Dee Dee Warwick

The Sixties

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The sound and packaging on this 25-song collection leave something to be desired, yet it plugs a big gap in the lost '60s soul catalog by assembling a wealth of material by one of the decade's most underrated artists into one place. Leading off with all ten songs from her decent 1966 Mercury album, it also has the great original version of "You're No Good" (which even predates Betty Everett's small hit with the tune); the 1969 R&B Top 20 hit "Foolish Fool"; a strange but effective cover of "I (Who Have Nothing)"; a couple good Van McCoy-penned pop-soul numbers from 1964 ("Standing By" and "Don't Think My Baby's Coming Back"); and the outstandingly moody "Don't Call Me Anymore" (written by "You're No Good" author Clint Ballard). Unfortunately, this anthology is not definitive: some '60s singles are missing, and the six tracks from her 1970-71 stay at Atco are a waste of space considering they are on the much more easily obtainable She Didn't Know: The Atco Sessions CD. There's nothing in the way of useful liner notes, and the sound seems partially or wholly dubbed from disc (without any major foul-ups). However, until such time as U.S. labels decide to give vintage artists like Warwick who didn't have big hits the respectful, cross-licensed treatment they deserve, there will continue to be a need for compilations of dubious origin such as this one.