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

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

by The Caravelles


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

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2011
Label: Rpm Records Uk
UPC: 5013929599000
catalogNumber: 2959900
Rank: 93454

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
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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