Absolutely Right!: The Complete Tiger, Loma and Warner Bros. Recordings

Absolutely Right!: The Complete Tiger, Loma and Warner Bros. Recordings

by The ApollasThe Apollas


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All-female soul trio the Apollas (with changing personnel, though Leola Jiles was a constant as lead singer) recorded quite a bit in the 1960s without making much commercial headway. This 25-track compilation has all of the singles they did from 1965-1968 for Warner Bros. and its R&B-oriented Loma subsidiary, as well as a couple 1963-1964 singles they did for Tiger as the Lovejoys, some unreleased tracks, and a 1967 solo single by Jiles (one of whose sides, "Keep It Coming," appears in a previously unissued, undubbed version). How could a group that often recorded early compositions by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson (as well as material by Billy Vera, Barry White, Don Everly, and Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich) have escaped much notice? Well, the Apollas never did grab a hold of particularly great or obviously commercial songs. They were distinguished from many other African-American female groups of the time by a more heavily gospelish bent on some of their sides, Jiles occasionally letting loose with some particularly intense wails. Maybe she should have done so more often: the adaptation of "Wade on the Water" on a 1963 Lovejoys single (titled "Wait 'Round the Corner") has some uninhibited rawness that would have been welcome as a more regular feature. Not especially girl group-oriented for the most part, their singles explored several directions of mainstream mid-'60s soul, sometimes in a derivative fashion: on "I'm Under the Influence of Love," the Supremes' influence verges on the pronounced. A more orchestrated approach with hints of Dionne Warwick, albeit with more aggression, was tried on Jiles' few solo Warners recordings. You couldn't call these lost classics, but they're decent period soul pieces, and the 28-page liner notes (with many quotes from the Apollas) comprise a definitive history.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2012
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667236522
catalogNumber: 6723652
Rank: 85468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apollas   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

James Cleveland   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Jimmy Wisner   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Jeff Barry   Composer
Artie Butler   Arranger
George Devens   Composer
Dick Glasser   Composer,Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Billy Vera   Composer
Billy Page   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Paul Leo Politi   Composer
Walter Marks   Composer
Clint Ballard   Composer,Producer
Lockie Edwards   Composer
Kay Rogers   Composer
Vicki Fox   Photo Coloring
Richard Monica   Composer
Jesse Herring   Composer
Josephine Armstead   Composer
James Russell   Composer
Laurence Weiss   Composer
Norman Mendoza   Composer
James Steward   Composer
June Tansey   Composer

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