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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000A8SXMO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boys And Girls
2. Captain Of Your Ship
3. Whenever A Teenager Cries
4. Tommy
5. The Kind Of Trouble That I Love
6. It's Waiting There For You
7. Panic
8. Look In My Diary
9. Do Wah Diddy
10. I Have A Boyfriend
11. I'm Nobody's Baby Now
12. Take A Look Around You
13. Mama's Little Girl
14. I Can Hear The Rain
15. The Boy I Love (Reparata)
16. In My Diary
17. He's My Guy (And I Love Him So)
18. Bye Bye Baby
19. I Found My Place (Reparata)
20. Loneliest Girl In Town
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Product Description

• From ‘Captain Of Your Ship’ in the 60s to ‘Shoes’ in the 70s, Reparata & The Delrons were a very popular girl group on both sides of the Atlantic. Here are their hits and a selection of their album sides and rarities.

• ‘Captain Of Your Ship’ was a big hit in the UK, even though it didn’t chart in the US.

• The act was popular in the UK so should have strong domestic appeal.

• As well as the group’s recordings this CD includes Reparata’s solo outings including the 70s UK/US hit ‘Shoes’.

• Also includes the Northern Soul monster ‘Panic’; a massive dancefloor favourite at Wigan Casino.

• Sleeve-note by Mick Patrick.

• This is a really good ‘best of’ compilation that should become the definitive Reparata And The Delron’s package.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce.P on 24 Aug. 2012
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Absolutely excellent selection of tracks, and top notch 14 pages of history and photos tracking the numerous changes in line-up. Can't verify the accuracy of what was written, but this is what I want for sleeve notes. When the band was around 50 years ago(!), getting good photos and data is no easy task. Somebody has put the effor in here, and the whole package provides a fine summary of the group's history. It's a pity the rest don't do the same when producing 'Best Of' albums. Highly recommended.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Whitehall on 17 Feb. 2010
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A great CD well worth the price some songs Ive never heard before but these girls could sing. Excellent 5***** this was music of that time to be enjoyed over and over again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect Sounding Sixties Group !!!! 16 Dec. 2005
By Raymond Otto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. Reparata has the perfect voice that explicitly depicts what the Sixties Girl Group sound was all about. Her voice has been described as a blend somewhere between Mary Weiss and Ronnie Spector. Who could ask for more? The group's recordings spanned almost every genre. If you like the Spector Sound, listen to "I'm Nobody's Baby Now", It will literally blow you away!, It you like the Lesley Gore sound, listen to "I Can Tell", and "Mama's Little Girl", - Both are infectious tunes that only Reparata could do justice to. If your taste is Petula Clark, listen to, "It's Waiting There For You", you will not be disappointed. If your taste is the Red Bird Label sound, listen to their hit, "Whenever a Teenager Cries". Dance favorites? "Panic" was a big Wigan Casino favorite in England and now a hot E-bay collectable. Their biggest hit was "Captain of your Ship" and, their lost 'should have been' hit was "Shoes". They are all here, along with other superb recordings, on this great CD. Every track is fantastic!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The most durable and versatile girl group... ever? 13 Dec. 2005
By Mark F - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Finally! An almost perfect retrospective of one of the best girl groups.... er um... pop groups ever... with the only perfect one being a double CD.

The Delrons were surrounded by excellent producers and writers who handed them great songs and great arrangements. All the while they NEVER come off as the cliched girl group of the early 60s. In fact the closest comparison I can make to another group is The Chiffons, who had a similar diversity in their sound. Both groups lasted well past the prime of the girl era because they had the chops to cover a wide range of songs.

And the songs and the singing on this set show why they lasted so long - they could sing pop and soul and never sound like they were out of their league. To make matters more interesting they were one of the few girl groups who dabbled in psychedelia...and they do a great job of it too.

So, even if you are not a fan of girl groups this CD is, without a doubt, one of the best pop CDs released this year. It's only weakness being a couple of questionable song choices (small matter unless you're already a big fan of the group) and an awful 2004 recording that diminishes the legacy of this group. But, as I said before the only perfect Reparata CD would be a 2 CD set.

Stunning moments: I'm Nobody's Baby Now (big Spector sound without Spector), Mama's Little Girl (Jackie DeShannon meets The Caravelles), Saturday Night Didn't Happen, Captain of Your Ship (pop psych girl sounds) and (We're Gonna) Hold the Night (sitar driven soul pop).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By William G. Ratcliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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To describe 'a lost era', even to a person who has a passing interest in the girl group era which spanned 1961-1969, many singers and groups during this era released superb and interesting records, but due to lack of company promotion and/or chart competition just couldn't have that elusive big hit.
Reparata & The Delrons did have a huge hit, 1964's "Whenever A Teenager Cries", which hit the Top 60, but the group was unable to reach higher than that with further releases. In fact, their follow-up track "Tommy" barely scrapped at the bottom of the Top 100, which in my opinion was a better structured production than their previous hit.
"Whenever" somehow was only a mild hit in regions other than the East Coast, which is how i became exposed to them since i live in Jersey. I was given a copy of "Whenever A Teenager Cries" 45 many years after the fact, and since then was attracted to the lead singer's voice, not dissimilar to Mary Weiss's voice from the Shangri-las, both possessing a somewhat nasal but very clear voices.
After receiving this collection in the mail, i have been listening to it daily, as each track is no less than superb! The booklet has a few printing errors, but has enough interesting information on most of the tracks included here that it gives one a good background on how unserious some of the singers were back in the day, like the numerous 'Delron' changes, and, like Mary Aiese, who was serious about a career.
The only problem i would have is not with this set, but to anyone who has the good sense in obtaining ALL of their material in order to release a complete collection with all of their material from the various labels the group appeared. Even the flip sides of singles which many are included here are just as good as the intended 'A' side. So, an uneducated listener of this group will have a problem as which tracks were to be the 'hit' side, as most of these are no less than great.
If anyone has any appreciation of the 'girl era', will not be disappointed with this set.
The quality of recordings are excellent. The only problem is that at the end of quite a few tracks the songs were faded much too early. One can tell as a collector of this group who has the original 45's, but a few seconds of vocal/instrumentation snipped off is only a small price to pay in order to get such an abundant amount of work here.
To give a listener an example of how great this group was, listen to "I'm Nobody's Baby Now", one of the best Phil Spector sound-alikes. With composer Jeff Barry, who at that time was divorcing Ellie Greenwich, another superb composer, created a masterpiece that just seemed to fall between the cracks on the Pop Charts. The song is considered the best lost classic by this group, and possesses a powerful production that rivals the Righteous Brother's "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'".
The group recorded for a handful of record labels, but with the good sense the group's producers had, were able to release great material for each of them.
Even if you may have a passing interest in the 'girl group' era, this is one collection that should not be passed up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Girl pop band with genius potentials 17 May 2007
By John Lennart Svedenmark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Reparata and her different constellations deliver intricate gems of pop music. The combination of her grainful voice and the semi-psychedelic arrangements form convincing statements far above most artists in the genre. For each listening, the artistry becomes more evident, as well as the peculiar atmosphere of wayward sincerity. The booklet also contributes to the time travel experience: this is music heavily rooted in its time and circumstances.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Overview Of An Unsung Girl Group 13 Mar. 2012
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
During the height of the "Girl Groups" from 1962 to 1965, when they seemed to be coming out of the woodwork, emerged four teenagers from St. Brendan's Catholic School in Brooklyn, N.Y. calling themselves The Del-Rons and consisting of, at the outset, Mary Aiese, Anne Fitzgerald, Nanette Licari, and Regina Gallagher. The last three were soon replaced, for various reasons, by Cathy Romeo, Sheila Reilly, and Carol Drobnicki. Mary also decided around this time to adopt the name Reparata after one of the teaching nuns, Sister Mary Reparata.

After Romeo also later left (replaced briefly by Marge McGuire who also left in short order), the remaining trio was signed to a contract in 1964 with Laurie Records where they cut Your Big Mistake/Leave Us Alone as simply The Del-Rons (Laurie 3252). When it went absolutely nowhere (only the B-side is included here) they moved over to World Artists, and there cut their biggest hit, the Ernie Maresca-penned Whenever A Teenager Cries, which peaked at # 60 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in February 1965 b/w He's My Guy (And I Love Him So) on World Artists 1036 billed as Reparata & The Delrons. However, the follow-up Tommy topped out at # 92 Hot 100 in May b/w Mama Don't Allow (excluded here) on World Artists 1051.

None among the 1965 cuts A Summer Thought - not here/He's The Greatest (World Artists 1057) and The Boy I Love/I Found My Place - not here (World Artists 1062), billed only as Reparata With Hash Brown & His Orchestra (who also backed the first four sides), made the Hot 100, something perhaps attributable to the negative effects on a lot of North American artists by the British Invasion which was under a full head of steam at that time. Tracks 9, 10, 16 and 18 are from the 1965 LP Whenever A Teenager Cries (World Artists WAM 2006.

By the time they moved to RCA Victor later in 1965, Drobnicki and Reilly had pulled out, replaced by an original member, Nanette Licari, and Lorraine Mazzola. But there too the charts eluded them as none among I Can Tell/Take A Look Around You (RCA 47-8721) in 1965, in 1966 I'm Nobody's Baby Now/The Loneliest Girl In Town (RCA 47-8820) and Mama's Little Girl/He Don't Want You (RCA 47-8921), and in 1967, The Kind of Trouble That I Love/Boys And Girls (RCA 47-9123) and I Can Hear The Rain/Always Waiting (RCA 47-9185 and Kapp 1691) were successful. All were billed Reparata & The Delrons and all are here except Always Waiting.

Nor did a switch to Mala help much as none among I Believe (omitted here)/It's Waiting There For You (Mala 573) in September 1967, and in 1968, Captain of Your Ship/Toom Toom (Is a Little Boy) (Mala 589) in January, April's Saturday Night Didn't Happen/Panic (Mala 12000), Weather Forecast/You Cant Change A Young Boys Mind - omitted - (Mala 12016) in August, and October's Heaven Only Knows/Summer Laughter (Mala 12026) - both missing here - did anything substantial, although Captain Of Your Ship did reach # 127 Hot 100 Bubble Under.

1969 found them at Kapp Records where (That's What Sends) Men to the Bowery/I've Got An Awful Lot of Losing To Do (Kapp K989 in April), Hold the Night/San Juan (Kapp K2010), and a re-release of I've Got An Awful Lot Of Losin' To Do b/w Walking In The Rain (Kapp K2050) all failed. None are included here. It was also in 1969, however, that they provided backing vocals for the Rolling Stones hit Honky Tonk Women, and it this year too that Mary Aiese left the group to Mazzola when she married Jonathan O'Leary in November and became Mary O'Leary. She re-emerged in 1975 as simply Reparata to take Shoes to # 92 Hot 100 b/w A Song For All on the Polydor label. Meanwhile, Lorraine had moved on to form part of Barry Manilow's back-up group Lady Flash, a group that, in 1976, had a # 27 with Street Singin' on RSO 8752 b/w Hypnotizin'.

In a mix of hundreds of "girl groups" in the mid-Sixties, they definitely had a better sound than is indicated by the performances of their singles. This Ace release, replete with their excellent sound and copious liner notes, is easily the best compilation on the market covering this unsung group.
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