Where the Girls Are, Vol. 7

Where the Girls Are, Vol. 7


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Twenty-six rare girl group tracks from 1962-1967, eight of them previously unreleased, are on the seventh volume of this long-running series. It's a fair representation of some of the innumerable non-hit records being made in the style during that period, though it's perhaps a little more soul-oriented than the average such compilation. The majority of the artists are names that'll be unknown to the average '60s pop
ock collector, but there are a few obscure cuts by singers who actually had hits, including a previously unissued track by the Jelly Beans with involvement by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry on the songwriting and production side; the 1964 debut 45 by Barbara Mason, prior to her breakthrough the following year with "Yes I'm Ready"; a previously unissued pre-Motown cut by Brenda Holloway, the obviously Mary Wells-inspired "Constant Love"; a previously unreleased demo by one-hit wonders the Jaynetts; a previously unavailable double-tracked version of Claudine Clark's hit "Party Lights"; and an LP-only cover of the Playmates' "What Is Love?" by the Shirelles. Also of interest is the debut single by Merry Clayton (credited to Marry Clayton), "The Doorbell Rings," co-produced by Jack Nitzsche. Concentrating on the music more than the historical connections, the lack of any great songs does cause attention to wander; this is the filler in the girl group cake, buried considerably deeper than the icing. The production, arrangements, and singing are consistently better than the songwriting, and often derivative of trends heard in records of the day by the likes of Motown's girl groups and the Shangri-La's. The riff driving "The Doorbell Rings," for instance, is a heckuva lot like one from Mary Wells' hit "The One Who Really Loves You," while Nitzsche's production of the Satisfactions' "Woman in Love (With You)" could nearly pass for a Phil Spector effort; Spector, in fact co-wrote that song with Brill Building giants Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. But if you really dig the surface attraction of the girl group sound, certainly it makes for pleasant though not attention-grabbing listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667035927
catalogNumber: 1218
Rank: 51484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russ Faith   Conductor

Technical Credits

David Lasley   Arranger,Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Claudine Clark   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Barbara Mason   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Teardrops   Illustrations
Phil Spector   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Jeff Barry   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger,Producer
Charles Chalmers   Producer
John Clemente   Illustrations,References
David Cole   References
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Frank Jones   Producer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Producer
Bob Relf   Producer
Bud Reneau   Producer
Joe Saraceno   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Producer
Paul Vance   Composer,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Hy Weiss   Producer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Hal Winn   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Robert Pruter   Illustrations,References
Ady Croasdell   Illustrations
Joe Hooven   Producer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Zelma Sanders   Composer
Peter Gibbon   Illustrations
Russ Regan   Composer
Rudy Calvo   Illustrations
Mark Barkan   Composer
Russ Faith   Arranger
Richard Layton   Composer
Gilles Petard   Illustrations
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Helen Miller   Composer
Julie Lasley   Illustrations
Joseph Royster   Composer
Fred Burch   Composer
Larry Chambers   Composer
Steve Venet   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Frank Guida   Composer,Producer
Don Schroeder   Arranger,Producer
Herb Campbell   Producer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Keith D'Arcy   Illustrations
Fred E. Smith   Producer
John Manship   Illustrations
Marianne Beard   Composer
Patricia Hamilton   Composer
Frances Corneleus   Illustrations
Tom DeCillis   Composer,Producer
Lennart Persson   Illustrations
David Bell   Illustrations

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