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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
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 03402

  • Credits

    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

  • Critic Reviews
    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."
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