Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry

Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry

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Overview

As part of its excellent ongoing series on major American pop
ock songwriters of the 1950s and '60s, Ace presents a couple dozen '60s recordings of tunes penned by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry -- usually working together, though on occasion with others, Barry penning one alone -- on this compilation. Like other anthologies in this series, it's not a best-of, instead being a more collector-oriented cross-section of hits, misses, original versions, and rare versions. That might disappoint some looking for a quick fix of the most well-known covers of Barry-Greenwich songs, as this is missing most of the ones that became big hits, including all of those produced by Phil Spector and most of the ones done by the Shangri-Las. However, for those fans who have most or all of those tracks somewhere in their collection anyway, it's a very nifty selection of fine Brill Building records, more often than not of the classic girl group variety. It's true that the best tracks are the most familiar, all of them medium to big hits: Lesley Gore's "Maybe I Know," the Beach Boys' "I Can Hear Music," the Jelly Beans' "Baby Be Mine," the Butterflys' "Good Night Baby," the Chiffons' "I Have a Boyfriend," the Shangri-Las' superb drama "Out in the Streets," and the Exciters' original version of "Do-Wah-Diddy," soon covered for a chart-topping British Invasion hit by Manfred Mann. But there are some rarities to entertain the collector that are good on their own terms, especially the Darlettes' "Here She Comes," a first-rate vengeful girl group number, and the young Andy Kim's moody 1965 single "I Hear You Say (I Love You)." Even some of the classics presented not-quite-in-their-original versions are cool, like the Summits' 1963 single "Hanky Panky" (the first occasion that song was released on 45) and Nilsson's respectable interpretation of "River Deep -- Mountain High." It's only occasionally that there's a real misfire, like the Majors' "What Have You Been Doin'," which is a blatant rewrite of that doo wop group's only hit "A Wonderful Dream." Otherwise it's a fine trawl through this great songwriting team's less anthologized contributions to the Brill Building sound, with Ace's usual fine liner notes and track-by-track annotation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667034029
catalogNumber: 1203
Rank: 71659

Tracks

  1. I Can Hear Music
  2. I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing
  3. Out in the Streets
  4. Maybe I Know
  5. He Ain't No Angel
  6. I Have a Boyfriend
  7. Baby Be Mine
  8. Do-Wah-Diddy
  9. Everybody Come Clap Your Hands
  10. Nobody But You
  11. Here She Comes
  12. Hold on Baby
  13. You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked at Me
  14. Good Night Babys
  15. I Hear You Say (I Love You)
  16. Little Boy
  17. I Want You for My Sweetheart
  18. That Boy Is Messin' Up My Mind
  19. Hanky Panky
  20. What Have You Been Doin'
  21. Every Little Beat
  22. I Won't Be Me Anymore
  23. True True True
  24. River Deep - Mountain High

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellie Greenwich   Conductor
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Gene Page   Conductor
Artie Butler   Conductor
Bert Keyes   Conductor

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Carl Wilson   Producer
Andy Kim   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer
Bert Berns   Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
David Hassinger   Producer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
George "Shadow" Morton   Producer
Jerry Ragovoy   Arranger,Producer
Bob Reisdorff   Producer
Mike Stoller   Producer
George Tipton   Arranger
Malcolm Baumgart   Memorabilia
Stephen J. McParland   Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Steve Venet   Composer,Producer
Harvey Williams   Memorabilia
Joe Craig Jones   Arranger,Producer
Ken Emerson   Author
Mike Minor   Producer
Mick Patric   Liner Notes

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