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Red Bird Story

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  • Audio CD (21 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00000E1S9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Product Description

60 original recordings from the celebrated New York label including classic tracks from The Shangri-Las, The Dixie Cups and more. This deluxe two disc set draws together the best of Red Bird along with tracks from its Blue Cat Soul/R&B subsidiary and material from the short-lived Tiger and Daisy affiliates. Carefully compiled and annotated by Roger Dopson, this compilation is a worthy successor to previous volumes incorporating lesser-heard gems alongside the major hits. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christian Gustafsson on 16 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
This boxset is full of great music...
Unfortunately the sound quality is very bad...
I really hope someone like Ace or Rhino will license and release some of the great music from Red Bird...
How long do we have to wait???
In the meantime I recommend you to buy Greatest Hits packages by the biggest artists of Red Bird records...
Shangri Las("Myrmidons of Melodrama" is a great choice)...
Dixie Cups("the complete Red Bird recordings")
and there is also a great single cd set called
"Girl Group Sounds: 25 All Time Greatest Hits From Red Bird Records"
and also worth checking out is a collection called "The Complete Raindrops" by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Berry's studio group The Raindrops...
all these have a clean crisp sound and that makes all the difference...
So while we're waiting, keep these close to your heart....
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By Richard on 12 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
My copy of this is a Longbox with the 60 tracks condensed into 2 CDs.Fully annotated 32 page book.Not noticed any sound problems but maybe Charly Records redid it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barry g on 11 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
brought this box set mainly for the trade winds tracks girl from greenwhich village and new yorks a lonely town.i was very surprised that there are a lots of great tracks here.true a few are well known eg dixie cups chapel of love,shangri-las leader of the pack.if you like sixties music you will love this.well worth the money.great booklet included with lots of info.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TERRIBLE sound! 24 Sep 2006
By Robert J. Conway - Published on
Format: Audio CD
My worn-out 45's that I haven't played in 25 years probably sound better than this truly horrifying set...I was an early casualty of The Red Bird Story. Charley Records had put out some decent-sounding CDs so when I saw this box in a specialty store for about $35 I couldn't open my wallet fast enough. Big mistake...two to three weeks later I took the set to a second-hand CD shop and retrieved maybe a third of what I paid. Make no mistake--the songs (if one could find the original masters that probably no longer exist) are mostly good to excellent and have listening/sentimental/historic value to me. Believe me when I say if this box set had been done properly (original masters or something reasonably close) it would have been a revelation and I gladly would have paid $100. But in the state it was released there is no valid rationale to own this set. A high percentage of these songs are available in much superior quality on other CDs if you have the werewithal to search. For example, I have a FANTASTIC Japanese CD with the entire Tradewinds/Innocence catalog. I also own a great number of various artist compilations, mostly as imports, and a high percentage of the songs from "The Red Bird Story" appear on them in superior sound.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Expansive Tiger/Daisy/Red Bird/Blue Cat set 14 Oct 2005
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lieber & Stoller's successes as songwriters and producers (particularly with Atlantic) are well documented, but their later work as owners of the Tiger, Daisy, Red Bird and Blue Cat labels has only been sporadically essayed. After having been sold to then-partner George Goldner, the label's assets were subsequently picked up by Shelby Singleton (who not only scooped up Sun Records' assets, but struck gold on his own with Jeannie C. Riley), and eventually licensed to the UK Charly label. Charly issued a pair of fine Red Bird LP compilations in the late-70s, and subsequently turned out this jam-packed 4-CD collection in 1991.

Other labels, including Taragon, Varese, and Sundazed, have issued higher fidelity single-disc collections (apparently remastered from tapes found subsequent to Charly's issues, including generous helpings of true stereo not found here), but none match the depth of this set. The 96 tracks, all mono except for a rechanneled version of "Bad as They Come," represent the largest single helping of the labels' output that can be found; the sound is clean, but much of the mastering is not as dynamic as the original records. In addition to well-known tracks by The Dixie Cups and Shangri-Las, and tracks reissued on the labels mentioned above (and one-off appearances, such as Kane & Abel's "He Will Break Your Heart" on the "Phil's Spectre II" collection), this set stretches throughout the four labels' archives to capture many classic sides of soul, New Orleans inflected pop, and girl-group harmonies that are unavailable elsewhere on CD.

The set's booklet includes three separate essays, two of which are rather poorly edited, and one of which seem to be an article that pre-dated the set's composition. It'd be great if someone did a high-fidelity version of this box with truly detailed song and discographical notes, but that would only earn a sixth or seventh star; the 96 tracks captured here are easily worth five stars on their own. [©2005 hyperbolium dot com]
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great many songs, many great, in lo-fi 26 May 2009
By Mark Ligget - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, the plus side -- there are a lot of songs here, many of them great, some of them gems I've never seen anywhere else. On the minus side, in most cases the sound is sub-par. Sounds like a bootleg for the most part. Didn't the owner of this record label "allegedly" fall afoul of gangsters? Maybe instead of breaking his legs they messed up his tapes. In a way it's a tease to hear a good song in a muffled or even distorted version, but then again, how about to have never heard them at all. At the right price, consider it as a sampler and maybe you'll find some favorites to look for in a better source. If it's any consolation the jazz cuts do sound better than the rock ones.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A remarkable collection, get it before it's gone! 16 Mar 2000
By Ward J. Lamb - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are a lover of 60's teen pop this is your bag. Endless well mastered hits by many of the Brill Building artists bring one back to great records by the Ad-Libs, Cookies Shangri-las and many others. There is no other set like this one except "The Brill Building Sound", now out of print! Any girl group lover or pop music die-hard needs this! I never leave home without it..
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Red Bird's sing! 7 Oct 2003
By Peter Joyce - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have this on VINYL and will certainly be protecting this rarity with the CD. I recently dug out the album to let a friend hear the original recording of "Go Now", he thought the Moody Blues was the first! Of course it's the collection of Shangli-La's songs that make this a biggie for me. So underated!
The best of the period, in my opinion.
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