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  • Audio CD (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00024GXVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BOY TROUBLE ~ GARPAX GIRLS Hollywood maverick Gary ‘Alley-Oop’ Paxton tried his hand at all sorts of genres back in the early-mid 1960s, mastering all with consummate ease. His girl group recordings rank with some of his best, thanks to his tremendous stable of writers and some little heralded distaff talent. The sounds on "Boy Trouble were all made between 1963 and 1967 and leased to various labels or issued on Paxton-run imprints like Garpax and Star-Burst. However the bulk of these recordings are presented here for the first time from recently archived master tapes. Highlights include the Rev-Lons and their well-known title track, plus all their subsequent singles; the precocious Beverly Williams, who turns in some fabulous Spector-esque sides; classic swingers such as Diana Dawn and Mary Saenz; and even Paxton’s wife, Jan, with her gorgeous smoky tones. With its varied yet solid songwriting and classic production touches, "Boy Trouble" is a boon to both girl fans and Paxton fiends alike.

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There was more to Gary Paxton than novelties.Girl groups and Pixie Girls were not what the average music fan thought of though-that's if anyone knew of Gary Paxton who entered the business as a doowopper and ended up as a Christian rocker
But this is forever music.Its the Pixie Girl gone folk rock with Mary Saenz's Its too late now a standout.(This is not the same song Tina Robin cut in 1963 when she became the first girl singer to record a song from Liverpool).Following that is one Beverley Williams with a cover of Carole King's Road to Nowhere which put 4 versions in the marketplace.To my mind her greatest song
Obviously none of this stuff troubled any chart much.You don't need to try and figure out why but the nearest answer would be lack of radio play.The Beatles are the perfect example-a leaked copy of She loves you played on a radio station in Chicago and at least a few noticed.
By the time of these recordings the British Invasion was in full swing
Inside a repro of a letter in which Mary Saentz asks the radio station to play her first single.Would YOU have helped her career?
On a MySpace page the son of a Rev-Lon writes about his mother's girl group and suggests that Spector copied them.
Whether he did or not is a moot point but both Gary Paxton and Phil Spector had in common the fact that they were more famous than the people they produced records by
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HASH(0x924ba5c4) out of 5 stars Keep the untapped older greats coming! 28 July 2004
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Format: Audio CD
If you've ever heard the "Sharades" (Joe Meek's Girls) cover of the album title track on this collection you practically have to make the comparison of the Rev-lons version of "Boy Trouble" being "the way the song should sound"!! Not that I don't love the campy "Petticoat Junction Girl Band" sound of Meek's take for the novelty value, but it's always nice to hear a well-composed tune like this done without "joking" about it! I'm pleased to have come across more thoughtfully complied collections like this one someone took the time to re-release on CD, because there really is a wealth of untapped talent here even in the "demos". There was only one other track of the Rev-lons I've ever come across ("After Last Night" on a WB 60's release - a great Jackie DeShannon song). Here is a wonderful mix of other things they did quite nicely blended together with other "California girls" of the era!

Too many to compliment all, so I site my own favorites among many really unique tunes: Diana Dawn's "Back Street Girl" has a crying "early Eydie Gorme" vocal quality; "Losin' Control" (The Fashionettes) is like the "lost" Dusty Springfield tune (the lead sounding somewhat like her at times); Mary Saenz shines in one of my favorite styles popular for the era utilizing melodic bells, multiple beat sequences and "Wall of Sound" especially in "It's Too Late Now" and "My Kind of Boy"; Although there are liner self-criticisms of the "low budget" production of Beatrice Kay's contributions ("Boy You Better Watch it Girl" and "Keep a Hold on Him") it only goes to show that you don't need to have the Philharmonic backing a belty, talented singer like Kay; Sweet-voiced Beverly Williams not only did a thoroughly enjoyable upbeat version of "Till There Was You", but also seemed to be moving in the Diane Renay direction with "Dutch Treat". You just don't find cute songs like that written any more! Lastly, the only real "dud" on this collection, IMO would be Doris Webb's "He's the Most" only because the tune is a pretty basic "Shoo-wop" number. But out of a collection of 26 tracks that's a pretty good average of better to great by comparison overall!
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