Released to coincide with Ms. Gunters first-ever trip to the UK, "Oop Shoop" is also Shirleys first ever legitimate album release anywhere in the world.
Shirley and the Queens are generally considered to be among the first female R&B groups, and pivotal to the girl group sound that was soon to be embellished by the likes of the Shirelles, Marvelettes etc. Her later work with her brother Cornels group, the Flairs, represents the apex of 1950s west coast rhythm & blues.
This collection features every single recording that Shirley made for Modern and Flair and, two later singles notwithstanding, pretty much represents her recording career in total. Almost 70% of these tracks have never been reissued on CD four have never been issued at all.
"Oop Shoop" itself is a bona fide Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame classic, and the rest of the tracks here the emphasis for which is very definitely on the upbeat - are not even slightly shabby by comparison...