The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 3: Girls and Girls Groups

The Laurie Records Story, Vol. 3: Girls and Girls Groups


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Girl group records were just a part of what the Laurie label issued. But even excepting its big hits by the Chiffons, there were more than enough of them to fill up this 24-track CD (which does include a few Chiffons tracks, just not their big chart entries). Unlike, say, the Red Bird or Philles labels, Laurie girl group discs didn't have a particularly distinctive house sound, which is part of what makes this collection's appeal limited to genre specialists. As such anthologies go, however, it's a little above the average, with songs and performances that are largely respectable, if only seldom exciting. Certainly the pick that stands head and shoulders above everything else on this particular batch is Beverly Warren's version of the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song "Let Me Get Close to You." It wasn't a big hit, but is as indelibly melodic as most of their other famous classics, though to be technical this isn't the original version, the song having been previously released by Skeeter Davis. Another track that is an original version of a famous song is the Summits' 1963 single "Hanky Panky," covered with great success (and with far more exciting flair, it must be said) by Tommy James & the Shondells. Beyond that it's not such eventful sailing, but some decent numbers are present in the Charmers' "Shy Guy," which could come close to passing for an early-'60s Motown single by Mary Wells or the Marvelettes; the Cheese Cakes' (yes, that was their real name) "Heading for a Heartbreak," which has a touch of British Invasion influence; Bernadette Carroll's "He's Just a Playboy"; and Marie Antoinette's "He's My Dream Boy," a pretty blatant imitation of Phil Spector's Crystals/Darlene Love productions, if executed with rather less finesse. The most notable oddity is Reparata's death disc "Your Life Is Gone" (done solo sans her usual backup group, the Del-Rons), which despite its 1972 date would come close to approximating a Spectoresque girl group production if not for an intrusive electric sitar.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2009
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667037426
catalogNumber: 1231
Rank: 39781

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Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Steve Feldman   Composer
John Abbott   Arranger
Pete Baron   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Andre Borly   Composer
Ted Daryll   Composer,Director
Steve Jerome   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Kasha   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Jay Siegel   Composer
Nat Speir   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Toni Wine   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Hank Medress   Composer
Mikie Harris   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Robert Schwartz   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Doug Morris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Richard Ziegler   Composer
Armand Canfora   Composer
Michael Rashkow   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
XIV Philip Frederick Margo   Composer
Robert Meyer   Composer
Eliot Greenberg   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Martin Roberts   Illustrations
Schlaks   Arranger,Producer
Bob Richardson   Producer
Mike Rashkow   Producer
Mitchell Margo   Composer
Jay Siegel   Composer
Robert Meyer   Composer
Michel Jourdan   Composer

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