Early Girls, Vol. 4

Early Girls, Vol. 4


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What can you say about a compilation that follows Rosemary Clooney with Little Eva, and LaVern Baker with Annette Funicello? You can say it is the fourth installment of Ace's entertaining Early Girls series. This volume focuses on chart hits between 1954 and 1964, and isn't afraid to include anyone though most of the artists are straight pop like Patience and Prudence, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and the McGuire Sisters. There are also girl groups (the Cookies, the Essex), unknown R&B singers (Theola Kilgore, Annie Laurie), sweet teenagers (Marcy Jo, Jamie Horton), country crooners (Sue Thompson) and untamed forces of nature (Brenda Lee). The volume strikes a nice balance between well-known artists and obscurities, the highlights of the disc come from both camps. From the former are Brenda Lee's knock-out novelty "Dum Dum," the Cookies candy kissed "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)," Nancy Wilson's " (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," Patience and Prudence's perky "Gonna Get Along Without You Now"; from the latter are Tracey Dey's silly but fun "Teenage Cleopatra," Theola Kilgore's "The Love of My Man," the Toy Dolls' "Little Tin Soldier" and best of all from a woman who managed to be the paramour of both Ray Charles and Little Jimmy Scott, Mary Ann Fisher's absolutely fierce R&B howler "I Can't Take It." Overall the disc may lean a bit heavily on the orchestras and schmaltz but if you can stand it, Early Girls, Vol. 4 is a fun and sweet trip through an oft-ignored area of American pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667007627
catalogNumber: 1045
Rank: 56470

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Technical Credits

Bob Roberts   Composer
Lou Harrison   Composer
Alan Freed   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Charles Randolph Grean   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Jimmy Williams   Composer
Gerry Granahan   Composer
Charlie Gore   Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross   Composer
Louis Innis   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Fred Spielman   Composer
Janice Torre   Composer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Fred Darian   Composer
Julius Edward Dixon   Composer
Joseph VanWinkle   Composer
Adam Levy   Composer
Bob Roberts   Composer
Anthony Bruno   Composer

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