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Dream Babes, Vol. 8: Stockingtop Pop
1. Intro Ad./Big Bush Sound - Sue & Sunny
2. You're Never Gonna Get My Lovin' - The Stockingtops
3. Man I Love, The - The Chantelles
4. Remember December - Paper Dolls
5. Pretty Red Balloons - Rosetta Hightower
6. Love of a Boy, The - Cameos
7. Are You Ready for Love - Gloria Hunniford
8. I Don't Ever Wanna Be Kicked by You - The Stockingtops
9. He's Got Everything - Butterflies
10. Lock Me In - Faith Brown
11. Hurry on Home - Feminine Touch
12. Mississippi Paddleboat - The Chanters
13. Blacksmith Blues - Birds of a Feather
14. You Don't Know What Love Is All About - The Stockingtops
15. Don't Push Me Baby - Maxine Nightingale
16. Pretty Shade of Blue - Cameos
17. I'm Getting Hungry for Your Lovin' - Lisa Collings
18. My Boyfriend's Back - Paper Dolls
19. Out of My Mind - The Chantelles
20. World We Live In's a Lonely Place, The - The Stockingtops
21. Bo Bo's Party - Tina Charles
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 329
Cyril Stapleton; Edward Kassner; Dennis Berger; John MacLeod; Michael Robson; Mark Stratford; Jack Baverstock; Ian Green; Valerie Avon; Amy Johnson; Kenny Lynch; Kenny Young; Miki Dallon; Phil Wainman; Vicki Wickham; Byron Davis
Liner Note Author: Michael Robson.
Arrangers: Johnny Arthey; Fiachra Trench; Zack Laurence; Ian Green; Cy Payne; Keith Mansfield; Nick Welsh; Byron Davis.
In the mid-'60s through early '70s, the British pop music industry was a well-oiled machine, cranking out bright, tuneful melodies at a feverish pace, and RPM's eighth CD collection of rare U.K. pop singles from female vocalists demonstrates just how deep the well goes on this stuff. With the exception of Tina Charles' brassy but over the top cover of Melanie's "Bo Bo's Party" and the subtle but defiant "I Don't Ever Want to Be Kicked by You" by the Stockingtops, the mood on these tunes is upbeat and the craft is polished and professional, with the production slick and the arrangements full-bodied, suggesting the British equivalent of classic Brill Building pop with a characteristic dollop of music hall theatrics. Many of these singers supplemented their paychecks as solo acts by doing backing vocals on sessions by other artists (or by doing commercials -- a promotional recording for Bush audio equipment leads off this disc), and there's a certain uniformity to the performing styles of these artists. But a few of the tracks do stand out, such as the high-gloss soul stylings of Maxine Nightingale, the aggressively chirpy harmonies of the Cameos, the very American leanings of the Chanters, and the sweet, breathy confidence of the Paper Dolls. And even the lesser selections are fine examples of studiocraft at its height, from the days when the bigger the studio orchestra and the more audacious the arrangement, the better. While some might find a certain kitsch value in this stuff, Stockingtop Pop is good enough to be appreciated without irony, and Michael Robson's liner notes offer plenty of background data on these forgotten songbirds. ~ Mark Deming
Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The overall mood is zippy and dancefloor friendly, capturing the moment when soul meets bubblegum."
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