Where the Girls Are, Vol. 6

Where the Girls Are, Vol. 6


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Where are many of these girls? In the footnotes of the girl group archives, and most of them are there with good reason -- which isn't to say that talent isn't to be found within the latest volume of this long-running Ace series, for there's certainly a slew of fine singers strewn across the 28 tracks, yet few are showcased to best advantage. The '60s were the heyday of crack composition teams and the glory years of the producer as God. In a time when short, sharp, hook-laced pop songs ruled, you needed both to make an impact, and these ladies too often had neither. Barbara Mills, for instance, had a voice as strong and distinctive as her brother, Larry Henley, lead singer with hitmakers the Newbeats. However, he was never saddled with a song that was an inferior rewrite of "Downtown." There's a clutch of similarly sad sound-alikes here, with one of the most egregious being "I Have Feelings Too," bundling up virtually every Supremes hit you can thing of. Pity is, the singer behind the song, Denita James, had a phenomenal voice, and in a fairer world she'd have notched up a stream of hits at Stax. In contrast, "No More Tears," seemingly another Supremes ripoff, was actually intended for release on Motown, presumably until Berry Gordy realized his main attraction had no need for competition, and so the single was released on Kent instead. And many of the ladies here could have offered very stiff competition indeed, if they'd gotten the same breaks as Diana Ross and company. Even if some were still in thrall to their own particular heroes, many had already developed their own distinctive stylings, such as schoolgirl songbird Beverly Warren on her unique and effervescent reading of the Chiffons' "He's So Fine." The powerful Pat Powdrill, the wonderfully strident Joy Dawn, and the rousing Pen-etts are all equally worthy of attention. Little Eva received plenty of that with her "Locomotion" hit, and her previously unreleased "Sugar Plum (Give Me Some)" is one of five numbers appearing for the first time on this set. The Chiffons' "Every Boy and Girl" isn't one of them; it was actually released in 1970, but only on a rare 1970 compilation album. Few of the other names found here have these two artists' cachet, but that's the beauty of this set, finally giving forgotten talent a chance to shine, and many manage to do so even on less than stellar showcases.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667004527
catalogNumber: 1032
Rank: 41801

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Linde   Conductor
Richard Podolor   Conductor
Peter Antell   Conductor

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Engineer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Donald Davis   Composer
Claudine Clark   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer,Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Clifford Davis   Composer
Don Davis   Producer
Fred Dobbs   Composer
Bill Jerome   Producer
Steve Jerome   Producer
Marshall Lieb   Producer
John Linde   Arranger,Composer
Leroy Lovett   Composer,Producer
Richard Podolor   Arranger
Ralph Siegel   Composer
Harold Thomas   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Dale Warren   Arranger
Ron Miller   Producer
Deanie Parker   Composer
Denita James   Composer
Harry Young   Memorabilia
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Peter Antell   Arranger,Composer,Memorabilia
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Vernon Jones   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Marcus Mathis   Composer
Fred Briggs   Composer,Producer
Carol Connors   Composer,Memorabilia
Scott Douglas   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Fred Smith   Producer
Frank Beninelli   Producer
Ronald Mack   Composer
Carl Edmondson   Producer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Mike Hanks   Producer
Lee Porter   Composer,Producer
Nick Ameno   Arranger
Carl Cisco   Arranger,Composer
Nick Risi   Producer
Jim "Jimbo" Thomas   Producer
David Young   Memorabilia
Sherlie Matthews   Composer

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