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Girl Crazy: 28 Ultimate Girl Group Classics

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Girl Crazy is an uncommonly good overview of the heyday of American girl group pop -- in the space of just 28 tracks, it manages to collect the lion's share of the true landmarks of the genre, with a few regrettable omissions that keep true must-have status just out of reach. The most obvious exclusions are Phil Spector's classic productions for the Ronettes and the Crystals, along with a few isolated miracles like the Jaynetts' "Sally, Go Round the Roses," but otherwise Girl Crazy delivers. For starters, the Cinderellas' rare "Baby Baby I Still Love You," one of the finest girl group records ever created but a commercial flop on its original release, is alone worth the price of admission. More familiar masterpieces like the Chiffons' "One Fine Day" and the Toys' "A Lover's Concerto" never grow tiresome, and in fact sound better than ever here. Not perfect, but as consistent and concise as any other single-disc girl group set on the market.