(1995/Brill Tone) 56 tracks - all the Hits plus 21 unreleased tracks with 12 page booklet.
Much has been written and published about Ellie Greenwich, so it's really hard to choose the right words for a compilation like the one presented here. Ellie's for sure most famous for her composer work (together with former husband Jeff Barry) — a work that gave us countless hits in the sixties when recorded by the Crystals, Dixie Cups, Lesley Gore, Darlene Love, Ronettes, Beach Boys, Ike & Tina Turner - just to name a few of the more well-known artists. When it comes to her own performances, her mid '80s "Leader Of The Pack" musical is often mentioned, sometimes a side note is added concerning her two unsuccessful solo albums from the late 60s / early 70s — plus her work with the Raindrops, but all her early solo work is almost non-existent in ANY form. You are more lucky because you've bought this CD set — it will change the situation. For the first time ever here's the chance to hear how it started —inside the Brill Building, 1619 Broadway. This collection adds together for the first time the complete early work of Ellie Greenwich, her first singles under the names of Ellie Gaye (from as early as 1958), Ellie Gee & The Jets (1960), Kellie Douglas (1962) plus the mid 60's releases for Red Bird, United Artists and Bell. We've skipped her work with the Raindrops that is available (almost) complete on another CD, but space allowed us to added the complete content of her two albums for United Artists and Verve in pristine original Stereo quality. This might be a minor duplication with other CDs, but the others missed some of the tracks to make it as complete as it is now. Nevertheless, the greatest surprise comes last — almost 20 tracks recorded during the 60s by Ellie Greenwich (but not released) survived the years and found a new home on this CD set. After all these years, here's a chance to hear how it had started inside the Brill Building, 1916 Broadway. Many of these songs (sung by Ellie Greenwich) were meant as demos for the publishers and A & R managers to find the right artist to get them recorded.