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Myrmidons of Melodrama Import

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Their complete Redbird recordings! 33 tracks including all their big hits (Leader of the Pack ; hit and alternate versions of Give Him a Great Big Kiss; Remember (Walkin' in the Sand), etc.), plus their rare single for Spokane/Scepter (Wishing Well B&W Hate to Say I Told You So) and four radio spots, all attractively annotated.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Remember (Walkin' In The
  2. It's Easier To Cry
  3. Leader Of The Pack
  4. What Is Love
  5. Give Him A Great Big Kiss
  6. Maybe
  7. Out In The Streets
  8. Boy
  9. Give Us Your Blessings
  10. Heaven Only Knows
  11. Right Now And Not Later
  12. Train From Kansas Cit
  13. Never Again
  14. I'm Blue
  15. What's A Girl Supposed To
  16. Dum Dum Ditty
  17. You Cheated, You Lied
  18. I Can Never Go Home Anymo
  19. Bull Dog
  20. Long Live Our Love
  21. Sophisticated Boom Boom
  22. Eh Cried
  23. Dressed In Black
  24. Past, Present And Future
  25. Paradise
  26. Love You More Than Yester
  27. Wishing Well
  28. Hate To Say I Told You So
  29. Give Him A Great Big Kiss
  30. How Pretty Can You Get? (
  31. Revlon Endorsement (Radio
  32. Good Taste Tip (Radio Spo
  33. Dating Courtesy Tip (Radi


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rpm Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000073R4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Shangri-Las, together with producer Shadow Morton, carved out a truly unique sound among the girl-groups of the early '60s. Not only were their songs darker than the rest, but Shadow Morton's production, though perhaps not up to the maniacal standards of Phil Spector's, had an unusual sense of invention. Lead vocalist Mary Weiss not only had the bad-girl lyrics and image, but the voice to put across the songs' melodrama. RPM's 33-track 1994 release (and it's re-configured, 2002 reissue, RPM 506) is far-and-away the best collection of the group's material that's ever been made available.

Included among the tracks are the group's best known hits ("(Remember) Walkin' in the Sand" "Leader of the Pack" "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" "I Can Never Go Home Anymore"), lower-charting singles (a cover of the Chantels' "Maybe," "Out in the Streets," "Give Us Your Blessing," "Right Now and Not Later," "Long Live Our Love," "He Cried," "Past, Present and Future") and superbly selected B-sides and album tracks.

Highlights include Barry & Greenwich's love torn "The Train From Kansas City" (featuring one of their best-ever lines, "I'll be back in the time it takes to break a heart," rendered by Weiss with a wrench of the heart that lingers long after the song ends), Morton's truly bizarre spoken-jazz "Sophisticated Boom Boom" (covered by ex-Box Top Alex Chilton in his solo live set), Ike Turner's fabulous "I'm Blue," and Harry Nilsson's "Paradise.
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As most buyers of Shangri-Las music have already discovered, there are two versions of the group's greatest hits collecton "Myrmidons of Melodrama," one released in 1995 that sports a color, pop art-inspired cover and one released in 2002 that sports a black-and-white cover with a photo of the group. Although both versions have essentially the same tracks on them, there are some minor differences that could influence a customer's decision to purchase one over the other. These differences are listed below:

Original version with color artwork released in 1995: This version includes the singles "Maybe," "Wishing Well," and "Hate To Say I Told You So," which are NOT included on the 2002 re-release. This version, however, lacks any stereo mixes of the songs and does not include the single "Simon Says/Simon Speaks."

2002 re-release with the black-and-white cover: This version includes stereo mixes of some of the group's singles and includes the single "Simon Says/Simon Speaks." Excluding the three songs mentioned above, the track listing is identical to the original version (taking into account the fact that the tracks are listed out of order on the back of the CD). This is a minor, albeit irritating, clerical error.

So the question really becomes one of importance. If it is more important to you to have the three songs that are included on the 1995 version, then that is the one you should buy. If having stereo mixes of the songs is what you're after, then the 2002 re-release is for you. Personally, I would rather have the stereo mixes of some of the group's classic hits than have three songs that I have never heard before, but that it merely my preference. Collectors will probably want to buy both versions.
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Probably more so than any other sixties girl group The Shangri-las have suffered at the hand of poor quality CD reissues that usually make their music sound like it was recorded down the end of a very long corridor. RPM promised vastly improved sound quality with this release and they deliver (well they do their best given the quality of the source material).
This CD offers a mega 33 tracks, practically everything the Shangs recorded (except for the live version of `Twist and Shout', but trust me, you'll live) and even includes several absolute obscurities such as `Paradise', `Wishing Well' and `Hate To Say I Told You So', all of which are fab. All the regular Shangri-Las favourites are here including `The Leader Of The Pack', `Give him A Great Big Kiss', `Give Us Your Blessings', `Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)' and the list goes on. I particularly like the numbers where the girls really let loose their primal wailing like on "He Cried", "Dressed In Black" and "Out In The Streets". Their brand of effect laden tragi-pop is without equal, there's so many great songs on here it's pointless trying to list them all and work out what makes them so great.
The liner notes are comprehensive and as an added bonus you also get four radio ads that lead-La Mary Weiss recorded in the sixties, and she offers "good taste" tips no teen would want to be without. But the burning question is : how do you dance to this? Answer: Close, very, very close.
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This cd is one of the best of the lot out there. Lots of great notes and info concerning the girls. Of the 4 Shangri-las, only 2 are still alive....Plenty of "fake" Shangri-las out there touring. This cd includes about all they recorded...their Red Bird stuff is the best, when they worked with Shadow Morton. This is the one in collecting The Shangri-las recordings.
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