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5.0 out of 5 stars Old gems from the fifties and sixties, 27 Jan 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Early Girls, Vol.1: Popsicles & Icicles (Audio CD)
This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down between 1957 and 1963, is the first of three volumes. Few of the ladies featured here had a lot of hits. Skeeter Davis, successful for several years on the country charts, is represented here by I can't stay mad at you, but is best remembered for End of the world.
The set begins with Do wah diddy, a minor American hit for the Exciters which later became a number one hit in Britain and America via Manfred Mann's version. Betty Everett's version of You're no good helped launch her career, but the song became much more successful when covered by the Swinging blue jeans in Britain and (later) Linda Ronstadt in America. Completing an unlucky trio is Earl Jean, who had a top forty American hit with I'm into something good, only to see Herman's hermits cover the song and make it their own. There is nothing wrong with any of the original versions of these songs, leaving us to wonder why they did not have more success.
There are big hits here - It might as well rain until September (Carole King) and I love how you love me (Paris Sisters) were huge hits in both Britain and America. Other huge American hits include The name game (Shirley Ellis, best known in Britain for the clapping song), Dark moon (Bonnie Guitar) and Dedicated to the one I love (Shirelles, best remembered everywhere for Will you love me tomorrow).
There are many other great songs, mostly sung by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. Anybody interested in female singers of the era and looking for less obvious material should check this out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wining series from Ace, 31 Dec 2006
This review is from: Early Girls, Vol.1: Popsicles & Icicles (Audio CD)
Ace records never fail to amaze me and Early Girls is no exception, for me stand out tracks are obviously the original of Doo Wah Diddy Diddy - Exciters, & You're No Good - Everett, Betty, Name Game - Ellis, Shirley (can't stop trying to sing along with that one!) I'm Into Something Good - Earl Jean - (amazing to hear the original), a personal favourite is I Told Every Little Star - Scott, Linda (first heared Rachel Sweet sing this one a long time ago on Oh Boy! in the 80's), Pink Shoe Laces - Stevens, Dodie... I'll stop there it's just a fantastic compilation!, I've got Vol'2 on order now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The early girl catches the hits-sometimes, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Early Girls, Vol.1: Popsicles & Icicles (Audio CD)
The first of what is now a 5 part series from Ace which concentrates on the songs which made the Hot 100 or bubbled under.
Thus it covers black as well as white girls some of whom were the voices of otherwise male groups eg the Aquatones who may have been One Hit Wonders but no doubt inspired Phil Spector to found the Teddy Bears.
Spector actually doesn't figure on any of these comps because of licensing at the time-the Paris Sisters were from Gregmark and like the Righteous Brothers simply licensed to Spector
A wide range of music is covered on these comps from R & B to high school into the mid 60s and is the ideal introduction into the World of U S girl singers.
Anyone wishing to explore more advanced territory -the Worlds of massive musical failure by girls-can find these on Ace as well.
Individual CDs by most of these girls are now on the market-even the ones who were No Hit Wonders like Leslie Miller
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