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Lesley Gore
"The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore"

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Year of Release: 1987

track listing
  • It's My Party
  • Judy's Turn To Cry
  • Just Let Me Cry
  • She's A Fool
  • The Old Crowd
  • You Don't Own Me
  • That's The Way
    Boys Are
  • I Don't Wanna
    Be A Loser
  • Maybe I Know
  • Wonder Boy
  • Hey Now
  • Look Of Love
  • Sunshine Lollipops
    And Rainbows
  • My Town My Guy
    And Me
  • You Didn't Look 'Round
  • What Am I Gonna Do
    With You
  • Off And Running
  • California Nights

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    Lesley Gore
    "The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore"

    No relation to Vice President Al Gore, Lesley Gore's The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore brings back the innocence of music of the 1960s, where her lyrics were easy to understand, and the music was very pleasant. Throughout her career, Lesley Gore had numerous hits, having a happy-go-lucky pop sound, and they're all here: "It's My Party, "Judy's Turn To Cry," "You Don't Own Me," "Maybe I Know," and "Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows." The remaining 13 songs are just as fresh and entertaining to listen to, and it shows how her music was so different, compared to the music that would be recorded decades later.

    Many of the songs contained here have the Girl Group pop sound, as many of those were around in the early 1960s, such as The Shirelles, The Dixie Cups, to name a few. Three such songs are "Just Let Me Cry, "She's A Fool," and "That's The Way Boys Are." "The Old Crowd" has an off-country pop sound, where this song could of been recorded in a more country style for future country artists.

    "I Don't Wanna Be A Loser" has the atmosphere of "You Don't Own Me." "Wonder Boy" is another Girl Group sounder, and it has a somewhat soul sound, that could of been used in early Motown hits, such as "Heatwave" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. "Hey Now" is a groovin' tune, having an off-country sound again, (almost) compared to Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." The common pop sound returns with "Look Of Love," as heard in her songs like "It's My Party" and "Judy's Turn To Cry."

    Another comparison to 1960s pop is Petula Clark, with songs such as "My Town, My Guy And Me," and "You Didn't Look 'Round," likewise having the common pop sound of Gore's most popular hits -- also "What Am I Gonna Do With You" -- it's a slower ballad.

    The happy-go-lucky pop sound is heard in "Off And Running," with the hand claps and all, it's a tune that catches your attention. "California Nights" is a medium-tempo mixing pop and a little touch of soul.

    The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore most definitely has the pop sound of the early 1960s, and for the Oldies fan, this one is surely entertaining. Each decade's history of music is always changing, and comparing Lesley Gore's sound to the music after her, it truly shows how musical styles are unique. Her music is no where compared to the later decades, (maybe the off-country tunes could be compared to the early 1970s Country, but later decades of Country music styles also changed...) as it proves the old saying -- "Ah, they sure don't make 'em like they used to..."

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