Various - The Pye Girls Coloured My World


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When USA’s Time magazine dedicated its 15 April 1966 issue to London: The Swinging City, it was recognising that in the midst of a worldwide cultural revolution it was Britain, and London especially, that laid claim to being the centre of all things modern. British artists, writers, photographers, film makers and, most significantly, its musicians, were bursting with creativity. Of course, groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks and Small Faces were at the forefront of this burgeoning British scene, but alongside them was a hugely significant growth in the confidence, style, and sound of Britain’s female artists.

But for every trendy beat group there was a Tammy St John, an Antoinette, or a Barbara Ruskin. These were the Brit girls who set the new scene, creating a distinctively British girl pop style of their very own. An eclectic mix of kinky booted beat girls, coiffured chanteuses, doe eyed sirens with heavy fringes and mini-skirted modsters who together ruled Carnaby Street, the Kings Road and The Cavern. This first generation of British Girl Power offered a host of sounds; dreamy girl pop mixed it with thumping Soul floor fillers, Merseybeat inspired beat numbers sat side by side with teen pop exuberance and moody torch songs - each delivered in a way that reflected the confident mood of the era. Pye Records was formed with a vision to release pop music by British artists. both Pye and it’s little sister, Piccadilly Records, gave these British girls their voice and spawned a host of fantastic femme-pop 45s that provided the soundtrack to the colourful, confident and downright fun place that was Swinging Sixties Britain, and it is in these companies catalogues that we find our inspiration for this compilation of some of the finest British Female Pop ever recorded.

Side A 1. Petula Clark - Gotta Tell The World 2. Sandra Barry - Stop! Thief 3. Val Mckenna - Now That You Have Made Up Your Mind 4. The Baker Twins - Words Written On Water 5. The Ferris Wheel - B.A.B.Y. 6. Mally Page - You Can Be Wrong About Boys 7. Tawny Reed - My Heart Cries 8. Billie Davis - No Other Baby

SIDE B 1. Nita Rossi - Something To Give 2. Helen Shapiro - Silly Boy (I Love You) 3. The Caravelles - The Other Side Of Love 4. Sharon Tandy - Now That You’ve Gone 5. Jackie Trent - You Baby 6. Jan Panter - Put Yourself In My Place 7. Val McKenna - Don’t Hesitate 8. Peanut - Thank Goodness For The Rain

SIDE C 1. The Breakaways - That’s How It Goes 2. Sandra Barry - We Were Lovers (When The Party Began) 3. The Paper Dolls - Something Here In My Heart (Keeps A-Tellin’ Me No) 4. Antoinette - There He Goes (The Boy I Love) 5. Baby Do It - Val McKenna 6. Tawny Reed - Needle In A Haystack 7. Barbara Ruskin - Song Without End 8. Glenda Collins - Something I’ve Got To Tell You

Side D 1. Two Of Each - Colour My World 2. Petula Clark - The Life And Soul Of The Party 3. Nita Rossi - Untrue Unfaithful (That Was You) 4. Simone Jackson - Tell Me What To Do 5. Judy Cannon - The Very First Day I Met You 6. Glo Macari - He Knows I Love Him Too Much 7. Shirley Abicair - I Will Be There 8. Tammy St John - Dark Shadows and Empty Hallways