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Jun202014

The Shirelles

  • The Shirelles Were One of the Greatest Girl Groups of All Time

  • Their 1971 & 1972 LPs Happy and in Love and Shirelles Make Their Worldwide CD Debuts Here

  • Includes Three Non-LP RCA Single Sides as Bonus Tracks

  • Liner Notes by David Cole Include Quotes from Shirley Alston of the Shirelles

  • Remastered at Battery Studios in New York 

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    THE SHIRELLES: Happy and in Love/Shirelles. CD

    One of the pioneering girl groups of the ‘60s, The Shirelles (originally Shirley Alston nee Owens, Doris Coley, Micki Harris and Beverly Lee) were the mainstay act at New York-based Scepter Records for a number of years, scoring hits with such classic songs as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (considered the first No. 1 single by a girl group), ““Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Baby It’s You” and “Soldier Boy” (another No. 1 single). 

    In 1966, Coley left, and two years later, the group’s tenure with Scepter ended with duelling lawsuits. But the group “soldiered” on; working with producer Randy Irwin and arranger George Andrews, the trio of Alston, Harris and Lee recorded for Blue Rock, Bell and United Artists over a three-year period before signing with RCA Records in 1971.  Their initial release for RCA was the album Happy And In Love, which included a few tracks (e.g.a version of The Royalettes’ hit “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”) previously released during the group’s short stays at Bell and United Artists. The balance of the LP included a version of the Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight” and a medley of Jr. Walker’s “Gotta Hold On to This Feeling” and Eddie Floyd’s re-gendered “I’ve Never Found a Girl” (as “I’ve Never Found a Boy”).

     In 1972, RCA issued a self-titled follow-up LP which consisted almost entirely of contemporaneous covers of songs like Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a Marvin Gaye medley (“Mercy Mercy Me,” “Inner City Blues” and “What’s Going On,” arranged by Motown’s David Van De Pitte, who had worked on the original versions with Gaye), Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and three Carole King compositions, “Brother Brother,” “Walk On In” and “It’s Going To Take Some Time.”

    Both Happy and in Love and Shirelles are making their worldwide CD debut with this release, which also includes three non-album RCA singles as bonus tracks and liner notes by renowned UK writer David Cole with interview quotes from Shirley Alston. Remastered at Battery Studios in New York--another soulful collaboration between Real Gone Music and SoulMusic Records!

    Happy and in Love

    1.   No Sugar Tonight

    2.   Boy You´re Too Young

    3.   Go Away and Find Yourself  (3:08)

    4.   There´s Nothing in This World

    5.   Gotta Hold On This Feeling/I´ve Never Found a Boy

    6.   Take Me

    7.   Dedicated to the One I Love

    8.   It´s Gonna Take A Miracle

    9.   We Got a Lot Of Lovin to Do (2:30)

    10. Strange I Still Love You

    Shirelles

    11. Brother Brother

    12. Sunday Dreaming

    13. Ain’t No Sunshine

    14. It’s Going to Take Some Time

    15. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    16. Let’s Stay Together

    17. Walk On In

    18. Deep in the Night (from the Broadway Musical Inner City)

    19. Drowning in the Sea of Love

    20. Hung On Yourself

    21. Mercy Mercy Me/Inner City Blues/What’s Going On

    Bonus Tracks

    22. Let’s Give Each Other Love

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