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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000GFLI0A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. He's So Fine
2. Oh My Lover
3. Lucky Me
4. One Fine Day
5. Why Am I So Shy
6. My Block
7. When I Go To Sleep At Night
8. Mystic Voice
9. A Love So Fine
10. Only My Friend
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sweet Talkin' Guy
2. Down Down Down
3. Open Your Eyes (I Will Be There)
4. Thumbs Down
5. Dream, Dream, Dream
6. Out Of This World
7. Just A Boy
8. Stop, Look And Listen
9. March
10. My Boyfriend's Back
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The Chiffons are the archetypal girl group. None of them became household names when they finally split in the early seventies. No one Chiffon could sing the others out of sight, nor was any of them outstandingly pretty. They had no gimmicks, no wild-eyed svengali, and the kids who bought their records would struggle to name a single member. What they did have was a classic sound, a classic look, and an almost faultless run of singles from their first - 'He's So Fine' - in 1963, right up to the last months of the decade - 'One Fine Day', 'What Am I Gonna Do With You' and 'Up On The Bridge'. Even The Supremes struggled to rival such consistency. The Chiffons were pure Girl Group and were one of many great girl groups that came out of New York's Bronx district in the 60’s. Formed of four high school classmates: Judy Craig, Sylvia Peterson, Barbara Lee, and Patricia Bennett, Their teenage innocence and ability to deliver lively vocals helped to give them their first minor hit in 1960, with the song 'Tonight’s The Night'. They continued to release singles over the ensuing years until 1963 when they hit the top of the US charts with their recording of 'He’s So Fine', written by Ronnie Mack. The song peaked at 16 in the UK in April 1963, though it hit the top of the chart in the US. The Chiffons followed this with the Gerry Goffin/Carole King penned 'One Fine Day', which features a brilliant piano riff played by King herself. The track was originally written for Little Eva but it didn’t work for her so The Chiffons were given the chance to record it - their release saw them climb into the top 5 on the UK charts. Two singles were released soon afterwards under the name The Four Pennies, with Patterson singing lead vocals. 'I Have A Boyfriend' was the next Chiffons single and was playing across the radio in New York when the news came through that Kennedy had been shot. Over the next few years they released a handful of singles which didn’t see much chart action, but then having changed to a different record company they eventually released their biggest single 'Sweet Talkin' Guy', which charted in 1966 and again in 1972, when it reached number 4. In 1967 they released the songs 'If I Knew Then What I Know Now' and 'Just For Tonight' – more grown up girl-group songs. More great singles followed in the 60’s and the band continued until 1971 when Judy Craig quit the group. The same year that George Harrison’s 'My Sweet Lord' was released containing the classic riff from 'He’s So Fine'. Ronnie Mack’s Estate won that battle in 1975 and The Chiffons briefly re-formed to cheekily cover 'My Sweet Lord', giving it the full NYC treatment!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By W. Stos on 20 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Not since Ace's 1991 CD "The Chiffons' Greatest Recordings" has a label put out such a great collection of songs by this highly under-appreciated 60s girl group. At 50 songs over two discs, you'll be in girl group heaven for two hours. All of the group's biggest hits are here ("He's So Fine," "One Fine Day," and "Sweet Talkin' Guy,") plus every other Billboard chart entry (with the exception of 1960's "Tonight's The Night," which was recorded by a different group calling itself the Chiffons). But what sets this release apart from the rest is the dozens of rarities, B-sides and non-hit singles produced by the group from 1963-1975. Fans of the group will be relieved to learn that their unbeatable version of "What Am I Gonna Do With You (Hey Baby)," is on CD with decent sound, as is their Buddah songle "So Much In Love," (a cover of the the Tymes' hit). Another favourite "Love Me Like You're Gonna Lose Me," also makes a welcome appearance. Die-hard fans will love the fact that some of the group's best album cuts are included (even some from the rare 1970 album on the BT Puppy label), and even listeners who aren't familiar with the group's vast repetoire should appreciate great lost tracks like "Now That You're My Baby," and "Remember Me Baby." A few troubling things should be noted, however. Two tracks appear in demo form without warning. "Down Down Down," and "Thumbs Down" feature only Judy Craig's lead vocals, sadly. The former can be heard in all its glory on the 1991 Ace CD, but I don't believe the latter is available in its true 1966 album version elsewhere on CD. Also, while most tracks are presented in the cleanest audio possible, some lost master tapes mean a few others sound a bit rough by comparison.Read more ›
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. G. Charmer on 30 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
As the reviews at amazon.com(not co.uk) say this is a big disapointment. The work of these girls is so good and of such importance that a quality project was expected . We deserve better. Poor remastering with rumble and distortion prevents this collection being the masterpiece it should have been. The tracks in many cases would have been better extracted from the previous ACE compilation rather than the poor vinyl recordings used. There are however 2 reasons for buying this . One is the excelleent running order which allows the music to sit very nicely on the ear and secondly the rare album and B side tracks which we have never had on CD....Oh and the price is low enough to get these even though one reviewer claims they are recorded at the wrong speed in some cases. Many amateur remixers could have done better with access to the vinyl but at the price it is better to have than not have. Ken Charmer Spain
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
All the hits and more-the version of My Sweet Lord which shows their sense of humor-this makes all the other Chiffons collections redundant.
Years ago they'd have included the Big Deal recordings but as we now know this was not the real Chiffons but probably the same as Ginger & the Chiffons.
Nowadays collectors compile these sort of things rather than record companies after your money.
Incidentally He's so fine was copied by the late Ronnie Mack from a gospel song of the mid 30s called Oh happy day-the same one the Edwin Hawkins Singers revived 30 years later and its this public domain one George Harrison was inspired by
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Kinniburgh on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a serious collector so I don't know about the quality of the remastering and choice of songs included but I LOVE this album! The vocals and harmonies are just fantastic. There are plenty of fun, lively songs as well as more sombre tracks. For me the highlights include "Secret Love", "I Don't Deserve A Boy Like You", "Stop, Look And Listen", "Oh My Lover" and "When I Go To Sleep At Night"... and I could definitely mention more!
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This is the most complete collection of Chiffons tunes to date.50 tracks from their 4 studio albums and singles As N Bs.It would be great if Stateside could release the 4 studio albums on cd as yet that aint happened hence why this is the best value for money cd of The Chiffons to date.Also the re mastered sound quality is exellent.
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By terry s on 27 Aug. 2013
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I did,nt realise how good THE CHIFFONS were at the time.
But here they are bringing back memories of days we thought would never end.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in the girl groups
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