Georgia Gibbs

Georgia Gibbs' Greatest Hits

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Though Georgia Gibbs' first album for Epic was passed off as a hits compilation, it found Gibbs simply reprising her hits from the '50s, most of them in versions even more whitebread and insipid than the originals. The Etta James-stifling "Dance With Me Henry" and the LaVern Baker-stuffing "Tweedle Dee" rub shoulders with more suitable adult-pop chestnuts like "Arrivederci, Roma" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," plus a few more stabs at R&B crossover ("Ballin' the Jack," "Kansas City"). Sadly, just as during her stint with Mercury, Gibbs never had the opportunity to record very much sympathetic material, in a similar fashion to most of the pop singers trying to face down the rise of teenage-driven R&B and rock & roll during the late '50s and early '60s. [A nearly pointless reissue by Collectables added bonus tracks compiled from a pair of 1963 singles, plus the unreleased "Sugar Puff," which doesn't quite do its title justice.]

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