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"The Best Of The Shangri-la's"
© Mercury Chronicles Reco
Year of Release: 1996
Remember (Walkin' In
Leader Of The Pack
What Is Love
Give Him A Great Big Kiss
Out In The Streets
Give Us Your Blessings
Heaven Only Knows
What's A Girl
Supposed To Do
The Dum Dum Ditty
Right Now And Not Later
The Train From
I Can Never
Go Home Anymore
Long Live Our Love
Sophisicated Boom Boom
Dressed In Black
Past Present And Future
Love You More
The Sweet Sounds
I'll Never Learn
Take The Time
Footsteps On The Roof
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"The Best Of The Shangri-la's"
The Shangri-La's were from the Girl Groups of the 1960s, having two popular
hits: "Leader Of The Pack" (which hit #1), and "Remember (Walkin' In
The Sand)". Mercury's compilation of The Best Of The Shangri-La's
captures 25 songs of their career, and it's always interesting to listen to
the other hits and songs from a group or artist who may only be famous for just
a few songs.
Beginning the set is their two most popular hits, and for those who are
familiar with popular songs of the '60s, these two songs should not be any
tempo'd country song, mixing well with the remaining well-known hits.
"What Is Love" is a very well done song, likewise "Give Him A
Great Big Kiss" may ring bells for the 1960s fan, as it was featured on
Rhino's Best Of The Girl Groups series. "Maybe" was most popular
The Chantels, and later by Janis Joplin; their version is just as well as
The next two songs are easily recognized from the "Girl Groups" era, and
most compared to The Ronettes: "Out In The Streets" and "Give Us
Your Blessings," likewise "Heaven Only Knows." "Never Again"
also can be compared to The Ronettes, and "What's A Girl Supposed To Do."
Once again, The Ronettes are compared to other songs, such as "The Dum
Dum Ditty," "Right Now And Not Later" has a more soulful style. "The
Train From Kansas City" has the Ronettes style again, where the style of
"Remember (Walkin' In The Rain)" is heard on "I Can Never Go Home
Anymore," and the "talking story lyrics" on "Leader Of The Pack";
a very powerful song.
The typical girl group sound is heard on "Long Live Our Love."
Soulful and another talking story lyrics" is "Sophisticated Boom Boom."
A slower style of "Leader Of The Pack" is heard on "He Cried."
"Dress In Black" is another impressive and slow tempo'd song, "Past
Present And Future" features the piano of Beethoven, in another impressive
slow tempo'd song. "Paradise," "Love You More Than Yesterday," "The Sweet
Sounds Of Summer," "I'll Never Learn, "Take Your Time" and
"Footsteps On The Roof" returns to the girl group sound (Ronettes).
A very good compilation here, on a girl group with less than a handful of
recognizable hits. They had the girl group sound, as many of the songs in this
25-song compilation represents. It's always great to hear the "other songs"
artists had in their career, and this compilation will be enjoyable for those
learning more of The Shangri-La's and 1960s music.
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