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Friday, February 12, 2010

Rare Teenage Pop: The Girls (Review)

For all the 60s girl-pop lovers out there....

Check out the latest TEENSVILLE release, RARE TEENAGE POP:THE GIRLS. It features 30 fun-filled, female sung tracks.

Care to read a review? Check one out down below, written by yours truly...

It is my pleasure to review another release for Ash at Rare Rockin’ Records. Except this time things are a bit different.

Instead of the familiar RRR imprint, this newest release of girl teeners is on the brand new label TEENSVILLE. Of course, don’t be misled, the same great people are still behind these releases and the quality is still outstanding! There will be many more TEENSVILLE releases to come, so keep your eyes out for exciting new releases at

If you like 1960s girl teen/pop records (and who doesn’t?), you’ve come to the right place! There are 30 smash “should have been” hits, here in one package at a low price. There are over 70 minutes of listening pleasure, and so many wonderful tracks to choose from. As a taster, I would like to mention a few of my favorites, describing the sound and story behind the tracks. Hopefully it will make you want to go right ahead and click the order button!

-The disc opener is an uptempo fun-fest entitled “Wish I Didn’t Love Him”. The artist is Carol Montgomery, who made several teener records in her heyday. The beat is uptempo and infectious, and not unlike many hit records made by The Orlons. The song is very short, and makes you want more. Carol’s vocals are double tracked and she harmonizes with herself, which always makes for a great sounding pop record! Carol sees her boyfriend in his car with another girl, and wishes she didn’t love him the way she does.

-Dawn Glass puts in an impressive showing with her track “A Date For Crying”. Released on ABC Paramount in 1964, it has a slight resemblance to a Neil Sedaka record of that time. A big production with horns, strings, and a strong rhythm track. Dawn won’t accept any dates because her true love has rejected her.

-“I’m Not The Same Girl I Was” is a nice midtempo tune by Nancy Allen. Maracas are very prominent in this melancholy girl teener. This sounds like something Bob Crewe was producing at the time. Nancy goes to a party only to find out her best friend steals her guy, and things will never be the same.

-1963 was a great year for music, and one of the best girl releases from that year was “Handle With Care” by Kathie King. The backing uses pizzicato strings, baoin drums. The melody is great, and Kathie’s vocal is very passionate. This is what I would imagine a Bobby Vee record to sound like if he were a female! This particular record also came with a cool picture sleeve, which can be seen on the back of the inlay if you buy the CD! Kathie tells her guy that he should be truthful and true to her.

-The well known Dodie Stevens is up next with another great 1963 release. “I Wore Out Our Record” is co-written by legendary Brill Building lady Helen Miller. Great chorus on this one! It was on Dolton Records, home of Vic Dana and The Fleetwoods. Dodie wants to find out why her boyfriend has left her by playing their favorite record over and over. Back then, the vinyl would wear out, but it is impossible to wear out your copy of RARE TEENAGE POP:THE GIRLS, so play it as many times as you’d like!

-Josie Records brings us out next fabulous track, “If She Doesn’t Want You”. A powerful vocal from Lynette West and the Dion-esque swagger makes this track a must. This was written by two of the writers who penned the classic “ The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” by who else, Bobby Vee. Lynette tells her ex-boyfriend that he can’t come back to her if his new love doesn’t work out.

-Teeners from 1965 can be hard to come by, let alone fantastic ones, but Ash has provided us with “Tears Of Joy” by the obscurest of the obscure, Hillary Hokom. This is an amazingly catchy song, and after the first listen I know you will all be singing along with the fun and hooky chorus. Hillary sings it like a true professional. Five stars! The title pretty much explains it, Ms. Hokom is crying out of happiness because she has a new boyfriend.

-Susan Wayne, the biggest Lesley Gore wannabe there ever was, gives us a bikini beach treat with “Think Summer”. I haven’t ever heard a record by Susan that I haven’t liked, and this is no exception. Susan can’t wait to get to summer to have a blast with all her friends.

-Whew, after all these uptempos, I need a ballad! Teri Allen’s “This Little Girl Stayed Home” is just that, a Connie Francis-esque slow tune with a very powerful vocal. The writers who penned this one, Paul Vance and Eddie Snyder, have penned many other songs you all know from previous releases on RRR. We welcome them to Teensville Records where they are right at home. Teri doesn’t go to her graduation dance because her boyfriend is now with someone else.

-A fitting tribute to Ellie Greenwich (RIP) is in order. Mary Ann Lewis does Ellie’s composition “I Won’t Cry” justice, giving it an uptempo punch. The original was by Ellie’s group The Raindrops, and I’m having a hard time deciding my favorite version! Mary Ann refuses to cry even though the boy she loves is unfaithful and will leave her soon.

-“It’s Better To Cry Today Than Tomorrow” is a knockout final track! A short song with a long title, Anita Bryant really swings with a double tracked vocal. All you Molly Bee fans, check this one out! This is the essential girly pop sound which we all love. Anita wants to get her crying through now so she can be happy later.

At the time of this writing, we are nearing the holidays…..and there’s nothing better on Christmas morning than a cup of Hot Chocolate, a Warm Fireside, and a copy of Rare Teenage Pop: The Girls on Teensville Records.

Care to watch the preview video? Well, look no further:

And if you are ready to buy this wonderful disc, head on over to the Rare Rockin' Records shop and purchase it directly from us!

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