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Various Artists: Scratch My Back! Pye Beat Girls 1963-1968

Track List

>Scratch My Back - Jan Panter (mono)
>Ev'ry Day - Billie Davis (mono)
>Come on Baby - Kim D. (mono)
>Now That You've Made Up Your Mind - Val McKenna (mono)
>He Doesn't Love Me - The Breakaways (mono)
>Heart - Petula Clark
>It's Hard to Believe It - Glenda Collins (mono)
>Run - Sandie Shaw
>Something to Give - Nita Rossi (mono)
>Da-Di-Da-Da - The Satin Bells (mono)
>We Were Lovers (When the Party Began) - Sandra Barry (mono)
>I Got a Feeling - Tawny Reed (mono)
>Why Don't I Run Away from You - Antoinette (mono)
>Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me) - Tammy St John (mono)
>Incense - Sheila Carter/Episode Six (mono)
>Pay You Back with Interest - Dana Gillespie (mono)
>Well How Does It Feel - Barbara Ruskin (mono)
>I've Found Love - Sharon Tandy (mono)
>It's So Fine - Dee King (mono)
>He Knows I Love Him Too Much - Glo Macari (mono)
>He's No Good - Baker Twins (mono)
>Don't Lie to Me - Jeannie & The Big Guys (mono)
>I Only Care About You - Julie Grant (mono)
>Hippy, Hippy Shake - Pat Harris & The Blackjacks (mono)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Mick Patrick.

Ace dipped into the Decca vaults a couple of times but 2016's Scratch My Back! Pye Beat Girls 1963-1968 is the first time they've dug through the swinging sounds of Pye's female acts of the '60s. Dating as early as 1963 and as late as 1968 -- aka, the golden age of British pop -- this compilation feels like it's anchored in the mid-'60s, a place where the pop is heavily orchestrated but not stuffy; most of these 24 tracks contain a lightness of spirit and many are often clever. Sometimes, things get plenty strange -- the weirdest moment is, of course, Glenda Collins' "It's Hard to Believe It," a 1967 recording beloved by Joe Meek cultists -- but usually this is bouncy, jubilant pop equal parts freakbeat, Beatles, Bacharach, and Motown, the kind of thing that's bound to bring joy to listeners of a certain stripe. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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