- Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
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- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000B5KRV6
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another
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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
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Many of the musical gems in this collection were either songs that were passed over by radio stations, or B-side tunes that didn't chart well and were rarely heard; a few were chart toppers or otherwise fared well on the hit parade. In either case, these short, mostly 2-1/2-minute-long mini soap operas (mostly B-sides or released on obscure labels) were largely responsible for defining the unique girl-pop sound that was so popular back in the day. The "Brill Building/Hit Factory" treatment can be heard in many of these tunes.
A note about sound quality: most of the songs in this collection were transferred directly from the original three-track master tapes, with a few transferred from vinyls or acetates when tapes weren't available. While some of these tracks are in stereo, little remastering of any kind was performed. This means you'll hear each song exactly as it sounded when it first hit the airwaves and record stores. The result is various levels of distortion and/or over-driven audio amps in some songs, or vocals on one channel and instruments on the other in other songs, due to the three-track recording process. Many young listeners may consider the sound quality poor, while purists will find non-remastered music refreshing. Certainly, any remastering of this collection would have destroyed the unique "ambiance" inherent in these recordings. Kudos to Rhino for leaving them alone!
The 200-page booklet accompanying this collection contains very informative notes about the genre in general, and on each track in particular. The "hat box" is a little cumbersome but also very novel, and four discs, each crammed with 30 tracks of great music, make this collection want to stand up and be counted.
Rhino really outdid themselves on this collection! If you like 60s girl-pop music from such groups and singers as The Chiffons, Darlene Love, The Cookies, The Supremes, Leslie Gore, The Shangri-Las, Connie Francis, Reparata & The Delrons, Petula Clark, The Shirelles and many others, then you'll want to indulge in this collection. I highly recommend it if you want to live or relive 60s girl pop in all its glory, from the first notes of its childhood to the last chords of its maturity. "One Kiss Leads to Another" is one collection you won't want to miss!
This set, which is highly imaginative in packaging, includes some rather rare tracks that one would at times would need to find the original 45 release to get in order to hear.
I won't dwell on the obvious tracks here, like by the Shangri-Las, Darnells, Chris Clark, etc., but a few are worth the price of the whole.
My favorite is the contribution by Dolly Parton, "Don't Drop Out". Her voice seems so appropriate, but as we know which direction she chose, this track is one of the best unheard of gems, which is sad, as it should have done something.
Another classic is the 'stereo' version of Alder Ray's "Cause I Love Him", which in sound is alot different than the mono 45 version I possess. Crystal clear in sound, it still packs a punch.
One last great track that this package includes is Reparata & The Delron's "I'm Nobody's Baby Now". This track literally jumps out and bites. Not a Phil Spector sound-alike in intention, but does have a Righteous Brothers "Lovin' Feelin'" to it. Again, another clear and clean production.
I will say that with any package, there will be a few tracks that seriously should have been omitted, like "Egyptian Shumba" by The Tammys, which could have been replaced by another rarity that is not included, like Suzy Walli's "Be My Man" a powerful David Gates production from 1965, but everyone has different tastes. I for one admit that despite the few clunkers, this package is an excellent example of a time when girl groups and girl singers were everywhere.
Consider the fact that about 200 singles were released a week, and only a handful were graced on the Pop Charts. There are bound to be many that are excellent songs, but without the proper advertising, radio play, and touring, the obvious would happen. A good single that bombs.
One of my favorite artists is included, April Young. A shame that this package only inlcuded one track, "To Be Loved By You". It is a good song, but her energetic and rather forceful "Gonna Make Him My Baby" still sounds fresh.
Maybe in time Rhino will release a companion to this set. Sure, there are literally thousands of girl group records that were released in the 60's, like Marcia Strassman's "Out Of The Picture". Who's she? She later played the wife of Mr Kotter in 'Welcome Back Kotter", or "He's My Dreamboy" by Maria Antoinette, and other great girls like Beverly Warren, Roberta Day, Candy & The Kisses, The Joys, The Gleams, Carol Connors, etc. Can go on and on, but this package is worth the price, even to the most infrequent listener of the 'girl group' genre.
There are 4 cd's, so my advice is to just take a lazy afternoon, and while listening to the tracks, read the diary that is supplied. It's a good read, and at times rather refreshing, especially the rare pictures and even the pictures of the rare labels that sometimes one has never seen before.
Like i said, this package is worth the price.
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