Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Shangri-Las

The Shangri-Las - Myrmidons of Melodrama I've treasured this cd for years. It's an excellent collection of The Shangri-Las, my favorite girl group. Growing up the only track I heard from them on the oldies station was Leader of the Pack which I got sick of real fast. I love the girl group sound but I was always putting them off. When I finally got it I was surprised by how talented they were and how many good songs they performed. There are a number of melodramatic songs like Leader of the Pack, for example, my favorite I can never go home anymore and Give us your blessings. (The mama outburst in I can never go home anymore made me laugh the first few times I heard it. It's very over the top and melodramatic.) There are also other good tracks that aren't dramatic like Right Now and Not Later and Sophisticated Boom Boom. They could sing live real good too. Mary Weiss was a beautiful talented lead vocalist, one of the best singers the 60's had to offer.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Reparata and the Delrons

Reparata and The Delrons - The Best of Reparata & The Delrons This is the collection of Reparata and the Delrons to get. It gets in 30 tracks. The other collections for around the same price have less. Allmusic gives this an indifferent review stating that they weren't one of the girl group greats but I disagree. Saturday Night didn't Happen and Weather Forecast are classics, songs that have a bit of a late 60's vibe to them, more than just the typical girl group sound. I also liked Captain of your ship, Panic, and Boys and Girls. I lost this cd and just bought it again last week. It was like revisiting an old friend. I completely forgot about Panic and the overall quality of their material. I just listened to Shoes for the first time, a song Reparata released on her own in the 70's, and it was pretty cool.

Saturday, October 7, 2017


Birtha - Birtha / Can't Stop the Madness I discovered a youtube of them the other day. I was shocked. I was surprised that this female rock band had footage. I was so happy. I bought the Birtha cd that had this album and Can't Stop the Madness years ago when it was in print. I recommend both. This one though has their best song Free Spirit. I made a female band mix once for my older sister and she said this song rocked which made me happy. Too Much Woman for a Hen Pecked Man is also catchy. This features Rosemary Lane (aka Rosemary Butler) who was also part of Daisy Chain, whose Straight or Lame I recommended years ago. She was a good singer. If you like Fanny (another cool 70's female band) you might like this.