Saturday, 10 August 2013
On playing this 'forgotten' Detroit mid 60's girl group to my mum whilst showing her how Spotify worked, she commented that it sounded like the Mama's & Papa's, and there i was decided that i already liked the group based on how they sounded akin to Leonard Chess' group Rotary Connection! Kudos to my mum.
I heard about this timely re-issue through the power of twitter, and a scan & copy machine at SRD, who sent a Mojo review. This is the first time any of the groups material has been made available on CD. Vinyl copies of the original album were trading up to $2000 a piece so parting with £13 in Rise seemed a bargain.
The background to the group is quite interesting, among extensive sleeve note interviews including the group singing in the MD's office and picking up a contract. They penned with Lee Hazlewoods label outlet and went on to cut an album and release several singles alongside some pretty decent TV appearances including the Ed Sullivan show. Unfortunately the story isn't one of glitz and glamour and the band fell on hard times resulting in them splitting, the record never getting the attention and the group never getting the recognition their music deserved.
These original Sugababes are well worth checking out.