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Girls On 45 [26 Girl Groups, Girlie Pop & Soulful Ladies From 1963 - 1968

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Teensville
  • ASIN: B008B88OI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. He's My GuyJackie Burns & The Bo-Bells 2:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Too Good To Be BadJeanne Thomas 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Welcome Home BabyToni Carroll 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liz VerdiYou Let Him Get Away 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Birthday FellaMarva Josie 2:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Did You Ever Love A GuyThe Emeralds 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's Gonna Take A MiracleThe Crampton Sisters 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Better Off Without YouBeverly Noble 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. BetrayedIris Harvey 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Make Me HappyBarbara Wilson 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. BreakawayLinda Lloyd 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nobody Hurt But MeLulu Porter 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Run, Steven, RunThe Dreamettes 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Put Two Extra Candles On My CakePiccola Pupa 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. He's A Strange OneDenise Germaine 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. All For The Love Of MikeDiane Castle 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Look What I GotGerri Thomas 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Neighbourhood GirlRosalind Madison 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. If You Must Break A Heart (Stereo)Vi Velasco 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Somebody Elses BabyDiane Castle 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Weatherman (I Should have Listened To)Millie Vernon 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Never Throw Your Dreams AwayJoanie Sommers 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Thinkin' 'bout You BabySharon Marie 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Think It Over (And Be Sure)Liz Verdi 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. I Deserve ItSamantha Jones 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Call Me / Any Old Time OfJackie Hayes 2:160.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No fillers here! 15 Aug 2012
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Being a die hard Girl Group fan I can't resist buying what promises to be 'a CD full of rare gems' etc. Up to now I consider myself lucky if out of 20 tracks, 10 are as the cover graphics promise. In this selection EVERY track is brilliant!! About 4 are available on other CD's but still well worth repeating (the very classy Emeralds track for instance), and just when I thought I knew every girl singer and girl group going, this selection has revealed a whole lot of excellent unknown singers and groups who never made it even though most of the tracks are produced by highly talented producers and arrangers! I won't review every track - the only thing I will say is, if I bought ANY of the 26 tracks for the average price of less than 50p (which is what they work out to be) AND got a fabulous booklet with pictures and information on each track, I would have been over the moon! Well done Teensville Records - can't wait for Volume 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls on 45 12 Jan 2014
By John11
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Another of those volumes of girl group songs many of which deserved to have been better promoted when first released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling! 16 Aug 2012
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A fine compilation of mid 60's femme pop/soul, the cd (64.21 mins) comes with a very good 12 page colour booklet that has artist info, label scans and some pics. The sound quality for the most part is good to very good, one or two tracks are disc dubs (but these didn't spoil my enjoyment). As a girl group genre lover I was very pleased that I knew only a handful of tracks on the compilation. There are some stellar names in here 'Joanie Sommers', 'Samantha Jones', 'Sharon Marie' and it's always good to hear 'Breakaway' by Linda Lloyd. There's lots of spectoresque sounds in the first batch of tracks - great stuff. There are too many good or very good tracks to list them all but a couple would be - 'Did you ever love a guy' by the Emeralds & 'Betrayed' by Iris Harvey. Overall, a really good listen with many very good tracks with literally only one or two naff ones. High quality femme pop. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FIND! 17 Aug 2012
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What can I say about "Girls on 45" except, "Bravo!"

The one-two punch at the top is perfect. The disclaimer that a couple of the tracks were remastered from vinyl as the master tapes were missing was probably unnecessary...EVERYTHING sounds great. Now, I'm no audiophile, but I can't tell the difference!

I hardly knew any of this stuff and it's pretty much all great! Great SONGS.

I'd also like to point out that if you looked around for these records on the internet and checked their last-known selling price, you'd quickly find out that there's probably a couple of grand in rarities here. And definitely buy the CD. The download's fine as far as sound goes, but you won't get the really nice booklet with good inside info on these recordings. I don't know how these guys do it. A labor of love, I guess.

The Sharon Marie cut is an early version of The Beach Boys' "Darlin'" and it's great! I used to have it on a Brian Wilson rarities, but had forgotten all about it.

Interestingly, I have the Vi Velasco with Zoot Sims Bossa Nova jazz album on Colpix which I like a lot. I never knew she sang Rock 'n' Roll or pop, but - boy! - that girl can sing! She's a great all-arounder like a Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin. Give 'em a good piece of material in ANY genre, and they'll hit it out of the park.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collectors Of The Girl-Group Sound Rejoice! 19 Aug 2013
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Head Held High 7 Oct 2012
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great 60s music collection of rare but worthy music by women vocalists. From the opening "He's My Guy" that would've been a strong uptempo track if it had been a Crystals' record, we know that even though Jackie Burns & the Bo-Dells is not a household name, we're in for some really great music. Liz Verdi's "Welcome Home Baby" makes me flash on some of Lesley Gore's hits with liner notes indicating a song written by Fred Anisfield of "Bend Me, Shape Me" fame. Liz Verdi "You Let Him Get Away" has a driving beat and a catchy chorus. The b-side "Think It Over" is also included near the end of the set, both written by Liz's sister who wrote for Dusty Springfield. The Crampton Sisters' soul sound on "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" rocks joyfully. Beverly Noble's "Better Off Without You" has an epic arrangement with glorious percussive sounds and heartbreaking background vocals. "Breakaway" is penned by Marks-Bergman-Keith (as opposed to Irma Thomas' great song of the same name penned by Jackie DeShannon) and has a strong reading by Linda Lloyd. Denise Germanine's "He's a Strange One" is an addictive track about a girl in love with a musician, "He shows his love for me when he performs, says the sweetest things through his horn." Diana Castle's "For the Love of Mike" has a Phil Spector sound with its full arrangement. I think I like the b-side that is also included, "Somebody Else's Baby," more with its gutsy lyric and vocal with a girl telling her guy that he's going to lose his good thing. Gerri Thomas' only recording is a driving pop-rocker "Look What I Got" that sounds like a hit missed. Rosilind Madison's "Neighborhood Girl" has a tasty soul sound released by Liberty Records, "There he goes with his head held high, he won't speak when he walks by, but tonight when there's no light, he'll be mine again." Vi Velasco's "If You Must Break a Heart" is utter delight with a sound similar to great Bacharach records. Sharon Marie's "Thinkin' About You Baby" was written by Brian Wilson & Mike Love and would be eventually reworked into the Beach Boys' single "Darlin'." The set concludes with Jackie Hayes' medley of two familiar songs, "Call Me" and Bacharach's "Any Old Time of the Day." This is an excellent set, astonishing as much for its consistent quality as the obscurity of the records. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great girls! 12 Aug 2012
By Charles P. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Very interesting rare recordings. I am loving this collection, it Is very well chosen by the producers of the cd. I went on the rare rockin records blogspot to read about this and other releases. I downloaded but wish I got the actual disc for the liners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and girlie 13 Feb 2013
By lorne mcdougall - Published on Amazon.com
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A good collection..off the beaten path and a great find for the "girl group" collector. I would buy it again.
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