Girl Group Sounds: One Kiss Can Lead to Another Box set, Original recording remastered
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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.
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.Read more ›
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"...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes a great gift. Even used.
Tracks are mostly from lesser known girl groups from the 60's and rare, almost b -side like songs from the more popular girl groups, like the... Read more
This is a great box set for boomers who grew up in the era of the girl groups.
After the initial wave of male rockers like Elvis, Chuck Berry etc. Read more
This is the greatest collection of the girl group sounds ever.
One can only hope for a part 2.
This is a must buy.
~ There are countless compilations and CD box sets that focus on the big hits by the girls and girl groups of the later 1950's and early 1960's - those compilations do a fine job... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by D.R.L.
If you even consider yourself as someone who might like 60s music or girl groups, this compilation is a must have. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Stef
what the tammys do with their voices, and what lou christie does with the arrangement, is not of this earth- it's so giddy, so absurd and unhinged and wistful and panicked and... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Laszlo Matyas
"Girl Group Sounds: Lost & Found" is worth its weight in solid gold hat pins that it would take to fill this unique "Hat Box" set of wondrous musical gems... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Bradly Briggs
Bought this as a gift for my sister-in-law but my brother already had got it for her. It's now mine and love the obscure songs.Published on June 15, 2011 by stylesfurie
This cd box set is great I love the songs on it, I was looking for this box set for months but it was to expensive until I found it here at Amazon. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by ivy