The Royalettes – 1966 – The Elegant Sound of The Royalettes

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The Royalettes were an elegant mid 60’s girl-group pop produced by great producer Teddy Randazzo! In fact it’s much better than their first album which featured the pop hit “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle.”

Excellent compositions, soulful vocals, skillful orchestrations, pristine technical studio engineering. Teddy Randazzo the composer/producer/arranger was a true master. Wow!

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original MGM Records LP including covers.

Tracks
A1. Baby Are You Putting Me On 3.00
A2. Love Without an End 2.51
A3. Getting Through to Me 2.31
A4. It’s a Big Mistake 2.53
A5. Don’t Throw Me Away 2.22
A6. Lonely Girl 2.04
A7. I Don’t Want to Be the One 2.13
A8. Shangri La 2.33
B1. It’s Better Not to Know 2.50
B2. Think Before You Act 2.21
B3. Let Me Know When It’s Over 2.12
B4. Forever More 3.09
B5. The Rest of My Life 2.27
B6. Can’t Stop Running Away 2.58
B7. An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair) 2.16

Their 2nd effort released in 1966 feels like all the Tracks (with exception to “When Summer’s Gone“) were recorded within the same time frame and were meant for this LP ( even top flight groups of the Era like The Supremes did not, with the execption of their Rodgers & Hart LP, have albums based on one set of sessions. Their “I Hear A Symphony” LP includes tracks recorded in New York and Detroit, and a number of it’s selections were intended for a standards LP). In This sense “Elegant Sounds of the Royalettes” is similar to “Dusty In Memphis” because you can tell producer Teddy Randazzo was working to make a complete album statement not just a few hit singles ( which after 1965, unfortunately, The Royalettes did not have) and “Filler.”

The arrangements are more advanced than what the Royalettes previously employed by this album. “Baby, Are you Putting me on?” seems to out BurtBacharach with all the time signature changes , and as a whole the LP keeps up the uptown soul feel continues through the Lp. The settings are lush, sometimes overly dramatic ( ‘Don’t Throw Me Away” is equally every bit as Dramatic as The Supremes “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone”…but better with a more imaginative arrangement) and the strutting “It’s a Big Mistake” are big highlights. “It’s Better not to Know” and “I don’t want to be the One” were more typical Randazzo productions (like Going Out of My Head, It’s Gonna Take a Miracle) but are no less thrilling ( Like listening to Holland Dozier Holland variations for various artists around this same time frame) and The Royalettes sound was the most accurate framework for what 1970’s soul music especially the work of Gamble& Huff, and Philadelphia International as a whole drew from. Historic and criminally underrated music. (Larry Jones)

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38 Comments
  • jahcisco
    Posted at 19:58h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • Barry
    Posted at 20:19h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for bringing back great memories.

  • Shivers Inside
    Posted at 20:32h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you for everything you are doing here. The importance of this cannot be overestimated. Bless you!

  • MissEllen
    Posted at 21:50h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    Your Blog is really wonderful and I’m visiting almost every day and enjoying a lot the music you so kindly share on it.
    I’m late to make comments but it doesn’t mean I was lazy, just I thought about saying something more than just thenks:))
    Thanks a lot anyway for your work and your taste:)

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 05:16h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos!! Great Post. As Always

  • david
    Posted at 06:43h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    love your blog….
    question about this title….elegand? or elegant…
    keep up the good stuff you’re doing.
    regards

  • MagicSoul
    Posted at 10:07h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    yeah, nikos..this 1 lookin really great, never seen before, excited, i love those female groups! thx

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 10:51h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    David, thank you. Elegant says in the record….

  • BarLok
    Posted at 10:55h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    i’m lovin your work.
    looking forward to this one.

  • Maria
    Posted at 15:50h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    This is a wonderful album, definitely their best.

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 18:03h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! Looks like a good one! Never heard it before! Hope all is well. Peace

  • Keith
    Posted at 18:27h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    Sounds good to me. Thanks for posting it.

  • Steve
    Posted at 19:33h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    A great girl group from Baltimore. Like a female version of Little Anthony & the Imperials as they had the same producer.

  • Shuki
    Posted at 23:41h, 10 December 2008 Reply

    Appreciate your dedication and great taste. Really elegant.

  • Doris
    Posted at 01:10h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    I remember this one in my mother’s collection. So i wonder how it is..

  • manny
    Posted at 01:16h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for postin

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 06:47h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    many thx for the share bubz , gonna be givin this ago fa sho!!!!!!!

    PEAS!!!! TY TY TY TY !!!

  • Kevin
    Posted at 10:44h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    Glad to have brought back some memories. i always loved them, and it was really a big hit here in the burgh.

  • Zion
    Posted at 14:36h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    This is a great group that had some great songs, but most of them have been forgotten by the radio stations. It is too bad.

  • hooch
    Posted at 21:00h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    sweet! – thanks Nikos!

  • William
    Posted at 21:28h, 11 December 2008 Reply

    I LOVE THE ROYALETTES !!! their songs are so classy and beautiful….with Teddy Randazzo’s symphonic production.

  • oak
    Posted at 01:25h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    It’s a shame the Royalettes weren’t more popular, I love Sheila’s vocal style.

  • rich
    Posted at 02:02h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    many thanx nikos this group is new to me also cant wait to hear it.

  • Luis
    Posted at 13:01h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Played it to death.Teddy Randazzo was in the category of Burt Bacharach with some of the finest arrangements EVER!

  • Paul M
    Posted at 13:18h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for sharing your gems. Keep it up brother.

  • Antonio
    Posted at 13:23h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    it’s hard NOT to love the royalettes. they are superb.

  • Victor
    Posted at 17:28h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Love it. Pure 60’s pop soul.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:23h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    what can i say…. another dope gem from nykos…..thanks dude..jean paris

  • mulatt
    Posted at 07:35h, 14 December 2008 Reply

    Not sure if I’ll like this one but I’ll try it

  • chizzm
    Posted at 01:16h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you for this! Much appreciated.

  • Lisa S
    Posted at 14:02h, 16 December 2008 Reply

    As smooth as silk…. wonderful. Thanks again!

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 20:17h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    I agree with the rest. These ladies are incredible. B’more y’all!!!
    Thanks as always.

    Peace and blessings.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 19:34h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this one, sounds great!!! Have a happy new year!

  • Arthur
    Posted at 05:11h, 30 December 2008 Reply

    can you post their second effort? 🙂

  • enjoies05
    Posted at 01:23h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Great stuff, thanks for this.

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 22:54h, 27 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks. Good soul sisters group.

  • Les Brown
    Posted at 23:49h, 18 October 2009 Reply

    This album brings me joy everytime I put it on. Thanks for the post.

  • MsMerising
    Posted at 06:49h, 04 February 2010 Reply

    Oh wickid! I discovered this girl group back in 1999 when I moved to Vancouver, Canada. I met this WICKID record dealer named Chris at a record fair. He told me he had Minnie’s “Come To My Garden” for sale but he did not bring it with him. I went to his home to pick it up. He was a girl-group fanatic and pantomimed these tracks for me and sold me on the Royalette’s for life. “Better Not To Know” is one of my fav 45’s. Good stuff, Nikos! 🙂 Mx

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