The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Redbird Records and its subsidiary label Blue Cat enjoyed some of the greatest successes of the girl group era. Redbird artists like the Dixie-Cups, the Jelly Beans, and the Shangri-La's created some of the most beaming examples of the melodramatic story lines, soaring harmonies, and ear-candy pop hooks that would define the girl group sound in its golden age of the early '60s. Recently unearthed master tapes from this time have resulted in The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966, a collection of 20 remastered and remixed versions of tunes that originally made their mark in the form of mono 45s. This distinction might not mean a lot to folks who aren't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Redbird Records and its subsidiary label Blue Cat enjoyed some of the greatest successes of the girl group era. Redbird artists like the Dixie-Cups, the Jelly Beans, and the Shangri-La's created some of the most beaming examples of the melodramatic story lines, soaring harmonies, and ear-candy pop hooks that would define the girl group sound in its golden age of the early '60s. Recently unearthed master tapes from this time have resulted in The Red Bird Girls: Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966, a collection of 20 remastered and remixed versions of tunes that originally made their mark in the form of mono 45s. This distinction might not mean a lot to folks who aren't ravenous girl group fans, but it actually does make a dramatic difference, especially given the mono-leaning practices of the era and the artists involved. For enormously popular hitmakers like Phil Spector, outliers like Joe Meek, and a plethora of obscure wannabes and soundalikes, big production and massive orchestration were key factors in the girl group sound. Spector perhaps achieved the most acclaim with his Wall of Sound productions; mono recordings of dozens of musicians filling up arrangements with just enough electricity to saturate the song with energy, and hopefully not so much that the vocalists were drowned out. While still relatively full arrangements, Redbird sides sounded sparse by comparison, with muted rhythm sections and distant horns or guitars backing up brightly recorded vocal groups. Hearing these tracks in stereo adds definition to vocal and musical arrangements alike, bringing out sounds and even entire parts that were buried beneath the rushed mono presentations of the mid-'60s. Along with hits like Bessie Banks' showstopping weeper "Go Now" which predated the Moody Blues' hit version of the same song by a few years and the Butterflys' "Gee Baby Gee," three previously unreleased tracks also get the stereo treatment. Along with a never-issued song by Ellie Greenwich, alternate takes of the Ad-Libs' huge hit "The Boy from New York City," and a more sedate reading of the Jelly Beans' "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" shed a light on the slapdash process of the Brill Building-era songwriting and recording. More than these unheard songs, an atmosphere of friendship and exciting times is revealed on ten unlisted tracks of studio banter, cross-talk and the musicians and producers casually working out harmonies or joking with each other when a singer flubs a high note. While not essential to the compilation, these tracks are telling of the spontaneous and seemingly happy environment that gave birth to some game-changing sounds. The notable absence of the Shangri La's and only one albeit incredible tune by the Dixie-Cups detracts some from the collection, but even lacking some of its brightest stars, the roster is all quality. Hearing these songs again for the first time gets right back to the heart of the girl group days, a time that would change everything that came after it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000235
  • Catalog Number: 400023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Dum Dum Ditty - Goodies (2:49)
  2. 2 The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget - The Jelly Beans (2:33)
  3. 3 The Boy From New York City - The Ad-Libs (3:20)
  4. 4 Go Now - Bessie Banks (2:43)
  5. 5 You Don’t Know - Ellie Greenwich (3:42)
  6. 6 I Can't Let Go - Evie Sands (2:29)
  7. 7 He’s So Easy To Love - Roddy Joy (2:59)
  8. 8 I Know He Loves Me - Chi Chi McCauley (2:10)
  9. 9 No True Love - The Dixie-Cups (2:51)
  10. 10 I'm Just A Down Home Girl - The Ad-Libs (2:30)
  11. 11 I Wonder - The Butterflys (3:41)
  12. 12 I Wanna Love Him So Bad [Alternate Take - The Jelly Beans (2:53)
  13. 13 Another Boy Like Mine - Ellie Greenwich (2:43)
  14. 14 Take Me For A Little While - Evie Sands (2:27)
  15. 15 Welcome To My Heart - Bouquets (2:32)
  16. 16 The Hideaway - The Young Generation (3:15)
  17. 17 Sugar Boy - The Charmettes (2:18)
  18. 18 Gee Baby Gee - The Butterflys (2:48)
  19. 19 How Fine Can One Guy Be - The Jelly Beans (2:34)
  20. 20 Call Me His - Ellie Greenwich (3:24)
  21. 21 [Untitled] (1:37)
  22. 22 [Untitled] (2:49)
  23. 23 [Untitled] (1:45)
  24. 24 [Untitled] (1:42)
  25. 25 [Untitled] (3:30)
  26. 26 [Untitled] (2:20)
  27. 27 [Untitled] (0:37)
  28. 28 [Untitled] (2:10)
  29. 29 [Untitled] (2:18)
  30. 30 [Untitled] (1:11)
  31. 31 [Untitled] (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leroy Lovett Conductor
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer
Brooks Arthur Engineer, Liner Notes
Ellie Greenwich Arranger, Composer
Jerry Leiber Producer
Trade Martin Composer
Chip Taylor Composer, Producer
Kenny Young Composer, Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Jeff Barry Composer, Producer
Artie Butler Arranger
Al Gorgoni Composer, Producer
Leroy Lovett Arranger
Robert Mosely Composer
Richard Perry Composer, Producer
Garry Sherman Arranger
Mike Stoller Producer
John Taylor Composer
George Goldner Arranger, Producer
Peter Miller Composer
Larry Banks Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Milton Bennett Composer
Steve Venet Composer, Producer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Bob Bateman Arranger
Joe Jones Arranger, Producer
Stuart Wiener Producer
Earline Phillips Composer
T. Boyce Composer
Mike Lewis Composer, Producer
Artie Resnick Composer, Producer
James Moniz Liner Notes, Introduction, Annotation
George Morton Composer
Shadow Morton Producer
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