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Girls With Guitars - The Rebel Kind

60s 70s The Rebel Kind is the third in Ace's occasional series of guitarcentric 1960s girl pop compilations Half the tracks here are by genuine guitarwielding allgirl bands including the Debutantes from Detroit Los Angeles quartet the Girls Goldie and the Gingerbreads from New York Pinky Chicks from Japan the Honeybeats from Italy and San Francisco s Ace Of Cups It might seem somewhat unlikely but the Chantels are the featured musicians on the instrumental Peruvian Wedding Song Thanks to acknowledged classics such as 'He's Gone' and 'Maybe' it's beyond all doubt that the girls could really sing Who knew they could also play It's rather ironic that some of the most striking records to emerge from mid60s Britain were the work of an American producer Beat combo Colette and the Bandits riffdriven 'A Ladies Man' is up there with the 45s Shel Talmy produced at the time on the Kinks and the Who Talmy also produced Goldie and the Gingerbreads 'Please Please' another prime example of British beat but one recorded by an American group Brenda Lee's wild update of 'What d'I Say' and Jackie DeShannon's folk rock nugget 'Dream Boy' were also recorded in the UK in each case with the young Jimmy Page on guitar He also plays on Dana Gillespie's cult favourite 'You Just Gotta Know My Mind' Some other noteworthy guys help out elsewhere Kiwi duo the Chicks great version of Lee Hazlewood's 'The Rebel Kind' features the Mike Perjanik Group with Doug Jerebine on guitar the Turtles backup teenage trio the Chymes on their jangly 'He's Not There Anymore' chart band the Mob play on Mousie and the Traps 'How About You' Gail Harris live recording of 'I Idolize You' features the Wailers and the Milkshakes provide the instrumentation on the Delmonas Peter Gunn Locomotion the only non60s track here not that you'd notice Other highlights include Jean and the Statesides 'Putty In Your Hands' which knocks spots off the Shirelles original and the Yardbirds cover Lydia Marcelle s newtoCD rocker 'The Girl He Needs' and 'International Girl' by the Beas who sound like the Bangles 20 years ahead of their timeLP 180 Gram Crimson Vinyl with Heavy Duty Jacket

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