Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 506]

Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 506]

by The Shangri-Las
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Myrmidons of Melodrama [RPM 506]

Although this is extremely similar to the 1994 CD Shangri-Las compilation on RPM bearing the same title, there are some small differences that might give you pause for consideration if you're either choosing between the two of them or considering "upgrading" with the new version. One of their two rare pre-Red Bird singles, "Wishing Well"/"Hate to Say I Told You So," has been dropped from the track lineup, as has their cover of the Chantels' "Maybe." In their place is the less impressive of the other pre-Red Bird 45s, "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks," a live (or perhaps pseudo-live) early soul-pop novelty effort. In addition, seven songs, including several of their biggest hits, are heard in stereo. Close listening reveals some difference between those and the more commonly heard versions, like a longer fade on "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)" and an extra instrumental bar after the crash on "Leader of the Pack" (which actually diminishes that classic's impact slightly). There's a new cover and longer, updated liner notes. All this doesn't necessarily add up to an improvement. It's good to have the rare "Simon Says"/"Simon Speaks" single available at last, but you still need "Wishing Well"/"Hate to Say I Told You So" and the two post-Red Bird 1966-1967 Mercury singles (available on Mercury's The Best of the Shangri-Las CD) to assemble all of the group's important rarities. More embarrassingly, the running order of tracks 24 through 28 play in a different sequence than that listed on the cover. And most importantly, you still need to buy no less than three CDs -- Mercury's The Best of the Shangri-Las and both RPM configurations of Myrmidons of Melodrama -- to get everything of interest by the group. That's a luxury that most fans would agree should somehow have been covered by a more affordable, convenient two-CD set if possible. If for some reason this is the only Shangri-Las comp you can lay your hands on, though, it's a very good one, including all of their big hits, several fine semi-forgotten low-charting singles, several other worthy obscure cuts, and additional assorted rarities.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2002
Label: Rpm Records Uk
UPC: 5013929550629
catalogNumber: 506
Rank: 41661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shangri-Las   Primary Artist
Leroy Glover   Conductor
George "Shadow" Morton   Conductor

Technical Credits

Harry Nilsson   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Perry Botkin   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger,Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer
Joseph DeAngelis   Composer
Sal DiTroia   Arranger
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Vinny Gormann   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Levon Helm   Composer
Jerome Jackson   Composer
Tony Michaels   Composer
George "Shadow" Morton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Robert Mosely   Composer
Artie Ripp   Producer
Kenneth Hollon   Composer
Gil Garfield   Composer
Don Burch   Composer
Ronald Moseley   Producer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Annotation,Photo Courtesy
Robert Bateman   Composer
Greg Richards   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer
Paul "PK" Kelly   Artwork
Bob Bateman   Arranger,Producer
Larry Martire   Composer
Robert Steinberg   Composer
Robert Racano   Composer
Hy Mizrahi   Composer

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