She's So Fine: The Rise Of The Girl Groups Box set
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The Rise Of The Girl Groups Long before Girls Aloud, the Sugarbabes and even the Spice Girls, there were the Chantels, the Shirelles, the Crystals... and many, many more. In fact, the origins of the all-female vocal ensemble can be traced back to the 1930s, when the likes of the Andrew Sisters and the Boswell Sisters first came to pre-eminence, although it was the fifties and the onset of rock & roll that brought about what is now widely regarded as the classic girl group sound. She s So Fine brings together 95 girl group gems from the golden age of the sound: an incredible 90 hits plus a further 5 significant misses courtesy of the Crystals, Ronnie & the Relatives and the Donays. The 3CD set and accompanying 20pp illustrated booklet traces the development of the girl group sound, from the earthy R&B of the mid-fifties through to the polished productions of early sixties Motown, soul and pop. Such celebrated groups as the Ronettes, the Supremes, the Shirelles, the Crystals and the Marvelettes, are joined by an array of lesser known, if no less talented, acts, whose time in the spotlight proved far less enduring. From sweet ballads to out and out foot-stompers, She s So Fine proves that the girls were more than able to mix it with the boys long before the world had heard of Destiny s Child and Little Mix! And with the proliferation of club nights devoted to the girl group sound, this is a genre with huge appeal across the generations.
'95 chronologically sequenced tracks... that paved the way' 8/10 --Uncut
'The broadest analysis yet of this much-loved genre from rock's early days' --Shindig!
'This collection is one of the best, intelligently following the development of girl groups from doo-wop-rooted records through to the mega-selling pop-orientated hits of 62/63' 4/5 --Record Collector
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I must urge anyone who responds to this music to investigate Ace Records' superb "Early Girls" series (5 discs), which concentrates largely on songs that charted, and then the ongoing "Where the Girls Are", now on volume 8, full of songs that didn't chart, all in superb transfers.
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I thought I knew or at least heard of, most of the early girl groups stuff but I've been re-educated. Many of these tracts were not in print and I can't find many of them, anywhere else. I fell in love with The Starlets, just 50 years late! Enjoy and enrich yourself through their songs.
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