Teensville Records have served up another 26 female delights from 1963 - 67 (62.35mins long). The compilation is a mix of femme pop, girl groups and more soulful songbirds. The sound quality overall is good, with some tracks taken from the master tapes and others from vinyl sources. Most of these tracks are rare, some I have but the vast majority are new to my ears and most are either good or great. Two or three can be easily dismissed as twee, but there are some good and great tracks here such as 'He's hurtin me' by Beverly Williams, 'How many times...' by Gwen Stacey, the Northern Soul gem 'Stranger in my arms' by Lynne Randell and the wonderful 'He'll come back' by Sylvia Shemwell and many more. It comes with a colourful 12 page booklet which does its job well enough - label scans, pics and reasonable liner notes. Overall, very good, if you enjoyed volume 1 then this is more of the same with no drop in quality tracks. Recommended for femme pop fans. 8.5/10.
on 28 September 2013
When Joannie Sommers is the only one here who actually had a sizeable hit you know you're in for some spectacular musical failure.
It was usually black girls who chance of remaining in the music business for the simple reason that there was always plenty of session work as these singers were the most experienced having served in Gospel groups but they can't all be Dionne Warwick
With white girls it was more the opposite especially if they were around the mid teens and an opportunist record company was always after the next Leslie Gore or Connie Francis.
It was though a different story for many.Cathy Brasher for instance was never a member of the Murmaids as the sleeve notes would have you believe but when she cut a single under the name of the Murmaids it was no more than an attempt to relaunch a then defunct girl group so when the version of the Traffic's Paper Sun was issued she and 2 other girls had no connection with the original ones.But whatever Cathy Brasher sold more singles in Japan.
The British Invasion never saw any of these acts off on the contrary it was beneficial and the genre of the Girl Group became bigger than ever-here the Beatles began this continuing renaissance by not only covering the music but leading to many others doing the same-Manfred Mann,the Mindbenders,Hermans Hermits to name but 3.
This series like Soda Pop Babes sometimes adds British artists and here its Lynn Randall born in Liverpool and her family emigrated to Australia
Vickie Salee actually recorded a British song at least 3 years before the Invasion-the original of There Goes The Lucky One is on the current Soda Pop Babes.Another girl group here-the Gypsies-came to and settled in England becoming the Flirtations