This compilation focuses on the early days of the girl group explosion, confining its track list to a short period in which the Bobbettes reigned supreme and the Ronettes had yet to form. Unlike similar collections, Teenage Heaven draws its track list from a limited number of artists, taking multiple songs from each group as opposed to cherry-picking hits from a wide range of musicians. Several of the inclusions are rare, most notably the Deltairs' "A Schoolgirl in Love" and the Threeteens' ode to an Army-bound Elvis, "Dear 522-10761." The accompanying liner notes strive to draw a link between girl groups and early punk bands -- not an impossible task, although certainly a difficult one given the space limitations -- but there is something raw about this music, which appeared at the dawn of rock & roll and played an integral role in the shaping of that genre.
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