The Lovelites

The Lovelite Years

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It's a crying shame that the Lovelites, one of the best female groups of the '60s and '70s, never cracked the Top 40. Led by Patti Hamilton's crystal-clear leads, they recorded irresistible sagas about adolescent and young-adult love, much like Martha & the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, Honey Cone, and other luminaries. This 20-track limited-edition CD features a nice selection of Lovelites sides, including the endearing "How Can I Tell My Mom and Dad," the Vandellas-sounding "Get It off My Conscious," and "Love Is Pretty." The remakes are just as good -- "My Baby Loves Me," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Betcha by Golly Wow," and "Got to Be There" are as potent as the originals. While excellent, the collection is not definitive, as the compilers omitted some good tracks from the Lovelites album on UNI.

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