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Featuring 28 tracks by 'West Coast Girls', including the Blossoms, Donna Loren, the Delicates, Dorothy Berry, Yvonne Carroll, & more. Ace. 1995.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You're So Fine - Dorothy Berry
  2. A Little Bit Of Soap - Yvonne Carroll
  3. Stop Shovin' Me Around - The Delicates
  4. Dream World - Donna Loren
  5. Crying On A Pillow - Dorothy Berry
  6. He's A Big Deal - Renee Medina
  7. Goodbye Jimmy - Panda Berry
  8. You Haven't Seen Nothing - Dee Dee Young
  9. Don't Mess Around With Me - Sister Rachel
  10. Nothing To Write Home About - The Francettes
  11. Love Bells - The Galens
  12. Date Bait - Diane Maxwell
  13. You Better Watch Out Boy - The Accents
  14. Chinese Lanterns - The Galens
  15. The Boy I Love - Renee Medina
  16. Write Me A Letter - The Blossoms
  17. I've Been Hurt - The Delicates
  18. How Long Must This Fool Pay - Yvonne Carroll
  19. I'll Wait - The Blossoms
  20. I Want To Get Married - The Delicates
  21. The Search Is Over - The Blossoms
  22. Hard To Get - The Blossoms
  23. Come On Everybody - The Delicates
  24. I Gotta Tell It - The Blossoms
  25. Big Talkin' Jim - The Blossoms
  26. Mister Loveman - Yvonne Carroll
  27. Comin' Down With Love - The Delicates
  28. Muscle Bustle - Donna Loren


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000009J8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Now don't get me wrong by my title - I do love Donna Loren and her many singing works (see my other review of her "at this CD's time, yet unreleased" set). But I think the makers of this collection felt they needed to mention her as a "feature" here (along with the Blossoms and others) to give it a boost. Not necessary at all! Her two contributions - "Muscle Bustle" and "Dream World" aren't even two of my favorites of hers by selections.

But you know what? There is so much other fun and great stuff here by lesser-known names (all tracks here being from the Challenge Label), you don't have to care that much! This is the biggest set of works by the Blossoms (6 of 28 overall tracks) and the cleanest cuts of the Delicates I've heard - my only samples of them being from the scratchy "Poodle Skirts/Pony Tails" sets to date. It seems many were catching on to the "Wall of Sound" and lots of great interpretations! Among my favorites "The Boy I Love" - Renee Medina; "Come on Everybody" - Delicates; "Crying on my Pillow" - Dorothy Berry and the powerful cover of 50s pop tune "A Little Bit of Soap" - Yvonne Carroll. I really expected another enormous "explosion" with the gigantic beat buildup from "I Want to Get Married" - Delicates, but then this trails off in to a beautiful soul tune.

Also very cute and peppy songs too, like: "You Haven't Seen Nothing (till you've seen my new boyfriend)" - Dee Dee Young; "Good-Bye Ginny" (mistitled "Jimmy") - Panda Berry; "Love Bells" (ting-a-ling-a-ling!) - The Galens; "I Gotta Tell it" - Blossoms and the sweetest of all being "Date Bait" - Diane Maxwell. The only track here credited from the late 1950s ('59) and you can easily tell by the beat. "...I hear your motor comin' down the street, so I rush to the door with lightin' on my feet...!
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If you collect Golden Oldies then you must be aware of the London-based Ace Records who cover all aspects from Blues to R&B to Rockabilly and, of course, R&R, as well as Folk, Jazz and Country. Here they provide that branch-off devoted to the Girl Group Sound with 28 tracks recorded for Gene Autry's Challenge Records, the majority of them from 1961-1964, including three previously unreleased. Their attention to sound reproduction is evident - as always - as is their devotion to background information with a multiple-page insert written by Mick Patrick sprinkled with the vintage photos and poster-record reproductions that have become their unchallenged trademark.

Releasing singles for a wide variety of artists from 1957 to 1969, Challenge didn't exactly burn up the charts, with their best being the instrumental group The Champs, along with Jerry Wallace, The Knickerbockers, Jerry Fuller and a couple from Country artists Wynn Stewart and Jan Howard. As for the Girl Groups, their charted singles were not only minimal, but usually finishing in the nether regions of the Billboard Pop Hot 100. Not one among the 25 presented here that were released (see the Comments below) made the Billboard Bubble Under charts never mind the Hot 100, although they do give you the flipsides of 3 that did - Love Bells by The Galens (which backed the 1963 # 70 Baby, I Do Love You asn Challenge 59212); Date Bait by Diane Maxwell (backing the 1959 # 95 Jimmy Kiss And Run as Challenge 59039); and I'll Wait by The Blossoms (b/o their 1961 # 71 Son-In-Law - an "answer" song to Ernie K-Doe's monster hit Mother-In-Law, asn Challenge 59109.

Finding those charted sides (it would have been nice to have them included here) can be a bit of a problem.
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The people at ace records have done it again with this terriffic compilation of the Challenge label. Some of the ballad standouts are write me a letter by the blossoms featuring Darlene Love before the Phil Spector days. Chinese lanterns by the Galens is more on the popular side and I've Been Hurt by the Delicates is more bluesy. For me the stand out and reason enough to buy this cd was the never before released How long must this fool pay by Yvonne Carroll. The arrangement is soulful and lush. I can't believe this was never released back in the day.
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