25 All-Time Greatest Hits

25 All-Time Greatest Hits

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by The Shirelles
     
 

The late '90s aren't the first time that music by and about teenage girls dominated radio. The Girl Group era, roughly 1959 to 1964, featured songs about the joys and (mostly) anxieties of youthful love, and New Jersey's Shirelles rank among the era's best. They not only sang artful Brill Building masterpieces like Goffin/King's "Will You Love MeSee more details below

Overview

The late '90s aren't the first time that music by and about teenage girls dominated radio. The Girl Group era, roughly 1959 to 1964, featured songs about the joys and (mostly) anxieties of youthful love, and New Jersey's Shirelles rank among the era's best. They not only sang artful Brill Building masterpieces like Goffin/King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and Bacharach/David/Williams's "Baby It's You," but also penned some of their own hits -- including their wonderful first single, "I Met Him on a Sunday," which they wrote while in high school. This generous 26-track collection includes everything that all but the most ardent historian needs. From the jukebox favorite "Dedicated To The One I Love," to Shirley Alston's vocal showcase "Mama Said," to the handclaps of "Maybe Tonight," the Shirelles' songs can elicit joy from even the most jaded listener. It's hard to imagine Britney Spears sounding this good in 40 years.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
An excellent 26-song single-disc collection that has all of the significant hits and several very fine low-charting 45s and B-sides. Some good tracks are missing, however, notably "Putty" (which the Yardbirds covered) and Goffin-King's "Make the Night a Little Longer." Rhino's Anthology double LP still has a tiny edge in song selection if you can find it, but if you're not real picky this is certainly a quality summary of their career highlights. There are also a few items that don't show up on all the best-ofs, like the 1961 B-side "The Things I Want to Hear" and the small 1964 hit "Thank You, Baby."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206602920
catalogNumber:
066029
Rank:
2159

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Tracks

  1. I Met Him on a Sunday
  2. Dedicated to the One I Love
  3. Look-A-Here Baby
  4. Tonight's the Night
  5. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  6. Boys
  7. Mama Said
  8. What a Sweet Thing That Was
  9. A Thing of the Past
  10. Big John
  11. Baby It's You
  12. The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words)
  13. Soldier Boy
  14. Welcome Home Baby
  15. Stop the Music
  16. It's Love That Really Counts
  17. Everybody Loves a Lover
  18. Foolish Little Girl
  19. Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye
  20. What Does a Girl Do?
  21. Tonight You're Gonna Fall in Love with Me
  22. Sha la La
  23. His Lips Get in the Way
  24. Thank You Baby
  25. Maybe Tonight
  26. Baby It's You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirelles   Primary Artist
Horace Ott   Conductor
Luther Dixon   Conductor

Technical Credits

Carole King   Arranger
Titus Turner   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Van McCoy   Arranger,Producer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Doug Fieger   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Robert Mosely   Composer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Producer
Robert Taylor   Composer
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Stan Green   Arranger,Director,Producer
Bill Ramal   Arranger
Doris Coley   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Addie Harris   Composer
Beverley Lee   Composer
Shirley Owens   Composer
Mike Ragogna   Producer,Liner Notes
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Florence Greenberg   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Alpa   Arranger
Stan Greenberg   Producer
Barney Williams   Composer

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