Various Artists

Lookin' for Boys

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Quite simply, this is the best compilation of little-known early- to mid-'60s girl group singles ever assembled, and proof that quite a few songs never get to be hits for reasons that have nothing to do with their quality. A couple of these (the Girlfriends' "Jimmy Boy" and Earl-Jean's original version of "I'm into Something Good") were small hits, but by and large these were flops. What's amazing is how meticulously produced and tuneful they were; in 1963, the industry was dazzled by Phil Spector's success, and employed quite a few producers and performers who emulated the master very well. Great melodies, harmonies, and Wall of Sound Jr. production on most of these, and noted songwriter Ellie Greenwich's dramatic "You Don't Know" is one of the finest obscure mid-'60s rock & roll singles of any genre.