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(1997/Westside) 29 tracks (73:32). Long deleted and rare Anthology of the original master recordings 1962-65 in stunning sound quality. 8 page booklet of notes and photos.
Perhaps no babysitter in history got a bigger break than Eva Narcissus Boyd, who babysat for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It was early 1962 when they were inspired by a dance Little Eva was doing around the house and wrote a song called "The Locomotion". Originally meant for Dee Dee Sharp, returning home one day Carole and Gerry found their babysitter singing it. They liked what they heard, so they rushed her into the studio, with King doing the backing vocals. Little Eva was only sixteen when "The Locomotion" hit #1. Her salary as the Goffins' babysitter was $35 dollars a week. Her earnings from "The Locomotion" were reported to be around thirty thousand dollars. She appeared on television shows and in numerous magazines. She performed live in the U. S. and did several tours of England. Remembered by most as a one hit wonder Little Eva was more than that and her debut album on the DIMENSION label reveals one of the funniest yet talented artists of the "girl groups" era. Also features her second chart smasher "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", later covered on stage by the Beatles.
He Is The Boy
Some Kinda Wonderful
I Have A Love
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Run To Her
Where Do I Go
Up On The Roof
Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Let's Turkey Trot
Old Smokey Loco-Motion
Just A Little Girl
The Trouble With Boys
Swinging On A Star
What I Gotta Do (To Make You Jealous)
Let's Start The Party Again
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Subtitled The Complete Dimension Recordings, it lives up to its name well, the only omission I could spot being the single Heigh-Ho which was a duet with Big Dee Irwin and therefore technically doesn't count, although room has been found for four other collaborations with Big Dee, including the hit Swinging On A Star.
This album is valuable in three ways: first, as a collection of Little Eva's best solo recordings (she was also sang with the Cookies, and they in turn sing on a number of her records) between 1962 and 1965; secondly as a representation of some of the best recordings on the short-lived Dimension "girl group" label which Don Kirshner formed in 1962; and thirdly as a veritable Goffin and King songbook. They were staff writers for the label and their names appear on all but ten of its 29 tracks.
Little Eva was the only artist to have an album released on Dimension. Produced by Gerry Goffin it was called L L L L Loco-Motion and included Loco-Motion and the hit follow-up Keep Your Hands off My Baby (added to the album's second pressing). It also had her versions of Goffin and King songs originally given to the Drifters, Ben E King, Bobby Vee and the Shirelles, as well as covers of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and the Crystals' Uptown (both Brill Building songs). One oddity was the West Side Story number I Have A Love. The album came out in mono and ghastly electronically-channeled stereo - the complete album is here in mono.
Little Eva also devised another popular dance, the Turkey Trot, and there are a number of turkey references in the songs including, of course, on the big hit Let's Turkey Trot (farmyard noises by the Cookies). Other A-sides were the excellent The Trouble With Boys, Let's Start The Party Again, which gets into Lesley Gore territory, and Wake Up John (written by Chip Taylor). Get Him, recorded at the same sessions as Wake Up John, remained unreleased until 1988. These records have an infectious charm and innocence that derive from their ephemeral intent but that can still be fully enjoyed today.
Following the success of Locomotion, an album was rush-released, mainly filled with covers of contemporary hits, including Some kind of wonderful, Up on the roof (both Drifters), Breaking up is hard to do (Neil Sedaka), Sharing you, Run to her/him (Bobby Vee), Uptown (Crystals) and Will you love me tomorrow (Shirelles).
Keep your hands off my baby, the follow-up to Locomotion, was a top twenty hit in America, just making the top thirty in Britain, while her third hit, Let's turkey trot, was a top twenty hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her next hit was a duet with Big Dee Irwin, although Little Eva was not credited. The song, Swinging on a star, was originally a number one American hit for Bing Crosby, but the sixties version is very different. I enjoy both versions in different ways. It provided them with a top ten British hit, but barely made the American top forty. The B-side, Another night with the boys, was also a duet and was the third Drifters hit that Little Eva had covered.
That marked the effective end of Little Eva's chart career, though there were to be a couple of minor hits in America. Those hits, together with all previously mentioned tracks and all other recordings that Little Eva made for Dimension records are included on this excellent compilation.