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by The Chantels
 
Although this is closer to straight doo-wop than the classic, more pop-oriented girl group sound, it's easy to hear what a strong influence The Chantels exerted, especially on The Shirelles. Lead singer Arlene Smith had a wonderful, strong, soaring voice, and the backup harmonies by the other Chantels are

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Although this is closer to straight doo-wop than the classic, more pop-oriented girl group sound, it's easy to hear what a strong influence The Chantels exerted, especially on The Shirelles. Lead singer Arlene Smith had a wonderful, strong, soaring voice, and the backup harmonies by the other Chantels are usually spot-on. That said, do you really need to hear all 39 songs on this 3-record box set, including over a half dozen alternate takes, a couple unreleased tunes, two Arlene Smith solo sides, and various cuts they sang backup on for other artists? As good as "Maybe" is (both the hit version and an alternate take are included here), much of the rest of the material here is a fairly mundane, same-sounding variation of the "Maybe" prototype -- medium-tempo ballads, spare backup instrumentation, and earnest, dramatic vocals that wear thin over six sides (though the later sides have a more orchestrated production). This box could be whittled down to a single album without much loss, but the aim is to please the "collectors," and this set -- which includes a booklet and complete discography, as well as the great 1961 non-doo-wop hit "Look In My Eyes" -- succeeds at that very well. ~ Richie Unterberger, Option

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Release Date:
02/21/1992
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431880227
catalogNumber:
8802

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