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  • Vinyl (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lilith Records
  • ASIN: B001UXJH2S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,638,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The song selection is superb, but the recording quality is sub standard sounding very tinny on all tracks.
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HASH(0x8d067d08) out of 5 stars Solid Collection Of Most Of The Red Bird Output Of One Of The Best Girl Groups Ever 11 Sept. 2013
By George O'Leary - Published on
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What would become known to specialized collectors years later as "The Girl Group Sound" was in its waning years in 1964 when four young ladies from Jackson High School in Queens, New York - lead Mary Weiss (born December 28, 1948), her sister Elizabeth "Betty" (born in 1946 and who did not always appear with the group, either on record or in person) and twin sisters Mary Ann and Marge Ganser - were discovered by DJ Bob Lewis (aka Babalu) who brought them to the attention of producer George "Shadow" Morton.

Over two solid and glorious years The Shangri-Las put out 11 nationally-charting singles for legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's Red Bird Records, also launched in 1964 and a label shared with The Dixie Cups, The Butterflys and The Jelly Beans. However, The Shangris-Las were by far their most successful Girl Group as they consistently delivered a sound which can only be described as theatrical in its intensity.

And in their live appearances they did nothing to dispel circulating rumors about their carousing and "loose-living" while decked out in their raunchy body-hugging pants and calf-high leather boots. Naturally, that had some of the more uptight members of the establishment calling for them to be "banned" from the airwaves. Which, of course, only increased their popularity and helped them reach the Billboard Pop Hot 100 Top 40 six times when many of their North American contemporaries were finding it tough competing with the flood of groups from Great Britain in the phenomenon later to be called The British Invasion.

All 11 of those hits and their B-sides are here in this great 2009 2-CD 35-track import from Lilith Records of Russia, which also includes their first two singles released before their string of hits for Red Bird: Simon Says/Simon Speaks on the Mercury subsidiary Smash 1866 in December 1963; and Wishing Well/Hate To Say I Told You So which were leased by Red Bird to Spokane 4006 early in 1964. They failed to make any national charts, but that changed with Remember (Walking In The Sand) which came out in August 1964 on Red Bird 10-008 (see Comments below for that and all their other hits and their B-sides).

Tracks 9 and 10 in disc 1 are from their 1964 Red Bird LP RB 20-101 "Leader Of The Pack" (only You Can't Sit Down from that album is missing here), while tracks 12 and 15 in disc 1 and tracks 3, 4 and 5 in disc 2 are from the 1965 Red Bird LP RB 20-104 "I Can Never Go Home Anymore." Track 16 in disc 2 was an alternate B-side to their last hit, Past, Present And Future in July 1966.

When Red Bird folded its tent in 1966 the group also disbanded. Sadly, the Ganser twins are no longer with us, Mary Ann having died of encephalitis in 1971 at age 23 and Marge from breast cancer in 1996 at age 48.

One of the most influential of Girl Groups on those artists to emerge later in the 1970s who fell within the "punk rock" category (like the New York Dolls also produced by Shadow Morton) these ladies are way past due for consideration by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
HASH(0x8d48cf78) out of 5 stars Shangri-Las are IMHO the greatest girl group and this CD is a wonderful collection of thier music. 17 Mar. 2015
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Excellent collection. Shangi-Las are my favorite girl group and this collection gives you all of their hits plus a lot of cuts I had not heard before. Recording is very clear and I can hear lyrics I could not make out back in the 45s days (and AM radio). If you enjoy girl groups don't hesitate - if you like the Shangri-Las then you will be glad you purchased this one.
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