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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0000009JT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do-wah-diddy - The Exciters
2. You're No Good - Betty Everett
3. The Name Game - Shirley Ellis
4. Chains - The Cookies
5. It Might As Well Rain Until September - Caroline King
6. I'm Into Something Good - Earl Jean
7. I Can't Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis
8. I Wish I Were A Princess - Little Peggy March
9. I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
10. Triangle - Janie Grant
11. West Of The Wall - Toni Fisher
12. Pink Shoe Laces - Dodie Stevens
13. Music, Music, Music - The Sensations
14. Dear Abby - The Hearts
15. Whenever A Teenager Cries - Reparta & The Delrons
16. Popsicles And Icicles - The Murmaids
17. Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward
18. I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters
19. Dark Moon - Bonnie Guitar
20. You - The Aquatones
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2003
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This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down between 1957 and 1963, is the first of three volumes. Few of the ladies featured here had a lot of hits. Skeeter Davis, successful for several years on the country charts, is represented here by I can't stay mad at you, but is best remembered for End of the world.
The set begins with Do wah diddy, a minor American hit for the Exciters which later became a number one hit in Britain and America via Manfred Mann's version. Betty Everett's version of You're no good helped launch her career, but the song became much more successful when covered by the Swinging blue jeans in Britain and (later) Linda Ronstadt in America. Completing an unlucky trio is Earl Jean, who had a top forty American hit with I'm into something good, only to see Herman's hermits cover the song and make it their own. There is nothing wrong with any of the original versions of these songs, leaving us to wonder why they did not have more success.
There are big hits here - It might as well rain until September (Carole King) and I love how you love me (Paris Sisters) were huge hits in both Britain and America. Other huge American hits include The name game (Shirley Ellis, best known in Britain for the clapping song), Dark moon (Bonnie Guitar) and Dedicated to the one I love (Shirelles, best remembered everywhere for Will you love me tomorrow).
There are many other great songs, mostly sung by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. Anybody interested in female singers of the era and looking for less obvious material should check this out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jelly on 31 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ace records never fail to amaze me and Early Girls is no exception, for me stand out tracks are obviously the original of Doo Wah Diddy Diddy - Exciters, & You're No Good - Everett, Betty, Name Game - Ellis, Shirley (can't stop trying to sing along with that one!) I'm Into Something Good - Earl Jean - (amazing to hear the original), a personal favourite is I Told Every Little Star - Scott, Linda (first heared Rachel Sweet sing this one a long time ago on Oh Boy! in the 80's), Pink Shoe Laces - Stevens, Dodie... I'll stop there it's just a fantastic compilation!, I've got Vol'2 on order now.
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The first of what is now a 5 part series from Ace which concentrates on the songs which made the Hot 100 or bubbled under.
Thus it covers black as well as white girls some of whom were the voices of otherwise male groups eg the Aquatones who may have been One Hit Wonders but no doubt inspired Phil Spector to found the Teddy Bears.
Spector actually doesn't figure on any of these comps because of licensing at the time-the Paris Sisters were from Gregmark and like the Righteous Brothers simply licensed to Spector
A wide range of music is covered on these comps from R & B to high school into the mid 60s and is the ideal introduction into the World of U S girl singers.
Anyone wishing to explore more advanced territory -the Worlds of massive musical failure by girls-can find these on Ace as well.
Individual CDs by most of these girls are now on the market-even the ones who were No Hit Wonders like Leslie Miller
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Terrific Early Girl Group Compilation 18 July 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to one of England's premier re-issue labels to put together a compilation that rivals Rhino's excellent "The Girl Groups" series. While a few of these songs fall outside the strict definition of girl groups (1961-1965), this is a super collection and at 28 tracks you won't find a more generous single disc compilation.
There are a few late Fifties hits: 13-year-old Dodie Stevens' "Pink Shoe Laces," Gale Storm's "Dark Moon," and the Aquatones' "You." The rest are early-Sixties classics and also-rans.
You get the Exciters' version of "Do-Wah-Diddy" (later a No. 1 for Manfred Mann), Betty Everett's "You're No Good" (which Linda Ronstadt took to No. 1 in 1975) and the Cookies' lead singer Earl-Jean's minor hit "I'm Into Something Good" (which would become Herman's Hermits' first U.S. hit).
There are seven songs that overlap with the Rhino series, but that's a minor complaint. Where Rhino gave you the Angels' oft-anthologized "My Boyfriend's Back," here you get their earlier 1961 hit "'Til." While the Rhino series included three Shirelles' songs, it did not include their classic "Dedicated to the One I Love" found here.
This Ace release also includes several artists not on the Rhino series: "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis, "I Wish I were a Princess" by Little Peggy March, "I've Told Every Little Star" by Linda Scott, and Rosie & The Originals' "Angel Baby."
Don't think of this as a competing series with Rhino, but a companion series. And just like Rhino, you get crisp, clean sound and extensive liner notes on each of the songs and the artists. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
6 stars deserved 26 Dec. 2001
By Zub - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ace, England's premier reissue label blasts into the girl group compilation genre with this first in a series. "Popsicles and Icicles" gathers up a massive 28 tracks of girl- and girl-oriented group tunes from the pre-British invasion era. While including many familiar hits to keep the casual collector humming along, the wealth of this collection is also found in the number of seldom-found gems. "I'm Into Something Good", the pre-Herman Hermits Earl Jean domestic version, Janie Grant's "Triangle", Toni Fisher's "West Of The Wall" and Reparata and the Delrons' "Whenever A Teenager Cries" in stereo(!) give this collection a variety not found in the many other repetitive girl group compilations floating around.

As one would expect from Ace, these vintage recordings have been taken from the best available sources, sometimes British tapes that have survived better than those available domestically. Most cuts are in mono but there are several (2,3,7-9,12,15,17,28) appearing in stereo. The 16-page liner notes booklet gives lots of interesting backround on the included performers. As often done, Ace has set the highest standard for yet another genre of compilations.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Old gems from the fifties and sixties 27 Jan. 2003
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Old gems from the fifties and sixties
This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down between 1957 and 1963, is the first of three volumes. Few of the ladies featured here had a lot of hits. Skeeter Davis, successful for several years on the country charts, is represented here by I can't stay mad at you, but is best remembered for End of the world.
The set begins with Do wah diddy, a minor American hit for the Exciters which later became a number one hit in Britain and America via Manfred Mann's version. Betty Everett's version of You're no good helped launch her career, but the song became much more successful when covered by the Swinging blue jeans in Britain and (later) Linda Ronstadt in America. Completing an unlucky trio is Earl Jean, who had a top forty American hit with I'm into something good, only to see Herman's hermits cover the song and make it their own. There is nothing wrong with any of the original versions of these songs, leaving us to wonder why they did not have more success.
There are big hits here - It might as well rain until September (Carole King) and I love how you love me (Paris Sisters) were huge hits in both Britain and America. Other huge American hits include The name game (Shirley Ellis, best known in Britain for the clapping song), Dark moon (Bonnie Guitar) and Dedicated to the one I love (Shirelles, best remembered everywhere for Will you love me tomorrow).
There are many other great songs, mostly sung by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. Anybody interested in female singers of the era and looking for less obvious material should check this out.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Yet another gem from England's Ace Records 24 May 2004
By Paul Tognetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In 1995 Ace Records released the first in a series of three discs entitled "Early Girls". As with just about every other Ace disc I have ever purchased this is a top quality compilation. There are great big hits everyone has heard of as well as some lesser known tracks just waiting to be rediscovered. Likewise you will find familiar artists and some you have probably never heard of.
Perhaps the biggest hit among the 28 songs on this disc is 1963's "Easier Said Than Done" by the Essex featuring the great lead voice of Anita Humes. Other chartbusters include "The Name Game" from Shirley Ellis and the Murmaids gigantic hit "Popsicles and Icicles" written by one David Gates who would eventually go one to write a bunch of hits for his own group. Has anyone heard of Bread? Among some of the hit records you might not be as familiar with are the 1956 hit "Eddie My Love" by the Teen Queens and the great Linda Scott with "I've Told Every Little Star". Other tunes you are sure to enjoy are Robin Ward's "Wonderful Summer" and the Aquatones memorable recording of "You". Then there are the real hard-to-find tunes like Carole King's "It Might As Well Rain Until September" and Little Peggy March with "I Wish I Were A Princess." My vote for biggest discovery on this disc was Betty Everett's 1964 recording of "You're No Good" which of course was made famous a decade later by Linda Ronstadt.
As we have come to expect Ace has included an extremely informative 16 page booklet. And the remastering job is absolutely top drawer. Give this one a try and don't be surprised if you go back for more---Volume 2 or 3 that is.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
These were the divas of their times. 26 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this one in 1996 because I was looking for some of the "one hits" recorded thereon. If you were listening to Top 100, not just Top Ten or Top 40 in the early '60's, you know there were lots of releases that should have been better rated than they were. This CD has many of them. Some were relased by other artists later and became the hits they should have been. Insofar as the one hits, listen to "Triangle" by Janie Grant. Indicative of the times, it would seem corny today;however, Grant wss one of the most beautiful girls of the day, and her voice was not that bad. Another landmark was "West of the Wall" by Miss Toni Fisher, having to do with the then recently erected Berlin Wall. It caught the mood of the times as did Ivo Robic's "Morgen" which you'll have to find elsewhere. If you are a veteran of those times or just an aficienado, this is for you.
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