We Are The Chantels (studio album) by The Chantels

We Are The Chantels by The Chantels
Year: 1958
Overall rank: 9,541st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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A minor classic and one of the firsts in the girl group genre
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Though this LP is far from a classic, it's historically significant in many ways. It all begins with Maybe, the big hit that made The Chantels one of the first African-American "girl groups" to hit high in the R&B and pop charts. The song's popularity endures and has been covered over the years by Janis Joplin, Miley Cyrus and John Frusciante. This LP was assembled in the early days of the LP format. It took advantage of the success of Maybe and added the other A sides and B sides recorded around the same time. These tracks would inspire the hundreds of girl groups that would follow The Chantels in the 60s and 70s.

Also of note is the role of lead singer Arlene Smith, whose vocals are excellent and effective, but significantly she is credited as writing a handful of tracks here (likely more, since credits were often tossed around in those days). That creative control was rare for women in the 50s and 60s, let alone African American women, so the significance is recognized here.

The music is straight forward traditional vocal pop, with backing vocals that are so rigid that it's easy to forget they are there. The group embraces the heartache and teenage yearning that likely earned them their spot in the charts. This yearning charm is this LP's greatest strength.

Give it a listen, at least for historical significance. This is a modest triumph and a trendsetter that is just hard to recognize, considering the impact of the music that followed soon after these recordings.

Note: The contemporary streaming album features the original LP cover photo of the group. The original album tracks are 1-12, with bonus tracks 6 and 7 sandwiched in the middle. Seven additional bonus tracks are at the end, some of which were included on later reissues of the LP.

Condensed to a 7" Single:
A-Side: Maybe
B-Side: Every Night (I Pray)
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The album that laid the foundation for all future girl group records.
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