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 Preview Rhapsody - Tamiko

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

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

  • 04 Preview Tomorrow Is Another Day - Doris Troy

  • 05 Preview If He Kissed Me - The Goodnight Kisses

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

  • 07 Preview All Or Nothing - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles

  • 08 Preview Devil In The Dark - The Goodnight Kisses

  • 09 Preview The Willow Wept - The Heartbreakers

  • 10 Preview Jimmy Boy - Carol Shaw

  • 11 Preview My Girlfriend Asked Me - Carole Forrest

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

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

  • 14 Preview You Had Time - The Heartbreakers

  • 15 Preview In Paradise - The Cookies

  • 16 Preview Untrue Love - The Bobbettes

  • 17 Preview Gossip - The Tiffanys

  • 18 Preview The Beating Of My Heart - The Dorelles

  • 19 Preview Everybody Dance - Lydia Marcelle

  • 20 Preview At The Party - Tami Lynn

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

  • 22 Preview You'd Better Stop - Doris Troy

  • 23 Preview Walking In Different Circles - Goldie & The Gingerbreads

  • 24 Preview Friday Kind Of Monday - The Meantime

  • 25 Preview Lovin' Valentine - April Stevens

  • 26 Preview Teach Me Tiger '65 - April Stevens

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