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Be My Baby
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
This has to be one of the best compilation albums of pop tracks. The concept is basic in terms of "girls of the sixties" but the selection of tracks and the variety of artists is truly excellent. The choices of tracks is very good and the running order is just right. There are the very famous tracks which you would expect and the other ones that you know but just may not remember who they are by.
They have cheated slightly though, Some of the tracks are actually from the 1970s.
The Three Degrees and When Will I see you again, Gladys Knight and Baby don't change your mind as well as Lynn Anderson and Rose Garden are all connected with the seventies but to be fair it doesn't matter since they all have their roots in the sixties.
The 3CD set is nicely presented in gatefold CD trays with good artwork.
I would reccommend this set to anyone interested in 60s pop music.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2012
If you had to compile this yourself you may get about a quarter of the tracks right but there's no need to do so, this has been put together with expert precision.
The songs are all classics and they capture the very best of 1960s girl groups and female solo artists. It makes you want to go back to the 60s if it was possible.
Try this album if you don't have much 60s music or if you are looking for something romantic.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2012
Just received this today and can already say It's great, its the Sixties music just how it sounded back then, A Great Buy!
Don't let this one pass you by, get it now!
The only disappointing thing for me is.. it comes in one of those Gate Fold case's and there are no History Notes or booklet with info.
Still a Fantastic Set of (3) CD's
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2012
What can I say about this compilation?So far this year its the best collection I've heard.Its a winner from start to finish,with amazing songs by singers such as Clodagh Rodgers,Fontella Bass,Lynn Anderson,Lesley Gore,Doris Day....the list goes on.

These songs are uplifting,immortal and utterly irresistable to hear.The passage of time has undimmed their power.Standout tracks include Rescue Me,Move Over Darling,River Deep Mountain High(oh the shivers that washed down my spine listening to that one!),and for me the highlight track - Ketty Lester's Love Letters.A REAL song,infused with such beauty and passion that it is hard to find words to describe it.

Twenty-three tracks make up this 3 CD package and they're all worth hearing.

A thoroughly golden listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I JUST love these compilations, they put together so many 'singer's' and 'song's' many of us remember so well from yesteryear.
The first 'CD' gives us songs from artists such as 'The Ronettes' 'Diana Ross and the Supremes' and the great singer/song writer 'Carol King' along with screen and song legend 'Doris Day'
The second gives us songs from 'Dusty Springfield' 'Petula Clarke' 'Sandie Shaw' along with 'TV' show hostess and early 60's hit machine 'Cilla Black'
just a few of the great names to enjoy.
I did feel the third 'CD' ran out of steam a little however, yes there are some great names there, but...there are also names i don't recall as having 'UK' hits................on many of these compilations the song 'Remember ( walkin' in the sand ) by the 'Shangri-las' is included, great number, however, from memory the number was the 'B-side' to their ''smash-hit' ''Leader of the Pack''
Also, i notice 'Cher's' song 'Sunny' on board ( love her material down the years, one of the 'great' female artist's ) from memory the song was more successful on the continent than in the U.K...........just wish a different track had been included.
overall, nit-picking aside, there are many great sounds to enjoy on the compilation.....so worth listening too ............
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2012
The song selection is very good, and the programming is also well chosen. However what disturbs me is the volume of the tracks. I would expect that a standard record company would equalize the volume of the tracks (some SW use the term "normalize" but I do not know whether that indicates only volume adjustment) - so that Millie Small's Lollipop is quiet and The Supremes jump almost out of the speakers with "You Can't Hurry Love".

I have several compilations from EMI (R.I.P) where the sound variability came from differences between remastered/non-remastered rather than from volume not-adjustment.
The sound is crisp here, probably the tracks were remastered, but this volume volatilities are annoying. If they would spent that extra hour on doing this right the compilation would have been worth 99 stars.

This is the new 'EMI-meets-Sony' world? I know that this is not Ace nor Bear Family, but come on engineers - be a bit more proffessional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
Absolutely tremendous,I had forgotten some of the recordings,but hearing them again reminded me of how good these ladies were,go and buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2012
There is a fantastic variety of old songs on these CDs . Wonderful music from a great era . It is a great , cheery sing-along to cd and good value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As usual with these type of compilations, there is some wonderful stuff, but it includes some songs that weren't hits iin the UK.
Strange there is nothing by Carla Thomas, Timi Yuro, Brenda Holloway, Darlene Love and several other great singers here.
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on 11 March 2015
I have mixed feelings about this compilation. It is certainly very good in patches without ever being great. The disappointing thing about that is that with a little more care taken it could have been superb.

The Good - you get a LOT of music for your money, and one or two of the songs aren't easy to find on CD. Also, the inclusion of "Time Will Pass You By" by the wonderful Tobi Legend is a big plus for me. The same can be said for "He's So Fine", "A Lover's Concerto" and "When You're Young And in Love."

The Not So Good - Including the terrible 1970's cover version of "Third Finger, Left Hand" by The Pearls on this set was a baffling choice to say the least. Here's a thought, why not include the original 1960's version by Martha and the Vandellas, on this "The Girls of the SIXTIES" compilation? On that note, including Gladys Knight & The Pips' Baby Don't Change Your Mind was a strange decision, too. Gladys Knight is my all-time favourite female singer; I own all of her albums and have twice seen her live in concert...but this song simply doesn't belong here. Miss Knight released dozens of amazing songs in the 1960's, any one of which would have made much more sense if included here (Just Walk in My Shoes being one example). Also, a few of the songs have been cleaned up way too much, losing some of the punch they originally had on 7 inch in the process.

I might sound churlish here, after all, this is a collection aimed squarely at the mid-price market. It's just that with only a little more time and care put in to this product it could have been so much better. It's not like there is a lack of great female 60's material to draw from. In parts it feels like a pile of songs were haphazardly thrown together in the hope of it all making sense in the end.

This is a good value for money compilation despite my reservations, but I would have been more than happy to have paid two or three pounds extra and had a little more thought go in to some of the choices made during the song selection process.
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