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The Chantels For Collectors Only Box set


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Audio CD, Box set, February 21, 1992
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  • Audio CD (February 21, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B000000962
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maybe
2. If You Try (Alternate Take)
3. Prayee
4. So Real (Previously Unreleased)
5. The Plea
6. I Can't Take It (There's Our Song Again)
7. Look In My Eyes (Stereo)
8. Every Night (Alternate Take)
9. I'm Confessing
10. Whoever You Are (Stereo)
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Disc: 2
1. How Could You Call It Off (Alternate Take)
2. My Darling
3. Prayee (Alternate Take)
4. If You Try
5. Goodbye To Love
6. Never Let Go
7. To Live My Life Again
8. C'est Si Bon
9. Ific
10. How Could You Call It Off
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Editorial Reviews

The first successful "girl group" in rock 'n' roll or rhythm & blues. This double-disc set includes everything they recorded for Gone and End in the late '50s (including backup work), plus their big Carlton hit from 1961, Look in My Eyes (in stereo!) and a number of previously unreleased songs and alternate takes- 40 tracks in all!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you are trying to decide between this 2-CD compilation, and the one offered by Rhino, I would suggest the latter if only for the simple reason that that volume includes their 1961 "answer song" to Ray Charles' Hit The Road, Jack - Well, I Told You - which reached # 29 Billboard Pop Hot 100 that December. However, neither set offers their last hit, Eternally [# 77 Hot 100 in April 1963 for the Ludix label], nor its flipside, Swamp Water, or two other B-sides - Still [b/o Well, I Told You] and Glad To Be Back [b/o Look In My Eyes]. Sort of strange for a 40-track set of CDs blaring "For Collectors Only." But, of course, that's Collectables for you.

In any event, The Chantels were among the ground-breakers for the black girl-group sound which, until 1954, had been reserved entirely for white groups, most of which were also sister acts. The tradition dated back to the 1930s and early 1940s when The Boswell and Andrews Sisters held sway, eventually followed by the Bell, Clooney, Clark, Dinning, Four King, and Marlin Sisters.

At the dawn of the R&R era the trend continued only now you saw names like the DeJohn, Paulette, DeCastro, Fontane, McGuire, and Laurie Sisters. Along with The Chordettes and Loreleis, all were white and would inspire later white groups such as The Shangri-Las. Young, black female singers had plenty of role models in terms of solo acts - Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Dinah Washington as examples - but what they needed was for a group to set the stage.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "twinkleeyes2000" on August 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
IT'S SO GREAT I KNOW YOU'LL LOVE IT.IM ONLY 25 AND I LOVE OLDIES.AN THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. ENJOY! EMILY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moreau on October 29, 2013
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Arlene Smit had a great voice, but the microphone used during the first 3/4 of the recordings in this set didn't do her justice. The microphone added a very sharp high frequency harmonic to her voice that's a bit unpleasant. Of the two versions of "Maybe" on this set, I much prefer the second since the microphone used for that recording didn't have the sharp high frequency peak.

Having said that, if you enjoy Rock-n-roll, great group harmonics and especially the group harmonics of the girl groups, this CD is not to be missed. If the sharp highs bother your ears, crank the volume down a bit and enjoy the CD. It's certainly worth the effort.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur S. Cassel on June 23, 2003
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To listen is to fall in love with the Chantels all over again. While some of the lesser known tracks fall into the category of "merely interesting," the overwhelming majority of the cuts on this cd leave even the casual listener in awe. A choir of angels. Arlene, I hope the children you teach are aware of the fact that they're being taught by the lead angel. Thank you for the 40+ years (has it been that long?) of pleasure you've given us.
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By sandy kottman on January 31, 2014
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hearing Arlene smith sing "MABYE" is probable the most awesome song ive heard in a long while. what a voice.
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I love the oldies I listen to it in my home and in the car. My friend remembers the group also.
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