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Obscure sixties pop for sixties fans only,
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This review is from: Where the Girls are, Vol. 4 (Audio CD)
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. This volume is sub-titled Atlantic's feminine side, which tells us that these tracks were recorded for Atlantic records.
Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles are represented by two tracks including A groovy kind of love. Patti was not the first to record this song (see my review of Volume 2), but her version was recorded before the Mindbenders - sadly, it was only released as a B-side. The A-side, a cover of Over the rainbow, is not included here. Patti's other track here, All or nothing, was an American hit (something of a rarity for tracks included in this series of compilations), peaking at 68.
Doris Troy had a huge American hit with Just one look, which was covered by the Hollies who had the British hit. Doris had a minor British hit of her own with What'cha gonna do about it. Neither of those tracks are included here, but the two tracks here are brilliant and one can only wonder why Doris didn't have more hits.
Goldie and the Gingerbreads are represented by Walking in different circles, while Carol Shaw is represented here by a solo track (Jimmy boy) recorded before she became a member of that group.
The Cookies are represented by a very early track from 1955 (by far the oldest track here). The line-up was different then. Two of those Cookies later became backup singers for Ray Charles, while the third looked for replacements, eventually re-emerging in the early sixties with the line-up most people recognize.
April Stevens, best known for her cover of Deep Purple (a duet with her brother Nino Tempo), had a minor American hit in 1959 with Teach me tiger. April is represented here by two rare mid-sixties tracks including a re-recording of Teach me tiger. The original recording can be found on one of the volumes of Early Girls, another excellent series of girl-group music.
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.