The '60s were the first golden age for women in rock & roll; if it would be a while before self-contained bands with female instrumentalists became a presence on the pop charts, producers discovered there was a great demand for female artists, in vocal groups and as singing soloists, on pop records that dealt with the more melodramatic aspects of teenage romance. Dozens of promising female artists found success with what became known as "the girl group sound," and collectors would in time discover that plenty of songs from the period that didn't chart were just as satisfying as those that did. Hey Lover Boy!: An Assortment of Girlie Tracks of the 60s features 25 lesser-known gems from the girl group era, mostly from obscure artists, though future country icon Dolly Parton shows up on a fine pop tune, "Don't Drop Out," while Darlene Love's early group the Blossoms turns up with the song "Lover Boy," and Joanie Sommers, who scored a hit with "Johnny Get Angry," is represented with "I'd Be So Good for You." Other gems include "Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In" by the Satisfactions, "Don't Drag No More" by Susan Lynne, Donna Lynn covering the Rolling Stones with a gender switch on "I'd Much Rather Be with the Girls," and "Better Off Without You" by Beverly Noble. If you have a taste for classic girl group sounds and '60s pop music with grand-scale production, Hey Lover Boy! is full of the hooks and heartache you're looking for.
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming