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That rare group with a sound all their own!!

  • Mar 30, 2009
While I had some familiarity with the Fleetwoods I really had no idea just how talented this group really was.  The fact of the matter is that I don't think I have ever heard any group express teen angst better than The Fleetwoods. "Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of The Fleetwoods" is a marvelous collection of the music of this unique  group from the early days of rock and roll.  I enjoyed each and every track.  For all intents and purposes there is no lead singer in the Fleetwoods. Gary Troxel is flanked by group members Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis to create a sound unlike anything else I have ever heard.  To this day, The Fleetwoods remain the only mixed gender trio to have multiple #1 hits!  
"Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of The Fleetwoods" contains all of the groups dozen or so charted records including those two # hits "Come Softly To Me" and "Mr. Blue" both from 1959.  Speaking of teenage angst check out their Top Ten tune "Tragedy".  You'll see what I mean!   In addition, there is a marvelous acapella version of "Unchained Melody" as well as superb covers of Sonny Knights "Confidential" and the Three Chuckles "Runaround".  The Fleetwoods appearance several years ago on a PBS doo wop special prompted me to take another look at them.   The music in this collection is terrific and the price is right as well. In addition there is a marvelous 12 page booklet featuring group photos and information on the history of The Fleetwoods.  If you are a fan of group harmony I can assure you that  you will not be disappointed with "Come Softly To Me: The Very Best of the Fleetwoods".     Highly recommended!
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The single-disc collection Come Softly to Me: The Very Best of the Fleetwoods is a treasure for devoted fans, featuring alternate takes, radio commercials, a comprehensive discography, fine liner notes, and unreleased tracks. Casual listeners will find all of this material extraneous; they will find everything they need on Rhino's collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Track listing 1. Come Softly to Me
2. I Care So Much
3. Graduation's Here
4. Mr. Blue
5. Unchained Melody - (previously unreleased)
6. You Mean Everything to Me
7. Outside My Window
8. Runaround
9. Skylark
10. Last One to Know, The
11. Confidential
12. Tragedy
13. Little Miss Sad One
14. Great Imposter, (He's) The
15. Lavender Blue
16. One Little Star
17. Lovers by Night, Strangers by Day
18. They Tell Me It's Summer
19. Goodnight My Love
20. My Special Lover
21. Gone - (previously unreleased)
22. What'll I Do
23. Ten Times Blue
24. Before and After (Losing You)
25. Lonely Is as Lonely Does
26. Radio Jingle - (previously unreleased)
27. Come Softly to Me - (previously unreleased)
28. Mr. Blue - (previously unreleased)
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Label: EMI
Genre: Pop Vocals
Release Date: August 10, 1993

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