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The Red Bird Girls

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B006QHH2CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Dum Dum Ditty - The Goodies - The Goodies
2. Boy from New York City (Alternate Version) - The Ad Libs - The Ad Libs
3. The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
4. Go Now - Bessie Banks - Bessie Banks
5. You Don't Know - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich
6. I Can't Let Go - Evie Sands - Evie Sands
7. He's So Easy to Love - Roddie Joy - Roddie Joy
8. I Know He Loves Me - Chi Chi McCauley - Chi Chi McCauley
9. No True Love - The Dixie Cups - The Dixie Cups
10. I'm Just a Down Home Girl - The Ad Libs - The Ad Libs
11. I Wonder - The Butterflys - The Butterflys
12. I Wanna Love Him So Bad (Alternate Version) - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
13. Another Boy Like Mine - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich
14. Take Me for a Little While - Evie Sands - Evie Sands
15. Welcome to My Heart - The Bouquets - The Bouquets
16. The Hideaway - The Young Generation - The Young Generation
17. Sugar Boy - The Charmettes - The Charmettes
18. Gee Baby Gee - The Butterflys - The Butterflys
19. How Fine Can One Guy Be - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
20. Call Me His - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich

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From Real Gone Music comes a discovery that has the collector community buzzing, and especially those collectors in search of previously unheard stereo—20 tracks discovered deep in the vaults of the Red Bird label, every one of which makes its true stereo debut right here! Founded in 1964 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and run by George Goldner, Red Bird is considered to this day as the girl group label of the '60s, and this collection—produced by long-time archivist and engineer Ron Furmanek together with Ash Wells and annotated by James Moniz—features the biggest stars on the label roster, and sources its first-time stereo mixes straight from the original master tapes.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Eric J. Charge on 24 Feb. 2012
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Well, well, well.

This CD is stuffed with surprises. These tracks have all been remixed from the original session tapes into stereo by Ron Furmanek. As well as delivering classic tracks in clear stereo, Ron has gifted us with plenty of extended versions. The disc includes one Ellie Greenwich track which has never appeared anywhere before, as well as the Jelly Beans' biggest hit with an alternate lead vocal and a different take on the Ad-Libs The Boy From New York City.

Most of these tracks will be familiar to girl group fans but none of them have sounded quite like this before. There are Spector-ish tracks, Motown-ish tracks and Brill Building-ish tracks amongst them. There are an extra eleven tracks on this CD - session tapes with studio chatter - which will delight music fans. It's fascinating hearing the songs being built.

Liner notes are by James Moniz with input from a bunch of talented people from Red Bird.

Some of the most popular girl group songs, like Chapel Of Love and Baby Be Mine and Iko Iko are not here. The Shangri-Las are totally absent, which means there is more room for the other ladies. Real Gone Music says there is more to come from the vaults by the AdLibs and the Jelly Beans, so expect these missing tracks to make an appearance further down the line.

Real Gone Music has already released some fantastic CDs from the Cameo Parkway labels and singers of the calibre of Bill Medley and B J Thomas, so keep an eye on this company.

I thought we'd heard everything from Red Bird on earlier compilations, but this one is so special. An essential purchase, methinks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2012
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This is an excellent release. The cd has 20 music tracks and 10 bonus tracks of studio talk/banter and song development - which is both humorous and interesting (79.50mins running time in all). There's a good 16 page colour booklet that comes with the cd that gives a run down on each artist. The music is fantastic and never dips below 7/10 - the vast majority of the tracks being 9 or 10/10. A couple of my favourites would be 'You don't know' by Ellie Greenwich and the brilliant 'Take me for a little while' by Evie Sands. Most music lovers will have the majority of these tracks already but they are appearing here in 'True Stereo' for the first time - they sound loud, crisp and clear. There are two unreleased alternate takes, 'Boy from New York...' & 'I wanna love him so bad' plus a fantastic unreleased track by 'Ellie Greenwich' - 'Call me his' written by Neil Diamond. Overall a great package. Fully recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CENTRAL LONDON MAN on 4 May 2013
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THE MASTERING ON THESE RED BIRDS IS SENSATIONAL AND RON FURMANEK NEEDS TO BE CONGRATULAED .AS FOR THE MUSIC THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.RECOMMENDED
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian London on 4 Sept. 2012
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Lesser known tracks from Red Bird, but still good ones. The Evie Sands songs are especialy good, and in sparkling sound.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
How do you put 20 great 3 minute girl group records on a 77-minute CD? Read on. Then grab it! 3 Mar. 2012
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Girl Group fans alert! Run, don't "walk" and grab this new CD from the recently formed Real Gone Records label! It's THAT good!

I admit up front that I'm a huge fan of early 1960s girl group records, whether it's the Phil Spector Productions are the Ellie Greenwich songs on Red Bird. Until someone unearths more Spector material, I think we've seen all we will from that label. But, Producers Ron Furmanek and Ash Wells hit a goldmine when they discovered the original master tapes from the New York-based Red Bird Label and along with Real Gone co-founder, Gordon Anderson, made new transfers in REAL stereo. They also included on this CD two "alternate versions" (Ad-Libs and Jelly Beans).

With a few exceptions - mostly "I Know He Loves Me" by Chi Chi McCauley - that have a "muddy" background (probably in the masters) - the sound is superb. Listen to the chimes on the alternate take of "I Wanna Love Him So Bad".

A couple of these tracks never became hits for Red Bird but later cover versions by British bands made the charts. "Go Now" (Bessie Banks) was covered by the Moody Blues and "I Can't Let Go" (Evie Sands) was covered by the Hollies.

There are a few new discoveries here too. The Younger Generation - whose "The Hideaway" is included here had a 12-year old Janis Siegel (later of the Manhattan Transfer) in the female trio. These were her Brooklyn high school days. And there is a rare Ellie Greenwich performance of "Call Me His" written by fellow "New Yawker" Neil Diamond. Not a great performance but still fun.

When you put the CD in your player the "Total Time" display will say it is over 77 minutes. But there are only 20 tracks here, averaging 3 minutes. Why? Because they added another 21 minutes (!) of studio chat and conversation to fill out the album. It's great stuff - though you'll probably hit the "stop" button after the first time through.

Great book of liner notes, photos and deatailed track info too!

I'm told there is more Red Bird (and sister label Blue Cat) material still to come from Real Gone. I, for one, can't wait! This is primo stuff! Thanks guys!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Must-Have, But Some Mixes Are Sub-Par 1 Mar. 2012
By Stuffed Animal - Published on Amazon.com
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All Red-Bird label enthusiasts must have this release. Not only are all the selections in true stereo, but there are over ten outtakes featuring studio chatter (and singing!) from the likes of Evie Sands, Brooks Arthur, George Goldner, Al Gorgoni and Jeff Barry. Your toes will curl in ecstasy when you hear the sublime remixes of "The Dum Dum Ditty", "I Can't Let Go", "He's So Easy To Love", "No True Love", "Gee, Baby, Gee" and especially "I Wonder". However, the Charmettes track "Sugar Boy" is only memorable for its stereo mix; the vocals are badly obscured on Evie Sands' "Take Me For A Little While" and Ellie Greenwich's unreleased "Call Me His"; and the latter tune sounds like an unfinished recording. I was also disappointed that a lot of reverb was removed in the remastering process; that "Erect-A-Spector" sound some of the original singles had is gone, for the most part. But please! Don't let these criticisms scare you away from what I hope will be the first of several stereo Red-Bird collections from Real Gone Music.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Red Bird Girls 1 Mar. 2012
By peter andreasen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I never expected what I heard when this disc entered my stereo. I was blown away. Never heard this material (or material from this periode) sound so fantastic. This is a must.
A listening treat! 27 Nov. 2013
By George Greene - Published on Amazon.com
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a CD full of excellent girl group music of the 60s, including some uncommon oldies----which are the best kind.of oldies
Super good music ! 21 July 2013
By Emil E. - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent sound and superb songs from the Red Bird vaults. A CD that is a MUST for all Rock and Roll Oldies collector !
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