Where the Girls Are, Vol. 4

Where the Girls Are, Vol. 4


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This series of girl group rarities and oddities turns its focus to the Atlantic vaults for its fourth volume. Actually, some of these might tread closer to soul, pop
ock sung by female solo vocalists, or even doo wop than the standard girl group sound. But that shouldn't bother people looking for some reasonably interesting rock in this vein of the early and mid-1960s, which is here in quantity on this uneven but generally worthwhile anthology. None of these were big hits, and in fact only a few of the performers (Doris Troy, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, April Stevens) will ring bells for most non-specialist listeners. There are some quite good tracks here, though: the original version of "A Groovy Kind of Love" by Patti LaBelle; Shirley Matthews's "Big Town Boy" (a fine Phil Spector sound-alike and a big hit in her native Canada); Troy's customarily excellent soul-pop
ock on her two tracks; more son-of-wall-of-sound on the Goodnight Kisses' "If He Kissed Me"; Shirelles-style stuff by Carol Shaw (later of Goldie & the Gingerbreads) on "Jimmy Boy"; and a rare 1956 doo wop/pop outing by the Cookies (the only track here not from 1960-67). Sometimes the cuts are obviously imitative, like the Dorelles' "Heat Wave" knockoff "The Beating of My Heart," or the Meantimes' "Friday Kind of Monday" (produced and written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich), an answer record to the Mamas and the Papas' "Monday, Monday." Atlantic's high standard of production and arrangements makes this sound better and more accomplished than many such odds-and-ends compilations, and there are some big names among the producers of these tracks, like Barry-Greenwich, Bob Crewe, Nino Tempo, and Bert Berns.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2001
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667180221
catalogNumber: 802
Rank: 53468

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Artie Butler   Conductor
Charles Calello   Conductor
Hank Levine   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor
James Abbott   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ellie Greenwich   Composer,Producer
April Stevens   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Lori Burton   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger,Producer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Larry Santos   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Kenny Young   Composer,Producer
Harold Rome   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Cecil Holmes   Composer
Nino Tempo   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Art Resnick   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer,Producer
Bert Berns   Composer,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Charles Calello   Arranger,Composer
Scott English   Composer
George Kerr   Producer
Hank Levine   Arranger
Vic Millrose   Composer
Doris Payne   Composer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger,Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Frank Slay   Producer
Brenda Williams   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Toni Wine   Composer
Ronald Moseley   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Lockie Edwards   Composer
William McCorkle   Composer
Carmen Taylor   Composer
Willis Carroll   Composer
James Abbott   Arranger
Henri Herpin   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Jean Marie Blanvillain   Composer
Lydia Marcelle   Composer

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