The Chi-Lites

Golden Classics

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A hit compilation marred by the omissions of "Lonely Girl," "Toby," and others, in favor of "I Found Sunshine" (yawn) and "Homely Girl," a song better suited for the Statler Brothers. Contains an abbreviated "We Are Neighbors," which is good since the album version was too long. It's amazing how "I Want to Pay You Back" finds its way onto nearly every Chi-lite compilation album, they even do it on a live LP and in their concerts. But why? It's OK, but definitely not all that great; better Chi-Lites cuts are languishing on albums. The classics "Oh Girl," "(For God's Sakes) Give More Power to the People," "Stoned out of My Mind," "Letter to Myself," and two versions of "Have You Seen Her" are as compelling as ever.

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