Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Myrmidons of Melodrama
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
"Close ... Very, Very Close !"
KC Ryan | 02/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Shangri-Las "Myrmidons of Melodrama" CD with the Pop-Art color cover, RPM Catalogue Number 136, was released by RPM in 1994. It is the self-described definitive Shangri-Las collection, and it is "Close ... Very, Very Close" to succeeding. This CD was compiled by Mick Patrick and Roger Dopson, and features superb illustrated liner notes. Of the 29 songs on the CD, 26 of the songs were originally released on the Red Bird label between August 1964 and June 1966; they are presented on this CD in the order of their original release. Also, there are two songs, "Wishing Well" and "Hate to Say I Told You So" that were originally released on the Spokane label in April 1964 (before the Shangri-Las recorded any songs for Red Bird) and then re-released on the Scepter label in January 1965; and there is one alternate take of "Give Him A Great Big Kiss." There are 4 radio spots also. All the song tracks are in mono. As discussed in detail by other reviewers, the only rival for best compilation is The Shangri-Las "Myrmidons of Melodrama" CD released in 2002 by RPM with the black-and-white photo cover, RPM Catalogue Number 506. That 2002 CD has six tracks in stereo. There are three songs on the 1994 CD: "Maybe" and "Wishing Well" and "Hate to Say I Told You So" that are not on the 2002 CD. The latter CD includes the single "Simon Says/Simon Speaks" which was originally released in December 1963 on the Smash record label, and which is not on the 1994 CD. Mono or stereo? Three songs v. two songs? 33 total tracks, or 32? The reviews for this 1994 CD, and the reviews for the 2002 CD, can be helpful in making your choice. Either way, you will own a great tribute to the Shangri-Las."
The Mary Weiss Cult
eurydike | Santa Cruz, CA USA | 03/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mary Weiss is the late twentieth-century incarnation of the White Goddess.
Neither Oak Leaf nor Plane Leaf, she is the proto-Leaf of the Whitmanian girl-group Kosmos."