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​(ACE Records) 28 tracks ​​(ACE Records) 28 tracks Why is it I love girl singers so much?... more

Various: Early Girls Vol.3

​(ACE Records) 28 tracks

​​(ACE Records) 28 tracks

Why is it I love girl singers so much? Maybe it's the fact that my mother was one. I'd ask my analyst, if I had one. Freud aside, let's see what scrumptious all-female delights Messrs Broven, Churchill & Finnis (the Ace selection panel) have in store for us on the latest collection of Early Girls. Jazz divas, pop queens and some schoolgirls named after their own hairdos (no, not the Poni-tails!) - and that's just for starters. Mmm, looks like girl pop aficionados like myself are in for another treat.

Patti Page was surely the Madonna of her day. One wonders if the hip clubbers who raved to Groove Armada's On The Beach last year realised they were chilling to the Singing Rage's 1957 classic Old Cape Cod in disguise. Here's the Ibiza crowd's chance to 'sample' the original. Patti's fans will no doubt also appreciate the inclusion of delicious tracks by multi-tracked former big band singer Margie Rayburn, Philly teenagers Jodie Sands, breathy-voiced 1960s TV starlet Shelley Fabares and mysterious Hollywood folkie Shelby Flint whose delicate offerings are scattered like cherries throughout this cake of a compilation.

Those with a taste for nuttier R&B might prefer the selections by Della Reese (dig that diction!), Stax legend Carla Thomas, Esther Phillips (reborn as a country singer), Etta James (ditto as an interpreter of standards), cool jazz icon Etta Jones, white soul goddess Timi Yuro and Faye 'Atomic' Adams whose rousing original of the perennial Shake A Hand must surely be the definitive version. Talking of rousing, blonde bombshell Lillian Briggs out-swings Louis Jordan on her attack on his I Want You To Be My Baby. This is the version Alan Freed fan Ellie Greenwich thrilled to back in 1955 and helped inspire her to write her own songs. Thanks, Lillian.

Among the poppier lovelies representing early 1960s solo girls are Joanie Sommers (the voice of a zillion Pepsi Cola jingles), beach bunny Diane Ray, Suzie Clark (whose P J Proby-composed Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya is the only non-chart track on this CD) plus Connie wannabes like Ginnie Arnell, Bernadette Carroll and Little Peggy March, the youngest female ever to top the Hot 100.

But speaking on behalf, if I may, of all femme pop devotees out there in punterland, the icing on this irresistible confection has to be the inclusion of a handful of desirable girl group-style gems. Where else can you find the Percells' What Are Boys Made Of, the Starlets' Better Tell Him No and He's Mine by the incredibly monikered Alice Wonder Land (a singing maid, no less - eat your heart out, Little Eva). Nowhere that's where. What a coup!

Spanning the years 1953 to 1964, this varied compilation sounds as lovely as the deluxe packaging looks. The booklet is simply to die for. It is, as they say, exactly what it states on the tin - 28 female classics from the Golden Age of American Pop. Buy with confidence.

By Mick Patrick

Article properties: Various: Early Girls Vol.3

  • Interpret: Various

  • Album titlle: Early Girls Vol.3

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667177528

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Various - Early Girls Vol.3 CD 1
01 What Kind Of Girl Do You Think I Am CHARMAINES
02 Don't You Know REESE, Della
03 I Will Follow Him LITTLE PEGGY MARCH
04 Shake A Hand ADAMS, FAYE
05 Look In My Eyes CHANTELS
06 Better Tell Him No STARLETS
07 With All My Heart SANDS, Jodie
08 Please Love Me Forever CATHY JEAN & THE ROOMMATES
09 Don't Go To Strangers JONES, Etta
10 He's Mine ALICE WONDER LAND
11 I Want You To Be My Baby BRIGGS, Lillian
12 What Are Boys Made Of PERCELLS
13 Party Girl CARROLL, Bernadette
14 Hey Lover DOVALE, Debbie
15 Johnny Angel FABARES, Shelley
16 My One And Only Jimmy Boy GIRLFRIENDS
17 I'm Available RAYBURN, Margie
18 Hurt YURO, Timi
19 At Last JAMES, Etta
20 Birthday Party PIKIES THREE
21 Dumb Head ARNELL, Ginny
22 Old Cape Cod PAGE, Petti
23 Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard RAY, Diane
24 Angel On My Shoulder FLINT, Shelby
25 Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) THOMAS, Carla
26 Johnny Get Angry SOMMERS, Joannie
27 Release Me LITTLE ESTHER PHILLIPS
28 Teen Age Prayer MANN, Gloria
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