So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1998

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The 24 tracks on this nearly career-spanning anthology -- the great majority taken from between the late 1950s and early '70s -- collect many of Darlene Love's most notable recordings. It has not only some of her efforts as a solo artist, but also a few she did as part of the Blossoms, as well as numerous cuts on which her contributions as a session vocalist are prominent. The reason it's "nearly" career-spanning, however, with "many" rather than "most" of her notable recordings, is that it's missing the most crucial Love tracks of all -- those being the ones she sang on, as featured artist or session vocalist (particularly with the Crystals), with Phil Spector as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The 24 tracks on this nearly career-spanning anthology -- the great majority taken from between the late 1950s and early '70s -- collect many of Darlene Love's most notable recordings. It has not only some of her efforts as a solo artist, but also a few she did as part of the Blossoms, as well as numerous cuts on which her contributions as a session vocalist are prominent. The reason it's "nearly" career-spanning, however, with "many" rather than "most" of her notable recordings, is that it's missing the most crucial Love tracks of all -- those being the ones she sang on, as featured artist or session vocalist (particularly with the Crystals), with Phil Spector as a producer. Due to that very important factor, this can't actually be called a Darlene Love best-of, and to its credit Ace avoids using that phrase in its title. If you can swallow that disappointment, however (and at least Love's Spector recordings have been collected elsewhere), this is an interesting overview of her other (and usually less celebrated) efforts, including many hard-to-find singles and a few previously unissued cuts. Yet a problem that can't go unmentioned is that while Love has a first-rate impassioned, distinctive pop-soul voice and almost always sings her heart out, the average quality of the material simply isn't on the level of her vocal talents. Though personal differences between her and Spector apparently kept their collaborations from being extensive, he nonetheless was the one figure to give her the material and production she deserved; there's nothing here on the order of, for example, the Crystals' "He's a Rebel" (a song here represented by an inferior 1971 single credited to Moose & the Pelicans) or her small 1963 solo hit "Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home." Adjusting your expectations accordingly, there are some average-to-slightly-above average songs here (some written by top songwriters like Van McCoy, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Gerry Goffin, Carole King, David Gates, and Lee Hazlewood) with very above-average vocals. There are also some pretty forgettable tunes, as well as some almost novelty-like items on which Love and others provided singing for tracks by performers who were essentially instrumental artists (Dick Dale, Hal Blaine, Barney Kessel, and Duane Eddy). One of the best songs here, interestingly, is one that was previously unreleased: a 1963 demo of "Let Him Walk Away," produced by Jack Nitzsche and co-written by Nitzsche with Jackie DeShannon, that credibly approximates the ambience of her Spector recordings. The extensive liner notes feature track-by-track annotation and quotes from Love herself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667030021
  • Catalog Number: 1169
  • Sales rank: 34,445

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That's When the Tears Start (2:26)
  2. 2 Too Late to Say You're Sorry (2:24)
  3. 3 So Much Love (3:05)
  4. 4 The Gospel Truth (2:25)
  5. 5 King of the Surf Guitar - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones (2:07)
  6. 6 No Other Love - Eddie Beal Orchestra (2:29)
  7. 7 The Drummer Plays for Me - Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars (2:27)
  8. 8 Good, Good Lovin' (2:46)
  9. 9 Boss Guitar (2:28)
  10. 10 The Search Is Over (2:28)
  11. 11 3625 Groovy Street (2:21)
  12. 12 Ooh-Wee Baby (3:13)
  13. 13 He's a Rebel - Moose & The Pelicans (2:27)
  14. 14 What Are We Gonna Do in '64? - Al Casey & The K-C-Ettes (2:01)
  15. 15 Lover Boy (2:23)
  16. 16 TV Commercials (2:20)
  17. 17 Let Him Walk Away (2:21)
  18. 18 I Gotta Tell It (2:22)
  19. 19 Something So Wrong (2:40)
  20. 20 Touchdown (2:13)
  21. 21 Mr Fix-It (3:15)
  22. 22 Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It's Near to You) (2:36)
  23. 23 All Alone on Christmas (3:41)
  24. 24 A Change Is Gonna Come (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darlene Love Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Johnny Otis Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Gene Pitney Composer
Barney Kessel Composer
Bill Medley Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer
Angelo Bond Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Brian Henderson Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Andy Paley Composer
Joe Reed Composer
Steven Van Zandt Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Fred Lowery Composer
Mike Anthony Composer
Fred Stryker Composer
Alonzo Willis Composer
Elroy Peace Composer
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