All I Could Do Is Run / It Ain't Easy

United Artists : UP 1027

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  • Artist: Elektras
  • A Side: All I Could Do Is Run
  • B Side: It Ain't Easy
  • Label: United Artists
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: M-

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Hideously Rare 1963 UK stock copy in sublime condition..

A New York dream-team guide this seasoned gathering of four girls. Studio is headed up by Bert Berns, joined by co-writer Carl Spencer. The meticulous arranging conducted by the prolific Teacho Wiltshire, with the dynamic duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller ensuring full throttle potency in the production.

These girls Madelyn Moore, Yolanda Robinson, Estelle McEwan, Yvonne DeMunn, had earned themselves a strong East Coast reputation since their debut in 1959 as The De Vaurs. Before morphing into
Baby Jane And The Rockabyes working with such New York luminaires like Garry Sherman. Then the unforgettable re-naming as Henrietta And The Hairdooz, before becoming The Elelktras. The finally ending up as The Lullabyes still under Teacho Wiltshire's guidance..

Five different girl-group tags, sadly this quartet only achieved two British 45's. This example is by far their strongest offering, showcasing what is possible when you cram an A-list line-up into the studio,

Listen to a so typically Bert Berns intro, plodding paino notes mingle with Latin flavoured finger-clicking evoking memories of Bert's greats, "Cry To Me" "Stand By Me". Then out of the blue...crash, bang, wallop the pace explodes, a male group choris joins the fray on a tidal wave of brass. Squealing girls, chanting men, blaring brass accelerates into oblivion before the brakes are applied and Bert guides them back to New York Beat Ballad sanity. A fabulously inventive example of the Big City Sound.

Like most all Bert Berns projects the flipside is another muscular Sister-Beater shimmering with signature New York influences, a soaring lead voice rides a wave a woa, woa, woa's. Reachinng high points of screeching crescendos. This side is every bit as good as the a-side. Two fine examples of the menacing girl-group prowess spawned by the Brill-building vulture.

Condition Report

Spectacular near mint condition, just a couple of sleeve contact blemishes, ultras fine storage hairlines revealed under direct light. Two perfect labels, housed in birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: All I Could Do Is Run

    B Side

  • Title: It Ain't Easy
  • Year: 1963
  • City: United Kingdom