60´s Girl Groups / Female Artists
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Sinatra Nancy - Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Ltd, digipak) (CD)€25,00
2021 definitive digitally remastered compilation including solo recordings, rarities and duets with Lee Hazlewood. Remastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the collection is complemented by liner notes penned by Amanda featuring insightful new interviews with Sinatra, as well as a Q&A with archivist and GRAMMY®-nominated reissue co-producer, Hunter Lea. Nancy’s performance of the Lee Hazlewood-penned song ”These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” was a huge hit in 1966 and became her signature tune. The pair began a three year run of successful albums, duets, and singles including ”Sugar Town,” ”Some Velvet Morning,” ”Summer Wine,” ”Sand,” ”Jackson,” and the title track to the 1967 James Bond film ”You Only Live Twice.” Start Walkin’ explores Nancy’s recordings with Lee, her inspired collaborations with songwriter Mac Davis (”Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”), producer Lenny Waronker (”Hook and Ladder”), and the ”should’ve been hit” song with arranger/producer Billy Strange (”How Are Things In California.”). Over the years, she has been cited as an influence by countless artists, including Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Calexico, U2, and Lana Del Rey. Her haunting song ”Bang, Bang” gained a new legion of fans when it appeared in the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film, Kill Bill Volume 1.
Franklin Aretha - Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972 (2LP) (RSD) (LP)€30,00
Recorded Live at the National Association of Television & Radio Announcers Convention, Philadelphia, PA (1972)
Record Store Day exclusive release, part of the July 17th drops. Hype sticker says pressing is limited to 10,000 copies, meanwhile the United States Record Store Day websites states that this release is limited to 5,050 copies.
Clark Sonny - Cool Struttin´(180 gram) (LP)€27,00
Conrad Yeatis Clark, otherwise known as Sonny Clark, was in many ways the quintessential hard bop pianist. Possessed of an enviable lyrical flow and a wealth of inventive melodic ideas that unfurled with clarity and without fuss, Clark had a deeply rooted feeling for the blues.
After moving from his hometown of Pittsburgh to New York, Clark emerged as a ubiquitous presence on Blue Note starting in 1957. It was on his fifth Blue Note date as a leader that Clark arrived at his masterwork, Cool Struttin’, recorded in January 1958 with a top-shelf quintet featuring Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, Paul Chambers on bass, and ‘Philly’ Joe Jones on drums. The album has only grown in stature as a timeless hard bop classic since Clark’s premature death at age 31 in 1963.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
James Etta - At Last! + 6 bonus tracks (180g) (LP)€20,00
• Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP, with new cover art.
• 1960 debut album from the unmatchable Etta James includes what would become some of her best known songs – the title track, in particular, is of course an all-time classic
• Recorded for the Chess Records subsidiary label Argo with bluesy string arrangements by Riley Hampton. Original LP plus 6 bonus tracks
Franklin Aretha - The Electrifying + bonus (CD)€13,00
Reissue of Aretha Franklin’s ’Electrifying Aretha Franklin’ plus bonus album ’The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin’ plus four extra bonus: ’Trouble In Mind’, ’Hard Times’, ’When They Ask About You’ and ’Operation Heartbreak’.
Various - Pin-Up Girls, Not Easy To Get (RSD) (LP)€15,00
The term “Pin-Up Girls” was first attested to in English in 1941, before it was adapted in the film and music industry, when glamorous girl posters were ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II. This album containing 20 Pin-Ups kicks off with actress/singer Doris Day with “Everybody Loves A Lover”, Day’s last big charting hit and ends via Françoise Hardy’s “Oh Oh Cheri” and Marilyn Monroe’s sensual “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. The flip-side opens with the legendary Mae West, one of the most controversial movie stars of her day, followed by a.o. Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield the final is for, how applicable, Judy Holliday with “The Party’s Over”.
Colour vinyl: Sugar Candy
Various - Ladies Choice: The Pen Of Swan Records (RSD) (CD)€20,00
Swan Records is more than just The Beatles and Link Wray; from the late ’50s through late ’60s they doled out a magnificent array of records which shaped the early Philadelphia sound. This record celebrates the female voices of the Swan roster.
Various - Ladies Choice: The Pen Of Swan Records (RSD) (LP)€30,00
Swan Records is more than just The Beatles and Link Wray; from the late ’50s through late ’60s they doled out a magnificent array of records which shaped the early Philadelphia sound. This record celebrates the female voices of the Swan roster. Pressed on colored vinyl!
Various - Evolution of a Girl Group – The Dreamers to The Blossoms (CD)€13,00
Famously described by Rock writer Jay Warner as ’The most successful unknown group of the 60s,’ THE BLOSSOMS evolved out of THE DREAMERS, via THE ROLLETTES, and THE PLAYGIRLS.
Nonetheless just about everybody has actually heard them, because in addition to cutting their own records, they sang – either unbilled or under pseudonyms – on a number of big hit records of the era.
This compilation presents all their own 45s, starting in 1954 as The Dreamers, to 1962 when they had become The Blossoms, most of which are as rare as hens’ teeth.
Also included are several of their well-known ’guest appearances’, backing artists like Richard Berry, Ed Townsend, Shelley Fabares, Duane Eddy and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, and most famously The Crystals, for whom they ’deputised’ on the Phil Spector-produced hits ’He’s A Rebel’ and ’He’s Sure The Boy I Love’.
This is the first time that this body of work has been thus compiled, juxtaposing the girls’ own rare/collectable 45s alongside their hits, recorded as session singers.
George Barbara - I Know – The A.F.O. & Sue Years (CD)€13,00
Barbara George is, alongside Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville and Ernie K. Doe, one of the best known singers to come out of New Orleans.
She was instrumental in the early success of the A.F.O. label, set up as an artist’s co-operative in New Orleans in 1961.
Her self-penned hit ’I Know’ was the label’s only big hit, reaching number 3 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 and spending 4 weeks at number one on America’s R&B chart. It remains one of the most popular of all the records produced in New Orleans.
The follow-up ’You Talk About Love’ made number 46 on the Hot 100 after which she was lured away from A.F.O. and signed directly to the New York Sue label where she had another Hot 100 hit with ’Send For Me’ later in 1962.
This CD package collects together her A.F.O. and Sue sides along with all the tracks from her only LP, named after her biggest hit ’I Know’. Eighteen tracks chronicling the best of Barbara George.
The accompanying booklet includes all writing and publishing credits, label scans and contemporary music press adverts as well as Barbara George’s history from her days in New Orleans and her move to New York, a classic case of a bigger label exerting its power over a smaller competitor.
Various - Thirteen Roses Singing In a Male World! (LP)€20,00
Thirteen Roses singing in a male world. Far from interpreting this sentence in any politic or vindictive way, but don’t dissmiss those ways at all, this LP aims to highlight the power of female singers in Twentieth Century’s recordings industry, just to pay tribute on those women who, in many cases, broken rules and led the way for next generations.
Some of these roses were big and beautiful, and changed their colours whenever they wanted, some others flowered briefly buy left behind amazing frangances that can still be appreciated.
A small garden of just thirteen roses, singing louder and fighting harder to win a chance to be heard.
Hats off to those women, don’t mind if they’re gone, the future belongs to them.
Baby Washington - A Handful of Memories 1956-1962 (CD)€13,00
A twenty-eight track compilation of Baby Washington’s work from her first recordings to the eve of ”That’s How Heartaches Are Made”.
The collection contains her recordings for the Baton, J & S, Neptune, ABC Paramount and Sue labels including the tracks on which she was lead singer for girl-group The Hearts.
Included in the tracks are her four R ’n’ B chart entries from between 1959 and 1962.
The CD booklet contains a comprehensive biography, visuals, all writer credits and catalogue numbers.
The perfect way to find out more about one of America’s most under-rated singers.
Shirelles - As, Bs, Hits and Rarities from the Queens of the Girl Group Sound 1958-1962 (CD)€13,00
The Shirelles were probably the most successful girl group of the fifties and sixties.
Their recording of ’Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ was instrumental in creating the legendary Girl Group sound.
This package contains the A and B sides of all of the singles released by The Shirelles between 1958 and 1962.
The Shirelles recorded songs by legendary song writers such as Bacharach & David, Van McCoy, Luther Dixon, Irwin Levine and Wes Farrell.
Liner Notes tell the story of their rise to fame from high school to the top of the Billboard charts.
Over seventy minutes of glorious girl group music.
Various - She Came From Liverpool! Merseyside Girl Pop 1962-1968 (CD)€18,00
Over the last few years, Ace has built up a series of prime British female pop releases, with individual collections drawn from four of the country’s leading record companies of the 1960s. With this compilation, rather than spotlight a particular company, the focus is on a location: the music hotbed of Merseyside. While male beat groups ruled the Merseyside roost in the ’60s, the area was also home to it’s fair share of female talent. To illustrate the point, here are 25 hand-picked girl-pop artefacts from thereabouts. Liverpool’s pop queen Cilla Black is featured with her two most Merseybeat-oriented tracks, including a terrific version of ’A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’, the first song she ever recorded at Abbey Road. Guitar-toting cover girls the Liverbirds, who released no records in the UK but were stars in Germany – where their repertoire of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry numbers made them favorites at the Star-Club – also appear twice. The Breakaways, the Vernons Girls and Beryl Marsden – three other acts intrinsically associated with Liverpool – are also featured. Along with a selection of proven fan favorites, the collection contains many lesser-known gems, among them new-to-CD tracks by the Three Bells, Nola York, Tiffany, Lyn Cornell, Cindy Cole and, not least, Samantha Jones, whose hitherto-unreleased-in-any-format ’I Don’t Want To Lose Him’ was recorded with visiting American producer Teddy Randazzo. Read all about these and the other featured artists in the accompanying picture-packed 28-page booklet, which contains a 7,000-word note by compiler Mick Patrick and genre expert Ian Chapman.
Lewis Barbara - Don’t Forget About Me: Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD Box) (CD)€38,00
Soul Music Records is proud to present a first-of-it’s-kind compilation of recordings by renowned singer/songwriter Barbara Lewis spanning her six years with Atlantic Records (1962-1968) and her brief one-year tenure with Reprise Records (1972). This beautifully-packaged collection, sequenced in chronological order of recording session, includes the first CD release of a number of tracks from both the 1964 LP Snap Your Fingers (Barbara Lewis Sings The Great Soul Tunes) and the 1966 album, It’s Magic. With a total of (68) tracks, including seven non-album singles/B-sides, one previously unreleased cut from 1968 and both sides of Barbara’s sole Reprise single, ”Don’t Forget About Me” features an extensive essay by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from a rare 2020 interview with Barbara specifically for this box set and comments by Billy Vera and Sharon McMahan
Various - Pye Girls Coloured My World (CD)€10,00
This is a an excellent array of very talented female singers who recorded for Pye Records in the sixties. We have Jan Panter, Billie Davis, Val McKenna, Glenda Collins, Sandra Barry, Antoinette and of course Petula Clark. Chart success aside, this compilation is brimming with talent. There are some truly outstanding tracks on this compilation like “Something To Give” by Nita Rossi and an excellent cover of “He Knows I Love Him Too Much” by Glo Macari. There’s hardly a duff track on offer.
Streisand Barbra - Birth of a Legend – 1961-1962 Live Recordings (CD)€13,00
These recordings present BARBRA STREISAND immediately before she exploded onto the US market in 1963, with her first two million-selling Columbia albums.
This unique compilation is drawn from several unfeasibly rare live recordings during 1961/62, featuring various TV, radio and club performances, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and includes sides recorded at the Bon Soir nightclub in New York.
A number of these songs, e.g. ’A Sleepin’ Bee’, ’When The Sun Comes Out’, ’My Colouring Book’, ’Lover, Come Back To Me’, ’Happy Days Are Here Again’, ’Value’ and ’Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered’ were integral features of Streisand’s early 60s repertoire.
These recordings are as rare as hens’ teeth and are largely unavailable elsewhere.
This is the companion to another, earlier Streisand/Jasmine release, ’BIRTH OF A LEGEND… 1962 Studio Recordings’