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Franklin Aretha - The Complete Releases 1956-62 (2CD) (CD)€15,00
or several decades Aretha Franklin has enjoyed the accolade of being called “The Queen Of Soul”, a position that was cemented by her landmark 1967 pop and R&B No. 1 “Respect”. However, her career as a recording artist was a decade old by that time, having honed her style and singing gospel, jazz and blues- influenced material in her late teens. This great value 48-track collection brings together all of her recordings which were released through to 1962, by which time she had established a reputation as a distinctive, soulful and dynamic performer and had made early inroads in both the R&B and pop charts. It comprises her debut recordings as a gospel artist on the 10” LP “Songs Of Faith”, for Joe Von Battle’s JVB label, made when she was just 14 years old, and then all her singles for Columbia, most of which came from her three albums for the label “Aretha Franklin With The Ray Bryant Combo”, “The Electrifying Aretha Franklin” and “The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin”, the complete content of which is also included, along with a track from a multi-artist Christmas compilation. It’s a thorough showcase for her talent and style in the early years of her career.
Delicates, Starlets & Angels - Evolution of a Vocal Group (CD)€13,00
HE ANGELS, who would go on to become one of the iconic Girl Groups of the 1960s, had their roots in two earlier female vocal groups, THE DELICATES and THE STARLETS, both of whom were hugely popular in New York
This compilation traces their evolution, and includes everything recorded by all three groups between 1959-62 featuring, at different times, the lead voices of Peggy Santiglia, Linda Malzone, and Linda Jansen.
Included herein are their early hits, viz: The Delicates’ ’Ronnie Is My Lover’ and ’Black & White Thunderbird’; The Starlets’ ’P.S. I Love You’; and The Angels’ ”Til’, ’Cry Baby Cry’ and ’Everybody Loves A Lover’.
Also included, in its entirety, is The Angels’ first LP ”And The Angels Sing”.
This is the first time that this body of work has been thus compiled, and a great many of these sides are well-nigh impossible to find elsewhere on CD.
Various - Girls With Guitars Gonna Shake! (CD)€20,00
Ten genuine all-girl bands join forces with similar 60s females of the species on this new volume in our ear-grabbing ”Girls With Guitars” series, providing further confirmation that girls can do what the guys do. The CD kicks off in great style with three of the best tracks to feature in the series so far: the Belles’ ’Melvin’, a great gender-switched version of Van Morrison’s ’Gloria’; a rendering of John Lee Hooker’s ’Dimples’ by the Missfits; and Girls Take Over’s uninhibited proto-punk treatment of Tommy Tucker’s ’Hi Heel Sneakers’. The Missfits, a young five-piece from Blackpool with a taste for R&B, also tackle Bo Diddley’s ’You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’ and ’Chuck Berry’s ’I’m Talking About You’; all three of their tracks are previously unreleased. For the record, lest anyone’s keeping tally, the other featured guitar-toting all-girl bands are She, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, the Debutantes, the Liverbirds, the Beat-Chics, the Ace Of Cups and the Mysteries. Elsewhere, Debbie Williams sings lead with the all-male Unwritten Law, ballsy-voiced Joyce Harris is backed by Texas bar band the Daylighters, the teenage Chymes trio are accompanied by the un-billed Turtles and, well, you get the picture. Naturally, those so inclined can learn more about all the artists in the accompanying 24-page booklet containing a picture-packed 4,000-word track commentary by series compiler Mick Patrick.
Vernons Girls - You Know What I Mean (CD)€13,00
Stars of Jack Good’s TV shows Oh Boy! and Boy Meets Girls, THE VERNONS GIRLS were pretty much a cottage industry of their own, with their various satellites and spinoffs.
A sixteen-girl ensemble when Jack discovered them in 1957, by the turn of the 60s they’d slimmed down to a trio, their ex-members either pursuing solo careers or forming rival vocal duos/trios.
Concentrating on their R&R and Pop output, this compilation traces their early careers variously as The Vernons Girls, Two Vernons Girls and spinoffs in the shape of a handful of Lynn Cornell’s early solo 45s, plus singles by The De Laine Sisters and The Breakaways.
Includes chart and turntable hits like ’Let’s Get Together’, ’Madison Time’, ’Lover Please’, ’Never On Sunday’, ’You Know What I Mean’, ’The Locomotion’ and ’Funny All Over’.
Surprisingly, several of these sides are unavailable elsewhere on CD, making this a must-have for the gals’ vast legions of fans.
Paulette Sisters - In The ’50s (CD)€13,00
The Paulette Sisters were among the most prolific of all the singing sisters of the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s, recordings dozens of singles for such major labels as Decca, Columbia and Capitol, yet this is the very first CD compilation of their work.
They were early protégées of Connee Boswell and backed her on several sides as a quartet.
When one of the sisters left to get married, Connee coached them on becoming a trio like the Boswells.
This new Jasmine set focuses on their 50’s material, with orchestrations by Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Larry Clinton, Dave Cavanaugh, and Sy Oliver, all remastered in pristine digital sound.
Paris Sisters - The First Ten Years (CD)€13,00
THE PARIS SISTERS are chiefly remembered for their winsome, million-selling ’I Love How You Love Me’, one of Phil Spector’s early freelance productions, in 1961.
However, they were already a hugely experienced trio, having been cutting records – initially as something of an Andrews Sisters’ tribute act – since 1953, for labels like Cavalier, Decca and Imperial.
Spector produced three further hits with the girls, ’Be My Boy’, ’He Knows I Love Him Too Much’ and ’Let Me Be The One’, while ’Yes – I Love You’ was a significant regional success.
All are included on this compilation, which presents the very best of their recorded output between 1953-62, and also features twenty pre-Spector rarities.
Few of their early sides have ever appeared in the digital format previously, making this a wholly unique, must-have collection.
Various - What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am?) – East Coast Girls And Groups 1960-1962 (CD)€13,00
Another classic instalment of ’The Girl Group Sound’, this 30-track set is Jasmine’s long awaited follow up to ’Love Charms – West Coast hits and rarities from California Girls & Groups 1957-1962’ (JASCD963).
However, this time around the tracks are from the US East Coast, taking in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago.
Featured artists range from famous names like The Ronettes, Patty LaBelle & The Blue Belles, The Chantels, Erma Franklin and Shirley Ellis to Brill Building Soul sisters like The Shirelles, The Exciters, The Cookies and Little Eva.
And from Cameo-Parkway thrushes The Orlons and Dee Dee Sharp to Tamla-Motown songstresses The Marvelettes, The Vells, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas and Mary Wells.
While elsewhere, we have perhaps lesser-readily known names like The Carousels, Mary Ann Fisher, Ann Cole, The Corvells, Tammy Montgomery, Tawny Williams, Geraldine Hunt and The Heartbreakers.
Springfield Dusty - Dusty Sings Soul (CD)€18,00
From the very start of her solo career, it was Dusty Springfield’s intention to make records in the style of the black American artists that she admired, both professionally and personally. She recorded her version of a soul song at her first solo session and was still recording soul songs on all of her albums, singles and EPs throughout the ’60s and into the ’70s. Dusty Sings Soul is a long overdue and carefully curated collection of recordings from Dusty’s ’60s singles and albums, designed to demonstrate that she was not only the UK’s finest female singer but also it’s finest soul singer of her era and, for many, of all time. There is no shortage of Dusty compilations out there, but this is the first one to exclusively concentrate on this particular side of her far-reaching work. These are not ’covers’, in that Dusty never directly covered any record until the original had run it’s course. Dusty simply recorded songs that she loved herself, and that she hoped her fans would love. Dusty was a big fan of many of the artists whose songs she recorded and helped to raise their profile in the UK through her interpretations of their work. For soul fans who love Dusty but who only want to hear her singing soul, rather than the show tunes and/or pop ballads that she was equally at home with, this will be every bit as essential as her Dusty In Memphis album and the records she made in Philadelphia at the very end of the ’60s with Gamble & Huff. The booklet is generously illustrated and copiously annotated.
Smith Sammi - Looks Like Stormy Weather 1969-1975 (CD)€20,00
Sammi Smith sang soulful, melancholy country music. Her low, distinctively husky voice was built for sad songs, and she has been described as country music’s Dusty Springfield.
Compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley, ”Looks Like Stormy Weather” is a collection built for winter nights. There was a compelling warmth to her voice that should have taken her out of country and into the Hot 100 – or even the UK charts – more than once, but her only real crossover moment came in 1971 when she scored the original hit version of ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’.
DJ Ralph Emery recalled being in a motel room with Sammi one night in 1970 where she had sat and played him a whole bunch of Kris Kristofferson songs. At that point, neither the DJ nor Sammi had a clue what was around the corner for her or for her friend Kristofferson, who was then just the janitor at Columbia Records. ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’ topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for three weeks in 1971, peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, won ”Single of the Year” and the ”Best Country Song” at the CMA awards, and a Grammy for ”Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female”. Sammi’s voice would have been new to most listeners – it’s melancholic ache and sensuous depth suited the song’s needs perfectly. Now signed to the tiny Mega label, she would record seven albums for them between 1970 and 1975, and the pick of them are the heart of this compilation.
Various - Supremes & The Evolution of the Girl Group Sound (2CD) (CD)€15,00
Second volume of our girl group history this time introducing The Supremes. Although they were soon to embrace the soul sound, their first recordings and album, which are included here, were well into the ’girl group’ sound.
Volume one’s stars, The Shirelles return on this collection with eleven more classic tracks
Also featured are Phil Spector’s, The Crystals and Goffin & King’s, Little Eva & The Cookies.
Many all-time classics of the genre are to be found in this set such as: ’I Sold My Heart to The Junkman’ – The Bluebelles; ’Tell Him’ – The Exciters; ’Don’t Hang Up’ – The Orlons and more.
Fully detailed liner notes.
DeCastro Sisters - Cuban Nightingales – The Complete Rarities (2CD) (CD)€15,00
The DeCastro Sisters are best-remembered today for their classic hit ’Teach Me Tonight’, but their careers actually spanned an amazing seven decades, from the mid-1940s to the early 2000s.
Bear Family previously issued a collection of their Abbott and RCA recordings, but here gathered for the first time are the remainder of their vast catalogue, without duplicating a single track. Included are two complete stereo Capitol albums, the rest of their rare singles (including the stereo version of ’Teach Me Tonight Cha Cha’) and private demos from Peggy DeCastro’s personal collection.
The Cuban trio had a style and sound unlike any other vocal group and they are displayed here in all their glory.
Jasmine has restored everything with their meticulous work on two CD’s containing nearly three hours of music. Above all, the DeCastro Sisters are fun and guaranteed to give you an exciting listening experience.
Sweet Inspirations - Let It Be Me: The Atlantic Recordings 1967-1970 (3CD Box) (CD)€38,00
Three CD set featuring 66 tracks by The Sweet Inspirations cut for Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1970.
A comprehensive collection from the voices behind a plethora of hitmakers including Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Wilson Pickett and many others, who were signed in their own right by Jerry Wexler.
Including the Top five R&B and Top 20 pop hit, ’Sweet Inspiration’.
The set also includes eight tracks with the line-up including Ann Williams who replaced Cissy Houston; produced by Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro, it was originally intended for release as an entire LP and has never been released in full until now.
With stellar liner notes by renowned US writer/essayist Tim Dillinger including extensive quotes from Estelle Brown specifically for this reissue, and produced by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, with mastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams.
Sinatra Nancy - Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Ltd, digipak) (CD)€20,00
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.
Evans Maureen - The Very Best of Maureen EVANS – Embassies & Orioles, 1958-1962 (CD)€13,00
Cardiff-born MAUREEN EVANS was perhaps the most famous singer who recorded for EMBASSY RECORDS, the Woolworths-only budget record label.
Many of her Embassy covers outsold the original hit versions, notably on songs like ’Stupid Cupid’, ’Born Too Late’, ’Goodbye, Jimmy, Goodbye’, ’Lipstick On Your Collar’, and ’Plenty Good Lovin”.
She subsequently recorded for Embassy’s parent label, Oriole, registering with sides like ’The Big Hurt’, ’Love, Kisses And Heartaches’, ’Paper Roses’, ’Never In A Million Years’ and her 1962 worldwide, million-selling hit ’Like I Do’.
This compilation presents the very best of Maureen’s Embassy and Oriole releases between 1958-62 and includes all her hits and important releases, alongside a handful of collectors’ rarities.
Several of these sides are difficult to find elsewhere on CD, while a half-dozen or so have never previously been reissued, in any format.
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 - 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 - 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.
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.