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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.
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on 24 July 2007
I bought this CD for "something different". My CD collection comprises most of the girl singer hits of the 60s (plus before and after!), so I decided I would listen to some of the lesser hits and misses.

I was not disappointed in this compilation of Decca recordings from the 60s, all but one track in mono. Hardly knowing any of the song titles, I didn't really know what to expect but I needn't have worried.

All songs are catchy and most are upbeat, some with a "Spector-ish" feel.

The CD also includes an informative booklet with several pictures of girls from the 60s including early ones of Lulu and the Vernons Girls.

The transfer of recordings is very good.

So don't let the relatively unknown title list put you off...it's about time we were treated to some of the "vault" tunes...there must be thousands after all.

Compilations these days seem to be the same tracks shuffled.

More of these "forgotten" selections, please!
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on 21 January 2009
Fans of solo Brit girls and 60s girl groups will find plenty of surprises on this excellent UK compilation. There are few hits or household names here but don't worry, Decca have been sitting on a goldmine of criminally overlooked nuggets. Perhaps the best known track is Marianne Faithfull's hit version of The Ronettes' 'Is This What I Get for Loving You' but the other 'names' here are represented by obscure gems: Lulu with the fantastic echo-laden soul blinder 'Try to Understand', Billie Davis with the late 60s tearjerker 'Nobody's Home To Go Home To' (the template for St Etienne's entire 90s career) and Olivia Newton-John with her first ever single, Jackie DeShannon's 'Till You Say You'll Be Mine' which has a rough, freakbeat undertone. However the real pleasures here are the finds: The Orchids (aka The Exceptions) masquerading as Coventry's answer to The Crystals, actress Adrienne Posta's Wall of Soundalike 'Shang A Doo Lang', Scouse veterans The Vernons Girls giving Francoise Hardy an anglophone makeover on 'Only You Can Do It' (aka 'Je Vieux Qu'il Revienne'), French siren Louise Cordet returning the compliment on Mary Wells' bluesy 'Two Lovers' and the aptly-named The Mysteries with their proto-garage Brit beat 'Give Me Rhythm & Blues'. Many of the tracks are cover versions or soundalikes but don't be put off because they all add something to the originals, and their charm and enthusiasm still sound fresh today.

NB the MP3 list is incorrect in attributing the cover of The Supremes' track 'When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes'; it's by Beryl Marsden NOT Dusty Springfield.
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on 23 November 2006
What this collection is about mainly is musical failure.Apart from the odd more obvious name few of these even made the lower end but that only proves that they were unfortunate.
Linda Flavell was like Lulu a Scots girl who covered a Bernadette Peters song which had even failed for her in the States but these songs would come from publishers demos.
Vashti Bunyan cut a version of a Stones song and a year later she disappered until very recently with 2 CDs in the shops now
There's great stuff on here ready to explore
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on 1 November 2011
I purchased this album a few weeks ago and I can't stop playing it - takes me back to the good years!!! I love 'The boy from Chelsea', 'Hey Boy', 'Try to understand' and the Jean Martin version of 'Save the Last Dance for Me'
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on 28 August 2010
This cd has 25 tracks and a playing time of 62 minutes. Nearly all the tracks are by different performers. There are no hits on this compiliation and only three of those represented have had any lasting success in the business: Marianne Faithful, Lulu and Olivia Newton-John.
The songs were all produced, one feels, to feed off the trend set earlier in the decade in the U.S. Two of the songs here were written by Goffin and King. Many compilations, such as this, of mainly (now) forgotten singers and non-chart-hits can surprise us with songs that are listenable, however they are generally not memorable, as another reviewer observed elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are no forgotten gems in this batch and few that are even worth a listen. Keep searching! - elsewhere.
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on 17 January 2009
I came across this cd by chance and bought 4 more copies for family and a friend. The reason is one of the artists (Lorraine Child) was my big sister.
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