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Various Artists: Where the Girls Are, Vol. 9

Track List

>That's the Way It Is (When a Girl's in Love) - The Sweet Three
>Society Girl - The Rag Dolls
>Little Boy - Diane Christian
>I Don't Want to Be Your Baby Anymore - Popsicles
>What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime - The Bitter Sweets
>Something Strange Is Going On - Roddie Joy
>Billy Sunshine - Evie Sands
>Come Down - Honey Ltd.
>With a Kiss - The Bluezettes
>Don't Forget - The Murmaids
>I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love) - Lena Calhoun & The Emotions
>You Better Stop It - The Lovelites
>I'll Come Running Over - 2 of Clubs
>Mama Don't Allow - Reparata & the Delrons
>Ballyhoo - Ramona King
>Who Stole the Cookie - The Jaynetts
>Young Daddy - The Fran-cettes
>I Need a Boy - The Penny Sisters
>(They Call Him A) Bad Boy - Christine Cooper
>What Did You Do Last Night - The Drake Sisters
>Baby I Miss You - Popsicles
>On a Rainy Night - The Flowers
>Sweet Kind of Loneliness - The Darlettes
>More Than a Friend - Wooden Nickels
>Moon Walking - The Blossoms - (featuring Billy Strange)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Mick Patrick.

Recording information: Phase-O-Phonic Sound.

The ninth volume of Ace's ongoing girl group chronicle Where the Girls Are relies on a few new-to-CD singles, along with three unreleased recordings from the vaults. This is collector bait but, by this point, the hallmark of the series is that it doesn't concentrate on the familiar; it excavates the interesting tunes beloved -- or perhaps desired -- by collectors. As such, there isn't much surprise in sound or format here but that's fine: anybody dialing into this collection will want to hear Spector arrangements, florid harmonies, and heartbreak, which is precisely what this compilation delivers. A few cuts dazzle -- the melodrama of the Bitter Sweets' "What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime," the swinging style of Evie Sands' "Billy Sunshine," the Motown rhythms of Lena Calhoun & the Emotions' "I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love)" -- but the appeal of Where the Girls Are, Vol. 9 is the consistency, how it delivers the sound you love without ever serving up a dull moment...something that's pretty impressive nine volumes into a series. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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