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Early Girls, Vol. 1: Popsicles and Icicles

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While the second volume of the Early Girls series is heavier on chart hits, the first collection offers more choice rarities (which, truth be told, is the real value in retrospectives of this kind). A handful of these 28 cuts are overly cloying (Earl-Jean's "I'm into Something Good" and Little Peggy March's "I Wish I Were a Princess" are almost sickeningly sweet), but the good far outweighs the bad -- alongside familiar singles like Shirley Ellis' "The Name Game" and the Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love" are forgotten classics like Toni Fisher's amazing "West of the Wall" (an echo-drenched ode to Cold War-era romance) and Dodie Stevens' delightfully goofy "Pink Shoe Laces"; early favorites from Phil Spector (the Paris Sisters' "I Love How You Love Me") and Carole King (the superb "It Might as Well Rain Until September," her lone solo hit before breaking through with Tapestry a decade later) round out this smartly compiled, well-annotated and consistently engaging set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:20
3 3:01
4 2:31
5 2:27
6 2:52
7 2:09
8 2:12
9 2:17
10 2:28
11 2:36
12 2:28
13 3:17
14 3:00
15 2:50
16 2:36
17 2:30
18 2:05
19 2:46
20
2:03
21 2:32
22 3:13
23 2:51
24 3:17
25 2:31
26 2:03
27 2:06
28 2:07
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