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5.0 out of 5 stars These Girls Should not be Forgotten, 8 July 2009
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Stuart A Shaw (Glengowrie, Sth Aust) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Early Girls - Volume 5 (Audio CD)
I had purchased the previous volumes in this series and was rather disappointed with Volume 4 (only 4 decent tracks in my opinion). However, the review (and the fact that Diane Renay's "Navy Blue" was on it) was encouragement enough for me to make this purchase. WOW!! What a great disc! ACE really do a great job with these, the booklet is so informative, the back cover with the Billboard placings just brilliant and the pictures of records and artists prove ACE's compilers dedication is way beyond usual expectations. Then there is the music. From the opening track, Andrea Carroll's "It Hurts to be Sixteen" I knew I was in for a treat. Given I had only ever heard 4 of the 28 tracks before, I was astounded by the quality of most of the other 24, and was amazed at their poor showing on the Billboard Charts. If only most of these had been released in Australia!!. I really enjoy this type of music and full credit to ACE for making these songs available. Not sure if there will be a Volume 6, but I will keep watching. GREAT STUFF.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the series, 10 Sept. 2014
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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 - Volume 5 (Audio CD)
I reviewed the first four volumes many years ago. Now I've finally got around to buying and reviewing the fifth and final volume, and if there has to be an end to the series, this is a good way to end it.

The only big hits are four that made the American top ten (Don't just stand there, Just one look, Broken hearted melody, Navy blue) and Paper tiger, which made the American top 30. Of these, Just one look (represented here by Doris Troy's original recording) was a bigger UK hit via a cover version by the Hollies. The booklet note writer isn't kind to the Hollies, clearly preferring the original. I like both versions, but maybe I'll end up preferring the original too if I play it often enough.

Among the other tracks, which were only minor hits if they made the American top 100 at all, there are some hidden gems as well as the occasional track that maybe didn't deserve to be a hit, but overall this is a wonderful end to a great series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The sleeve loses this one a star, 11 April 2008
This review is from: Early Girls - Volume 5 (Audio CD)
What a great pity about the rather grotesque sleeve which looks like a set of binge drinkers and is nowhere near representative of the contents when girls tended to look more feminine.
There's got to be something wrong with people who want to portray this time of the 60s this way but whatever-its nice to see so much high school pop this time.
In an ideal world Patti Lace & the Petticoats would have been bigger than the Shangri Las even though this song sounds like a copy of them despite being earlier.Really a non existent group made up of members of 2 others Gemm lists about half a dozen singles by a group called the Petticoats who were not connected.
This is a series which could go on if Ace are intent on using all the girl singers of the 50s and 60s who charted-even the Singing Nun!
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