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

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


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. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Label: Ace (Label)
  • UPC: 029667037426
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Track listings

  • 1. You're The Love Of My Life Brenda Lee Jones
  • 2. Stop, Look And Listen The Chiffons
  • 3. Let Me Get Close To You Beverly Warren
  • 4. I'm Afraid They're All Talking About Me Dawn
  • 5. Shy Guy The Charmers
  • 6. Hanky Panky The Summits
  • 7. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) The Chiffons
  • 8. Sandy Dawn
  • 9. Heading For A Heartbreak The Cheese Cakes
  • 10. Love Me Like You're Gonna Lose Me The Chiffons
  • 11. He's Just A Playboy Bernadette Carroll
  • 12. Don't Lean On Me Corinna Cord
  • 13. Keep The Boy Happy The Chiffons
  • 14. He's My Dream Boy Mariea Antoinette
  • 15. He's An Angel The Summits
  • 16. How Can I Be Sure (That It's Love) Gloria Dennis
  • 17. Sweet Talk The Charmers
  • 18. I Still Love You Les Girls
  • 19. Your Big Mistake The Del Rons
  • 20. He's Mine Linda & The Lindettes
  • 21. Whenever A Teenager Cries The Jeans
  • 22. Nothing Went Right Lorrie Darnell
  • 23. Circus Girl Bernadette Carroll
  • 24. Your Life Is Gone Reparata
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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