Where the Girls Are, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Starting in the 1990s, a cluster of CD reissues have served to remind us that Chess was not just a blues label, in fact recording a great deal of worthwhile and often successful soul in the 1960s. Where the Girls Are, Vol. 3 is not the best of these, but it puts an interesting spin on the concept by focusing exclusively on women pop-soul-girl-group singers who recorded for Chess during the decade. There are a few name artists here -- Etta James, Sugar Pie de Santo, Tammy Montgomery soon to be renamed Tammi Terrell, and to a lesser degree Jackie Ross, Mitty Collier, Jan Bradley, and a teenaged Minnie Riperton as part of the Gems and under the pseudonym Andrea Davis --...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Starting in the 1990s, a cluster of CD reissues have served to remind us that Chess was not just a blues label, in fact recording a great deal of worthwhile and often successful soul in the 1960s. Where the Girls Are, Vol. 3 is not the best of these, but it puts an interesting spin on the concept by focusing exclusively on women pop-soul-girl-group singers who recorded for Chess during the decade. There are a few name artists here -- Etta James, Sugar Pie de Santo, Tammy Montgomery soon to be renamed Tammi Terrell, and to a lesser degree Jackie Ross, Mitty Collier, Jan Bradley, and a teenaged Minnie Riperton as part of the Gems and under the pseudonym Andrea Davis -- though most of these are only known to those fanatical, often British, soul collectors. The same comments that you could direct toward Chess' '60s soul in general apply to this anthology in particular: while well produced, it sometimes came off as derivative of both Motown and other Chicago soul competitors, without as much standout material as the best competition. That makes this 26-song CD second-division, but certainly not second-rate. For one thing, there is a certain consistency of sound that makes it more listenable than many other similar archive CDs are. There are also some pretty good songs amidst the so-so ones. Geraldine Hunt's 1962 single "I Let Myself Go" is an incredibly blatant yet enjoyable and accurate Mary Wells imitation; Timiko's "Is It a Sin?," which is just marginally less Wells-like, has some fetching hooks; while the Clickettes' "I Just Can't Help It" is cool and catchy soul-tinged girl-group pop. Everything else wilts, however, besides Etta James' compelling "Pushover," an actual 1963 Top 30 hit that was one of her poppiest, yet gutsiest, and best singles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667174527
  • Catalog Number: 745
  • Sales rank: 86,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Help Me - Mitty Collier (2:05)
  2. 2 My Mama Told Me - Barbara Carr (3:05)
  3. 3 Your Kind of Lovin' - Jan Bradley (2:38)
  4. 4 (I've Decided On) A Whole New Plan - Jo Ann Garrett (2:29)
  5. 5 Pushover - Etta James (2:55)
  6. 6 She's Got Everything - Joe Hudson (2:30)
  7. 7 He's My Guy - Margaret & Carol (1:58)
  8. 8 Just How Much (Can One Heart Take) - The Kolettes (2:24)
  9. 9 This Time Tomorrow - Thomasina Montgomery (2:21)
  10. 10 As I Watch You Walk Away - Jean DuShon (2:43)
  11. 11 How Long (Can I Go On) - The Kittens (2:58)
  12. 12 He Makes Me Feel So Good - The Gems (2:52)
  13. 13 You Gave Me Soul - Andrea Davis (2:41)
  14. 14 Safe and Sound - Fontella Bass (2:45)
  15. 15 You Really Know How To Hurt A Girl - Jackie Ross (2:16)
  16. 16 I Let Myself Go - Geraldine Hunt (2:10)
  17. 17 One Little Thing - Carol Vega (2:47)
  18. 18 Is It a Sin? - Timiko (2:38)
  19. 19 Pretty Little Words - Tawney Williams (2:32)
  20. 20 A Love of Mine - The Lovettes (2:13)
  21. 21 Don't Cha Know - Lockets (2:18)
  22. 22 Party Across The Hall - Yvonne Baker (2:32)
  23. 23 I Just Can't Help It - Clickettes (2:27)
  24. 24 You're Changing - Mary & the Desirables (2:42)
  25. 25 Jing Jing A Ling - Honey & the Bees (2:21)
  26. 26 My Baby's Real - The Starlets (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Track Performer
Stan Free Conductor
Jackie Ross Track Performer
Geraldine Hunt Track Performer
Mitty Collier Track Performer
Jean DuShon Track Performer
Fontella Bass Track Performer
Barbara Carr Track Performer
Garry Sherman Conductor
Jan Bradley Track Performer
Honey & the Bees Track Performer
Andrea Davis Track Performer
The Lovettes Track Performer
Carol Vega Track Performer
Technical Credits
Andre Williams Producer
Stan Free Arranger
Oliver Sain Producer
Bert Berns Producer
Leonard Caston Producer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Floyd Miller Arranger
Garry Sherman Arranger
Gerald Sims Producer
Abner Spector Producer
Charles Stepney Arranger
Kae Williams Jr. Producer
Raynard Miner Producer
Cliff Parman Arranger
Phil Wright Arranger
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