2.10.06

Millie Small

Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop (Vinyl Rip)

Reviewer: Jo-Ann Greene

"She's Millie Small, vivacious, bubbling, singing sensation from the land of sunshine and calypso," the sleeve notes explain. Not that there was really any need for an introduction, for indeed the tiny, vivacious Jamaican singer had taken Britain by storm, launching the Blue Beat boom and rocketing ska into the U.K. chart with her debut U.K. single "My Boy Lollipop." An album was the obvious next step, and Small set about recording with all the excitement of a child set loose in a candy store. And, in a way, that's exactly what the 16-year-old was. Her exuberance positively bleeds from the grooves, you can just about hear her grinning. Across ten covers and two co-written numbers, Small belts out the songs, with the backing sessionmen blending in big band sounds all set to an insistent jumped-up beat. And that was what it was really all about. So whether she's covering Fats Domino's "I'm in Love Again," Neil Sedaka's "Since You've Been Gone," or the old folk song "Tom Hark," it's all ska, pure and simple, and the album never flags. Most of the songs are suitably fluffy, and generally about boys, of course, from "Blue Louey" to "Sweet William," and on to "Sugar Dandy," where Small reaches unimaginable heights of ecstatic shrillness. And while that shrill, adenoidal voice was charming on a single, it can become a little wearing across an entire album. However, the Blue Beat Girl, as she was known, is working so hard to make us like her -- it seems cruel to complain -- and for fans this was a sheer firecracker of a record.

1. My Boy Lollipop
2. Oh Henry
3. Sugar Dandy
4. Since You've Been Gone
5. He's Mine
6. What Am I Living For
7. Sweet William
8. Bluey Luey
9. Don't You Know
10. Tom Hark
11. Until You're Mine
12. I'm In Love Again

Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop (Vinyl Rip)

7 comentários:

Anônimo disse...

Brand new share! I bet you could look for months and not find this anywhere else. hahaha! I just have to see what some of her other songs sound like. Everyone has heard My Boy Lollipop on the oldies stations but I have never heard any of the others.

Thanks!

Just Me

Daydreamer disse...

Só a Mariana posta algo aqui ¬¬

Lucas disse...

tá com saudades dos machos? XD



huaehuaehu zuera, mas eu não pude resistir a essa piadinha velha!!

Ron. disse...

Thanks for tHis.!
Always good to hear good old Oldies.

Ron.

Merkin Muffley disse...

Supposedly the back up band includes Sun Ra and members of his Arkestra who did session work in the 60's....

Anônimo disse...

...but not Rod Stewart on harmonica, as had been long rumoured.

TheUpsetter1969 disse...

Hi Love the site and the music any chance of a repost of this and/or the Yardbirds please?