The Shirelles

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow [DVD]

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Quantum Leap producers Kim Lyon and Gary Peet could put a little bit more care and archival information into their releases; perhaps some better edits, paper liner notes, and extensive credits would do much to add to the value of the DVDs they churn out. This particular work, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, was canceled from release, at least in the United States, in the spring of 2007. It appears that after film critic Robert Roten and other reviewers sent messages to the Shirelles and the Dixie Cups, the trademark owner of the Shirelles, original member Beverley Lee, was alerted to this project. Roten notes that it is another original Shirelles member, Doris Kenner-Jackson (formerly Doris Coley), singing on this 1988 project. That does make it a rather historic find, though the performance is not first-rate and has too much of a Las Vegas feel. Had Quantum Leap made this a tribute to the Shirelles and billed it as "lost Doris Coley footage with commentary from friends, journalists, and fans," it would be a valuable addition to girl group lore. Since the original version has been pulled, at least in America, perhaps they'll be forced to do just that. Co-producer Lyon does provide a quite lengthy history of Scepter Records on this DVD, which appears well researched. There are also two tracks each from the Dixie Cups and the Angels, with the usual lack of information about the people performing. It would be nice if Lyon and Peet put a little more elbow grease and a lot more info into their products. Packages like this do a great disservice to those shelling out the money to hear their favorite groups.

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