I Can Hear Music: The Ellie Greenwich Collection
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This release collects several of Greenwich's 1963 sides as The Raindrops, a few mid-60s solo efforts and nine tracks from her early-70s Tapestry-esque LP, Let it Be Written, Let it Be Sung. The earliest cuts include the superb original of "Hanky Panky," lightly Latinized, and showing none of the lasciviousness of Tommy James' subsequent hit. "You Don't Know" (produced by Shangri-Las mastermind Shadow Morton) perfectly combines the balladry of Dusty Springfield with an edge of vulnerability.
Greenwich's latter-day reinterpretations rarely break free of their iconic legacy. Re-workings of "Then He Kissed Me" "Be My Baby" and "River Deep, Mountain High" suffer in comparison to the hits, and struggle with the 60s-70s transposition. As a singer, she is better inaugurating her songs than she is struggling against the definitive genius of producers like Phil Spector
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This collection displays that Ellie Greenwich was not only a great writer, but had a great voice. I wish she had recorded more music.Published on August 10, 2013 by lawrence m.
Anyone who has listened to music in the last fifty years has heard of almost each & every song here. What wasn't known is that this lady could sing too! Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Nozama