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A varied assortment of little-known 60s sounds
on 14 July 2008
I bought this CD purely for one of the tracks on it - Antoinette's "Jenny Let Him Go". I found it compulsive back in 1967, and it's reassuring to find how good it still sounds today. Mind you, in 1967 I didn't know that Antoinette came from Southend and was just 13 when she recorded the song! I probably assumed she was American and in her 20s.
These 25 tracks (all by British singers) are really good value, although there are a few that I don't really like so much. The CD starts with a bang, as The Orchids' Oo Chang A Lang is a real high-powered, catchy "wall of sound" tune. (Continuing the trend, The Orchids were three 15-year old schoolgirls from Coventry). Among my other favourites are Vashti's "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" - partly for its good lyrics and haunting tune, but also largely because of Vashti's delightfully soft expressive voice - and Linda Flavell's "And The Trouble With Me Is You". Perhaps to disguise her Glaswegian background, Linda sings with an exaggerated Deep Southern twang, which some may find annoying but I just love. There are also good contributions from Lulu, Marianne Faithfull, and (surprisingly enough) movie star Susan Hampshire.
While a few of them may stick in your mind and go round and round for days, none of these songs are really great. But several are very good, and better still interestingly different. It's refreshing to realise that there was so much hidden talent in Britain - most of these girls were at best "one-hit wonders", although some of them could have become stars if the chips had fallen differently. The CD comes with a 9-page colour booklet giving details of the singers' lives and work, and quite a few photos and posters - a nice bonus.