Various Artists

The Red Bird Era, Vol. 2

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When Charly got its hands on the Red Bird catalog, they seemed bent on slicing it up in almost as inconvenient a way as possible. On this 16-track compilation, you get some glorious hits (the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko," the Butterflies' "Good Night Baby") and glorious rarities (Evie Sands' " I Can't Let Go," Alvin Robinson's "Down Home Girl") with a bunch of rare cuts by the Dixie Cups, Ad Libs, Jeff & Ellie, and the Robbins that will appeal mostly to completists. Red Bird made some great girl group and soul-pop records, but this choppily programmed sampler isn't a good way to experience it.