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A real nice addition to anyone's oldies collection.

  • Dec 23, 2008
Tired of hearing the same old songs on the radio?  Spice up your listening with another of the great offerings from England's premier oldies label Ace Records.  There are three volumes in the "Early Girls" series.  I own two of them and they are both great but to me "Early Girls:  Volume 3" is clearly the pick of the litter.

There are a generous 28 tracks on this single disc that spotlights the decade between 1955 and 1964.  It is an eclectic mix of tunes from that period featuring some old reliables like "I Will Follow Him" from Little Peggy March and the Carla Thomas classic "Gee Whiz".  But you are also going to find some other tunes you are sure to remember that are not all that easy to come by these days. When was the last time you heard Margie Rayburn's 1957 Top Ten smash "I'm Available"?  Or how about "Please Love Me Forever" by Cathy Jean and the Roomates or one of my favorite tracks "With All My Heart" by Jodie Sands also from 1957?  And there are a good number of other outstanding tracks in this collection that I simply had never even heard before.  Lillian Briggs was a white big band style singer who was discovered by Alan Freed.  Her 1955 recording of "I Want You To Be My Baby" was a Top 20 smash back in 1955.  I had never heard it before and it simply blew me away.  Other lesser known hits you might get a big kick out of include Diane Ray's "Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard" and the sensational "My One and Only Jimmy Boy" by The Girlfriends.

As usual the included 24 page booklet with "Early Girls: Volume 3" is a true collectors item just packed with photos and information on the artists. And the sound quality is impeccable as usual. Absolutely nothing negative to say about this one.  Very highly recommended!!!

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Why is it I love girl singers so much? Maybe it's the fact that my mother was one. I'd ask my analyst, if I had one. Freud aside, let's see what scrumptious all-female delights Messrs Broven, Churchill & Finnis (the Ace selection panel) have in store for us on the latest collection of Early Girls. Jazz divas, pop queens and some schoolgirls named after their own hairdos (no, not the Poni-tails!) - and that's just for starters. Mmm, looks like girl pop aficionados like myself are in for another treat.

Patti Page was surely the Madonna of her day. One wonders if the hip clubbers who raved to Groove Armada's On The Beach last year realised they were chilling to the Singing Rage's 1957 classic Old Cape Cod in disguise. Here's the Ibiza crowd's chance to 'sample' the original. Patti's fans will no doubt also appreciate the inclusion of delicious tracks by multi-tracked former big band singer Margie Rayburn, Philly teenagers Jodie Sands, breathy-voiced 1960s TV starlet Shelley Fabares and mysterious Hollywood folkie Shelby Flint whose delicate offerings are scattered like cherries throughout this cake of a compilation.

Those with a taste for nuttier R&B might prefer the selections by Della Reese (dig that diction!), Stax legend Carla Thomas, Esther Phillips (reborn as a country singer), Etta James (ditto as an interpreter of standards), cool jazz icon Etta Jones, white soul goddess Timi Yuro and Faye 'Atomic' Adams whose rousing original of the perennial Shake A Hand must ...

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Release Date: October 31, 2000
Label: Ace
Artist: Various

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