The three-volume Group Sounds set continues Collectables' diligent re-shuffling and re-packaging of doo wop and R&B singles from the late '50s and early '60s. As with other Collectables sets like For Lovers Only, Jukebox Giants, and Back Seat Memories, the Group Sounds discs offer a decent combination of national hits and regional hits. Although they are enjoyable, they are hardly definitive; and they don't exactly cater to collectors or newcomers, instead falling into some middle ground between those two poles. Another problem is that each of these discs are skimpy, containing only 12 songs. The second volume dedicated to New York's WCBS radio station -- which is identical to the second volume dedicated to Philadelphia's WOGL, as well as the second volume that isn't affiliated with a station -- includes the Chantels' "Maybe," Little Anthony's "Tears On My Pillow," the Harptones' "That's the Way It Goes," Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "I Want You to Be My Girl," the Devotions' "Rip Van Winkle," and the Echoes' "Ding Dong."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman