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In 1989, back in the days of vinyl, Ace Records issued their first collection of Girls With Guitars. Some young folk out there worship that album, it seems. Now, after a mere 15-year wait, a second compilation is unleashed. Grey area releases abound in this bizarre musical genre, where the sounds of 1960s girl groups and garage bands collide in a mess of grunge and glamour. Ace give those pesky b**tl*gg*rs a lesson in how to do the job properly, natch.

Pride of place, and half the space, is given to a clutch of gen-u-ine axe-toting all-girl bands. Goldie and the Gingerbreads hold the highest profile, their four tracks dating from a time when their fame had spread not much further than Greenwich Village. They would soon become fixtures on the British scene, touring with the Stones and the Kinks. Cover stars The Girls were a sister act from Los Angeles, so highly regarded in the biz that guitar manufacturers Fender sponsored them. Dylan liked them so much he hired them to play at his birthday bash. Back in the day, the Pandoras were constantly in demand on the college circuit of New England, as were the Daughters Of Eve in the environs of Chicago, yet parking lot gigs were the speciality of The Hairem, Sacramento's answer to the Shaggs. The Hairem would achieve greater notoriety as She, also included here.

Philly-based Kathy Lynn and the Playboys were one and the same group as funky instrumentalists the Buena Vistas, it transpires. If you've read the book On The Bus you might be familiar with the name Denise Kaufman, aka Mary Microgram of the Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey's infamous troop of hippie nomads. Previously, she had fleetingly led Denise and Company, purveyors of one of the most sought after of all garage girl 45s. On a different tack, offerings by the Percells and Al Casey with the K-C-Ettes are direct descendants of Duane Eddy's (Dance With The) Guitar Man, while Sugar and the Spices actually comprised Casey's wife and the former Mrs Eddy. The said Corky Casey is interviewed in the action-packed 20-page booklet, along with Darlene Love of the K-C-Ettes, drummer Debbie Pomeroy of the Daughters Of Eve and Patti Valentine of Cincinnati duo The 2 Of Clubs. Also from Cincy, soul trio the Charmaines lend their voices to a track by axe-god Lonnie Mack. They also backed up James Brown in their time - 'nuff said.

Were Shadow Morton's Beattle-ettes (sic) and the Shangri-Las one and the same group? How do Memphis's own Shangs-clones the Goodees sound doing a Swingin' Medallions biggie? Is Pat Powdrill and the Powerdrills' cut the best slab of West Coast girl-psych around? And did the Angels and the Tomboys play their own instruments, or just sound as if they did? (He asked, patronisingly). Listen and decide for yourselves.

-Mick Harris/Ace UK

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. MY BABY - The Girls
  3. GET AWAY FROM ME - The Angels
  4. BOY, WHAT'LL YOU DO THEN - Denise & Company
  5. CHOO CHOO FIE FI FUM - Goldie & the Gingerbreads
  6. ONLY SEVENTEEN - The Beattle-ettes
  7. DO THE DOG - Sugar & The Spices
  8. I GOT A GUY - Kathy Lynn & the Playboys
  9. DOUBLE SHOT (OF MY BABY'S LOVE) - The Goodees
  11. THEY ARE THE LONELY - Pat Powdrill & the Powerdrills
  12. HEART - The 2 Of Clubs
  13. HELP ME BOY - The Daughters Of Eve
  14. SKINNY VINNIE - Goldie & the Gingerbreads
  15. HULLY GULLY GUITAR - The Percells
  16. ROCK CITY - Kathy Lynn & the Playboys
  17. STICKS AND STONES - Lonnie Mack & the Charmaines
  18. TAKE MY HAND - Goldie & the Gingerbreads
  19. BOYS CAN BE MEAN - Sugar & The Spices
  20. GUITARS, GUITARS, GUITARS - Al Casey with The K-C-Ettes
  21. V.I.P. - Goldie & the Gingerbreads
  22. COME ON ALONG - The Hairem
  23. MY LOVE - The Girls
  24. OUTTA REACH - She

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0001V5UU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By uthungus on October 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
So what, by this collection's title might you expect "Girls with Guitars" to mean? Happily by the rare compilation actually put together here it means LOTS of variety and not just instrumentals that (listening to them) you'd be hard pressed to determine who actually did the songs. Toward the end there are a couple of them ("Rock City" and "Sticks and Stones"), but that's fine. Not an imbalance out of 24 tracks. Also a couple carried over from an earlier "Girls in the Garage" release "Boy What'll You do Then", and "Only Seventeen" , but again these blend in well enough here that I don't mind it so much personally. The stand-out quality of this collection to me is that it's really a great span of various 60's sounds. Starting out with some "Surf-arific" beats - "My Baby", "Boys Can Be Mean", "V.I.P", "Come on Along" and "I'd Rather Fight than Switch". The last two of this list also fit in to other categories too. "Come on Along" reminding me of something Bow Wow Wow might have done in their heyday. "Fight than Switch" (The Tomboys) also delightfully carries over in to the fun, silly novelty tunes category with lyrics like "...that little girl told you a lie, lie, lie! She said I found another guy, guy, guy...!" Other great silly tunes include "Do the Dog", "Skinny Vinnie", "Chew Chew Fee Fi Fun" and "Hully Gully Guitar". What names some of these girl bands had too! "Goldie & the Gingerbreads" and "Sugar & the Spices" ?! You'd expect nothing less than fun! Also rounding out the 60s sounds were the later decade folksy, "Patridge Family-sounding" tunes like "They are the Lonely" and "Help me Boy". Ending it on that note, other enjoyable things are found here too, this is a great investment in rarity, IMO. Enjoy!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Alan Bryan on September 24, 2005
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I really like this set but Amazon's track listing is a bit off.

This list below is the actual track / band list.

Some bands are featured twice; Goldie and the Gingerbreads are featured 4 times.

I've also included the years of each song.

The compilation goes from garage punk to girl power pop.



60's Girl Band Comp

01. My Baby - The Girls (1965)

02. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch - The Tomboys (1964)

03. Get Away From Me - The Angels (1964)

04. Boy, What'll You Do Then - Denise & Company (66)

05. Chew Chew Fee Fi Fum - Goldie & the Gingerbreads (64)

06. Only Seventeen - The Beattle-ettes (64)

07. Do the Dog - Sugar & The Spices (1963)

08. I Got a Guy - Kate Lynn & The Playboys (1964)

09. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) -The Goodees (69)

10. (I Could Write a Book) About My Baby - The Pandoras -67

11. They Are the Lonely - Pat Powdrill & The Powerdrills -66

12. Heart - The 2 of Clubs (1966)

13. Help Me Boy - The Daughters of Eve (1966)

14. Skinny Vinnie - Goldie & the Gingerbreads (1964)

15. Hully Gully Guitar - The Percells (1964)

16. Rock City - Kathy Lynn & The Playboys (1964)

17. Sticks and Stones -Lonnie Mack & The Charmaines

18. Take My Hand - Goldie & the Gingerbreads (1965)

19. Boys Can Be Mean - Sugar & The Spices (1964)

20. Guitars, Guitars, Guitars - Al Casey

with the K-C-ettes (1963)

21. V.I.P. - Goldie & the Gingerbreads (1965)

22. Come on Along - The Hairem (1966)

23. My Love - The Girls (1965)

24. Outta Reach - She (1966)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on April 21, 2009
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Girls with guitars is surely what we need, especially if they are electric guitars, and they are not in short supply on this 24-track pheromone-fuelled collection from Ace. At first glance most of the names may seem unfamiliar but the copious notes in the fact-filled 20-page booklet show that there was some considerable pedigree amongst the producers, arrangers and writers if not the performers, and even here there are one or two familiar names, such as Darlene Love, Fanita James, Grazia Nitzsche, Genya "Goldie" Ravan and Pat Powdrill from the Ikettes. Goldie and the Gingerbreads were known in the UK for their Decca singles, but the four tracks here were recorded earlier for Scepter subsidiaries in the States and were unheard over here. The album description also mentions the appearance of Jackie DeShannon under a pseudonym, but there is no documentation of this on the record and I was unable to identify her. Actually, it doesn't matter how obscure these singles are, especially in the UK, where they were unlikely to be heard on the radio; as always, it's what's in the grooves that counts, and Ace, in the form of compiler Mick Patrick, has not let us down in this axe-filled female celebration of adolescent noise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mars on August 12, 2011
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If you like to explore the less traveled streets of 60's rock, this CD is a gem. And not a bad song on the whole thing.
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By S. DesBrisay on October 28, 2012
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Most of us will be unfamiliar with the material in this collection, which is one the great things about it. It's focused on women performer's who've been overshadowed by the boys club of rock, amounting to a kind of alternate history of '60's and early-'70's pop and rock. Standouts are "Heart" by The 2 of Clubs, and The Angels' "Get Away From Me".

But all the tracks are worth hearing, there's impressive musicianship of all sorts on display, and the disc is great fun to listen to! Excellent sound and in-depth notes with lots of photos top of this terrific album, a must for anyone who wants to explore the pop-music past in more depth!
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