The Box Tops

The Best of the Box Tops [BMG Germany]

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The one thing that lifts the Box Tops out of the pack of bubblegum groups that proliferated in the mid- to late '60s was the blue-eyed Memphis soul voice of the then-teenaged Alex Chilton, and coupled with Dan Penn's deep South production, the group managed two memorable singles, 1967's "The Letter" and 1968's "Cry Like a Baby," along with a couple of decent near-misses, "Neon Rainbow" and "Choo Choo Train." The Box Tops' albums were mostly thrown-together affairs, more potential than execution, and although Chilton's voice is a thing to behold, the material tended toward covers or half-realized Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham compositions. This German import is no better or worse than the other single-disc compilations available, and the truth is, as long as you have "The Letter" and "Cry Like a Baby," you're probably set.

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