The Upshot: Swingin’ ‘60s sounds by girl groups from the land down under and the land of kiwi.
Absolutely terrific 2-CD, 55-song comp. and as you can tell by the title you know what you’re gonna get, girl groups (or at least dream babes…hey, I’ll take it). This batch o’ tunes is based on a series which ran pm the RPM label. They knocked out 8 volumes and this compilation is the proverbial icing on the cake.
You get the swingin’ sounds of the ‘60s with organ, tambourines, tribal drums and guitar fuzz aplenty. A few of the highlights here, to name but a few, were the rousing “He’s Ready” by The Clevedonaires, Sandy Edmonds covering the Jackie DeShannon chestnut “When You Walk in the Room” (that Sally Timms once covered, among others), Joy Lemmon doing “Be My Baby” (not The Ronettes hit), Tony McCann hittin’ on the jumpy “No” (dig that harmonica!).
Moving over to disc two you’ve got the opening cut The Tunespinners “You Were Born For Me”, Lynne Pike with the tender “I Think I Just Lost Out”, The Chicks “You Won’t Forget Me”, Judy Donaldson’s soaring “Heaven is the Place” and so many more.
A few side notes for some of the ladies who appear on this comp. Lynne Randall toured with The Monkees on their tour of the USA with Jimi Hendrix, and Dinah Lee later recorded for Chris Blackwell, The Executives released some stuff on the American bubblegum label Buddah and April Byron worked with the Bee Gees in the 60’s.
As with all Cherry Red stuff the 20-page booklet is chock full of liner notes, pics, and general information about the band and songs. In other words, if you’re fan of girls groups from that era, then you need to have this.
DOWNLOAD: The Clevedonaires- “He’s Ready”, Sandy Edmonds- “When You Walk in the Room”, Joy Lemmon- “Be My Baby”, Tony McCann- “No”, Ronnie and Dougal- “Leave Me Alone”, Betty McQuade- “Midnight Bus”