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Live It Up!: UK's Beat Girls on Philips - The Audiophile Man
Title: Bayswater Beat Girls 1964-1967 Label: Ace In Live It Up!, we’re looking at a compilation of British girl singers here but not any old British girl singers. This collection of 25 tracks is quite targeted. Specifically, it’s targeted at Stanhop House in Stanhope Place, Bayswater, London, W2. That was the UK head office for Philips. Not only Philips, of course but its imprints Fontana and Mercury. Philips focused its attention on the ladies when Dusty Springfield began to hit the charts on a regular basis. So she was joined by the likes of Sharon Tandy, Madeline Bell, Kiki Dee, The Kaye Sisters and, would you believe it, even Diana Dors! Philips’ location was quite useful for the London-based artists. Dusty, for example had a very pleasant 20 minute stroll to the offices. Kiki Dee, who had just left her job behind the counter in the Bradford chemists, Boots, had a rather more arduous motorway haul with her dad at the wheel. It’s intriguing that Dusty had audiophile pretensions. She knew her voice and knew the sound she was after. For example, while she recorded on Philips, she rarely utilised the in-house studios, describing the sound there as “dead”. So she …