Album Review

Alright, This Time Just The Girls Volume 2 [coll] – [Sympathy for the Record Industry]

ophelia necro   11/27/2007   A Library

“Alright, This Time Just The Girls”(Volume 1) was released in 1999. This follow up release, a long time in the making, has quite a lot to offer. 30 tracks in 79 minutes! Filled with mostly rock, pop, punk numbers, the release holds a few surprises with a couple of country ballads (Miss Derringer, Lisa Marr Experiment), some interesting covers including one of an early Beatles song (Ludella Black, “I’ve Just Seen A Face”) and some sugary sweet ballads (Tuuli, Christa DeErynn, The Beards, The Come Ons, Helen Love). A lot of these bands are familiar to our library: The Stuck-Ups, Tina & The Total Babes, Wanda Jackson, The Kirby Grips, Detroit Cobras. Scarling, Helen Love, etc. But some of the most stand-out tracks are from artists that are not yet in our library…Lisa Marr Experiement offers a bittersweet tale of a fortune telling chickadee with some bad news in “Little Red Bird”, Matson Jones offers traditional rock with gothic overtones, distorted vocals and CELLOS in “A Little Bit Of Arson”, The Come-Ons “Dollar In My Pocket” is a sweet and simple romantic ditty and Ludella Black’s cover really shines. Other notable covers are Downbeat 5’s Arthur Alexander track “Radiates That Charm”, Detroit Cobras rendition of the Mary Wells song “Bye Bye Baby”, The Fondas do Nolan Strong’s “Yeah Baby” and a cover of a Pete Best Combo song featuring Pete Best himself with The Bristols. With cover art by Camille Rose Garcia (also featured on track 28) and insightful liner notes by Taggy Lee (daughter of the guy who runs the Sympathy label) this release really is a complete little package. Not just for the girls.

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