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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This 32-song compilation stretches from 1954 to 1962 -- from their "Mr. Sandman" chart-topper through their flirtation with rock material in the late '50s and their final discs in the early 1960s. The liner notes view the Chordettes as a link between the Andrews Sisters and the girl groups of the rock era, and while there's some truth in that, the Chordettes undoubtedly owe much more to the Andrew Sisters. The rock & roll flavor in some of their hits sounds more like a nod to necessary incorporation of commercial trends than genuine inspiration. The pop material is executed with a cleanliness that is both impressive in its virtuosity and innocuous, even a little ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This 32-song compilation stretches from 1954 to 1962 -- from their "Mr. Sandman" chart-topper through their flirtation with rock material in the late '50s and their final discs in the early 1960s. The liner notes view the Chordettes as a link between the Andrews Sisters and the girl groups of the rock era, and while there's some truth in that, the Chordettes undoubtedly owe much more to the Andrew Sisters. The rock & roll flavor in some of their hits sounds more like a nod to necessary incorporation of commercial trends than genuine inspiration. The pop material is executed with a cleanliness that is both impressive in its virtuosity and innocuous, even a little sterile, in a family-entertainment sort of way. Still, this has all that almost anyone will need to hear by the group, including all of their big hits and many misses. For a while in the late 1950s they dipped into the rock & roll repertoire often, with covers of "Lonely Boy" the lyric changed to "He's just a lonely boy" for gender compatibility, LaVern Baker's "I Cried a Tear," "Charlie Brown," "Pink Shoelaces," Annette Funicello's "Tall Paul," and "To Know Him Is to Love Him," with unimpressive results. "A Girl's Work Is Never Done" and "No Wheels" even have King Curtis on sax, resulting in the raunchiest relatively speaking Chordettes tracks. "Pink Shoelaces" actually isn't bad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/20/1993
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667293426
  • Catalog Number: 934
  • Sales rank: 90,314

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 True Love Goes on and On (2:52)
  2. 2 Mr. Sandman (2:23)
  3. 3 Lonely Lips (2:25)
  4. 4 Hummingbird (2:16)
  5. 5 The Wedding (2:29)
  6. 6 Eddie, My Love (2:14)
  7. 7 Born to Be with You (2:48)
  8. 8 Lay Down Your Arms (2:28)
  9. 9 Teenage Goodnight (2:16)
  10. 10 Echo of Love (2:22)
  11. 11 Just Between You and Me (2:07)
  12. 12 Soft Sands (2:34)
  13. 13 Photographs (2:11)
  14. 14 Lollipop (2:08)
  15. 15 Baby Come-A-Back-A (2:30)
  16. 16 Zorro (2:00)
  17. 17 Love Is a Two-Way Street (2:02)
  18. 18 No Other Arms, No Other Lips (2:32)
  19. 19 A Girl's Work Is Never Done (2:15)
  20. 20 No Wheels (2:31)
  21. 21 Lonely Boy (2:34)
  22. 22 Charlie Brown (2:26)
  23. 23 I Cried a Tear (2:40)
  24. 24 Pink Shoelaces (2:37)
  25. 25 Tall Paul (1:32)
  26. 26 To Know Him Is to Love Him (2:47)
  27. 27 My Heart Stood Still (2:51)
  28. 28 For Me and My Gal (2:20)
  29. 29 A Broken Vow (2:54)
  30. 30 Never on Sunday (2:41)
  31. 31 Faraway Star (2:24)
  32. 32 In the Deep Blue Sea (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chordettes Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Composer
Kramer Composer
Andrew Gold Composer
Jack Clement Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
George W. Meyer Composer
Fred Jay Composer
Donald Raysor Composer
E. Ray Goetz Composer
Al Julia Composer
Fred Jacobson Composer
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