Oop Shoop: The Flair & Modern Recordings 1953-1957 [Import][CD]
Shirley and the Queens are generally considered to be among the first female R&B groups, and pivotal to the 'girl group' sound that was soon to be embellished by the likes of the Shirelles, Marvelettes ect. Her later work with her brother Cornel's group, the Flairs, represents the apex of 1950's west coast rhythm & blues. This collection features every single recording that Shirley made for Modern and Flair, and 2 later singles notwithstanding, pretty mush represents her recording career in total. Almost 70% of these tracks have never been reissued on CD, 4 have never been issued at all. Oop Shoop itself is a bona fide Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame classic, and the rest of the tracks here, the emphasis for which is very definitely on the upbeat, are not even slightly shabby by comparison. 26 total tracks. Ace. 2005.
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