Zircons Amid Generics and Bombs
2/6. Earl-Jean: "I'm Into Somethin' Good." Experienced backup singer transforms teenage crush into eternal spring.
1/14. Maxine Brown: "Oh No Not My Baby." Longtime soul hopeful hangs onto innocence where Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart sang pain.
1/2. Exciters: "He's Got the Power." That "Tell Him" girl--Brenda Reid by name--got the power, but Leiber-Stoller definitely help.
4/6. Marsha Gee: "Peanut Duck." Whoever Gee was, she quacked like a hoarse, gritty, demented duck.
2/12. Sandy Shaw: "Girl Don't Come." Brit-bossa ingenue calmly addresses guy done wrong.
4/14. Hollywood Jills: "He Makes Me So Mad." From New Orleans, the crudest record here, and almost the latest. He says she swims raw. She does.
1/23. Bessie Banks: "Go Now." The Moody Blues cover is just as valid. But for 1964, the uncontained soul is shocking.
2/27. Tammys: "Egyptian Shumba." Shimmy-shimmy-shimmy-shy-eye-missyness meets monkey noises. On the Nile.
3/25. Rev-Lons: "After Last Night." Their "He doesn't want a girlfriend" is the catchiest hook on the entire box.
3/26. Lovelites: "How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad." Roe v. Wade, here we come.
Village Voice, Feb. 21, 2006