Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook

Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook

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Overview

Unlike Hung on You, Ace's third dip into the Gerry Goffin & Carole King catalog, Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook -- the label's third compilation of the duo's songs -- contains a pretty heavy dose of big hits. Chalk this up to the label being able to secure licensing for Phil Spector and Shadow Morton productions, an achievement that eluded them in 2008 when they released Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Here, the Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack" anchor a disc of 24 tracks that celebrate the heyday of the Brill Building, usually via the mid-'60s singles that provided all the glory but also through a few '70s reflections. The latter provides some variety at the end of the collection -- the Strangeloves pounding away through the trashy teen anthem "Honey Do," Freddie Scott getting funky on "Am I Grooving You," Wilson Pickett grooving through the bubblegum "Sugar, Sugar," giving it more grit than it needs, Dusty Springfield's soulful "What Good Is I Love You," Andy Kim turning "Be My Baby" into a tinny AM pop sensation, and the Paley Brothers reviving Spectorisms as power pop -- but the appeal of Sweet Things rests in those exquisitely sculpted pieces or professional pop, so finely made that even the non-hits seem like testaments to the glory days of the 7" single.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667070621
catalogNumber: 5014254
Rank: 56214

Tracks

  1. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?
  2. He's Got the Power
  3. Friday
  4. (Today I Met) the Boy I'm Gonna Marry
  5. Then He Kissed Me
  6. Dance Marie
  7. Another Boy Like Mine
  8. Little Bell
  9. Whisper Sweet Things
  10. Leader of the Pack
  11. Gee Baby Gee
  12. What's a Girl Supposed To Do
  13. Heaven Only Knows
  14. You Don't Know
  15. Our Love Can Still Be Saved
  16. I'm Nobody's Baby Now
  17. I Wish I Never Saw the Sunshine
  18. Spring Fever
  19. Honey Do
  20. Am I Grooving You
  21. Sugar, Sugar
  22. What Good is I Love You
  23. Be My Baby
  24. Baby, Let's Stick Together

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ellie Greenwich   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Photo Courtesy
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Andy Kim   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
John Abbott   Arranger
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Bert Berns   Composer,Producer
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Artie Butler   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Tom Dowd   Producer
Stanley Schwartz   Arranger
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Arranger,Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Marty Sanders   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Steve Venet   Composer,Producer
Tony Powers   Composer
Nanette Licari   Photo Courtesy
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Mike Rashkow   Composer,Producer
George Morton   Composer
Shadow Morton   Producer
Don Charles Hampton   Photo Courtesy
Myrna Giraud Rhodes   Photo Courtesy

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