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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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fruit bonbon says:
I'm fine Geffers. Poor Suzy has been getting a lot of stick for daring to be disabled and someone else is getting it in the neck for being a carer. Things are getting pretty ugly at times.
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fruit bonbon says:
Good Luck to you and Mrs G. Hope the weather's good to you and you enjoy your trip to the States. Maybe see you back for a cuppa sometime - even if it is just to keep us all in order!!
Farewell and God bless.
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