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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

Track Listings

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
  6. Nothing But a Heartache
  7. You Don't Know
  8. Boys
  9. Big Bad World
  10. Out in the Streets
  11. Is It True
  12. Please Don't Wake Me
  13. I'll Keep Holding On
  14. Oh No Not My Baby
  15. May My Heart Be Cast into Stone
  16. Magic Garden
  17. I Never Dreamed
  18. He's a Bad Boy
  19. Happy, That's Me
  20. Dream Boy
  21. Try the Worryin' Way
  22. I Can't Let Go
  23. Go Now
  24. You're No Good
  25. Opportunity
  26. Life and Soul of the Party
  27. Break-A-Way
  28. What Am I Gonna Do with You
  29. He Did It
  30. Baby That's Me

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
  6. I'm into Something Good
  7. I'll Come Running
  8. If There's Anything Else You Want (Let Me Know)
  9. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
  10. It Comes and Goes
  11. Baby, Baby (I Still Love You)
  12. Girl Don't Come
  13. That's When the Tears Start
  14. What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime
  15. Don't Drop Out
  16. One You Can't Have
  17. I'm Nobody's Baby Now
  18. You're So Fine
  19. When You're Young and in Love
  20. My One and Only, Jimmy Boy
  21. Friend of Mine
  22. Chico's Girl
  23. Cause I Love Him
  24. Bye Bye Baby
  25. First Cut Is the Deepest
  26. I Won't Tell
  27. Egyptian Shumba
  28. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
  29. Walking in Different Circles
  30. Hideaway

Disc: 3

  1. Trouble with Boys
  2. Lookin' for Boys
  3. Dream Baby
  4. Condition Red
  5. Should I Cry [Alternate Take]
  6. I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)
  7. I've Been Wrong Before
  8. Love's Gone Bad
  9. Nightmare
  10. She Don't Deserve You
  11. Will You Be My Love
  12. Take Me for a Little While
  13. Funnel of Love
  14. I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy
  15. Terry
  16. Untrue Unfaithful (That Was You)
  17. Sophisticated Boom Boom
  18. Saturday Night Didn't Happen
  19. Don't Ever Leave Me
  20. Don't Forget About Me
  21. Wanna Make Him Mine
  22. Only to Other People
  23. Big-Town Boy
  24. Daddy You Gotta Let Him In
  25. After Last Night
  26. How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad
  27. Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye
  28. Up Down Sue
  29. When I Think of You
  30. Good, Good Lovin'

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'
  6. Peanut Duck [#]
  7. Thank Goodness for the Rain
  8. Steady Boyfriend
  9. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
  10. I Know You Love Me Not
  11. Whatever Happened to Our Love
  12. Heart
  13. I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You
  14. He Makes Me So Mad
  15. I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face
  16. Crying in the Rain
  17. We Don't Belong
  18. You Don't Love Me No More
  19. Hey, Tell Me Boy
  20. Brink of Disaster
  21. Who Do You Love
  22. I'm 28
  23. They Never Taught That in School
  24. Dressed in Black
  25. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya
  26. Every Little Bit Hurts [Del-Fi Version][Version]
  27. Mister Loveman
  28. Make the Night a Little Longer
  29. Mixed Up, Shook Up, Girl [Live]
  30. Good Night Baby

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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Melodrama gets a bad rap, but there are few emotional experiences that are as pure, as enervating. American teens in 1963 didn't have opera (light or otherwise), pulp horror magazines or the Grand Guignol, and they couldn't have cared less about their mother's soaps, but they did have the radio. And in two minute increments, the radio fed out miniature urban operas packed with enough misery, longing, pain and conflict to satisfy their every vicarious desire.

Revisionist pop memory sometimes obscures just how ubiquitous Girl Group music was in the early sixties-the Beatles were even star struck over Ronnie Spector--but since many of the groups were interchangeable puppets fronting for producers and songwriters, albums were a rarity, and women's voices get short shrift on oldies radio, relatively few of the acts are remembered by non-collectors. But as One Kiss makes immediately and forcefully clear, there was much more to the GG sounds than the Ronettes, Shangs and Supremes.

And what One Kiss is mostly is thrilling, pushing track after marvelous track of unknown, impassioned, instant teen pop into ears that too rarely find such a concentrated bounty. I'm personally most pleased to see the Goodees, the exquisitely tasteless Southern-fried Shangri-La's, find a wider audience with their "Leader of the Pack" cop "Condition Red"-especially when the record sounds so great-but there are dozens of acts that deserve spotlight treatment. Like the mysterious Bitter Sweets, turning in a clinically hysterical Shangs' routine penned by Brute Force... or the very fine (and finally gaining notice) Reparata and the Delrons... the Lovelites, authors of the most agonized "somebody ple-eeease" ever laid on tape... Dawn's relentless, paranoid "I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me"...
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