Thursday, November 25, 2021

Various Artists - Sweet Things From The Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (@320)


Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

Unlike Hung on You, Ace's third dip into the Gerry Goffin & Carole King catalog, Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook -- the label's third compilation of the duo's songs -- contains a pretty heavy dose of big hits. Chalk this up to the label being able to secure licensing for Phil Spector and Shadow Morton productions, an achievement that eluded them in 2008 when they released Do-Wah-Diddy: Words and Music by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Here, the Crystals' "Then He Kissed Me" and the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack" anchor a disc of 24 tracks that celebrate the heyday of the Brill Building, usually via the mid-'60s singles that provided all the glory but also through a few '70s reflections. The latter provides some variety at the end of the collection -- the Strangeloves pounding away through the trashy teen anthem "Honey Do," Freddie Scott getting funky on "Am I Grooving You," Wilson Pickett grooving through the bubblegum "Sugar, Sugar," giving it more grit than it needs, Dusty Springfield's soulful "What Good Is I Love You," Andy Kim turning "Be My Baby" into a tinny AM pop sensation, and the Paley Brothers reviving Spectorisms as power pop -- but the appeal of Sweet Things rests in those exquisitely sculpted pieces or professional pop, so finely made that even the non-hits seem like testaments to the glory days of the 7" single.




1. Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans - Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart (2:51)

2. The Exciters - He's Got The Power (2:24)

3. Jay & The Americans - Friday (3:00)

4. Darlene Love - (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry (2:46)

5. The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (2:34)

6. Vic Donna - Dance Marie (1:56)

7. The Raindrops - Another Boy Like Mine (2:33)

8. The Dixie Cups - Little Bell (2:45)

9. The Jelly Beans - Whisper Sweet Things (2:47)

10. The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack (2:59)

11. The Butterflys - Gee Baby Gee (2:39)

12. Lesley Gore - What's A Girl Supposed To Do (2:24)

13. The Shangri-Las - Heaven Only Knows (2:08)

14. Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know (3:11)

15. Jeff Barry - Our Love Can Still Be Saved (2:29)

16. Reparata & The Delrons - I'm Nobody's Baby Now (2:44)

17. The Ronettes - I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine (3:51)

18. Tony Pass - Spring Fever (2:53)

19. The Strangeloves - Honey Do (2:18)

20. Freddie Scott - Am I Grooving You (3:10)

21. Wilson Pickett - Sugar, Sugar (2:57)

22. Dusty Springfield - What Good Is I Love You (2:53)

23. Andy Kim - Be My Baby (2:53)

24. The Paley Brothers - Baby, Let's Stick Together (2:56)




  1. Great.. I'm a fool for all these Ace songwriter series .. can't get enough of them.. especially since I rediscovered the "Zoom" button when reading the liner notes ;-). There's some lesser well known writers in the series too.. hope to see them soon too, maybe?
    Thanks Cor for some more wonderful posts!

  2. Thanks Cor for more of these Ace songwriter series,

  3. Really digging your shares. Thanks.

  4. Can someone help me please ?
    I'm looking for the 2 glam sampler:
    Various, velvet tinmine
    Various, Boobs: The Junkshop Glam Discotheque
    David Bowie with Dana Gillespie, make way for the rock and rollers. Unoffiziell released !
    Thanks !

    1. I've got Boobs...if you'll pardon the expression, I'll upload it later, watch the chatbox


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