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  • Oct 19, 2009
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If you're a girl and you have never rocked out to "It's My Party (and I'll Cry if I want to)" at age 6....you haven't lived. That's the first song that i can remember that got me into "Girl Groups".

Girl Groups became popular in the 1950's and have been remembered as classics ever since. The movie "DreamGirls" definitely helped remind us of them. Girl Groups are composed of some of the best things on earth: catchy melodies, perfect harmonies, and one or more attractive women dressed in fabulous (and often matching) clothes.

It's weird - even though most of these songs seem like innocent tunes sung by naive teen girls, many of the songs deal with deeper issues (remember - many of the songs were we define as Girl Group classics were written by male record execs, not the girls themselves). Sure, there are songs about breaking up with your boyfriend (the head of the football team, of course) but there are also songs that deal with boyfriends going off to war, domestic abuse, rape, and even suicide! Listen close - there are often innuendos for sex and other things - this is the 1950s&60s, after all.

"One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found" is a great collection of songs by Girl Groups and Girl Singers, both popular and rare. It's hard to find someone who won't like this collection - it's great to drive to, work to, and if you put it on at a party several people are sure to sing along. Rhino Records is a must for great compilations!

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Nobody Knows What's Going On (In My Mind but Me) - The Chiffons
(terrible quality, but what do you expect from 1960-something?)

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Leader of The Pack - The Shangri-Las (a silly little video)


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Tell Him- The Exciters (another bizarre video!)


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October 19, 2009
Great review! Glad to see someone else reviewing an oldies CD! I have been collecting pop music for more than 40 years and this collection contains lots of stuff I don't even own. The Girl Group Sound was just one of the great sounds from the '60's. Now I'll have to check out some of these tunes.
October 19, 2009
YES! I knew this review would catch your eye! You can always count on Rhino for great sets of music. I bet you'll recognize a lot of these songs when you hear them!!
 
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Track Listing - on 4 different discs

# NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK - The Velvelettes
# HE'S GOT THE POWER - The Exciters
# NOBODY KNOWS WHAT'S GOIN' ON (IN MY MIND BUT ME) - The Chiffons
# I'D MUCH RATHER BE WITH THE GIRLS - Donna Lynn
# KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY BABY - Little Eva
# NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE - The Flirtations
# YOU DON'T KNOW - Ellie Greenwich
# BOYS - The Shirelles
# BIG BAD WORLD - Cathy Saint
# OUT IN THE STREETS - The Shangri-Las
# IS IT TRUE - Brenda Lee
# PLEASE DON'T WAKE ME - The Cinderellas
# I'LL KEEP HOLDING ON - The Marvelettes
# OH NO NOT MY BABY - Maxine Brown
# MAY MY HEART BE CAST INTO STONE - The Toys
# MAGIC GARDEN - Dusty Springfield
# I NEVER DREAMED - The Cookies
# HE'S A BAD BOY - Carole King
# HAPPY, THAT'S ME - Little Frankie
# DREAM BOY - Jackie DeShannon
# TRY THE WORRYIN' WAY - The Fabulettes
# I CAN'T LET GO - Evie Sands
# GO NOW - Bessie Banks
# YOU'RE NO GOOD - Dee Dee Warwick
# OPPORTUNITY - The Jewels
# LIFE AND SOUL OF THE PARTY - Mally Page
# BREAK-A-WAY - Irma Thomas
# WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH YOU - Lesley Gore
# HE DID IT - The Ronettes
# BABY THAT'S ME - The Cake
# I ADORE HIM - The Angels
# THE TRAIN FROM KANSAS CITY - The Shangri-Las
# PLEASE GO AWAY - The Shirelles
# LET ME GET CLOSE TO YOU - Skeeter Davis
# I HAVE A BOYFRIEND - The Chiffons
# I'M INTO SOMETHIN' GOOD - Earl-Jean
# I'LL COME RUNNING - Lulu
# IF THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT (LET ME KNOW) - Roddie Joy
# WHEN THE LOVELIGHT STARTS SHINING THROUGH HIS EYES - The ...
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Label: Rhino , Wea
Genre: Pop
Release Date: October 4, 2005

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