You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry: The Complete Caravelles 1963-1968

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everything from the nine 45s and sole LP the Caravelles issued in the U.K. from 1963-1968 is on this 31-track compilation, which also includes two tracks that only surfaced on a French EP, and even four German-language recordings. As the first official anthology of their work, it does a marvelous job, including a 16-page booklet with plenty of illustrations and first-hand quotes from the group's Lois Wilkinson. Known almost exclusively for their 1963 hit "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry," it proves they were a little more interesting than the one-shot novelty act they're sometimes tagged as, though their relationship to pop
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Everything from the nine 45s and sole LP the Caravelles issued in the U.K. from 1963-1968 is on this 31-track compilation, which also includes two tracks that only surfaced on a French EP, and even four German-language recordings. As the first official anthology of their work, it does a marvelous job, including a 16-page booklet with plenty of illustrations and first-hand quotes from the group's Lois Wilkinson. Known almost exclusively for their 1963 hit "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry," it proves they were a little more interesting than the one-shot novelty act they're sometimes tagged as, though their relationship to pop
ock was usually only casual. In truth, their most widely heard songs were more throwbacks to the pre-rock era in their obviously Patience & Prudence-inspired harmonies (that duo's two hits were both covered on the Caravelles' LP). Yet the spare, almost ghostly arrangements did have a hint of pre-Beatles U.K. rock, and their close, almost whispery harmonies both carry some charm and testify to a definite and somewhat offbeat talent. The material, often drawn from or influenced by pop standards, lets the duo down as much as it benefits them. They would have been well-advised to record more of their own songs, since some of their infrequent attempts at songwriting -- relegated to LP filler and B-sides -- were actually pretty good, especially the haunting "Forever." Some of their post-1963 singles found them moving closer, if usually not that close, to pop
ock in both content and production, with "You Are Here" and "I Depend on You" making for fair Phil Spector-girl group-influenced tunes; the originals "How Can I Be Sure?" and "I Like a Man" sounding quite close to Merseybeat. They weren't quite part of the girl group scene, also veering into jazz-pop with another original, "Georgia Boy," and even rather lushly produced folk-rock on the 1967 45 "Hey Mama You've Been on My Mind." All this versatility didn't help get them another hit, of course. But taken together, they add up to a legacy that's more interesting than many historians, and even British Invasion collectors, realize, though there's some mediocrity to be waded through on an anthology this size.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929599000
  • Catalog Number: 2959900
  • Sales rank: 59,608

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Caravelles Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Cy Coleman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Kenny Young Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Howard Barnes Composer
Don Black Composer
Perry Botkin Composer
Peter Callander Composer
Hal David Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
James Last Producer
Caroline Leigh Composer
Paul Murphy Producer
Harry Robinson Composer, Musical Director
Richard Hill Producer
Bob Merrill Composer
Terry Shand Composer
Andrea Simpson Composer
Lois Wilkinson Composer
Vic Lewis Composer
Mark Stratford Producer
Mack David Composer
Ron Roker Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Michael Robson Producer, Liner Notes, Artwork
Lee David Composer
Simon Murphy Remastering
William Hill Composer
Milton Kellem Composer
Gilbert Garfield Composer
Curly Williams Composer
Toby Lüth Composer
Roy Tuvey Composer
Maurice Littlewood Composer
Johnny Hawkins Music Direction
Isaac Everly Composer
Bruce Murdock Composer
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