The Crystals – He’s A Rebel (LP Philles Records – PHLP-4001, 1963). Producer – Phil Spector.Genre: Pop/Rock, Soul, Blues.
“He’s a Rebel” is the second album released by the femalegroup The Crystalsin 1963, and also the second LP by philles. The title song, written by Gene Pitney, was a great success having reached number one on the charts in 1962. The song was recorded by The Blossoms with Darlene Love as lead vocalist and attributed to The Crystals. We also highlight on the album, classics such as “Uptown”, “There’s No Other” and “Oh yes, Maybe Baby”. The LP “He’s a Rebel” also features Goffin/King’s controversial composition “He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)”.Phil Spector’s album He’s a Rebel peaked at number 131 in the US.
The Crystals, american female vocal group formed in New York in 1960. The original members were Barbara Alston (born December 29, 1943, Baltimore, Maryland, USA – died February 16, 2018, Charlotte, North Carolina), Merna Girard (born 1943, Brooklyn, New York, USA), Delores (“Dee Dee”) Kenniebrew (born 1945, Brooklyn), Mary Thomas (born 1946, Brooklyn) and Pattie Wright (born 1945, Brooklyn). Girard was replaced in 1962 by Dolores (“La La”) Brooks (born 1946). Shortly thereafter, the quintet signed to Phil Spector’s record label Philles Records. The Crystals became famous especially in the sixties in the United States and was the first of Phil Spector’s record label, Philles Records. Their first major success was the song “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)” which in 1962 would be the first single to reach one million copies. Also very successful were the songs “Uptown” and “He’s A Rebel”, which would reach number 1 on the charts (song composed by Gene Pitney). The group’s three major hits, “He’s a Rebel”, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” were originally ranked no. 267, no. 114 and No. 493, respectively, on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 best songs of all time. However, two of these songs were taken in that magazine’s 2010 update. The formation of the group underwent several changes during his career. From 1964 began the decline and in 1967, the group disbanded, reappearing in 1971, remaining in activity to this day.
A1 – He’s A Rebel (Gene Pitney) 2:25 A2 – Uptown (B. Mann-C. Weil) 2:18A3 – Another Country, Another World (D. Pomus, P. Spector) 3:00 A4 – Frankenstein Twist (K. Henry, W. McCorkle) 2:47 A5 – Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby (H. Hunter, P. Spector) 2:23 A6 – He’s Sure The Boy I Love (B. Mann-C. Weil) 2:29 B1 – There’s No Other (Like My Baby) (L. Bates, P. Spector) 2:28 B2 – On Broadway (B. Mann-C. Weil) 2:27B3 – What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen (J. Keller, L. Kalber) 2:40 B4 – No One Ever Tells You (C. King, G. Goffin, P. Spector) 2:16 B5 – He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) (C. King, G. Goffin) 2:28 B6 – I Love You Eddie (H. Hunter, P. Spector) 2:55
Barbara Alston – Lead vocalsDarlene Love – voz principal em “He’s a Rebel” e “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” Patricia “Patsy” Wright (Pat)- Voz principal em “Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby” Dolores LaLa Brooks – Voz principal em “Frankenstein Twist” Mary Thomas -Voz
Bateria – Hal Blaine Piano – Mike Spencer Saxophone – Steve DouglasArrangements by Arnold Goland, Jack Nitzsche.