Saturday, 21 May 2011

Girls Are Out To Get You

Every record by The Fascinations is worth checking out, none more so than Girls Are Out To Get You, storming femme soul straight from the pen of Curtis Mayfield. This 1966 peach has been reissued this week (it grazed the charts – 32 with a bullet – on a previous reissue in 1971) and shows Mayfield’s gift for punchy Detroit-style soul way before The Impressions ever deviated from the Chi-Town sound and got so upbeat.

This is a clear forerunner of The Impressions’ Stay Close To Me from 1968 and is all killer in its own right. Like that? Well, Shirley Walker of The Fascinations cut two singles as Shirley Lawson, one of which, One More Chance, is among the very best of the best:

If you don’t fancy shelling out the £8 just for the Fascinations reissue, a whole CD of Mayfield’s pre-Curtom productions, Curtis Mayfield’s Windy City Winners, is released at the end of the month, so you can get more for your money.

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