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Best of Essex


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  • Audio CD (December 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sequel (UK)
  • ASIN: B000000PSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Easier Said Than Done
2. Whenever I Need My Baby
3. Where Is He
4. Every Night
5. I Love Her
6. Come On To My Party
7. A Walkin' Miracle
8. She's Got Everything
9. More Than It Would Help
10. Marriage License
11. In My Dreams
12. You Talk Too Much
13. There's No Fool Like A Young Fool
14. Where There's A Will (There's A Way)
15. Make Him Feel Like A Man
16. Don't Fight It Baby
17. When Somethin's Hard To Get
18. Just For The Boy
19. I'm Making It Over
20. Everybody's Got You (For Their Own)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The lead singer (Anita Humes) had a very smooth and powerful voice for belting out early sixties doo-wop. "Easier Said Than Done" was their big hit in the early sixties. The rest of the songs on this CD are not just filler material. Almost all of the other songs are well done. Most of these songs were recorded in the 1963-64 time frame. Especially noteworthy is the sound quality on this CD. All songs (except tract 8) are in flawless true stereo suggesting they came from master tapes recorded at a state of the art recording studio. These could have been recorded yesterday. Track listing is as follows:
(1) Easier Said Than Done (2) Whenever I Need My Baby (3) Where Is He (4) Every Night (5) I Love Her (6) Come On To My Party (7) A Walkin' Miracle (8) She's Got Everything (9) More Than It Would Help (10) Marriage Licenses (11) In My dreams (12) You Talk Too Much (13) There's No Fool Like A Young Fool (14) Where Theres A Will (15) Make Him Feel Like A Man (16) Don't Fight It Baby (17) When Somethin's Hard To Get (18) Just For The Boy (19) I'm Making It Over (20) Everybody's Got You (21) Be My baby (22) Be Sure (23) When The Music Stops (24) Real True Lover
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Essex were originally formed by a group of marines who were still in active service when they had their biggest hit, Easier said than done, which gave them an American number one hit in 1963. The single also became a minor UK hit although Britain was already gripped by Beatle mania, which hadn't yet crossed the Atlantic. The follow-up single, A walking miracle, nearly made the American top ten but missed the UK charts completely - however, this song eventually made the UK top ten in the seventies via a cover by Limmie and the family cooking. Their singles chart history ended with the minor American hit, She's got everything.

The main appeal of the Essex was that they always appeared in full military uniform. Another unusual aspect was the racially mixed composition of the group - a rarity in 1963 - with a female lead singer (Anita Humes) and three harmony vocalists (Walter Vickers who also played guitar, Rodney Taylor who also played drums, Billie Hill). A fifth member, Rudolph Johnson (vocals, guitar), was posted to a location that forced him to leave the group after completion of the group's first album.

This compilation contains their hits and a selection of tracks from their two albums as well as failed singles and B-sides. Most of the material is original although they recorded a fine cover of Be my baby (Ronettes). Among the failed singles, Don't fight it baby and Just for the boy are particularly noteworthy but by the time of their 1964 release, the Beatles had captured the attention of America and nobody was interested in the Essex any more. Furthermore, once they had secured discharges from the marines, they no longer appeared in uniform and some of their distinctive identity was lost.

If you enjoy girl group music of the early sixties, you will surely love this although the Essex were not a girl group themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernard on September 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this to get "Easier Said Than Done" and "A Walking Miracle", their two big 1950s hits, which don't seem to be available as downloads anywhere. The album is good value and fun if you like 1950s "bubblegum pop", and I found 6 or so of the 24 tracks to be 'keepers'. Anita Humes' voice is so enjoyable, I'm surprised she did not experience more success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
While serving at the U.S. Marine Base on Okinawa, guitarist Walter Vickers (from New Brunswick, New Jersey) and drummer Rodney Taylor (from Gary, Indiana), first formed the idea of forming a singing group, which they put into action soon after returning to Camp Lejeune, N.C. There they brought in New York City-born Rudolph Johnson and Princeton, New Jersey's Billy Hill and, just before presenting a demo to Roulette Records, added female vocalist Anita Humes, who hailed from Harrisburg, Pa. Signed to a contract on the basis of that demo, their first cut, Easier Said Than Done, written by William Linton and Larry Huff who later claimed the unusual staccato-like delivery had, as its inspiration, the loud cacophony caused by the many teletype machines all pounding away at once in the Camp Lejeune communications centre. Whatever the case, it caught the public's attention and, billed as The Essex, it shot to # 1 on both the Billboard Pop Hot 100 and R&B charts in June/July 1963 on Roulette 4494 b/w Are You Going My Way?

Not long after, Johnson left the group (reasons unclear) and the remaining quartet then recorded A Walkin' Miracle which, although not nearly as successful as their initial hit, still finished at a quite respectable # 11 R&B/# 12 Hot 100 in September 1963 on Roulette 4515 b/w What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me, but this time billed as The Essex featuring Anita Humes. However, their third single under the same billing, She's Got Everything, struggled to reach # 56 Hot 100 in November on Roulette 4530 b/w Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind, a situation not helped by the fact Billboard had just suspended the R&B charts, and this would last throughout 1964.
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