Where the Girls Are, Vol. 5

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a trawl through the recesses of the Columbia vaults for obscure non-hit 1960s records in the girl group style, or at least bearing girl group influences, this is a mighty impressive labor of archivism. Only a few of these 26 tracks are by singers with major or modest reputations, those including obscurities by Aretha Franklin a pre-stardom 1965 single, "Sweet Bitter Love"; the 1968 single "The Right to Cry" by her sister, Erma Franklin; Doris Day's "Let the Little Girl Limbo," not even released until 1997; and Laura Nyro's "Spanish Harlem," which isn't all that obscure, but what the hey, it fits, just about. There are also a couple of little-known outings by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As a trawl through the recesses of the Columbia vaults for obscure non-hit 1960s records in the girl group style, or at least bearing girl group influences, this is a mighty impressive labor of archivism. Only a few of these 26 tracks are by singers with major or modest reputations, those including obscurities by Aretha Franklin a pre-stardom 1965 single, "Sweet Bitter Love"; the 1968 single "The Right to Cry" by her sister, Erma Franklin; Doris Day's "Let the Little Girl Limbo," not even released until 1997; and Laura Nyro's "Spanish Harlem," which isn't all that obscure, but what the hey, it fits, just about. There are also a couple of little-known outings by singers much better known as actresses, those being a 1967 single by Bernadette Peters and a 1968 cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's moody "Wasn't It You" by Peggy Lipton. The CD's also dotted with obscure songwriting efforts by the likes of Neil Diamond, Al Kooper, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Van McCoy, Brute Force of the Tokens, Bert Berns, and Curtis Mayfield. In keeping with the way these things often turn out, reading the stories behind these off-the-wall flops well told in the liner notes is more interesting than the music itself. But the music's OK, and sometimes more than OK. Cases in point include the Pussycats' Shangri-Las-like single "Dressed in Black"/"I Want Your Love"; Jan Tanzy's catchy "That New Boy in Town" co-penned by Neil Diamond; the deep-voiced April Young's "Gonna Make Him My Baby," one of the closer Phil Spector imitations of the mid-'60s; and Sandi Sheldon's "Baby You're Mine," one of a large log of quality non-hits penned and produced by Van McCoy in his Brill Building days. Some of the later tracks on this anthology are more pop-soul than they are girl group-related, but it's no big deal; it's better to be more flexible than draw rigid stylistic boundaries, particularly if it helps a few tracks of specialized collector interest escape the vaults.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2003
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667182324
  • Catalog Number: 823
  • Sales rank: 59,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dressed in Black - The Pussycats (2:43)
  2. 2 I Want Your Love - The Pussycats (2:14)
  3. 3 They're Dancing Now @@Patty Michaels (2:02)
  4. 4 That New Boy in Town @@Jan Tanzy (2:24)
  5. 5 Let the Little Girl Limbo - Doris Day (2:57)
  6. 6 My Boyfriend @@Becky & The Lollipops (1:58)
  7. 7 One Boy Tells Another - The Surfer Girls (1:47)
  8. 8 That Boy Is Messing Up My Mind @@Orchids (2:52)
  9. 9 Marching Home @@Tracy Dey (2:58)
  10. 10 Did You Get Your Fun @@Bootiques (1:38)
  11. 11 Will You Care What's Hap'nin' to Me, Baby - Bernadette Peters (2:25)
  12. 12 Wonderful World of Love - The Poppies (2:43)
  13. 13 You're My Lovin' Baby - Sweet Things (2:51)
  14. 14 Sing Me a Love Song - The Glories (2:23)
  15. 15 Gonna Make Him My Baby - April Young (2:27)
  16. 16 Friends and Lovers Forever - Nancy Ames (2:39)
  17. 17 The Harlem Tango @@Orchids (2:50)
  18. 18 Takin' That Long Walk Home - Dorothy Jones (2:38)
  19. 19 It's Love That Really Counts (In the Long Run) @@Marlina Mars (2:21)
  20. 20 Sweet Bitter Love - Aretha Franklin (2:59)
  21. 21 You Can't Hurt Me No More - The Opals (2:32)
  22. 22 The Right to Cry - Erma Franklin (3:30)
  23. 23 Love Made to Order - Little Foxes (2:38)
  24. 24 Baby You're Mine - Sandi Sheldon (3:05)
  25. 25 Wasn't It You - Peggy Lipton (2:58)
  26. 26 Spanish Harlem - Laura Nyro (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Darin Piano
Van McCoy Conductor
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Herb Bernstein Conductor
Artie Butler Conductor
Lor Crane Conductor
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Bert Keyes Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire Voices
John Simon Conductor
Technical Credits
Doris Day Contributor
Neil Diamond Composer
Carole King Composer
Al Kooper Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer, Producer
Laura Nyro Contributor
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Curt Boettcher Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Van McCoy Arranger, Composer, Producer
Terry Melcher Contributor
Bernadette Peters Contributor
Nancy Ames Contributor
Bob Crewe Composer
Manny Kellem Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Peter Anders Composer
Jerry Ross Producer
Ritchie Adams Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Herb Bernstein Arranger
Artie Butler Arranger
Jimmy Calvert Composer
Lor Crane Arranger, Producer
Hal David Composer
Wes Farrell Composer
Mikki Farrow Composer
Vinny Gormann Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Dorothy Jones Contributor
Bert Keyes Arranger
Irwin Levine Composer
Tony Michaels Composer, Producer
George "Shadow" Morton Composer
Clyde Otis Producer
Denny Randell Arranger
Joe Renzetti Arranger
Nick Robbins Mastering
Gilly Sherill Producer
Andrew "Mike" Terry Composer, Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Teacho Wiltshire Arranger, Producer
Peggy Lipton Contributor
Johnny Pate Arranger
Tracey Dey Contributor
The Glories Contributor
Rickie Page Composer
Sandi Sheldon Contributor
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes, Annotation
George Matola Composer, Producer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Annotation
Helen Miller Composer, Producer
Bob Brass Composer
Steve Venet Producer
Brute Force Composer
John Simon Arranger, Producer
April Young Contributor
Gary Knight Composer
Paul Kahan Composer
Bob McRee Composer
Sweet Things Contributor
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