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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Lesley Gore

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Lesley Gore

September 26, 2000

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 The Island Def Jam Music Group A Universal Company
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  • Total Length: 28:03
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  • ASIN: B000VWMHNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

If you like her music, you will really enjoy this CD.
Earle Williams
Brings back some great memories and I still love the music and all of the nostalgia of teen life it brings to mind when I listen and sing along.
Purplesong
If you're a fan of this 60's era pop icon, this is the best compilation of her music.
Brownie Hawthorne

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By John A. Kuczma on May 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Lesley Gore may have been the finest pure singer among the female vocalists of the early sixties. Her string of seven consecutive Top 40 releases in 1963 and 1964 (including four Top 10s and a Number 1) with four more following through 1967 indicate that she was certainly one of the most popular. Lesley was only 16 years of age when her first single, It's My Party, topped the charts. Her music matured with her, from the rather bubble-gummy sound of the aforementioned It's My Party and its successful follow-on, Judy's Turn to Cry, through the seminal feminist anthem You Don't Own Me and on to the rich and beautiful California Nights.
This CD contains all eleven of her Top 40 offerings plus a bonus track (Hey Now). All are original recordings. However, it must be noted that the recordings have been remastered, and therein lies the problem with this disk.
The remastering job is sloppy to say the least. The instrumental track is too strong, frequently interfering with and occasionally completely overpowering the vocals. The background vocals and harmonies are so subdued that they frequently just disappear.
Lesley's double-tracked leads sound just fine except as noted above, and they carry the disk to respectability. However, if you have a little time and a little more money to invest, there are much better sounding collections available.
Recommended, but only as a last resort.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw Lesley Gore described as a "one-hit wonder," which certainly struck a wrong chord with me. While she hit #1 with her very first release "It's My Party" in 1963, she was had a lot more hits even if none of them made it all the way to the top. Her follow-up song, "Judy's Turn To Cry" made it to #5 and so did "She's a Fool." In 1964 "You Don't Own Me," the proto-feminist anthem that is arguably her best song, made it to #2. That same year "Maybe I Know" made it to #14 and "That's the Way the Boys Are" to #12. Even in the wake of the British Invasion ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" was #1 when "You Don't Own Me" was right behind it) she made it back to the Top 20 in 1967 with "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows" and "California Nights."

You should not be surprised that she was this successful because Lesley Gore was one of the dominant female singers associated with the "girl group" sound in the early 1960s, who had Quincy Jones producing most of her early sessions and doing double-track vocals of songs written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, and Marvin Hamlisch. The result is that Gore was as commercially successful a female solo singer as there was on the face of the planet during this period. Obviously we are not talking about the lady singing soul, but while other practitioners of the angst of adolescent yearning would come and go (e.g., Shelley Faberas and "Johnny Angel"), Gore personified the idea for several profitable years. The problem was that "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn to Cry" started Gore out with the image of a whinny teenybopper and when you consider her entire catalogue those songs do not define the mainstream of her work which goes in the other direction as this hits collection amply proves.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
But I would like to put in a word for the Bear 5-C.D. set. This is where we all discovered there was much more to Lesley than hit singles. With Quincy Jones she recorded dozens and dozens of unique, riveting, insinuating songs with fabulous orchestrations and soaring vocals the hits only hinted at. She also did standard pop, jazz and a lot else that's surprising and along the way alternate versions of the hits no one ever heard. The impression one can get from the double-tracked hits is there is a small voice at work here, but in the Bear set you come to realize, nope, it's a big voice. It was just small in the context of the hits. Lesley was and is utterly unique and well worth discovering even at this late date.
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As you can see from the title of the series, this CD of Lesley Gore's hits does not attempt to present a comprehensive set of all her fine work. There are other, more comprehensive CD sets that accomplish that so much better. Nevertheless, if you just want one single inexpensive CD to start off your Lesley Gore collection or to just become more familiar with her art, then this CD is THE one for you.

The sound quality is excellent and the songs here demonstrate how Lesley was able to turn out great music throughout the 1960s. I particularly like the song entitled "It's My Party;" and this song also starts the CD off strong. SMILE The story of teenage love and angst is continued with the second song, "Judy's Turn To Cry." I was always very impressed with "You Don't Own Me" as a song that was very pro-feminist for its time. The song has a beautiful musical arrangement as well.

Lesley's voice is both rich and strong throughout and you will really like that. "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows" is sort of a "bubblegum music" song but it is very catchy and well executed anyway.

I give the CD four stars because it is a more of a broad brush-strokes display of Lesley's vocal capabilities rather than a complete attempt to showcase ALL her abilities. Nevertheless, the CD is great for people who are budgeting as this is a lower-priced CD. The liner notes by Tony Sachs are very well written and on the reverse cover of the liner notes there's a great black and white photo of Lesley singing on stage with singers and dancers backing her up in the background. You also get the dates each song hit the charts and at which number each song topped out on the charts. We are told who wrote the music and who wrote the words for each song.
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