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  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00195I3F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
2. Dedicated To The One I Love
3. Mama Said
4. Soldier Boy
5. Foolish Little Girl
6. Baby It's You
7. Tonight's The Night
8. Everybody Loves A Lover
9. A Thing Of The Past
10. What A Sweet Thing That Was
11. The Things I Want To Hear (Pretty Words)
12. Big John (Ain't You Gonna Marry Me)
13. Blue Holiday
14. Stop The Music
15. Welcome Home Baby
16. Boys
17. The Dance Is Over
18. Sha La La
19. Maybe Tonight
20. I Saw A Tear
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Editorial Reviews

The Shirelles were one of the first, and among the best, of the female vocal groups of the rock era. Smoothly blending pop, soul and rock influence, their sweet harmonies led to a great deal of chart success. This collection of their very best has an amazing amount of chart hits including Soldier Boy, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and Mama Said.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
COLLECTABLES' outstanding THE BEST OF THE SHIRELLES compilation includes the group's first 16 SCEPTER 'A' sides:
(American chart positions)
1959: Dedicated to the One I Love (#83) (and #3 in 1961)**
1960: Tonight's the Night (#39)
1961: Will You Love Me Tomorrow (#1)
1961: Mama Said (#4)
1961: What a Sweet Thing That Was (#54)
1961: A Thing of the Past (#41)
1961: Big John (Ain't You Gonna Marry Me?) (#21)
1962: Baby It's You (#8)
1962: The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words) (#107)
1962: Soldier Boy (#1)
1962: Welcome Home, Baby (#22)
1962: Stop The Music (#36)
1962: It's Love That Really Counts (#102)
1963: Everybody Loves a Lover (#19)
1963: Foolish Little Girl (#4)
1963: Don't Say Goodnight and Mean Goodbye (#26)

Plus these 'A's:
1963: What Does a Girl Do? (#53)
1964: Tonight You're Gonna Fall in Love With Me (#57)
1964: Sha-La-La (#69)
1964: Maybe Tonight (#88)

And these 'B' sides:
Blue Holiday (backed "Mama Said")
Boys (flip of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow")
The Dance Is Over ('B' of "Tonight's the Night")
I Saw A Tear (on the 1964 "Are You Still My Baby?" single)
Look A Here Baby (from the 1961 rerelease of "Dedicated to the One I Love")

SHIRELLES TRIVIA--
The girls originally called themselves the Poquellos (meaning birds), then The Honeytones. They were renamed in 1958 by their first producer, Florence Greenberg. She based "Shirelles" on the first syllable of leader Shirley Owens name.

At their high school talent show, the Poquellos were a huge hit with an a cappella version of their self-penned "I Met Him on a Sunday.
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The Best Of The Shirelles has fantastic hits by this very famous girl group. The Shirelles enjoyed great popularity because they were just so good; they could take a song or ballad and inject so much passion and energy into it that you could never forget it. I could swear I'm listening to pure silk when I hear them sing! The quality of the sound on this album is nothing short of excellent; and I like that artwork, too.

The CD starts off with these most talented ladies performing a huge hit for them entitled "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" makes good use of the strings and they never miss a beat! "Dedicated To The One I Love" is a ballad so many couples could identify with when they had to be apart; and "Mama Said" still rings true all these years later. In addition, "Soldier Boy" was one of then biggest hits The Shirelles ever had; and just one listen will tell you why they went so far with this ballad--it's absolutely wonderful!

"Baby It's You" has a rock flavor with a touch of soul and even pop to make this a magical tune; I really like "Baby It's You." "Everybody Loves A Lover" sports that early rock and roll flavor with a touch of soulful pop that makes it absolutely irresistible. "Everybody Loves A Lover" is truly a major highlight of this album. "What A Sweet Thing That Was" has a fine musical arrangement that accompanies these women faultlessly; this works very well. "Big John (Ain't You Gonna Marry Me)" also has that classic Shirelles sound to it; The Shirelles deliver this like the champs they always were and still remain.

"Stop The Music" makes good use of the strings and the guitar work is also very well done; but of course it's The Shirelles who are in the spotlight; the music never drowns them out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William T. Gilbert III on November 15, 2009
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this cd is 1 of the better cds of the best of the shirlles. has most of the big hits on it. good quality recordings. seems most are the original hit versions. Unlike an aparently defective CD, 16 best hits of the shirelles, this CD, it looks like the production peaple paid attention to what they were doing in tittling the track index, the index tittles, all match the songs tittles, on the CD track indacated. 1 of the things I look for in a CD, I think will be good 1. this CD I just purchased, has not let me down yet.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jazzy nana on September 17, 2008
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This CD did not disappoint! These are not some lackluster recordings made years after the artist's heyday. These songs are professionally remastered recordings of the originals. All of the hits are here. However, I especially enjoyed the lesser known stylings by this talented group. This re-confirmed my belief; "The Shirelles" is the premier girl group of 1960's rock and roll.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Spera on September 19, 2011
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This anthology would be perfect if it also contained. "Don't go Home My Little Darling", "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and "31 Flavors" But it still is a very good reperesentation of their catalog.
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