More Girl Group Greats has even more music from incredibly popular girl group artists; most if not all of these tunes got people up and dancing practically wherever they were! This is classic music that still sounds wonderful today; it stands the test of time which is the hallmark of high quality control music. The quality of the sound is excellent and I like the artwork as well.
The album starts so well with The Chiffons doing their huge hit entitled "One Fine Day." They sing and harmonize to perfection--and beyond! This tune uses the percussion to great advantage; and I like that piano work, too. "One Fine Day" is a great number to start this CD. "Nowhere To Run" by Martha & The Vandellas really stands out as one of the best girl group numbers ever recorded; and just one listen proves it. Martha & The Vandellas have a terrific early rock and roll sound; and the melody is rather memorable at that. "Solider Boy" has a great arrangement but wisely the music remains in the background; it never steals the show away from the Shirelles' vocals. Similarly, I really like "Baby Love" by The Supremes; they do this one up right! The beat is relatively fast and catchy; The Supremes never let go of a single superfluous note and that percussion enhances the arrangement all the more.
Lesley Gore delivers her smash hit, "You Don't Own Me." "You Don't Owe Me" stuns me with its beauty; this is surely a powerful tune! Lesley's excellent diction impresses me and that background vocalizing enhances the number--not that Leslie truly needed it; but the backup sounds pretty good anyway. "Too Many Fish In The Sea" by The Marvelettes shines brighter than silver and gold when they sing it so very well; I love it! "Too Many Fish In The Sea" is dynamic, to say the least.
The Dixie Cups deliver "People Say" with all the finesse of a truly gifted girl group; and I love the sound of this number. The Shangri-Las also do a fantastic job on "Remember (Walking in the Sand);" I know you'll enjoy this even if you haven't heard it yet. In addition, Mary Wells performs "You Beat Me To The Punch" with all the grace of a true chanteuse; "You Beat Me to the Punch" is a major highlight of this album. The Chiffons do a marvelous job on "Sweet Talkin' Guy;" and Lesley Gore does "Judy's Turn To Cry" with lots of energy; it shows through every time I hear it. "Judy's Turn To Cry" gives us a strong follow up song to "It's My Party." You'll also love "Chains" by The Cookies--what a fine early rock and roll tune this is!
Skeeter Davis outdoes even herself on "I Can't Stay Mad At You;" she always brings a smile to my face and that's grand. The music perfectly complements Skeeter's vocals, too. The Marvelettes return for the closing number entitled "Beechwood 4-5789;" this was big when it was originally released--and time hasn't marred this one bit. It's still wonderful any day of the year.
More Girl Group Greats doesn't disappoint me in the slightest. Indeed, this is quite a strong album. Diehard fans of the girl groups may well have these songs already; perhaps they should look for more comprehensive CDs or CD box sets. More casual fans of the girl groups and newcomers to this genre of music would do well to get this album for their music collections.