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The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo

Various Artists: The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B006QHH2CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

From Real Gone Music comes a discovery that already 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. Among the most notable tracks are Call Me His, a totally unknown and unreleased recording from the great Ellie Greenwich written by a neophyte songwriter named Neil Diamond; an early, unreleased version of The Boy from New York City, recorded by the Ad-Libs back when they were known as The Cheerio's; Go Now by Bessie Banks, a song that became a big hit for The Moody Blues a year later, and I Can t Let Go by Evie Sands, which, similarly, became a hit for the Hollies; I Wanna Love Him So Bad by The Jelly Beans featuring a rare lead vocal from Alma Brewer, and The Young Generation's The Hideaway featuring a very young Janis Siegel before she became a superstar with Manhattan Transfer. Meticulously documented inside a 16-page booklet boasting copious photos and interviews with Siegel, Sands and songwriter/producer Brooks Arthur among many others, The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo sheds a new light on the genius artists, songwriters and producers that recorded for the Red Bird label, and displays their work in all its sonic stereo glory.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Girl Group fans alert! Run, don't "walk" and grab this new CD from the recently formed Real Gone Records label! It's THAT good!

I admit up front that I'm a huge fan of early 1960s girl group records, whether it's the Phil Spector Productions are the Ellie Greenwich songs on Red Bird. Until someone unearths more Spector material, I think we've seen all we will from that label. But, Producers Ron Furmanek and Ash Wells hit a goldmine when they discovered the original master tapes from the New York-based Red Bird Label and along with Real Gone co-founder, Gordon Anderson, made new transfers in REAL stereo. They also included on this CD two "alternate versions" (Ad-Libs and Jelly Beans).

With a few exceptions - mostly "I Know He Loves Me" by Chi Chi McCauley - that have a "muddy" background (probably in the masters) - the sound is superb. Listen to the chimes on the alternate take of "I Wanna Love Him So Bad".

A couple of these tracks never became hits for Red Bird but later cover versions by British bands made the charts. "Go Now" (Bessie Banks) was covered by the Moody Blues and "I Can't Let Go" (Evie Sands) was covered by the Hollies.

There are a few new discoveries here too. The Younger Generation - whose "The Hideaway" is included here had a 12-year old Janis Siegel (later of the Manhattan Transfer) in the female trio. These were her Brooklyn high school days. And there is a rare Ellie Greenwich performance of "Call Me His" written by fellow "New Yawker" Neil Diamond. Not a great performance but still fun.

When you put the CD in your player the "Total Time" display will say it is over 77 minutes. But there are only 20 tracks here, averaging 3 minutes. Why? Because they added another 21 minutes (!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have, But Some Mixes Are Sub-Par March 1, 2012
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All Red-Bird label enthusiasts must have this release. Not only are all the selections in true stereo, but there are over ten outtakes featuring studio chatter (and singing!) from the likes of Evie Sands, Brooks Arthur, George Goldner, Al Gorgoni and Jeff Barry. Your toes will curl in ecstasy when you hear the sublime remixes of "The Dum Dum Ditty", "I Can't Let Go", "He's So Easy To Love", "No True Love", "Gee, Baby, Gee" and especially "I Wonder". However, the Charmettes track "Sugar Boy" is only memorable for its stereo mix; the vocals are badly obscured on Evie Sands' "Take Me For A Little While" and Ellie Greenwich's unreleased "Call Me His"; and the latter tune sounds like an unfinished recording. I was also disappointed that a lot of reverb was removed in the remastering process; that "Erect-A-Spector" sound some of the original singles had is gone, for the most part. But please! Don't let these criticisms scare you away from what I hope will be the first of several stereo Red-Bird collections from Real Gone Music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Bird Girls March 1, 2012
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I never expected what I heard when this disc entered my stereo. I was blown away. Never heard this material (or material from this periode) sound so fantastic. This is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A listening treat! November 27, 2013
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a CD full of excellent girl group music of the 60s, including some uncommon oldies----which are the best kind.of oldies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super good music ! July 20, 2013
By Emil E.
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Excellent sound and superb songs from the Red Bird vaults. A CD that is a MUST for all Rock and Roll Oldies collector !
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5.0 out of 5 stars jo jo east baltimore July 19, 2013
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Rare collectables! I mainly bought it for the song "Gee Baby Gee", which I could not find anywhere else! Since I heard it in the film "Stonewall", but couldn't find soundtrack!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Red Girls Very First Time In True Stereo June 22, 2013
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This was an awesome cd. It introduced me to great voices & great songs.
I would like more of these artists in true stereo.
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