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The Best of the Angels
The Best of the Angels
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
Two CD Greatest Hits Package.

      
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Title: The Best of the Angels
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453248427

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Two CD Greatest Hits Package.

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A Girl-Group Must Have For Any Serious Collector
03/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This leaves the Collectables offering on The Angels (My Boyfriend's Back) in the dust, as it includes all six of their hit singles and four of the B-sides, omitting only the two that backed their first two hits for the Caprice label.

Since the contents are not shown above I have listed them here for your information: 1) My Boyfriend's Back (full version); 2) He's So Fine; 3) 'Till; 4) (He Is) The Kissing Kind; 5) Little Beatle Boy; 6) I Adore Him; 7) Thank You And Goodnight; 8) The Guy With The Black Eye; 9) Why Don't The Boy Leave Me Alone?; 10) World Without Love; 11) Wow Wow Wee (He's The Boy For Me); 12) Dream Boy; 13) The Boy From Crosstown; 14) Snowflakes And Teardrops; 15) Has Anybody Seen My Boyfriend?; 16) Guess The Boy Don't Love Me Anymore; 18) Cry Baby Cry; 19) (Love Me) Now; 20) Jamaica Joe; 21) My Boyfriend's Back (single version)

This is one "girl group" that had to be the most transient of all from that era in terms of personnel. Starting out as The Starlets were Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut, her sister Barbara, and lead Linda Jansen who all appeared on their first hit, 'Til, in late 1961 [# 14 Billboard Pop Hot 100 b/w A Moment Ago], and Cry Baby Cry early in 1962 [# 38 Hot 100 b/w That's All I Ask Of You]. The backing on all four sides was by Hutch Davie & His Orchestra, who also backed Linda Scott on most of her hits - among other artists. Those are the two B-sides missing here.

When nothing else worked, they moved to Smash with a new lead singer, Peggy Santiglia, replacing Jansen just in time for their huge hit, My Boyfriend's Back, which rose to # 1 Hot 100 and # 2 R&B in late summer 1963 b/w (Love Me) Now (both the album and the hit single versions are included here). Later that year I Adore Him topped out at # 25 Hot 100 b/w Thank You And Goodnight (# 84 Hot 100), and in early 1964, just as the first wave of the British Invasion began dominating the charts - especially The Beatles - Wow Wow Wee (He's The Boy For Me) just missed getting into the Top 40, settling for # 41 Hot 100 b/w the delightful Snowflakes And Teardrops, which might have charted as well under different circumstances.

From there the group spent time as a studio back-up for Lou Christie on his late 60's hits Rhapsody In The Rain and Painter, by which time Barbara had been replaced by Lana Shaw, once with The Serendipity Singers, and Peggy by Debbie Swisher, who had previously been a part of The Pixies Three. In 1971 Peggy became the lead for the group Dusk on their moderate hits Angel Baby (# 57 Hot 100 in early 1971) and I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing (# 53 Hot 100 in summer 1971).

So, if their "sound" appears a little different from cut to cut you know why. Enjoy this one as you read the five pages of background notes written by Don Charles in March 1996, and get another shot of three gorgeous girls at the height of their career."
Best comp on these girls
Zub | Forks Twp., PA | 05/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Most notoriusly known for their vengeful anthem, "My Boyfriend's Back", the Angels did have several other hits, "Til" and "Cry Baby Cry" being the best known. This collection of 21 tracks contains these plus their other charting singles - "Wow Wow Wee" and the two-sided charter "I Adore Him" b/w "Thank You And Goodnight". Making up the remaining tracks are failed singles, album cuts and both the longer stereo album and mono single versions of the aforementioned "... Boyfriend...". While the success of "...Boyfriend..." was never duplicated, many of the Angels' songs were the product of, and had the trademark sound of, the songwriting team of Feldman, Goldstein and Gottehrer, who, as a group, went on to perform as the Strangeloves. And while many of these tracks, showcasing the often but not always so innocent quintessential 60's girl group sound, may sound juvenile and dated now, they do provide an interesting and revealing reminder of what drove much of the teen-oriented music of the early 60's. This collection from Polygram is generally well-done with overall good sound quality and much stereo (tracks 13,20,21 appearing in mono, 3 and 18 electronically rechanneled for effect). In addition, the liner notes booklet provides a detailed history of the group. While at the time of this review, the CD version of this piece is out of print, it is still available on the secondary market and though there are other collections available for the Angels, this is the one to get if you can."
Miles Ahead Of The Collectables Release
09/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While this leaves Collectables offering on The Angels (My Boyfriend's Back) in the dust, I'm surprised to see it shown here only in cassette form. I have the Mercury/Chronicles/Polygram CD right here in front of me, and it includes all six of their hit singles and four of the B-sides, omitting only the two that backed their first two hits for the Caprice label.

This is one "girl group" that had to be the most transient of all from that era in terms of personnel. Starting out as The Starlets were Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut, her sister Barbara, and lead Linda Jansen who all appeared on their first hit, 'Til, in late 1961 [# 14 Billboard Pop Hot 100 b/w A Moment Ago], and Cry Baby Cry early in 1962 [# 38 Hot 100 b/w That's All I Ask Of You]. The backing on all four sides was by Hutch Davie & His Orchestra, who also backed Linda Scott on most of her hits - among other artists. Those are the two B-sides missing here.

When nothing else worked, they moved to Smash with a new lead singer, Peggy Santiglia, replacing Jansen, just in time for their huge hit, My Boyfriend's Back, which rose to # 1 Hot 100 and # 2 R&B in late summer 1963 b/w (Love Me) Now. Later that year I Adore Him topped out at # 25 Hot 100 b/w Thank You And Goodnight (# 84 Hot 100), and in early 1964, just as the first wave of the British Invasion began dominating the charts - especially The Beatles - Wow Wow Wee (He's The Boy For Me) could only manage to get to # 41 Hot 100 b/w the delightful Snowflakes And Teardrops, which might have charted as well under different circumstances.

From there the group spent time as a studio back-up for Lou Christie on his late 60's hits Rhapsody In The Rain and Painter, by which time Barbara had been replaced by Lana Shaw, once with The Serendipity Singers, and Peggy by Debbie Swisher, who had previously been a part of The Pixies Three. In 1971 Peggy became the lead for the group Dusk on their moderate hits Angel Baby (# 57 Hot 100 in early 1971) and I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing (# 53 Hot 100 in summer 1971).

So, if their "sound" apears a little different from cut to cut you know why. Enjoy this one as you read the five pages of background notes written by Don Charles in March 1996."