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1. To Know Him Is To Love Him 2:22 2. Don't Worry My Little Pet 1:56 3. Wonderful, Lovable You 2:18 4. Say You'll Be Mine 1:50 5. Oh Why 2:29 6. I Don't Need You Anymore 2:40 7. If You Only Knew 2:37 8. You Said Goodbye 1:57 9. Don't Go Away 2:25 1 0. Seven Lonely Days 1:57 11. If I Give My Heart To You 1:56 12. My Foolish Heart 1:56 13. Little Things Mean A Lot 2:28 14. Long Ago And Far Away 2:28 15. Tammy 2:05 16. Unchained Melody 2:18 17. True Love 2:04 18. To Know Him Is To Love Him (Live) 2:38
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(I probably don't need to tell anyone who's reading this that this group included an 18-year old Phil Spector (on backing vocal, keyboarda, guitar and occasionally horn), in his first try at managing a group's sound. 16-year old Annette Kleinbard (named Annette Bard on the original album liner notes, copied here, and later more famous as actress/singer Carol Connors) handles the lead vocals, and 19-year old Marshall Leib rounds out the trio.)
There are a total of 17 songs here (plus a low-quality television dub repeating the title song); there were 12, according to the notes, on the original album.
Besides the title song (which Spector famously wrote from the epitaph on his father's tombstone) the music here splits between Spector's originals and songs from the early and mid-50s charted by people like Kitty Kallen (Little Things Mean a Lot) and Doris Day (If I Give My Heart To You). Both sources provide mostly slow ballads, though there's an upbeat version of Seven Lonely Days (closer to the Georgia Gibbs version than the Patsy Cline) here as well.
Bard does a good job with most of the songs -- she does have a nice voice and (as in the chorus of the title song) can change her volume when needed for emphasis. But on the standards, there's nothing here to suggest that she has a talent for finding new interpretations in older songs. (Her version of Tammy seems so mechanical that one would think she'd never heard it and was reading the words for the first time straight from the sheet music. That's the exception, though, most of her vocals are capable, though not extraordinary.)
Just one or two ensemble efforts, and the major one -- To Know Him's original flip side, Don't You Worry My Little Pet -- is totally sabotaged here by inadequate sound. As backup singers, Spector and Leib are usually adequate, but there are a couple of songs in which their voices sound thin and reedy. ("Geeky" was the adjective that came to mind.)
The sound quality here varies, though most of it is fairly good (certainly more than adequate, with the exceptions noted above), if not all that high-fidelity. (Unlike a lot of Spector's early stuff, it's not muddy at all.) Though as far as I know this album preceded stereo sound, most of the original album material here has Annette separated onto one track and most everything else on the other.
All in all, this is interesting and enjoyable, but one doesn't get the impression that the group's failure to penetrate the national charts after their one big hit was a miscarriage of justice: it's not bad; there's just nothing exceptional.
That was the first hit for the Los Angeles label owned by Herb Newman and Lou Bedell and formed that same year as a subsidiary of their Era Records, with offices at prestigious Hollywood & Vine, but no such luck would follow the second release, Wonderful, Lovable You b/w Till You'll Be Mine on Doré 520. In fact it withered and died on the vine. But that didn't bother Spector who had already parlayed his first success into a new deal with the much larger Imperial records, home of Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson, among many more.
There he was given the go-ahead to produce an album which, titled The Teddy Bears Sing, came out in both mono and stereo on Imperial LP 9069/12010 in 1959. Containing mainly covers of earlier hits (see the list below) it only served to underscore the limited range of the vocals. Five of the twelve tracks were also released as singles, with Oh Why b/w I Don't Need You Anymore struggling to a # 91 and 98 respectively on the Hot 100 in February/March on Imperial 5562. The other two, You Said Goodbye b/w If You Only Knew (The Love I Have For You) - which was not part of the LP - on Imperial 5581, and Seven Lonely Days b/w Don't Go Away on Imperial 5594, did nothing.
And that was it. Lieb, who passed away in 2002, became a touring member of The Hollywood Argyles for a spell, while Annette, who would change her name to Carol Connors, went on to become a notable songwriter and singer, co-writing Hey Little Cobra for The Rip Chords and Gonna Fly Now (aka The Theme From Rocky) for Bill Conti, among many more. She even had a fling with Elvis Presley in the early 1960s. And everyone who knows anything about Pop music is aware of Spector's accomplishments as a producer, especially his Wall Of Sound period. They also know he's currently serving 19 years to life for second-degree murder.
The following tracks are in this Door Records release, which is still available new from other sources with adequate sound reproduction (hardly perfect by any means) so, seeing as it's the ONLY current place you'll find all their sides, Amazon might wish to think about re-stocking it here. Note, too, that "LP" appears beside those that formed the Imperial LP along with the singles mentioned above:
1. To Know Him Is To Love Him; 2. Don't Worry My Little Pet; 3. Wonderful, Lovable You; 4. Say You'll Be Mine; 5. Oh Why (LP); 6. I Don't Need You Anymore (LP); 7. If You Only Knew (The Love I Have For You); 8. You Said Goodbye (LP); 9. Don't Go Away (LP); 10. Seven Lonely Days (LP); 11. If I Give My Heart To You (LP); 12. My Foolish Heart (LP); 13. Little Things Mean A Lot (LP); 14. Long Ago And Far Away (LP); 15. Tammy (LP); 16. Unchained Melody (LP); 17. True Love (LP); 18. To Know Him Is To Love Him (Live)