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Growin' Up Too Fast: The Girl Group Anthology

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A two-CD, 50-song collection of girl group hits and misses originally released on the MGM, Smash, Philips, Fontana, 20th Century Fox, and Mercury labels in the early and mid-'60s. It's nice to have some of these rarities easily available in state-of-the-art fidelity, but it's not one of the best girl group compilations around, in terms of either thematic coherence or consistent quality. The hits by the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, Dusty Springfield, the Angels, and the Royalettes are good to great, but are better heard in the context of their own compilations. Much of the rest -- by obscure singers like Ginny Arnell, the Pixies Three, and Beverly Washburn -- is pleasant but rather forgettable. There are some really neat one-shots and lost classics here, though, like Diane Renay's Top Ten hit, "Navy Blue," and her flop follow-up, "Watch Out, Sally!," is one of the toughest white girl group records ever. Also cool are the Secrets' "The Boy Next Door" (an Angels sound-alike) and the two songs by Sadina, which are among the best unknown Wall-of-Sound-type productions ever.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:14
2 2:19
3 2:19
4 2:28
5 2:30
6 1:44
7 2:32
8 2:33
9 3:11
10 1:59
11 2:45
12 2:10
13 2:15
14 1:55
15 2:52
16 1:59
17 2:19
18 2:16
19 2:58
20 2:00
21 2:36
22 3:02
23 2:20
24 2:14
25 3:18

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:51
2 2:35
3 2:15
4 2:40
5 2:45
6 2:14
7 2:16
8 2:45
9 2:19
10 2:05
11 2:39
12 2:51
13 2:23
14 3:12
15 2:20
16 2:15
17 2:06
18 2:43
19 2:06
20 2:15
21 2:53
22 2:14
23 2:23
24 2:43
25 2:32
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