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Various Artists: Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970

Track List

>I'm in Love with You - Billie Davis
>No! No! No! - Dana Gillespie
>That's Right Baby - Marianne Faithfull
>Where the Good Times Are - Beverley Kutner/Beverley (mono)
>Poor Old Johnny - Twinkle (mono)
>Love Hit Me - The Orchids (mono)
>I Stand Accused (Of Loving You) - The Satin Bells (mono)
>I Wanna Go Back There Again - Truly Smith
>Something Beautiful - Adrienne Poster (mono)
>I'll Come Running Over - Lulu (mono)
>Hey Boy - Barry St. John (mono)
>Little Boy - Goldie & The Gingerbreads (mono)
>What More Do You Want - The Exceptions (mono)
>So Hard to Be Good - Louise Cordet (mono)
>Really Gonna Shake - Sandra Barry & the Boys (mono)
>Way You Do the Things You Do, The - Elkie Brooks (mono)
>I Want You to Be My Baby - Billie Davis
>Save the Last Dance for Me - Jean Martin (mono)
>Love Is Going to Happen to Me - Beryl Marsden (mono)
>Don't Make Me Mad - The Orchids (mono)
>Dat's Love - The Vernons Girls (mono)
>Don't Make Me (Fall in Love with You) - Babbity Blue (mono)
>Golden Lights - Twinkle (mono)
>Hier Ou Demain - Marianne Faithfull (mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Sheila Burgel.

Illustrators: Eric Charge; Ady Lupton; Mick Patrick.

Once the British pop boom took hold in the wake of the Beatles in 1962, Decca compensated for their Fab fumble by signing a lot of acts, including a bunch of female singers. Ace's 2016 compilation Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls 1962-1970 chronicles a lot of these signings, including such stars as Lulu, Marianne Faithfull, and Twinkle (the latter's "Golden Lights," later covered by the Smiths, is featured here), but the fun of the collection is how it rounds up singers who didn't enter the history books even if they happened to have hits at the time. There are some sonic constants -- big beats, blasts of brass, swirls of strings, tambourines out of Tamla, fuzz guitars, a transatlantic dilution of the Wall of Sound that remains potent -- so this holds together, but what's fun is digging out particular favorites. Beverley's "Where the Good Times Are" contains an insistent blissed-out R&B rush, the Orchids bring the Ronettes to Britain for "Love Hit Me," the Vernons Girls' "Dat's Love" is a bizarre sendup, and Sandra Barry & the Boys' "Really Gonna Shake" is an absolute raver, a single that's worth the price of admission. Other songs provide a similar kind of buzz, and the reason why Love Hit Me! is worth a listen is how the whole package provides a vivid flashback anchored by enduring pop 45s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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