28 Muscle Bustle - Donna Loren (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diane Maxwell Track Performer
Donna Loren Track Performer
The Delicates Track Performer
Dorothy Berry Track Performer
Technical Credits
Little Walter Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Joyce Kennedy Composer
Lance Finnie Composer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
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