Foolish Little Girl/Sing Their Hits from It's a Mad Mad Mad World

Foolish Little Girl/Sing Their Hits from It's a Mad Mad Mad World

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The Shirelles' fifth and sixth albums are combined onto one CD with this 2009 reissue, with the addition of historical liner notes. In keeping with the rest of Ace's extensive series of Shirelles two-fers, it's the kind of thing where the best tracks have long been cherrypicked for numerous Shirelles compilations, which are by far the best way for most fans to hear the group. As 1963 LPs went, however, they weren't bad, even if certain tracks stuck out as by far the best of the lot. On the first of these records to be issued that year, Foolish Little Girl, the undisputed highlight, is the great and fetching title track, their last big hit. The rest of the LP contained an erratic mix of quick-paced, R&B-inclined tunes and generally more satisfying slower pop
ockers, highlighted by the young Van McCoy's "Abra Ka Dabra" and the very good midtempo number "Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye," a Top 30 hit that was reminiscent (as the liner notes rightly point out) of their prior single "A Thing of the Past." Some pretty notable talents were in the songwriting credits, including McCoy (who also wrote the effervescent "I Don't Think So"), Sam Cooke (co-author of "Only Time Will Tell"), and Four Seasons hit songwriting team Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe ("Talk Is Cheap"), but it still added up to only an average LP overall. In retrospect, the Shirelles might have been starting to flounder a little stylistically with the subsequent It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, starting with the showbizzy title track (intended but not used as the theme for the hit movie of the same name), which nonetheless has some goofy charm. Despite contributions from notable songwriters Mack David and Ed Townsend, the other tracks are largely just fair late girl group-styled tunes, sometimes getting into a dated generic dance-party-themed bag. The version of "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da" isn't an impressive addition to their résumé, either, considering it closely follows the Phil Spector-produced hit arrangement of that standard by Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. "Around the World" is an ill-fitting detour into bossa nova. It's an indictment of the LP's slightly substandard quality that the best track by far, "Boys" (famously covered by the Beatles), had been issued as a single back in 1960, and already included on their debut LP that same year.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667037020
catalogNumber: 1227
Rank: 65881

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirelles   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Jackie Ross   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Mack Davis   Composer
Joseph DeAngelis   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Jessie Hill   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Peter Miller   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Ian Porter   Composer

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