Various Artists

Dream Babies

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One of the few major-label girl group compilations ever released is a disappointment. The tracks by the Exciters and the Honeys are better heard within the context of their own compilations; the previously unreleased songs by the post-Phil Spector version of the Crystals are less than enthralling, and several of the others are simply uninspired. Highlights are Cher's pre-fame 1964 single "Dream Baby" and Alder Ray's "'Cause I Love Him," both of which rank among the best obscure Spector-style girl group productions. There's also a single by Merry Clayton, later to reach fame as the backup singer on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter"; she did "It's In His Kiss" before Betty Everett had a hit with it, but Everett's version is much better.