Lesley Gore

It's My Party: The Mercury Anthology

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Fifty-two-track double CD has all the hits and then some. It may seem excessive for those who only want the hits, and some of the selections (particularly from the late '60s) are weak. But Gore had more worthy B-sides, album cuts, and low-charting singles than most people assume, and there are a good number of those on this collection: "Wonder Boy" (a white Martha & the Vandellas cop), "Off and Running" (covered by the Mindbenders in the To Sir with Love film), "Look of Love" (one of Greenwich-Barry's greatest girl-group-style songs), a cover of Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues" (which lost out on the charts to the Fifth Dimension's version), and interesting little-known compositions by Goffin-King, Paul Anka, Van McCoy, Marvin Hamlisch, and Lesley herself. Gore covered more territory than the teen self-pity anthems for which she's most remembered, and this anthology, while not enough to make you demand her election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is not nearly as relentlessly lightweight as her detractors would have you imagine. Includes some tracks that were previously unavailable on album, or previously unreleased in the U.S.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
3 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
6 02:24 Amazon
7 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
8 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
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10 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:55 SpotifyAmazon
12 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:53 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
17 01:55 SpotifyAmazon
18 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
21 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
22 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
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24 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
25 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
26 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
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