Where The Girls Are Vol 4 Various Artists (Where The Girls Are)


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The fourth volume explores the feminine side of Atlantic Records. Detroit’s Tamiko opens the show, courtesy of Motown’s short-lived New York office. Devotees of the Motor City sound will also get a kick from the Dorelles, a trio clearly in thrall of Martha & the Vandellas. The roots of the girl group sound are explored via mid-50s decks from the Bobbettes and the Cookies, then we skip forward a decade for Doris Troy, all-girl band Goldie & the Gingerbreads and Brill Building goddess Ellie Greenwich in disguise as the Meantime. Producer Bert Berns contributes great tracks from the Heartbreakers, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles and a rarity by Tami Lynn previously available only on a hideously scarce French EP, while Bob Crewe masterminds three Darlene Love-type numbers by Shirley Matthews, Nino Tempo mans the controls for two solos by his sister April Stevens, the Dyno Dynamic production team brings you Barbara Mason’s backup gals the Tiffanys, Kenny Young handles the board for the Goodnight Kisses and Wardell Quezergue auteurs for Lydia Marcelle. 

By Mick Patrick

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Rhapsody - Tamiko

  • 02
    A Groovy Kind Of Love - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

  • 03
    Big Town Boy - Shirley Matthews & The Big Town Girls

  • 04
    Tomorrow Is Another Day - Doris Troy

  • 05
    If He Kissed Me - The Goodnight Kisses

  • 06
    Wise Guys - Shirley Matthews & The Big Town Girls

  • 07
    All Or Nothing - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

  • 08
    Devil In The Dark - The Goodnight Kisses

  • 09
    The Willow Wept - The Heartbreakers

  • 10
    Jimmy Boy - Carol Shaw

  • 11
    My Girlfriend Asked Me - Carole Forrest

  • 12
    Dip-Da-Dip (I Want To Be His Girl) - Angela Martin with The Hash Brown Orchestra

  • 13
    All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings - Darlene Paul

  • 14
    You Had Time - The Heartbreakers

  • 15
    In Paradise - The Cookies

  • 16
    Untrue Love - The Bobbettes

  • 17
    Gossip - The Tiffanys

  • 18
    The Beating Of My Heart - The Dorelles

  • 19
    Everybody Dance - Lydia Marcelle

  • 20
    At The Party - Tami Lynn

  • 21
    Private Property - Shirley Matthews & The Big Town Girls

  • 22
    You'd Better Stop - Doris Troy

  • 23
    Walking In Different Circles - Goldie & The Gingerbreads

  • 24
    Friday Kind Of Monday - The Meantime

  • 25
    Lovin' Valentine - April Stevens

  • 26
    Teach Me Tiger '65 - April Stevens

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A stack of pristinely remastered, over-looked girl group gems.


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