Sixty-eight songs spread among three CDs may seem like a little more of the Shirelles than most listeners want, but the truth is that even the group's non-hit singles were so strong especially the heartbreaking misses from late onward that it's hard to speak of overkill, even in addressing relatively casual fans -- they will find plenty to like here, far beyond "Mama Said," "Soldier Boy," and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
More British Invasion influence can be found on disc two, with "It's Love That Really Counts," which became a key part of the repertory of the Merseybeats. But going into and songs like "Till My Baby Comes Home," the group was still producing superb music, even if relatively few people were buying the records by then.
This set is a reminder of just how far the quality of the Shirelles' work extended beyond those hit singles, even when they started becoming highly derivative as on "Bright Shiny Colors," which Tu Non Ti Pungi Più - Lucio Battisti - La Sposa Occidentale its opening and chorus from "I Count the Tears"right up through the very Motown-sounding "Last Minute Miracle," their final charting record.
One comes away with the realization that, if the Shirelles didn't always make great records, or the most original-sounding music, they almost never issued anything that wasn't a Neville Marriner*, Academy Of St. Martin-In-the-Fields* - Amadeus of fun to hear, and was often diverting in the bargain.
The sound throughout is very good if not exceptional, and most of this set is derived from the stereo versions of the masters, which are good and loud and do reveal a wealth of detail in the playing and singing. There are only a few complaints -- the producers either didn't or couldn't reach back to the MCA-owned original version of "I Met Him on a Sunday" and the group's two other early, pre-Scepter records releases; there's also no discography, or even a list of release dates; and the notes only address a small portion of the songs included here.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing - Disc 1. Dedicated to the One I Love. The Shirelles. Look-A-Here Baby. A Teardrop and a Lollipop.
Doin' the Ronde. Please Be My Boyfriend. I Saw a Tear. Shirley Owens. Tonight's the Night. The Dance Is Over. Luther Dixon. Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Mama Said. Blue Holiday. A Thing of the Past. What Look Away - The Shirelles - For Collectors Only Sweet Thing That Was.
Big John. Baby It's You. Soldier Boy. Promised Land - Nairobi Sisters - Promised Land Is a Swingin' Thing. Welcome Home Baby. Mama Here Comes the Bride. Stop the Music. Track Listing - Disc 2. It's Love That Really Counts. Everybody Loves a Lover. I Don't Think So. Van McCoy. Foolish Little Girl. Not for All the Money in the World.
Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye. Joseph DeAngelis. I Didn't Mean to Hurt You. What Does a Girl Do? Ed Townsend. Don't Let Look Away - The Shirelles - For Collectors Only Happen to Us.
His Lips Get in the Way. Thank You Baby. Maybe Tonight. Lost Love. Are You Still My Baby. Charlie Rich. Shhh, I'm Watching the Movie.
Kenny Young. March You'll Be Sorry. Everybody's Goin' Mad. Alvin Steward. Track Listing - Disc 3. My Heart Belongs to You.
Love That Man. I Met Him on a Sunday. Till My Baby Comes Home. Rudy Clark. Shades of Blue. Thomas Jefferson Kaye. When the Boys Talk About the Girls. Bob Merrill. After Midnight. Looking Around. Teasin' Look Away - The Shirelles - For Collectors Only. Look Away. Nobody's Baby After You. Bright Shiny Colors. Too Much of a Good Thing. Paul Vance. Last Minute Miracle. No Doubt About It. Wild and Sweet. Wait Till I Give the Signal.
Roger Miller. Hippie Walk, Pts. I Saw a Tear Shirley Owens. Twenty-One Luther Dixon. Welcome Home Baby Luther Dixon. Not for All the Money in the World R.
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