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Absolutely Right! The Complete Tiger, Loma And Warner Bros Recordings [CD]

The Apollas Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Jan 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B006J9I71A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Absolutely Right - The Apollas
2. Who Would Want Me Now - The Apollas
3. Just Can't Get Enough Of You - The Apollas
4. I've Got So Used To Loving You - Leola Jiles
5. He Ain't No Angel - The Lovejoys
6. Mister Creator - The Apollas
7. You'll Always Have Me - The Apollas
8. Open The Door, Fool - The Apollas
9. Payin' (For The Wrong I've Done) - The Lovejoys
10. Jive Cat - The Apollas
11. Sorry Mama - The Apollas
12. Keep It Coming - Leola Jiles
13. Seven Days - The Apollas
14. See The Silver Moon - The Apollas
15. All Sold Out - The Apollas
16. Wait `Round The Corner - The Lovejoys
17. Pretty Red Balloons - The Apollas
18. Nobody's Baby (Am I) - The Apollas
19. I'm Under The Influence Of Love - The Apollas
20. Lock Me In Your Heart - The Apollas
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* The Apollas were much, much more than the Northern Soul divas familiar from their records `You're Absolutely Right' and `Mr Creator'. On a remarkably consistent five-year span of singles from 1963 to 1968, this Bay Area-born gal trio indulged equally in searing balladry, gritty gospel laced-R&B, and infectious pop, mastering them all with soulful aplomb.

* "Absolutely Right! The complete Tiger, Loma and Warner Brothers Recordings" proves this in spades, with a tracklisting that covers every single release by the Apollas and adds four sides by their earlier incarnation the Lovejoys, as well as the fine 1967 solo single by lead singer Leola Jiles. There is also the bonus of four excellent unissued tracks, including Leola's heartrending masterpiece `I've Got So Used To Loving You'.

* Gems such as `Jive Cat', `Who Would Want Me Now' and `Just Can't Get Enough Of You' are presented in top notch master-tape sound, showcasing the superb arrangements by Gene Page and H.B. Barnum, production by Dick Glasser and of course the incomparable performances of the Apollas themselves. Featuring a 28 page colourful booklet and produced in full co-operation with the ladies, "Absolutely Right" is a long-overdue appraisal of one of 60s souls classiest acts.

* Compilation and note by Alec Palao.

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Definitive 25 track multi-label comp by one of soul's classiest trios!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The estimable KENT label have performed an invaluable service in compiling the complete songbook of The Apollas including their earlier incarnation as the Lovejoys together with a few later solo recordings by their lead singer, Leola Jiles. The Apollas are best remembered for their Northern Soul stompers like 'Mr. Creator' and there are a few more like this in a "Supremes mode" but with (in my opinion) more soulful vocals, however the Supremes obviously had better songwriting assisting them which is why they made it to the top and sadly The Apollas [unfairly] languished. What is particularly pleasing about this compilation is the variety as in addition to the expected uptempo tracks there are several superb ballads and a couple of grittier R&B styled tunes (from the Lovejoys) which prevents things settling too much into a single groove and keep interest high throughout the hour plus playing time. There are also quite a few unissued tracks, mostly solo outings from Leola Jiles, and suprisingly these largely maintain the high standards, being far superior to most 'unissued songs' that often clutter up compilations of this type [sadly including some KENT compilations....].

In fact the only real missteps on this CD are firstly a couple of subpar tracks towards the end, particlarly the closer "Why Was I Born" which is a full on orchestrated power ballad that is more MOR than soul and could easily be from a Barbra Streisand album (!), but out of twenty five songs two duds is easily forgivable. Secondly some studio dialogue has been left on the end of a couple of tracks, which is OK to listen to once but repeatedly (?) I think not, therefore a small error of judgement on the part of the compilers and hopefully not to be repeated in future. Overall though a must buy for fans of 60's soul and absolutely one of the better KENT compilations of recent years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended For Girl Group And '60s Soul Collectors 16 Mar 2012
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Leave it to a U.K. outlet (Kent) to come out with a compendium of an all-female group that not only functioned, with varying personnel, under several different names in the 1960s, they could never really be pigeon-holed into one genre. Sometimes they took a gospel approach, sometimes they were more soul-oriented (but seemingly always with that gospel influence), and are probably now lumped in with others in the Girl-Group Sound only because they happened to be female! All of which may have been the reason why they never scored a national hit.

Their recording career kicked off in 1961 with the Galaxy subsidiary of Fantasy Records, both owned by Max and Sol Weiss of San Francisco, with the former started in 1951 and the latter in 1949 dealing mainly with Jazz. In 1961, Galaxy was reactivated following a dormant period as a Gospel/R&B outlet, and among their initial stable of artists were The Apollas, an all-female quintet from Los Angeles comprised of Ella Jamerson, Augustine Jackson, Gloria Beverley, Shirley Brown and Connie Wye. They recorded the unmistakable Gospel tunes I Can't Believe It/Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (Galaxy 707) and Lord Lord Lord/Say A Prayer (Galaxy 708), but neither side is included here, nor is the Jazz-tinged 1963 release Since I Fell For You/When I Fall In Love, billed as Ella Jamerson (with The Vince Guaraldi Trio) on Galaxy 724.

It was also in 1963 that Louisiana-born (April 2, 1942) lead vocalist Leola Jiles joined with Ella and some of the others as Leola & The Love Joys to cut several sides for Tiger Records, founded by the legendary songwriting team of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller - He Ain't No Angel/Wait 'Round The Corner (an adaptation of Wade On The Water on Tiger 101) and, in 1964, It's Mighty Nice/Payin' (For The Wrong I've Done) on Tiger 105. All four sides are here - none made any national impact.

Then, in 1965, Jiles and Jamerson hooked up with Billie Barnum (sister of H.B. Barnum) and Connie Wye, once more as The Apollas, and this time got a recording deal with the Warner Brothers subsidiary, Loma. But despite some varied and interesting sides, national recognition continued to elude them as none among You're Absolutely Right/Lock Me In Your Heart (Loma 2019) in 1965, 1966's Nobody's Baby (Am I)/Just Can't Get Enough Of You (Loma 2025), Pretty Red Balloons/You'll Always Have Me (Loma 2039) and Sorry Mama/My Soul Concerto (Loma 2053), and 1967's All Sold Out/Mister Creator on Warner Bros. 5893 did anything nationally. All are here, as are Keep It Coming/Why Was I Born, a 1967 solo by Jiles on Warner Bros. 7015.

After Wye dropped out the remaining trio cut I'm Under The Influence Of Love/Jive Cat (Warner Bros. 7060) and Who Would Want Me Now?/You'll Always Have Me (Warner Bros. 7086) in 1967 and, in 1968, Open The Door, Fool/Seven Days (Warner Bros. 7181).

A few sides presented here were previously unreleased and this is all detailed in the 28-page booklet, along with notes and comments by va 5rious members of the group, written by Alec Palao. The sound quality is excellent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb group, excellent compilation 30 Aug 2012
By W. Stos - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm surprised at Dell's review below. There are hardly any clunkers on this album. The Apollas were quite versatile and their catalogue covers a number of R&B/Soul/Pop/Adult Contemporary styles, but I love virtually everything here. Leola Jiles' lead vocals are stunning, especially when she lets loose on tracks like "Nobody's Baby Am I" and the amazing previously unreleased track "I've Got So Used to Loving You." That one surely rivals Lorraine Ellison's "Stay With Me" for emotional punch. Ace has done a phenomenal job with the liner notes, including interviews with three of the Apollas (I didn't realize there were several replacements through the years) and great personal photos. This release was long overdue and I wore it out listening to it when I first got it. Most songs are still on my Ipod playlists. I highly recommend this album to fans of girl group pop/soul or great vocals generally.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic package for the Apollas recordings. 21 April 2013
By James M. Moniz - Published on Amazon.com
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The Apollas (Leola Jiles, Ella Jamerson, and Billie Barnum) have been revered by Northern Soul enthusiasts for over thirty-five years for their gutsy, uptemo recordings from the short-lived Warnes Bros subsidiary Loma Records. Finally, in 2012, they are given a full-length CD release that collects all of their recordings for the company in addition to their early recordings as the Lovejoys for Leiber and Stoller's Tiger label.

First off, Alec Palao's liner-notes are amazing - some of the best I've ever seen. They are chock full with backstage color photos of the group all throughout their career and different lineups. The notes also include thorough testimonies from Leola Jiles, Ella Jamerson, and Billie Barnum. It is almost worth buying the CD alone for the booklet, which is a very rare thing for me to say.
Secondly, the sound quality is great as well. With the exception of their Tiger sides, and `Just Can't Get Enough of You' b/w `Nobody's Baby (Am I)', every single track is presented here in clean STEREO. Even previously unissued cuts from the Warner Bros vaults are presented here in STEREO.

The Northern Soul fans purchasing this CD may not be very interested in the Bluesy-rockers the trio recorded for Tiger Records as the Lovejoys, but they will no doubt enjoy the rest.

The Apollas were extremely talented, and their voices were amazing...Their version of Tina Britt's "You're Absolutely Right" is the definitive version of this early Ashford and Simpson composition, and a rightful Northern Soul classic. `Lock Me In Your Heart,' `Just Can't Get Enough of You,' and the energetic gospel-pop of `Mr. Creator' are all strong tracks as well...Unfortunately, Warner Bros' Loma Records was the company's attempt to break into the Soul and Black music market...And it wasn't a very successful venture. The heavy gospel-leanings of many of the Apollas' recordings made their singles less commercial than the more `poppy' performances of Motown Record acts. Despite fantastic arrangements via H.B. Barnum and Gene Page, the production for their songs often sounds very `Vegas-y', particularly on cuts like `Jive-Cat,' `Pretty Red Balloons,' and their cover of Felice Taylor's `I'm Under the Influence of Love.' This sound certainly didn't make the best accompaniment for songs that were supposed to cater to the Soul audience. Incidentally, the Apollas never charted on the R&B charts (or Pop charts) and this may have been because Warner Bros didn't quite know what they were doing at Loma. ((Other Loma acts included the hard-edged Rhythm & Blues/Rock & Roll of Ike and Tina Turner, and the even more gospel-influenced soul of Lorraine Ellison - neither of which were acts who were likely to experience the type of Pop-cross over success Motown Acts had during the mid sixties.)) In fact, it takes until the Apollas' final single, the Aretha Franklin-ish "Seven Days," before they combine their soulful vocals with a song just as soulful.

Warner Bros cut solo sides for Leola Jiles with the Blossoms on backup, the best of these is the previously unreleased "I've Got So Used To Loving You." The giant orchestration is on the same grand-scale as any Bond-theme and Jiles' vocals are on par with Shirley Bassey...The Leola Jiles recordings are devoid of the gospel influence used in most of the Apollas tunes, and they are recorded in more of an easy listening-pop vein ("Keep It Coming" and "Why Was I Born"), almost as if Warner Bros was keen on marketing Leola as a black Barbara Streisand.

If you are a fan of the Apollas recordings, then get this CD. The booklet is fantastic, the sound quality is superb, and the Apollas were great singers. The only problem is that the majority of the Loma and Warner Bros songs are mediocre ("My Soul Concerto", "You'll Always Have Me") and sometimes even whiney ("All Sold Out," "Jive Cat," "Nobody's Baby (Am I)"). But the good tracks outweigh the bad, and "Mr. Creator" and "You're Absolutely Right" both should have been big hits...and are two Northern Soul classics.

TRACK PICKS: "You're Absolutely Right," "Who Would Want Me Now," "I've Got So Used To Loving You," "Mr. Creator," "Just Can't Get Enough of You."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Always Wanted An Apollas Album 24 April 2012
By Dell - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing about the girl groups of the 60s, you had to be "Motown" to even get a sniff. Vocally, these girls could sing with the best, but sometime it all comes down to your material, your music. "all sold our", "you'll all ways have me", good songs....no, great songs.Good songs, good lyrics. That were written by a pair of great writers, Nick Ashford and Valarie Simpson. Who, oh by the way, end up at motown. With all the songs on this cd, there are only a couple worth listening too more than once. I all ways wanted to know what an album/cd would sound like by "The Apollas". Now I know. Maybe I'll give it another listen some day. Maybe.
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