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Here Come the Boys, Vol. 2: In My Imagination

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Compiled by Mick Patrick and Malcolm Baumgart, who raided these same Pye label vaults for the superb Here Come the Girls series, the second Here Come the Boys volume again suffers simply by virtue of comparison to its distaff opposite -- much as American pop counterparts like Phil Spector and Burt Bacharach created their most enduring hits for female vocalists, so too did the Pye staff save its most engaging and ambitious material for its girl groups, rendering their male singers almost negligible in the process. That said, there are more than a few gems included here -- the dependably excellent Searchers weigh in with "Each Time," while the Chants' "She's Mine" evokes Spector's Wall of Sound in all its majestic glory. Trivia buffs take note: Paddy, Klaus and Gibson's "Hey Teresa" features Klaus Voorman, later of the Hollies and Manfred Mann, as well as the artist behind the cover of the Beatles' Revolver, while the Curtis Mayfield-penned "That's What Mama Say is credited to the 14-year-old Leonard Whiting, later to star in Franco Zefferelli's film smash Romeo and Juliet.

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