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The Chiffons
"Best Of The Chiffons"

© EMI Records

Year of Release: 1997

track listing
  • He's So Fine
  • Keep The Boy Happy
  • Sailor Boy
  • When The Boy's Happy
    (The Girl's
    Happy Too)
  • Did You Ever Go Steady
  • My Boyfriend's Back
  • He's A Bad One
  • I Have A Boyfriend
  • Sweet Talkin' Guy
  • Tonight I Met
    An Angel
  • One Fine Day
  • Will You Still
    Love Me
  • Just For Tonight
  • A Love So Fine
  • Stop Look And Listen
  • The Loco-Motion
  • It's My Party
  • I Wonder Why

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    The Chiffons' most popular hit was the #1 hit "He's So Fine," which, by the way, was the song where George Harrison was sued for plagurism for his #1 hit, "My Sweet Lord." (Harrison lost in this courtcase.) The other well-remembered Chiffons hits were "One Fine Day," (written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin), and "Sweet Talkin' Guy."

    It's time to Discover... Best Of The Chiffons is an 18-track compilation of their best work, throughout the 1960s, and it's always interesting to listen to the well-known, and not-so-well-known songs any group or artist achieved in their career.

    "Keep The Boy Happy" sounds like it was recorded in the later 1960s, having a more soulful sound, rather than the doo-wop sound, as heard in their popular hits "He's So Fine" and "One Fine Day." Likewise, "Sailor Boy" has a more adult sound, yet it has a slight resemblance to the doo-wop sound as well. "When The Boy's Happy (The Girl's Happy Too)" definitely has the early girl-group 1960s sound, as such in the style of The Ronettes. "Did You Ever Go Steady" also has the early girl-group sound.

    There are 4 remakes in this compilation: Their remake of The Angels' "My Boyfriend's Back" may not be as great as The Angels' version, but this song was so popular when it hit #1 (Angels' version), it seemed that every other girl-group jumped on the bandwagon, and recorded their own version of this song. Maybe their response to this song was their recording of "I Have A Boyfriend," which has the doo-wop girl-group sound, and another Ronettes' comparison. The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" remake is here, and is slower than than that of The Shirelles, yet The Chiffons' version is very well-done, and could be good competition to the original, in determining which is the better of the two.

    We can say the same for "The Loco-Motion" (originally done by Little Eva). It's another good remake; the music style is the same, yet we can tell the vocals sound different than that of Little Eva's. Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" is redone, yet Gore's version is better; Gore's version has a more upbeat sound. Lastly, "I Wonder Why" was originally done by Dion & The Belmonts, and Dion's version is better. The vocals on Dion's version stood out much better, but on The Chiffons version, they tend to sound more like Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, rather than the true doo-wop harmonies, as Dion and crew did.

    "He's A Bad One" is another example of "Keep The Boy Happy," having a more soulful sound, likewise "Just For Tonight. "Tonight I Met An Angel," "A Love So Fine" and "Stop Look And Listen" have cute catchy rhythmns, easily fitting the late-1950s/early-1960s doo-wop sound.

    Best Of The Chiffons is a good best-of compilation of one of the many girl-groups of the early 1960s. In reading about The Chiffons, they did record their own version of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" in 1975. Sad to say, this version is not included on this best-of. It would be interesting to hear that version, and see if they recorded it just like Harrison did, or simply re-doing "He's So Fine" with Harrison's lyrics.

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