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This review is from: He's A Rebel: The Girl Groups of the 60's (Audio CD)
This 3 cd release from One Day Music is a companion CD to Will you Love Me Tomorrow ,The Girl Groups of the 50s-60s [ See My Review] . It has the same overall feel and my thoughts could apply equally to both releases . It's a pity that this release was not restricted down to two CDs as again we are presented with numerous clunkers spread over the three discs .
CD1 kicks off in fine style with the Crystals ,He's a Rebel but of course you all know it was not the actual Crystals singing .Written by Gene Pitney Spector could not wait to get the number recorded, with the Crystals out of town ,what the heck ,I own the Crystals name thought Phil ,lets get The Blossoms to record it and with the fabulous Darlene Love[Wright ] on lead it was a big hit ,probably not with the real Crystals though who heard the disc with their name on it ,firstly on a car radio .
Other strong songs on this disc are Tell Him by The Exciters who could have perhaps made it big in the UK had it not been for the fact that nearly everything they released was weakened by inferior cover versions
Soldier Boy ,The Shirelles and Dont Hang Up ,The Orlons ,He's Sure The Boy I love ,The Crystals ,all well known tracks .
Track 10 gives us The Duchess Of Earl not the copy answer record by the Pearlettes but a great doo-w*p offering by Bobbie Smith and the Dream Girls . This Detroit group released around 10 records from1959 through to 1965 on various labels ,their story is long ,to long for this review ] they were very acomplished ,appeared at the Apollo but somehow did not quite make the real big time in the girl group scene . Written by Maron Mc Kenzie Duchess has a different tune and words to the Gene Chandler hit but trouble was in store , Chandlers management kicked up a stink and demanded the writer credits as For Duke of Earl ,there was a capitulation from The Dreamgirls management who also lost heart in the record and stopped promoting it .
The Ronettes give a strong version of the old R&B number originally done by The Rays ,Silhouettes ,
Disc 2-3 Here we have old favourites such as Chains ,The Cookies ,He's so Fine ,The Chiffons The Wah-Watusi ,The Orlons
Uptown by the Crystals bears the unmistakeable sound of Spector ,originally Philles 102 we also have the flip What a nice way to turn Seventeen .
The Paris Sisters are well represented here but not their big one I Love How You Love Me . Despite the soft murmurings of Priscilla Paris I doubt if they would have ever have achieved fame had it not been for Spector .After rowing with him they signed with MGM but were commercial failures .
The Chantels give us Look in my Eyes and Still ,without doubt the finest singing voices of the girl group genre ,if you like what you hear get their The Best of the Chantels on Rhino simply sublime .
So to round up a fairly good selection ,60 tracks ,pretty cheap will give plenty of listening pleasure ,,just keep your finger on the skip button.