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Baby It's YouWhen Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Addie "Micki" Harris and Beverly Lee got together to sing for a high school talent show in 1957, they had no intentions of becoming professional musicians. However, fate stepped in when classmate Mary Jane Greenberg told her mother, Tiara Records owner Florence Greenberg, about the group. Greenberg signed them to her label, released a single and then sold the label, along with the fledgling group, to Decca Records. Decca soon dropped them, which left Greenberg free to sign them to her new label, Scepter Records. At Scepter, The Shirelles hit their stride, working with the cream of the Brill Building songwriters. One of these songwriters, Luther Dixon, was hired by Greenberg to write for and produce the group and together they developed the group's signature sound. Under his guidance, the Shirelles enjoyed seven Top 20 hits and launched the girl group genre.
Released as a single in 1961, "Baby It's You" reached #8 on the pop charts and #3 on the R&B charts. Written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Luther Dixon (under the pseudonym Barney Williams), the song has become an enduring classic, covered by The Beatles, Smith and many other artists. It also served as the title track for The Shirelles' first album of 1962. Baby Its You features 12 outstanding songs, including their single "Soldier Boy" which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Sourced from the original analog session tapes, this Sundazed reissue faithfully reproduces one of the most influential albums of the early '60s (certainly, Barry Gordy would agree). After one listen, you won't want nobody, nobody but The Shirelles.1. Baby It's You
2. Irresistible You
3. Things I Want To Hear
4. Big John (Ain't You Gonna' Marry Me)
5. The Same Old Story
6. Voice Of Experience
7. Soldier Boy
8. A Thing Of The Past
9. Twenty One
10. Make The Night A Little Longer
11. Twisting In The U.S.A.
12. Putty In Your Hands$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5446xMamas And The Papas, The
DeliverIn their brief but eventful reign as one of America's hippest and most popular recording acts, the Mamas and the Papas-Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, Michelle Phillips and main songwriter/sonic architect John Phillips-created a uniquely captivating brand of smart, harmony-laden pop that was consistently inventive and innovative, yet effortlessly commercial.
Although their hitmaking heyday lasted less than three years, these trendsetting California dreamers left a long-lasting mark on popular music, releasing a series of hit singles and classic albums that remain deeply ingrained in the pop-culture consciousness four and a half decades later. Now, Sundazed Music brings the Mamas and the Papas' much-requested, long-out-of-print second and third albums back to the marketplace in LP editions that preserve their timeless brilliance for the ages.
These beloved '60s classics have been lovingly restored by Sundazed Music to their original glory, on high-quality vinyl LP. This definitive edition faithfully reproduces the album's iconic original cover art, while careful mastering from the original reels guarantees that it's never sounded better than it does here.
Released in early 1967, the group's third longplayer Deliver is one of the Mamas and the Papas' essential works, and an exquisitely engaging expression of the group's singular pop artistry. The album produced a pair of Top Five singles in the amusingly autobiographical "Creeque Alley" and the quartet's transcendent reading of "Dedicated to the One I Love," previously recorded by the "5" Royales and the Shirelles. Other highlights include the much-loved originals "Look Through My Window" and "Boys & Girls Together," and reworkings of the Smokey Robinson-penned Temptations classic "My Girl" and the Beatles/Isley Brothers hit "Twist and Shout."1. Dedicated To The One I Love
2. My Girl
3. Creeque Alley
4. Sing For Your Supper
5. Twist And Shout
6. Free Advice
7. Look Through My Window
8. Boys & Girls Together
9. String Man
11. Did You Ever Want To Cry
12. John's Music Box$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5437xThe Shirelles & King Curtis
The Shirelles and King Curtis Give a Twist PartyIn 1962, the twist was EVERYWHERE. Artists from Joey Dee to Frank Sinatra (?!) were all chasing the craze, feverishly recording twist-able platters to meet the dance floor demand. Saxophone great King Curtis didn't sleep on the trend, scoring a major hit with "Soul Twist" along with several other twist-themed singles. Thus, it was only natural that he should team up with the country's #1 girl group, The Shirelles, themselves in the middle of an incredible run of chart-topping singles. This inspired pairing resulted in the Shirelles' second LP release of 1962, The Shirelles and King Curtis Give a Twist Party.
And what a party it is! The album's eleven tracks mix scorching instrumentals with vocal numbers, never once stopping for air. Curtis' gritty sax tone combines with The Shirelles' dulcet harmonies for a one-of-a-kind sound that will have everyone in the house on their feet, wearing through shoe leather. Sourced from the original Scepter analog master, this Sundazed reissue is destined to become a "go to" LP for your next soirÉe. Because when The Shirelles and King Curtis Give a Twist Party, the only acceptable RSVP is YES!!!"1. Mama, Here Comes The Bride
2. Take The Last Train Home (Instrumental)
3. Welcome Home Baby
4. I've Got A Woman
5. I Still Want You
6. Take The Last Train Home (Vocal)
7. Love Is A Swinging Thing
8. Ooh Poo Pah Doo
9. New Orleans
10. Mister Twister
11. Potato Chips$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Don't Want To CryPressed at R.T.I.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Chuck Jackson witnessed first-hand the rise of the city's vibrant doo wop scene. Joining local heroes the Del Vikings, his smooth, commanding voice took the lead on their 1957 single "Willette." Going solo in 1959, Jackson was spotted by producer/Wand Records A&R man Luther Dixon while opening for Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. With Dixon, Jackson co-wrote his first hit, "I Don't Want to Cry." The track featured a lavish band arrangement, a style Dixon had perfected during his sessions with the Shirelles. Together, Jackson and Dixon carefully crafted I Don't Want to Cry! (1961), Jackson's debut LP. A concept album dedicated to songs about crying, it finds Jackson covering mentor Wilson ("Lonely Teardrops") as well as an early Burt Bacharach-Hal David composition ("I Wake Up Crying"). Audibly in command, Jackson's vocals blend seamlessly with Dixon's arrangements, resulting in an astonishingly accomplished album. Working from the original analog reels, Sundazed has mastered this landmark LP in the rare true stereo mix. Pressed at R.T.I. on lush 180 gram vinyl, every string swell, every horn phrase and, most importantly, every vocal performance comes through in "you are there" clarity. No collection is complete without this Brill Building classic!1. I Don't Want To Cry
2. Tears On My Pillow
3. Willow Tree
4. In Between Tears
5. Tear Of The Year
6. I Cried For You
7. Lonely Teardrops
8. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
9. Salty Tears
10. I Wake Up Crying
11. A Tear
12. A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
David JonesMonkees 50th Anniversary Of Davy Jones' Super Rare 1965 Debut Album
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl With Gatefold Cover
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Featuring What Are We Going To Do & Bob Dylans' It Ain't Me Babe
Only in America can a young lad from Manchester, England break into show business playing The Artful Dodger in Oliver in New York City...winning accolades and a Tony Award nomination from the theater world one day.... and then mastering his craft on The Ed Sullivan Show the same night of The Beatles huge breakthrough, then signing a deal with Colpix Records the same night! A year later, he and three other gents became runaway teen idols on television, topping the charts all over the world as The Monkees, outselling The Beatles for a period and maintaining the coveted number one slot with several hit singles and albums over the next few years ..... Only in America.
This isn't make believe. It is the fabulous rise to fame in a hurry story courtesy of a superstar pop rock legend Davy Jones ..and the massive recording career that started with his long out of print first album David Jones.
Recorded throughout 1965 with a bevy of the hottest songwriters in the Columbia Pictures stable, this pop gem contained the rudiments of a major career which has endured for many years since.
Prior to his untimely death in 2012, Davy proudly noted to Friday Music "Did you know that Dream Girl went to number one in Australia?" Relaying the fact that Philly artist Van McCoy wrote this northern soul sounding track, Jones truly smiled at the U.K. term as this song had the arrangements and feel of r&b bands of the day like The Drifters and The Shirelles. This soulful side of Davy Jones would later show up on The Monkees hits like She Hangs Out, A Man Without A Dream and Forget That Girl.
The album's second single What Are We Going To Do? was a slight departure. It followed more of a Brit pop feel, and it warranted solid chart exposure as well as appearances on national TV shows like Shindig!
The brightest stars of the classic pop era also contributed to this album and would soon follow Davy Jones on his path to Monkeemania. Superstars like Carole King/Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, David Gates from Bread, Toni Wine who would later sing lead vocals on The Archies records and Bob Dylan with It Ain't Me Babe, which was also a hit for The Turtles that same year.
Friday Music is proud to offer this fine album for the first time in fifty years! This first time 180 gram audiophile vinyl Lp is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees) from the super rare Colpix Records stereo tapes, which truly shows a transition from pop crooner to future rock star.
In 1967, the David Jones l.p. charted thanks to his rise to fame as a member of The Monkees and the album cover was cleverly featured in The Monkees TV show episode, Monkees At The Movies.
Enjoy!1. What Are We Going To Do?
2. Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner
3. Put Me Amongst The Girls
4. Any Old Iron
5. Theme For A New Love
6. It Ain't Me Babe
7. Face Up To It
8. Dream Girl
9. Baby It's Me
10. My Dad
11. This Bouquet$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now