In common with the other volumes in this series, this collection consists of rare tracks that didn't make any significant impression when they were released and have largely been forgotten. If you are a casual fan of sixties music just looking for hits, you should look elsewhere. You won't find them here. There are a few familiar names here, but their famous songs are not included.
Of all the names here, Dolly Parton and Doris Day would seem to be the most unlikely inclusions, not just on this volume but in the entire series. In fact, these particular tracks sit comfortably here.
The Dolly Parton recording, Don't drop out, is from 1966 and even I (a devoted Dolly fan) didn't know this track existed until I came across this collection. To be honest, you could play this collection and not realize who the singer is. Dolly has recorded in many different styles, but this is the only time I've heard her in girl-group style.
The Doris Day track, Oo-wee-baby, is described in the liner notes as the best record Lesley Gore never made. I doubt that, but this track certainly sounds like something that Lesley might have recorded.
More conventional girl-group recordings include rare tracks by Reparata and the Delrons, the Avons, Erma Franklin and Ruby and the Romantics as well as many excellent songs by obscure acts who never made the big time, even briefly. Some are so obscure that even the researchers who compiled the extensive liner notes failed to find any information. All that remains of the Geminis is their recordings and a photograph. Even their names are forgotten.
The overall sound of this collection is early sixties girl-group. If you are already familiar with this type of music and you have a significant collection of such music, you may find this fascinating. If not, you are probably not ready for this.
on 1 October 2001
The first volume of 'Where the girls are' starts and ends with car crashes. There are lots of songs about boys and dancing and kissing. They range from bluesy to popsy, but they're all full of bubble, bounce and confidence.
While you're listening, you can peruse the names of the bands on the sleeve - Ruby + The Romantics... Reparata + The Delrons...The Charmettes...and wonder at the group shots of the girls inside. These were times of matching suits, high hair and lips. Each of the tracks is a gem. Look out for 'How much is that doggie in the window'. Collect them all.