Various Artists

Dream Boy, Vol. 3

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Like the other volumes of this Japanese series, this is a compilation of rare singles from the early '60s that represent the girl-group sound at its most lightweight. Rarely was any sort of rock music so innocent and (for the most part) White. If that's your guilty pleasure, you'll save a lot of money by picking up this 20-cut anthology, as the original 45s are very difficult to find (and expensive). Kathy Young is the only one of these singers who had a hit, to give you a barometer of the obscurity factor. Be warned, though, that only those listeners who are very into girl-group collecting will find this worthwhile. There are no lost classics and little guts. But there's a lot of disposable candy-floss texture in the material, vocals, and production. The sound is good, but the liner notes are sadly nonexistent.