The Murmaids Popsicles & Icicles - A Golden Classics Edition
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sku: COL 5538
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The '60s was the decade of the girl groups, and The Murmaids were in the center of the action. Their biggest hit was the catchy "Popsicles and Icicles", which was written by future Bread frontsman David Gates. The song went all the way to #3 in 1963. This disc features the best of this fondly remembered girl groups.
- 1.Popsicles And Icicles
- 2.You Cheated
- 3.Mr. Sandman
- 4.Blue Dress
- 6.Wild And Wonderful
- 8.Heartbreak Ahead
- 9.So Young
- 10.Bull Talk
- 11.Don't Forget
- 12.Three Little Words
- 13.He's Good To Me
Includes liner notes by Mark Marymont.
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
This 13-song CD reveals a wider range than the Murmaids' status as one-hit wonders would lead one to expect. The title tune, driven by a softly strummed rhythm guitar behind the gentle, ethereal singing of the trio, is a quintessential piece of early-'60s pop/rock, not as striking as "To Know Him Is to Love Him" but still memorable. The '40s pop standard, "Playmates" (covered by Sandy Stewart in Go Johnny Go) turns up as a bouncy pop/jazz style number, the trio backed by piano, bass, and drums. "You Cheated" is pretty, if routine, girl group fare, but the version of "Mr. Sandman" has an upbeat feel with a certain touch of earthiness. "Alone" is a throwback to doo wop sounds, complete with a "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" chorus and a very busy rhythm section, with the Murmaids trying hard emulate the Marcels' "Blue Moon." "Don't Forget" seems to have been producer Kim Fowley's attempt to mimic the Crystals, complete with an anthem-like chorus, a driving beat, and a pseudo-Spector backing band. The coming of age love song "So Young" shows more healthy lust than much of the trio's other repertory. The outstanding track, however, is "Wild and Wonderful," a soaring ballad with a ravishing array of hooks, a gorgeous organ and guitar arrangement, and a haunting fade-out. And anyone who wants more songs like "Popsicles and Icicles" will find them in "Heartbreak Ahead" and "Three Little Words." Strangely enough, one of their big hit's two B-sides, "Blue Dress," is present, but not the other, "Huntington Flats." ~ Bruce Eder
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