Collectors of the Girl-Group Sound (solo and groups) rejoice! Having just submitted a review of the great Charly U.K. 2-disc release Boys Can Be Mean, which contains a mix of some of the more known vocalist's actual nationally-charted hit singles in that set with others that didn't do so well from a commercial standpoint (e.g., One-Hit Wonders and No-Hit Wonders), here from the U.S. distributor Teensville are two separate volumes in their (so far) two CD series Girls On 45.
Each sells separately and contain 26 tracks along with extensive liner notes and vintage pictures and illustrations covering those who fell within what would later become the separate - and highly collectable - offshoot genre of R&R known as The Girl Group Sound. But unlike the Charly release, there are no nationally-charted hits here which, in many ways, make these an even more delicious option since they are, for the most part, among the rarest of the rare. Indeed, the casual fan won't even recognize any of the names, with the possible exception of Joannie Sommers who had three national charters in 1960-1962, although none are represented here, thereby making them even more desirable since her hits have been generally available on CD for some time.
As you will see from the lists of the contents for the two albums in the Comments below, for which I show label details and year of release, you will see that the lack of commercial success for some can most often be explained by the small-label curse. However, for those who had the resources of giants like Columbia, ABC-Paramount, Warner, MGM, Decca, United Artists behind them, and even large independents such as Liberty, Philips and Roulette, you will see that the bulk came out in 1964/65 and that just so happened to be the prime era of the British Invasion which shoved all but the better known North American artists off the upper regions of the Billboard Pop Hot 100. And by the time that had dissipated in 1966/67, the whole direction of Pop music had changed drastically.
The sound reproduction in each is excellent.