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5.0 out of 5 stars Old gems from the fifties and sixties, 16 Aug. 2005
Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Early Girls, Volume 4 (Audio CD)
This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down in the late fifties and early sixties, is the fourth volume in the series. It seemed for a long time that there would only be three volumes but I'm glad that the record label extended the series. With Brenda Lee (Dum dum), Doris Day (Secret love), Rosemary Clooney (This old house), Little Eva (Keep your hands off my baby) and Nancy Wilson (You don't know how glad I am), there are plenty of big names here although this compilation will mainly appeal to those looking for more obscure material.
Other famous songs include Sincerely (McGuire sisters), Sad movies (Sue Thompson), Paper roses (Anita Bryant) and Tammy (Debbie Reynolds). Of course, many people now associate Paper roses with Marie Osmond who had a major international hit with her cover of it in the seventies. Of the others, A walking miracle (The Essex) became an international hit in the seventies for Limmie and the family cooking while Gonna get along without you now (Patience and Prudence) was also an American hit for Teresa Brewer in the fifties and a British hit for Viola Wills in the seventies. Another song that may sound familiar is He'll have to stay (Jeanne Black), which is a riposte to Jim Reeves who sang He'll have to go.
You are likely to recognize the Teddy Bears, represented here by an obscure song (Oh why) rather than their classic song (To know him is to love him) which didn't feature in any of the earlier volumes either. You might also recognize one or two other names such as the Cookies and Lavern Baker but most of the other tracks are by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. As with the earlier volumes, it's great to find these songs available again.
If you are interested in female singers of the era and you're looking for less obvious material, you should check this out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Mixture, 14 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Early Girls, Volume 4 (Audio CD)
ACE seem to have gone out of their way to give you nearly all genres of music with this distaff CD . It could actually be it's downfall ,you need a broad church to enjoy all of what is on offer here . From Rock n Roll ,Country ,Soul,,R&B ,Teen Pop and a good dollop of MoR there is something for everyone but is it enough .Lets have a look .
Miss Brenda Mae Tarpley kicks of with her Rockabilly Dum Dum .This simple but catchy tune will get anyone's toes a tapping ,one of Brenda Lees hits both sides of the pond
Immediately calming things down on track two we switch to the utter sophistication of Nancy Wilson ,with How Glad I Am .Although mainly linked to night club style jazz vocals this catapulted her into the pop world.
Well known hits from the pop charts are included here,Walking Miracle ,The Essex ,Keep your Hands off my Baby by Goffin and Kings babysitter Little Eva and Atlantic records backing group The Cookies with a disc of their own Don't say Nothing Bad about my Baby
MOR fans will know doubt lap up Doris Day ,Secret love and Paper Roses ,Anita Bryant and to finally send them to sleep Tammy by Debbie Reynolds ,still it wasn't that bad a disc Berry Gordy loved it so much he made up the word Tamla the rest is history.
Now things get down and soulful ,,Theola Kilgore introduced by Sam Cooke's manager to Ed Townsend she kicked off her career with an answer record to Sams Chain Gang but here she is in fine voice with The Love of My Man lifted from The Soul Stirrers gospel song The Love of God .This smouldering rendition shows that she could have been as good as Aretha any day.

If you care for early Spector ,the Teddy Bears will not disappoint with Oh Why . To me this is as good as To know Him Is to Love Him .The Bears were Phil ,Marshall Leib and Annette Kleinbard .Kleinbard later changed her name to Carol Connors and had a successful career in song writing ,she must have known a lot about cars as she penned Hey Little Cobra for The Rip Chords .
Oh Why is a lovely wistful song and lays down the DNA for future Spector productions such as The Crystals ,There's no other Like My Baby .
This disc includes some notorious cover versions ,The McGuire Sisters [American Beverley Sisters if you have not heard of them ] sing The Moonglows Sincerely and Georgia Gibbs covers La Vern Bakers Tweedle Dee .Serious collectors will no doubt have the originals .
Now we come to two selections that might have been better included in ACEs Teenage Crush series .If you like the earlier Nancy WIlson what are you going to make of these teen anguish dollops of slush .
First off is, My Little Marine [I can tell you are worried already ] by Jamie Horton .Virtually unknown in this country Jamie started out as Gayla Peevey a child star from Ponca city Oklahoma she cut discs with titles such as Kitty in a Basket ,Daddy s Report Card ,Upsy Down Town ,Three Little Bunnies ,,yes you're getting the picture .As a teen she had a hit with Robot Man later recorded by Connie Francis .Completing this slush duo is The Tassels ,To a Soldier Boy both these numbers are trite ,banal and very cloying but do you know what I love them ,they give off the nostalgia of late fifties teen America .
28 tracks some good and bad, depending on your taste ,perhaps better bought cheaply second hand than new Enjoy .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The early girl catches the hits-sometimes 4, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Early Girls, Volume 4 (Audio CD)
As their brief was for at least 90% Top 40 hits you have to go to track 9 for one which only just scraped in.The Teddy Bears' Oh why was in the U K at least the follow up to their No 1 -a brilliant song which betrays the fact that it was Carol Connors and not Phil Spector who wrote the tunes.But publishing was never understood even into the Beatles era and you read between the lines here-Phil Sopector insisted his name went in the credits.Its no wonder Carol Connors left just after but is at least famous and not infamous
And amongst all the hits is one by Marcy Jo-the first black Pixie Girl whose first singles used the soon to be Lou Christie on bvs.And a girl duo called the Toy Dolls who were One Hit Wonders stalling at No 84
Jamie Horton had already had a hit as the incredibly named Gayle Peevey in the early 50s as a child star but reached the same position with My little Marine.She cut enough singles for a comp but there's never been one.She is more noted for having made the original of the Connie Francis hit Robot Man-which was only issued in the U K to replace another song
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