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Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another Box set, Original recording remastered

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Rhino is pleased to present the first-ever boxed set to celebrate the girl groups of the 1960s. From soul and garage to Brill Building pop and countrypolitan, every possible girl group style is represented on these four discs, which gather 120 remastered tracks from 107 artists including The Supremes, The Ronettes, Dusty Springfield, Carole King, Petula Clark, plus a slew of artists less known but every bit as vital. Landmark packaging replicates a mod-style hat box and includes a diary-style booklet with essays, rare photos, track notes, and artist quotes. 2005.

Girl groups have enchanted humankind since the era of the ancient Greeks, when legend has it the Sirens attempted to lure wayfarers Odysseus and Jason to their fates; Persephone's chanteuses would eventually even lose a battle of the bands to the Muses. A couple millennia later, female singers would become a dominant force in the pop and rock of the ‘60s, the era anthologized on this four-disc, 120-track collection from Rhino. If the "group" tag is something of a misnomer (many of the acts here are solo artists), the vibrant female pop spirit of the times gets showcased in rare fashion by a collection that eschews the obvious to revel in showcasing rarities and surprises at every turn: the bittersweet, life-is-over-when "I'm 28" musings of a two-decades-pre-"Mickey" Toni Basil; a healthy sampling of gems by the Cookies and their various alter-egos, including the Palisades' fervent ode to uber-necking, "Make the Night Just a Little Bit Longer"; the Shangri-Las' mini-epic, "Out in the Streets"; hit songwriter Ellie Greenwich's solo turn on the haunting "You Don't Know." An impressive collection with an inclusive bent, its tracks range across the classic r&b of the Marvelettes, Chiffons and Irma Thomas, country-crossovers Skeeter Davis and Wanda Jackson, the blue-eyed soul of Jackie DeShannon and Dusty Springfield and wounded white-girl pop of Lesley Gore and Connie Francis. It's all contained in one of Rhino's most elaborately designed packages yet: each disc comes in a mock compact; its extensive liner notes and track info printed as a mini-diary; all housed in a smart replica of a vintage hat box--a treasure-packed delight for lovers of the genre and curious novices alike. -- Jerry McCulley

Disc: 1
1. Needle in a Haystack
2. He's Got the Power
3. Nobody Know What's Goin' On (In My Head But Me)
4. I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls
5. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
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Disc: 2
1. I Adore Him
2. Train from Kansas City
3. Please Go Away
4. Let Me Get Close to You
5. I Have a Boyfriend
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Disc: 3
1. Trouble with Boys
2. Lookin' for Boys
3. Dream Baby
4. Condition Red
5. Should I Cry [Alternate Take]
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Disc: 4
1. When the Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)
2. Don't Drag No More
3. I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me
4. That's How It Goes
5. Some of Your Lovin'
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000B5KRV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Meathook Williams on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Even those who've known me the longest will think I've finally imploded and left the planet for good...until they hear this one for themselves. Why? Glad you asked. It's because I can say without reservation that this is the Mother of All Boxed Sets. It's that simple. Having been a lifelong girl group fanatic and having bought several of these tracks as singles when they were released, I am FLOORED by the combination of material, taste, research and packaging that I now hold in my hands. It's truly a case of quality meets quantity. And even those cuts I already possess sound better in this collection. Within this clever hatbox (Bonwit Teller circa 1962?) resides a peerless collection that even the completist simply must have.

Perhaps it's most impressive characteristic is how the sub strains of this fascinating and addictive genre fall seamlessly into place on four packed to capacity CDs. The Great Disc Jockey in the Sky has tendered his resignation. Not all of the tunes here were intended as dance numbers, but you'll have a hard time keeping still for long and those with multi-disc players will be vindicated for making such a purchase.

This isn't a complete surprise, however. Nobody does box sets like Rhino. Only Deutschland's Bear Family comes close, and the edge must be given to Rhino as a result of their packaging prowess. Aside from the aforementioned hatbox, the graphics and superior commentary in the almost one inch thick '"diary" add to the overall value of this landmark package with its blue snakeskin cover (disclaimer: no reptiles were harmed or humiliated for this project).

Since none of the 120 selections here even approaches filler status, I won't babble on about my personal favorites- there are way too many. I'll just finish up by reiterating: there is no downside here. And the price is more than fair. A landmark release with very highest marks all around.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2005
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I've been in seventh heaven listening to Rhino's latest boxed set, One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost and Found. I'm a long-time fan of the early-60s Girl Group/Brill Building/Wall of Sound genre (and of Rhino Records, of course), and this boxed set is perhaps the finest representation to-date of the Girl Group part of that equation.

First, the details. This is a 4-CD set, each CD with 30 songs each, for a total of 120 girl group classics. It comes with the kind of in-depth liner notes, in a separate booklet, that one expects from the folks at Rhino. And it's all wrapped up in what looks to be a 60s-era hatbox, very cute.

The recordings are all first-rate, fully remastered in glorious mono (in most cases). Many of the songs here are available on other collections (such as K-Tel's long out-of-print The Brill Building Sound boxed set), but the sound here is much superior to what I've heard elsewhere. Take, for example, the forgotten gem "My One and Only, Jimmy Boy" by The Girlfriends. This song first got rediscovered on The Brill Building Sound, then later was included on one of Ace Records' Early Girls compilation CDs. In both those instances, the sound was muddy, without a lot of headroom; it sounded as if it had been recorded in a trashcan. Not so on Girl Group Sounds. Here the sound is bright and clear, almost as if it had been recorded last year instead of forty years ago. (It first hit the charts in February of 1964, where it got swept away by the Beatles invasion.) You can hear every footstomping beat, every crack from Hal Blaine's snare drum, and all the glory of Steve Douglas' rockin' sax solo. The sound is so vibrant, so joyous, you just want to get up and dance along.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Miller on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One Kiss Can Lead to Another is the first & only box set dedicated solely to the "girl group" genre. This is NOT a "girl groups" box set, as some people seem to believe, but a collection of "girl group sounds", as the title states it. Hence, the box is most certainly not intended for an audience of vinyl-hoarding purists, but it IS a mass-market-friendly exploration of the grand productions & catchy pop songs being delivered by female solo acts and groups from the period. The sheer number of "sounds" that were collected for this set -- 120 songs on four CDs -- is almost overwhelming by itself, but what is truly amazing about it is the number of artists. There is relatively little "overlap", and the number of strange and hard-to-find one-offs, b-sides, and flat-out obscura by artists both "known" (Peggy Lee, Jackie DeShannon) and "unknown" (Peanut, The Whyte Boots) is where the real reward lay.

DO NOT get this box set if you are looking to find a crowd-pleasing selection of hits. While there are some undeniably great gems within, the box set works best as a sort of "Intro to Girl Group 101" text. There is a variety of sounds, artists, and experiments covered but no particular facet of the girl group genre is represented with any real depth. This is just as well -- there are plenty of compilations out there that detail this long-maligned genre with much more specificity (The "Girls in the Garage" compilations come to mind), and the volume of sounds herein more than makes up for it.

One Kiss Can Lead to Another actually bears a lot of similarity to that OTHER genre-defining classic Rhino set, the whopping Nuggets & Nuggets II.
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