Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
I Can Hear Music: The Ellie Greenwich Collection
Genres: Pop, Rock
Like fellow critically feted '60s pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, Ellie Greenwich didn't see why her artists should have all the fun. Hence this collection of songs made popular by acts such as the Ronettes, the Crystals, T... more »
Like fellow critically feted '60s pop songwriter Burt Bacharach, Ellie Greenwich didn't see why her artists should have all the fun. Hence this collection of songs made popular by acts such as the Ronettes, the Crystals, Tina Turner, and Elkie Brooks, sung in Greenwich's own distinctively cool style. Unlike Bacharach, Greenwich started off in her own act--proto-girl-group the Raindrops, whose perky Top 20 hit, "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget," is included here. Among other lost gems is a haunting solo, "You Don't Know," plus string-laden, piano-saturated versions of Phil Spector collaborations ("Be My Baby," "River Deep, Mountain High," "Then He Kissed Me") that obviously lack the emotional intensity of their better-known hit versions but have a real lounge-lizard charm of their own. --Everett True
Not Leader of the Pack, but just as interesting
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My mother had these songs playing in our house when I was growing up. I fell in love with them all again last summer when I was doing as production of Leader of the Pack. If you know the show or the orginal arrangements you need to be prepared. Most of the songs (track 8 on )are redone and rearranged very 70's like. I have found that if you give them a chance, for the most part, you come to enjoy them this way as well. If you are looking for the Phil Spector kick drum and loud beat it is not there. This is Ellie and all Ellie all grown up with idea's and feeling of her own, free of the expectations that seemed to be pushed upon her so many years ago. I have but one concern. Has Ellie learned her lesson? Jeff wanted more than just the music, and went on to have a life that held more for him. Has Ellie found that balance? I don't think so. The last line in the linernotes interview with her she states that "Music is her best friend", as someone who had the chance to play her I can't say that I am surprised. No matter what, her heart and soul went into everything she has ever done, this album is no exception."
Mixed bag - approach with caution!
the-disco-kid | Bay City, Babylon 7 | 10/22/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ellie Greenwich needs no introduction as one of the finest songwriters from the last 50 years. As a performer, however, she isn't nearly as well known. Which is a shame really, since at her very best she could give the best of 'em (Dusty, Dusty, Dusty) a run for their money. The majestic "You Don't Know" and the Raindrops' "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget" prove that amply enough. This disc, though, isn't all - umm - sunshine, lollipos, and rainbows. The first half of it ticks along pleasantly enough until we get to some highly dubious early '70s re-workings of the classics; from the sugary string arrangement of "Be My Baby" to "I Can Hear Music" which sounds like it was done with the bloody Carpenters on backing vocals! It's not all that bad, though. "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" is truly glorious in an almost over-the-top sorta way, and even tops the orginial in my book - sorry Darlene. But it is a mixed bag nonetheless, and as such it should be approached with extreme caution, not too high hopes and a very, very open mind."
Solo stuff by one of the best Brill Building composers
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 01/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of the key songwriters in the "Brill Building" pre-Beatles pop factory, Ellie Greenwich didn't necessarily have the uncanny composing skill of Carole King, but she did create some of the perkiest pop tunes of the early '60s. Included on this collection are early recordings of the Raindrops, the "band" that she and partner Jeff Barry used to demo various tunes. One of these, "The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget" is completely irresistable teenpop. Also included are their versions of "Doo Doo Ron Ron" and "Hanky Panky", previously available only on a British import... From these early roots, this disc tracks Greenwich's recording career through other classics such as "Then He Kissed Me" and "Be My Baby", and on into early '70s material with production which is almost outlandishly baroque. Of course it was other artists, such as Lesley Gore, Tommy James and the Ronettes, who popularized these songs, but there is something special about hearing a songwriter cover their own material. Greenwich never made the leap into Carole King/Carly Simon singer-songwriter fame, but she sure did make some magical moments."