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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B006QHH2CK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Dum Dum Ditty - The Goodies - The Goodies
  2. Boy from New York City (Alternate Version) - The Ad Libs - The Ad Libs
  3. The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
  4. Go Now - Bessie Banks - Bessie Banks
  5. You Don't Know - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich
  6. I Can't Let Go - Evie Sands - Evie Sands
  7. He's So Easy to Love - Roddie Joy - Roddie Joy
  8. I Know He Loves Me - Chi Chi McCauley - Chi Chi McCauley
  9. No True Love - The Dixie Cups - The Dixie Cups
  10. I'm Just a Down Home Girl - The Ad Libs - The Ad Libs
  11. I Wonder - The Butterflys - The Butterflys
  12. I Wanna Love Him So Bad (Alternate Version) - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
  13. Another Boy Like Mine - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich
  14. Take Me for a Little While - Evie Sands - Evie Sands
  15. Welcome to My Heart - The Bouquets - The Bouquets
  16. The Hideaway - The Young Generation - The Young Generation
  17. Sugar Boy - The Charmettes - The Charmettes
  18. Gee Baby Gee - The Butterflys - The Butterflys
  19. How Fine Can One Guy Be - The Jelly Beans - The Jelly Beans
  20. Call Me His - Ellie Greenwich - Ellie Greenwich

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From Real Gone Music comes a discovery that has the collector community buzzing, and especially those collectors in search of previously unheard stereo—20 tracks discovered deep in the vaults of the Red Bird label, every one of which makes its true stereo debut right here! Founded in 1964 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and run by George Goldner, Red Bird is considered to this day as the girl group label of the '60s, and this collection—produced by long-time archivist and engineer Ron Furmanek together with Ash Wells and annotated by James Moniz—features the biggest stars on the label roster, and sources its first-time stereo mixes straight from the original master tapes.

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Well, well, well.

This CD is stuffed with surprises. These tracks have all been remixed from the original session tapes into stereo by Ron Furmanek. As well as delivering classic tracks in clear stereo, Ron has gifted us with plenty of extended versions. The disc includes one Ellie Greenwich track which has never appeared anywhere before, as well as the Jelly Beans' biggest hit with an alternate lead vocal and a different take on the Ad-Libs The Boy From New York City.

Most of these tracks will be familiar to girl group fans but none of them have sounded quite like this before. There are Spector-ish tracks, Motown-ish tracks and Brill Building-ish tracks amongst them. There are an extra eleven tracks on this CD - session tapes with studio chatter - which will delight music fans. It's fascinating hearing the songs being built.

Liner notes are by James Moniz with input from a bunch of talented people from Red Bird.

Some of the most popular girl group songs, like Chapel Of Love and Baby Be Mine and Iko Iko are not here. The Shangri-Las are totally absent, which means there is more room for the other ladies. Real Gone Music says there is more to come from the vaults by the AdLibs and the Jelly Beans, so expect these missing tracks to make an appearance further down the line.

Real Gone Music has already released some fantastic CDs from the Cameo Parkway labels and singers of the calibre of Bill Medley and B J Thomas, so keep an eye on this company.

I thought we'd heard everything from Red Bird on earlier compilations, but this one is so special. An essential purchase, methinks.
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This is an excellent release. The cd has 20 music tracks and 10 bonus tracks of studio talk/banter and song development - which is both humorous and interesting (79.50mins running time in all). There's a good 16 page colour booklet that comes with the cd that gives a run down on each artist. The music is fantastic and never dips below 7/10 - the vast majority of the tracks being 9 or 10/10. A couple of my favourites would be 'You don't know' by Ellie Greenwich and the brilliant 'Take me for a little while' by Evie Sands. Most music lovers will have the majority of these tracks already but they are appearing here in 'True Stereo' for the first time - they sound loud, crisp and clear. There are two unreleased alternate takes, 'Boy from New York...' & 'I wanna love him so bad' plus a fantastic unreleased track by 'Ellie Greenwich' - 'Call me his' written by Neil Diamond. Overall a great package. Fully recommended.
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Over fifty years on and still more material from the sixties is being released for the first time. This Red Bird release is a case in point with its newly mixed stereo versions of girl group and girl singer singles from 1964 to 1966, and even a couple of previously unreleased takes. Surprisingly there is nothing here from the Shangri-Las, but most of their biggest hits have appeared elsewhere on CD in stereo mixes. They did record a version of The Dum Dum Ditty, whose original version by the Goodies opens this compilation.

The Jelly Beans are represented by the B-side The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget, originally a Raindrops hit, and an alternative, earlier version of their own Top Ten hit I Wanna Love Him So Bad that has a lead vocal by Alma Brewer instead of Elyse Herbert. Both of these were written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry who provide no less than seven of the songs represented here, including two by Ellie Greenwich herself: her classic single You Don't Know, which really benefits from the stereo soundscape, and a demo of Another Boy Like Mine which was later a single for the Raindrops (Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry). When Ellie Greenwich first met Neil Diamond as an aspiring young songwriter he sang her a song of his own called Call Me His which impressed her sufficiently that she made a recording of the song herself. Never before released, her version closes the disc.

More Ad-Libs stereo mixes are promised, according to the liner notes, but two are previewed on this release. I'm Just A Down Home Girl is an answer record to Alvin Robinson's Down Home Girl and The Boy From New York City is an early, unreleased version (when they were still the Cheerios) of their US Top Ten hit.
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THE MASTERING ON THESE RED BIRDS IS SENSATIONAL AND RON FURMANEK NEEDS TO BE CONGRATULAED .AS FOR THE MUSIC THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.RECOMMENDED
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Lesser known tracks from Red Bird, but still good ones. The Evie Sands songs are especialy good, and in sparkling sound.
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