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Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles and Icicles

  • 1. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - The Exciters
    2. You're No Good - Betty Everett
    3. Name Game, The - Shirley Ellis
    4. Chains - Carole King
    5. It Might as Well Rain Until September - Carole King
    6. I'm into Something Good - Earl-Jean
    7. I Can't Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis
    8. I Wish I Were a Princess - Little Peggy March
    9. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - Linda Scott
    10. Triangle - Janie Grant
    11. West of the Wall - Toni Fisher
    12. Pink Shoelaces - Dodie Stevens
    13. Music! Music! Music! - The Sensations
    14. Dear Baby - The Hearts
    15. Whenever a Teenager Cries - Reparata & the Delrons
    16. Popsicles and Icicles - The Murmaids
    17. Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward
    18. I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters
    19. Dark Moon - Bonnie Guitar
    20. You - The Aquatones
    21. 'Til - The Angels
    22. Great Pretender, The - Kathy Young
    23. Angel Baby - Rosie & the Originals
    24. Eddie, My Love - The Teen Queens
    25. He's Gone - The Chantels
    26. Dedicated to the One I Love - The Shirelles
    27. Son-In-Law - The Blossoms
    28. Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 608

  • Credits

    Compilation producers: John Broven, Trevor Churchill, Rob Finnis.
    Recorded between 1957 & 1964. Includes liner notes by Malcolm Baumgart and Mick Patrick.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Liner Note Authors: Malcolm Baumgart; Mick Patrick.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Cathy Young; Sherrell Paris; Albeth Paris; Priscilla; Skeeter Davis.
    While the second volume of the Early Girls series is heavier on chart hits, the first collection offers more choice rarities (which, truth be told, is the real value in retrospectives of this kind). A handful of these 28 cuts are overly cloying (Earl-Jean's "I'm into Something Good" and Little Peggy March's "I Wish I Were a Princess" are almost sickeningly sweet), but the good far outweighs the bad -- alongside familiar singles like Shirley Ellis' "The Name Game" and the Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love" are forgotten classics like Toni Fisher's amazing "West of the Wall" (an echo-drenched ode to Cold War-era romance) and Dodie Stevens' delightfully goofy "Pink Shoe Laces"; early favorites from Phil Spector (the Paris Sisters' "I Love How You Love Me") and Carole King (the superb "It Might as Well Rain Until September," her lone solo hit before breaking through with Tapestry a decade later) round out this smartly compiled, well-annotated and consistently engaging set. ~ Jason Ankeny

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