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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.
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
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) (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 - 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.
Various - Girls With Guitars Know Why! (LP)€29,00
A collection of guitar-wielding all-girl bands, drop-dead female frat rock, garage girls and axe-centric she-pop. 14 hot nuggets, each one hand-picked with vinyl lovers in mind. Pressed on 180g transparent violet vinyl in heavy-duty sleeve, with an inner bag sporting a 4,000-word track commentary and rare photos.
It’s guitars a go-go on this compilation of storming female garage rock from the 60s. There’s She’s thundering ‘Piece Of You’, which remained unreleased until 1999; the Chicks’ take on ‘The Rebel Kind’, penned by the mighty Lee Hazlewood; Sandy Edmonds’ fuzzed-up cover of the Pretty Things’ ‘Come See Me’; the Wrongh Black Bag’s electric ‘I Don’t Know Why’, and ‘Love Seems So Hard To Find’ by Debbie Williams & the Unwritten Law, which shows young Debbie had talent and confidence way beyond her years. More stunning she-pop comes from the Rums & Coke’s feisty performance of the Dave Clark Five’s ‘Glad All Over’’; ‘Nothing Can Go Wrong’ by the Bea’s; and ‘Quite A Reputation’ by the Chymes, supported here by the Turtles. Joe Meek fans will especially enjoy Glenda Collins’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’, which features Ritchie Blackmore tearing up a storm on guitar.
If that wasn’t enough, there are gritty groovers by Goldie & the Gingerbreads with their take on the Kinks’ ‘Look For Me Baby’ souped-up as an organ-driven dancer, and the Debutantes’ slinking version of ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’. “Chicks can’t play”, the young Ted Nugent once told Jan of the Debutantes, but they and the other guitar-toting girl bands here show just how empty a statement that was. The Belles appear with their only disc, ‘Melvin’ – a gender-swapped version of Them’s ‘Gloria’ – an original copy of which would set you back $500, and the snarling ‘Boy, What’ll You Do Then’ by Denise is another big bucks rarity. The magical trip that is ‘Stardust Come Back’ by Girls Take Over closes the album in a tribute to the recently departed Cindy Wilhelmi, the band’s songwriter and guitarist. So, go on, grab a copy. You’ll be Glad All Over.
HANNAH VETTESE (Ace Records)
Various - She’s All Right With Me! Girl Group Sounds USA 1961-1968 (LP)€27,50
For those who prefer to own their music on vinyl, here is an eclectic and gorgeously packaged selection of American girl group artefacts from the 60s. The album opens with Whirlwind by producer Gary Paxton protégées the Rev-Lons, the trio’s final recording but also their best, and closes with He’s All Right With Me by the Mirettes (the Ikettes incognito). Other highlights include the Supremes-style Cupid’s Got A Hold On Me by the Belles; the Sweethearts recording of Beauty Is Just Skin Deep, a song originally intended for the Ikettes; and Summertime Is Surfin’ Time by the Surf Bunnies three more terrific instances of the West Coast girl group sound. But not all the tracks here emanate from that part of the USA viz Mr Everything by New York-based Little Eva Harris and little-heard examples from the Pets, Tren-Teens and Lovettes, all from New Jersey. Felice Taylor here with her unissued-at-the-time Sing Me A Love Song graces the eye-popping jacket, which houses a colourful inner sleeve featuring a 3,000-word track commentary and an array of illustrations. Compilation and notes by Mick Patrick.
Charmaines - I Idolize You! Fraternity Recordings 1960-1964 (LP)€29,00
A brief appearance on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart belies the fact that the Charmaines were Cincinnati’s leading 1960s girl group. Formed by Marian ”Gigi” Jackson, Dee Watkins and Irene Vinegar, the group was awarded a contract with Fraternity Records for winning a talent show.
Gigi’s sister Jerri sang on many of the group’s records but was too young to perform in nightclubs. When Dee left to get married, Jerri joined as a full-time member. The Charmaines called it a day in the early 70s but several of their records remained popular with dancers on the UK’s Northern Soul scene. That popularity received a boost in the mid-2000s when their great version of Ike & Tina Turner’s ’I Idolize You’ was made available for the first time, immediately finding favour with DJs and club-goers.
During their career the Charmaines had singles on six different labels, but they never did have an album released. We rectify that situation here with this stylishly packaged vinyl-only 14-track collection of their finest Fraternity recordings. Along with ’I Idolize You’, highlights include ’What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am)’, ’On The Wagon’ (as covered by the Ronettes), their rip-roaring version of ’Rockin’ Pneumonia’ and three terrific examples of their work as backing singers for label-mates Lonnie Mack and Carl Edmondson.
Various - Marylebone Beat Girls 1964-1967 (LP)€29,00
This follow-up to Ace’s recent Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls and Scratch My Back! Pye Beat Girls releases comprises superior 60s she-pop from the EMI group of record labels Parlophone, Columbia and HMV headquartered in Marylebone in the heart of London’s West End.
The collection is available in 12-track LP and 24-track CD formats.
Franklin Aretha - Electrifying + 2 bonus (180 gram) (LP)€20,00
180 gm vinyl LP pressing including two bonus tracks, deluxe inner sleeve and digital download. This quintessential edition includes Aretha’s second LP, THE ELECTRIFYING Aretha Franklin, long unavailable on vinyl. The album indeed electrified audiences when it was released by Columbia in 1962, winning Aretha top honors in Down Beat magazine’s prestigious listeners’ poll. One can easily hear her divinely inspired soul fire, emerging interpretative grace and vocal sophistication. Aretha’s singing reveals a sweet, even coy insouciance on songs like ”Blue Holiday” and alternatively, a roof-raising belt on ”Rough Lover”. It is easy to detect the soul already present in Aretha’s performances, seemingly influenced in equal part by Jazz and Gospel. Three of her best tracks here, ”I Told You So”, ”Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive” and ”Operation Heartbreak” (where she belts out soul with real gusto), are the tunes that point most convincingly to her future triumph as the Queen of Soul.
Various - Bellissima! More 1960s She-Pop From Italy (LP)€27,50
Comprising soaring big beat ballads, the occasional guitar-driven nugget and other feminine pop gems of the stylish Italian variety, this much-anticipated follow-up to “Ciao Bella!” (one of Ace Records’ best sellers of 2015) offers further proof that there is musical life beyond the shores of English-speaking countries.
“Bellissima! More 1960s She-Pop From Italy” comprises an equal mix of superstars and obscure artists, performing songs of both Italian and overseas origin. Living legend Mina sings ‘Cartoline’, one of several numbers custom-composed by maestro Bruno Canfora to show off her fantastic vocal technique, and her arch rival Milva delivers the stomping ‘Tamburino, Ciao…’, another top-tier Italian original, while highlights of the selections by lesser-known vocalists include ‘È Proprio Inutile’ by Meri Marabini and ‘Il Beat… Cos’è?’ by La Ragazza 77, groovy covers of the Hollies’ ‘You Know He Did’ and Sonny & Cher’s ‘The Beat Goes On’ respectively.
The collection is available in 24-track CD and 14-track vinyl formats. The CD version comes with a picture-packed 24-page booklet, while the 180g white vinyl LP is packaged in a heavy-duty sleeve with an illustrated inner bag – each featuring a detailed track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick.
Springfield Dusty - There’s a Big Wheel: the Early Years 1958-1962 (180 gram) (LP)€20,00
One of the finest pop-soul vocalists ever, Dusty Springfield was blessed with a powerful, smoky voice that ran the emotional gamut from cool sophistication to simmering passion. Over the course of a long, episodic career, she tackled pop, soul, traditional folk, Memphis R&B, and country.
This quintessential collector’s edition contains 18 remastered studio tracks from her early years, consisting of a variety of the recordings she made with The Lana Sisters and the folk-oriented trio, The Springfields, between 1958 and 1962. Although Dusty Springfield eventually went on to greater commercial success in the mid- and late ‘60s, all of these wonderful songs form the building blocks of her musical legacy.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, vocals, with:
THE SPRINGFIELDS, featuring Tom Springfield, Tim Feild & Mick Hurst (vocals and guitar).
THE LANA SISTERS, featuring Riss Chantelle & Lynne Abrams (vocals).
Recorded in England, between 1958 and 1962.
Various - Beat Girls Espanol: 1960s She-Pop From Spain (LP)€30,00
Limited 180gm white vinyl LP pressing.
Housed in sleeve with an inner bag featuring liner notes and copious color illustrations. UK collection. Having already put out collections spotlighting the girl singers of 1960s Japan, France, Italy and Sweden, we now turn our attention to sunny Spain. The influence of hit records from the USA and the UK in the early ’60s had resulted in a musical style the French called yé-yé. Spain also adopted the term to describe this new type of beat-oriented pop, while maintaining it’s own musical identity via sexy rhythms and an underlying current of drama and flamenco, as evidenced in this predominantly up-tempo all-female compilation. The aptly named Hispavox was considered the most important Spanish record label, mainly because they had a talented team of producers, arrangers and studio musicians who between them created the Torrelaguna sound. Furthermore, they had Karina, who was known as the queen of Spanish yé-yé with her angelic looks and voice. Zafiro entered the market with a series of girl singers, including the dynamic Marisol, a child actress turned pop singer who spent much of the 60s on the silver screen. The Belter label also recorded many young female singers, among them screen siren Soledad Miranda, star of several horror films, and Sonia, who recorded a girlish rendition of the Rolling Stones’ ’Get Off Of My Cloud’. Other noteworthy artists include Novola Records’ Massiel, who differed from her peers by writing many of her own songs and, after winning the Eurovision Song Contest, became a national icon.
All these and more feature on this winning compilation of the choicest female artists active in 1960s Spain.
Shirelles - Baby It`s You + 2 bonus (180 g) (LP)€20,00
• Limited edition high definition 180 g vinyl LP. Includes free MP3 download.
• One of the finest of the first wave of black female pop harmony groups, who influenced the Ronettes and the Motown girl groups – their songs were even covered by the Beatles. The Shirelles projected a girl next-door image and their songs about young love and it’s travails appealed to a wide fan base.
• Original album with 2 bonus tracks