Myrmidons of Melodrama Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I purchased this CD over 4yrs ago and I still enjoy it greatly. Nobody can sing teenage melodrama like the Shangri-las! Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Darren. O
Myrmidons is the only way to go. Either version. Other reviews will give you
the differences between the two versions. Read more
Mary Weiss is the late twentieth-century incarnation of the White Goddess.
Neither Oak Leaf nor Plane Leaf, she is the proto-Leaf of the Whitmanian girl-group Kosmos.
The Shangri-Las "Myrmidons of Melodrama" CD with the Pop-Art color cover, RPM Catalogue Number 136, was released by RPM in 1994. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by KC Ryan
The Shangrilas recorded some absolutely unforgettable music and this is the collection to have, whether you're a newbie or a diehard. The Ultimate in teen angst. Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Jay Keaveny
The CD is great- the Shangri-Las show their talent to the fullest with the variety of songs they perform. Read morePublished on April 16, 2008 by Joe Husson
I think you provide a great service and I have all intentions of dealing with you again.Published on December 13, 2007 by E. S. Fanti
These songs are scary, they are so great. And the dating tips are totally righteous.Published on October 30, 2007 by V. Hansmann