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Growin Up Too Fast: Girl Group Anthology
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Rock
From Mercury comes this collection commemorating the sound celebrated some years back by Grease. The spirit of a young, voluptuous, and conflicted Stockard Channing lives on in these discs, which celebrate the Shangri-Las,... more »
From Mercury comes this collection commemorating the sound celebrated some years back by Grease. The spirit of a young, voluptuous, and conflicted Stockard Channing lives on in these discs, which celebrate the Shangri-Las, the Angels, Lesley Gore, Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield, the Honeybees, the Paris Sisters, and others. Listen to a song like Ginny Arnell's "Dumb Head" and you may come to understand how all this fussing about boyfriends ("The Boy Next Door," "Wonder Boy," "Hey, Big Boy," "I Want That Boy," "That's What Boys Are") actually represented feminism in its prenatal stage. Once you've proclaimed you're a "dumb head" with "a peanut for a brain"--well, it's time to examine your self-image and social status a bit and perhaps explore alternative lifestyles. What do you want to bet a disproportionate number of girl-group singers went on to publicly burn their bras in the years after these singles were recorded? --Steven Stolder
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Al V. (Al) from HOOVER, AL
Reviewed on 5/4/2007...
If girl groups of the 50's and 60's are your thing....brother or sister, you just fell into paradise. These are all original recordings, by original artists..mostly from the Mercury stable of labels (Mercury-Philips--Smash-Wing etc)
Mike S. (capnsmith) from TULSA, OK
Reviewed on 11/3/2006...
This is a 2 disc set.
Good News / Bad News
Wayne Ferrier | 08/02/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First the bad news: I was disappointed that only two tracks out of the fifty are in true stereo. I have never heard of about half of these songs so I don't know whether some of these were ever recorded/released in true stereo. However, I know for a fact that many of these songs were released in stereo. Example, all five Leslie Gore songs on the CD set are in mono. This is inexcusable. Leslie Gore re-issues have easily been available in stereo for over thirty years. The same goes for many others songs on this CD set. If stereo is not important to you, then of course this is not bad news. Good news: There is some rare stuff on this CD set that you would have trouble finding anywhere else. "Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard" by Diane Ray is very rare and it is one of the two songs in true stereo. I have never heard this song re-issued domestically since it was released in 1963. This is a favorite of mine. I have only heard it re-issued on a ! couple of imports that sounded horrible. However, the sound quality here for this song is good enough to have come from the master tape. Also, "442 Glenwood Avenue" (mono) is also a rare find, as are the other Pixies Three songs. I will assume many of the other songs are rare since I have never heard them before. The only other song in true stereo is "Can't He Take A Hint?""
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 01/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2-CD set full of girl group classics and oddities is, quite simply, one of the best and most enjoyable girl group comps out there. A sweet cross-slice of a particular brand of American teen culture... If you don't have it in you to spring the big bucks for the all those fetishistic European imports, but still want something that'll make you crank the volume and turn up the treble, this is about as good a collection as you could ask for. Plus it's got Ginny Arnell's super-dooper backlash anthem, "Dumb Head", a deliciously sexist novelty tune which is worth the price of admission alone. Highly recommended."