||From the Vault...
"The Best Of The Girl Groups, Volume 1"
© Rhino Records
Year of Release: 1990
"Leader Of The Pack"The Shangri-La's
"He's So Fine"The Chiffons
"Chapel Of Love"The Dixe Cups
"The Boy From
New York City"The Ad-Libs
"The Shoop Shoop Song
(It's In His Kiss)"Betty Everett
"Sally Go 'Round
The Roses"The Jaynetts
In The Sand)"The Shangri-La's
"One Fine Day"The Chiffons
"Party Lights"Claudine Clark
"People Say"The Dixie Cups
"He's Got The Power"The Exciters
"I Can't Stay
Mad At You"Skeeter Davis
"I Wanna Love Him
So Bad"The Jelly Beans
"Baby It's You"The Shirelles
"Give Him A
Great Big Kiss"The Shangri-La's
"I Can't Let Go"Evie Sands
Various Artists related sites:
"The Best Of The Girl Groups, Volume 1"
Featuring four Number One singles, and other songs that will joggle your
memory (for those old enough... "Oh yeah, I remember that one!...) Rhino's
"The Best Of The Girl Groups, Volume 1" will obviously travel one down the
Oldies Road. Back in the early years of Rock 'N Roll, before Motown and many
female dominated acts (like Diana Ross & The Supremes), there were many
girl groups who recorded some very catchy and memorable tunes.
The four Number Ones contained on this volume are songs that are obviously
remembered by anyone who is knowledgable of music, by any age:
|"Leader Of The Pack"
||(the pre-biker "Born To Be Wild")
|"He's So Fine"
||(the original "My Sweet Lord")
|"Chapel Of Love"
||The Dixe Cups
||(a great song for weddings)
|"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
||(the musical question to ask DURING the wedding reception)
All four songs -- great oldies, great music.
Most people think of the Manhattan Transfer for the song "The Boy From
New York City," but The Ad-Libs were the ones that originally recorded this
song, with just as much spark and energy as the Manhattan Transfer recorded it.
Likewise, Cher recorded "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)," in
the upcoming decades to follow; Betty Everett was the one who recorded it
originally. I'd have to go with the original on this one, this one is a true
golden oldie. (And no, Whitney Houston did not record her own version of this
song, like Cher did... that was different altogether, entitled "Shoop Shoop.")
The Jaynetts' "Sally Go 'Round The Roses may not be a most-remembered
oldie, but the more you listen to it, it will grow on you to become a regular
played golden oldie too. Another memorable oldie done by The Shangri-La's, was
"Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)," a song that has been covered by many
harder rock bands, featuring female lead vocalists. (I believe The Runaways
(Joan Jett, Lita Ford) recorded this one.) This song I think, was recorded
before its time; it's musical style was meant for the harder rock acts, even
though The Shangri-La's style does fit the 1960s era.
And another golden oldie in this volume is the Gerry Goffin-Carole King
composition, "One Fine Day" by The Chiffons. Their hit "She's So
Fine" reached number one, and how "One Fine Day" did not reach the
top of the charts when it was a popular hit, is beyond me; that song, (like
many songs before and after it), should of reached number one.
The remaining songs are the ones that really aren't most remembered, but
yet, they are great little tunes added to sweeten the pie for this volume.
Well, there is one song that may be remembered the most of the remaining nine
songs (here's a hint, it was recorded by The Beatles). We'll get to that one
in a moment, but first let's review the remaining songs in the order of appearance...
Claudine Clark's "Party Lights" is a cute little bouncy number,
that truly captures the sound of the 1960s era. The Dixie Cups return
with "People Say," a song with well-done harmonies, and is a simple
song; maybe not as catching as the earlier songs heard on this volume.
The Exciters had a popular hit called "Tell Him," (featured
on The Best Of The Girl Groups, Volume 2); "He's Got The Power"
is a bonus track, and it's as energetic as "Tell Him," and out of
curiosity, you'd be wanting to see if there is a "best-of" The Exciters,
because their music is very energetic, and you'll be eager to hear more of
their music, if there is any.
Another bonus track is a cute little tune that easily fits this era:
Skeeter Davis' "I Can't Stay Mad At You." Her most famous hit
was a country tune called "The End Of The World," (most remembered also
by Herman's Hermits). Her song on this volume is an easy ear-catcher, and a
great song to be included for this volume.
And then there's another cute jumping song (no pun on the girl group's
name...) The Jumping Beans' "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" is a song
having a cute beat like The Dixie Cups' "Chapel Of Love" and has the
"bouncing low voice" heard in "The Boy From New York City."
Earlier, I mentioned that Cher had re-recorded a version of Betty
Everett's "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)." Well, Cher has
one of her very early songs on this volume, (another bonus track), "Dream
Baby." The music and style easily fits the other songs on this album,
and since Cher has a very unique singing voice, you will probably be surprised
that this song is recorded by the "one-and-only" Cher. It has a Phil
Spector-atmosphere about it. The song was Cher's first single, as was written
by her future husband, Sonny Bono.
Now the song that was recorded by The Beatles in their very early years...
"Baby It's You" by The Shirelles. This is truly a great rock
'n' roll oldie. Both versions by The Shirelles and The Beatles are in the same
musical style. And for a real test, this song was re-recorded (in a much
harder rock fashion) by the group Smith on Rhino's Super Hits of the '70s,
Have a Nice Day, Volume 1.
Now for the "Oh! I remember that one!" category: It seems that every
Shangri-La's song triggers the memory bank. "Give Him A Great Big
Kiss" is a great tune, as in their most famous hit, "Leader Of The
Pack." And, the last song, may not be best remembered by the girl
who recorded it (Evie Sands), but by The Hollies: "I Can't Let
Go." This song by Evie Sands is also a bonus track.
Rhino's Best Of The Girl Groups, Volume 1 is a wonderful journey
down the Oldies Memory Lane. It's a great way of discovering (or remembering)
the great oldies of the early years of rock 'n' roll, before The Beatles came
along, and created a whole new chapter of popular music and beyond. Back then,
when rock 'n' roll was dominated by male performers, it's obvious that this
volume was the building blocks for the future women of rock, during and long
after the 1960s.
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