v/a - Scratch my back! Pye beat girls 1963-1968
Located in London’s West End, Pye Records boasted a super stable of female talent. Released hot on the heels of our recent "Love Hit Me! Decca Beat Girls" collection, "Scratch My Back! Pye Beat Girls" comprises two-dozen peachy selections from Pye and sister label Piccadilly's 1960s output.
The compilation is titled after the opening track by Jan Panter, a Mark Wirtz-produced must-have for those who prefer their girl-pop records beefed up with a dose of fuzz guitar. Tony Hatch, the most successful of Pye's in-house producers, is represented by cherry-picked titles by the Breakaways, Petula Clark, cult favourite Sandra Barry, the Baker Twins and Julie Grant. 'Heart' has to be the rocking-est track Petula ever recorded, so much so that it was covered in the USA by garage band the Remains.
Other highlights include the Satin Bells' English language cover of French yé-yé girl France Gall's 'Da-Di-Da-Da', Billie Davis' self-penned rocker 'Ev'ry Day' and 'Come On Baby' by Kim D, one of the most soulful of British girl singers of the era.
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Compiled and annotated by Mick Patrick.
1. SCRATCH MY BACK - Jan Panter
2. EV'RY DAY - Billie Davis
3. COME ON BABY - Kim D
4. NOW THAT YOU'VE MADE UP YOUR MIND - Val
5. HE DOESN'T LOVE ME - The Breakaways
6. HEART - Petula Clark
7. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT - Glenda Collins
8. RUN - Sandie Shaw
9. SOMETHING TO GIVE - Nita Rossi
10. DA-DI-DA-DA - The Satin Bells
11. WE WERE LOVERS (WHEN THE PARTY BEGAN) -
12. I GOT A FEELING - Tawny Reed
13. WHY DON'T I RUN AWAY FROM YOU - Antoinette
14. NOBODY KNOWS WHAT'S GOIN' ON (IN MY MIND
BUT ME) - Tammy St John
15. INCENSE - Sheila Carter & Episode Six
16. PAY YOU BACK WITH INTEREST - Dana Gillespie
17. WELL HOW DOES IT FEEL - Barbara Ruskin
18. I'VE FOUND LOVE - Sharon Tandy
19. IT'S SO FINE - Dee King
20. HE KNOWS I LOVE HIM TOO MUCH - Glo Macari
21. HE'S NO GOOD - The Baker Twins
22. DON'T LIE TO ME - Jeannie & The Big Guys
23. I ONLY CARE ABOUT YOU - Julie Grant
24. HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE - Pat Harris & The Blackjacks