Twinkle (3) ‎– Golden Lights

RPM Records (2) ‎– RPMLP 108
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June 2, 2019

Twinkle is the ultimate 1960s British teenager, who is also a songwriter and pop singer. Born wealthy, and had a sister who wrote for the British music fan magazines of that time, knew and went out with a lot of rock n' roll people. Never released an album, but a series of 45 rpm singles, Twinkle's music is remarkable. An excellent lyricist, one of her great songs is "Golden Lights," which is a fantastic groupie-like view of a loved one whose name is in the neon lights of a theater. It's visual power, and beautiful melody is pop-divine.

"Terry" is about a boy who dies on a motorcycle. It is just as great as any The Shangri-Las' recording, and the difference is that it's quiet in a British manner compared to the Shadow Morton world of East Coast cinematic sounds. There is even a version of Serge Gainsbourg/France Gall's "A Lonely Singing Doll." This 17-song compilation doesn't have a weak link.

If a comparison is to be made, I think of Gillian Hills, who also wrote her songs, as well as being an iconic figure both in the UK as well as in France. A remarkable collection of pop music.


May 10, 2018
Apparently this was never officially released as such.. I remember trying to re-order the CD from UK distributors Pinnacle at least a year after the CD was released.. I was told the CD was out of stock but there were 2 vinyl copies available.. I was sceptical but ordered those anyway and was amazed that they turned up with my Pinnacle delivery the next day.. I spoke to the label and they said a specialist vinyl dealer in Japan had paid for a custom pressing of 100 copies but in the end they only wanted 80 or 90 copies.. So those remaining 10 or 20 copies were quietly slipped into the UK distributors for those lucky enough to come across them!