CD Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (CD 1317602),
Movie Mars Home Page
Welcome to MovieMars.com!
back to browsing
Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
1. Can Hear Music - The Beach Boys
2. I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing - The Drifters
3. Out In the Streets - The Shangri-Las
4. Maybe I Know - Lesley Gore
5. He Ain't No Angel - The Ad Libs
6. I Have a Boyfriend - The Chiffons
7. Baby Be Mine - The Jelly Beans
8. Do-Wah-Diddy - The Exciters
9. Everybody Come Clap Your Hands - Moody & The Deltas
10. Nobody But You - The Tokens
11. Here She Comes - The Darlettes
12. Hold On Baby - Sam Hawkins
13. You Should Have Seen the Way He Looked At Me - The Dixie-Cups
14. Goodnight Baby - The Butterflys
15. I Hear You Say (I Love You) - Andy Kim
16. Little Boy - Karen Verros
17. I Want You For My Sweetheart - Bobby Sheen
18. That Boy is Messing Up My Mind - The Orchids
19. Hanky Panky - The Summits
20. What Have You Been Doin' - The Majors
21. Every Little Beat - The Fleetwoods
22. I Won't Be Me Anymore - Vic Donna
23. True True Love - Tony Pass
24. River Deep-Mountain High - Nilsson
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 03402
As part of its excellent ongoing series on major American pop/rock songwriters of the 1950s and '60s, Ace presents a couple dozen '60s recordings of tunes penned by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry -- usually working together, though on occasion with others, Barry penning one alone -- on this compilation. Like other anthologies in this series, it's not a best-of, instead being a more collector-oriented cross-section of hits, misses, original versions, and rare versions. That might disappoint some looking for a quick fix of the most well-known covers of Barry-Greenwich songs, as this is missing most of the ones that became big hits, including all of those produced by Phil Spector and most of the ones done by the Shangri-Las. However, for those fans who have most or all of those tracks somewhere in their collection anyway, it's a very nifty selection of fine Brill Building records, more often than not of the classic girl group variety. It's true that the best tracks are the most familiar, all of them medium to big hits: Lesley Gore's "Maybe I Know," the Beach Boys' "I Can Hear Music," the Jelly Beans' "Baby Be Mine," the Butterflys' "Good Night Baby," the Chiffons' "I Have a Boyfriend," the Shangri-Las' superb drama "Out in the Streets," and the Exciters' original version of "Do-Wah-Diddy," soon covered for a chart-topping British Invasion hit by Manfred Mann. But there are some rarities to entertain the collector that are good on their own terms, especially the Darlettes' "Here She Comes," a first-rate vengeful girl group number, and the young Andy Kim's moody 1965 single "I Hear You Say (I Love You)." Even some of the classics presented not-quite-in-their-original versions are cool, like the Summits' 1963 single "Hanky Panky" (the first occasion that song was released on 45) and Nilsson's respectable interpretation of "River Deep -- Mountain High." It's only occasionally that there's a real misfire, like the Majors' "What Have You Been Doin'," which is a blatant rewrite of that doo wop group's only hit "A Wonderful Dream." Otherwise it's a fine trawl through this great songwriting team's less anthologized contributions to the Brill Building sound, with Ace's usual fine liner notes and track-by-track annotation. ~ Richie Unterberger
Record Collector (magazine) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Vocal groups including The Fleetwoods, Tokens, Ad Libs, and oddities like an early outing of Andy Kim complete a sparkling tribute to one of the greatest songwriting partnerships of all time."
Be The First To Write A Review
Ace (Label) 03402
Infinity Entertainment Gr
In Stock -- Item Ships for FREE
Add to wishlist
What viewers like you said...
Have you listened to this album?
Be the first to write a review
Also suggested for you...
buy now for
buy now for
buy now for
buy now for
Copyright © 2004-2013 Movie Mars, Inc.
All rights reserved. This website and its contents are the exclusive property of Movie Mars, Inc. As such, reproduction in whole or in part, by any means, and any use for commercial purposes, of any portion of the material contained herein, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, trademarks, photographs, video clips and sounds files is strictly prohibited. Portions of this page Copyright 1981 - 2013 Muze, Inc. All rights reserved.