Where the Girls Are, Vol. 5

Where the Girls Are, Vol. 5

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Overview

As a trawl through the recesses of the Columbia vaults for obscure non-hit 1960s records in the girl group style, or at least bearing girl group influences, this is a mighty impressive labor of archivism. Only a few of these 26 tracks are by singers with major or modest reputations, those including obscurities by Aretha Franklin (a pre-stardom 1965 single, "Sweet Bitter Love"); the 1968 single "The Right to Cry" by her sister, Erma Franklin; Doris Day's "Let the Little Girl Limbo," not even released until 1997; and Laura Nyro's "Spanish Harlem," which isn't all that obscure, but what the hey, it fits, just about. There are also a couple of little-known outings by singers much better known as actresses, those being a 1967 single by Bernadette Peters and a 1968 cover of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's moody "Wasn't It You" by Peggy Lipton. The CD's also dotted with obscure songwriting efforts by the likes of Neil Diamond, Al Kooper, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Van McCoy, Brute Force of the Tokens, Bert Berns, and Curtis Mayfield. In keeping with the way these things often turn out, reading the stories behind these off-the-wall flops (well told in the liner notes) is more interesting than the music itself. But the music's OK, and sometimes more than OK. Cases in point include the Pussycats' Shangri-Las-like single "Dressed in Black"/"I Want Your Love"; Jan Tanzy's catchy "That New Boy in Town" (co-penned by Neil Diamond); the deep-voiced April Young's "Gonna Make Him My Baby," one of the closer Phil Spector imitations of the mid-'60s; and Sandi Sheldon's "Baby You're Mine," one of a large log of quality non-hits penned and produced by Van McCoy in his Brill Building days. Some of the later tracks on this anthology are more pop-soul than they are girl group-related, but it's no big deal; it's better to be more flexible than draw rigid stylistic boundaries, particularly if it helps a few tracks of specialized collector interest escape the vaults.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2003
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667182324
catalogNumber: 823
Rank: 63159

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Darin   Piano
Van McCoy   Conductor
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Herb Bernstein   Conductor
Artie Butler   Conductor
Lor Crane   Conductor
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Bert Keyes   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Voices
John Simon   Conductor

Technical Credits

Doris Day   Contributor
Neil Diamond   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Laura Nyro   Contributor
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Curt Boettcher   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Van McCoy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Terry Melcher   Contributor
Bernadette Peters   Contributor
Nancy Ames   Contributor
Bob Crewe   Composer
Manny Kellem   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Peter Anders   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger
Artie Butler   Arranger
Jimmy Calvert   Composer
Lor Crane   Arranger,Producer
Hal David   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Mikki Farrow   Composer
Vinny Gormann   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Dorothy Jones   Contributor
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Irwin Levine   Composer
Tony Michaels   Composer,Producer
George "Shadow" Morton   Composer
Clyde Otis   Producer
Denny Randell   Arranger
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Gilly Sherill   Producer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Composer,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger,Producer
Peggy Lipton   Contributor
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Tracey Dey   Contributor
Glories   Contributor
Rickie Page   Composer
Sandi Sheldon   Contributor
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes,Annotation
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Annotation
Helen Miller   Composer,Producer
Bob Brass   Composer
Steve Venet   Producer
Brute Force   Composer
John Simon   Arranger,Producer
April Young   Contributor
Gary Knight   Composer
Paul Kahan   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Sweet Things   Contributor
George Motola   Composer,Producer
Jerry Ross   Producer

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