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Album Review

Fifty-two-track double CD has all the hits and then some. It may seem excessive for those who only want the hits, and some of the selections (particularly from the late '60s) are weak. But Gore had more worthy B-sides, album cuts, and low-charting singles than most people assume, and there are a good number of those on this collection: "Wonder Boy" (a white Martha & the Vandellas cop), "Off and Running" (covered by the Mindbenders in the To Sir with Love film), "Look of Love" (one of Greenwich-Barry's greatest girl-group-style songs), a cover of Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues" (which lost out on the charts to the Fifth Dimension's version), and interesting little-known compositions by Goffin-King, Paul Anka, Van McCoy, Marvin Hamlisch, and Lesley herself. Gore covered more territory than the teen self-pity anthems for which she's most remembered, and this anthology, while not enough to make you demand her election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is not nearly as relentlessly lightweight as her detractors would have you imagine. Includes some tracks that were previously unavailable on album, or previously unreleased in the U.S.

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sunshine lollipops and rainbows!

its simply the best i lve it soooo much you have no idea eek its my fave <3 everyone needs to buy all these songs dgsajfkaqencoe ahh words can not explain how good this is my favorite songs are judys turn to cry ,california nights, she's a fool, maybe i know, and soo many others i love her soo much if lesley gore herself is reading this then i just wanted to say i am 17 years old and i wished i was alive when you were barley realsing this stuff of music its simply the best! and it makes me feel brighter then a lucky penny

leslie

great stuff

You Don't Own Me is still compelling

If nothing else Leslie Gore must be remembered for You Don't Own Me. I remember when You Don't Own Me came out. The voice and arrangement were like many other girl group songs except instead of a happy melody there was a dark, foreboding sound. The lyrics kind of startled me. I was a teenager, and the way this girl was declaring her independence seemed to go beyond mere boy-girl relationships. Actually it was scary. There is almost a Satanic or Nietzschean quality, and a hint of cruelty as when someone suddenly turns the tables on someone else whom they could have turned the tables on at any time but were merely waiting for the best moment. The key is that the song connects the theme of female independence to an unapologetic declaration of joy in being young. The old always envy the young and the young always have the power to overwhelm them, but this power is normally restrained by socialization. In this song, the repressed forces burst their bonds, and this in turn hints at political revolution, the overthrow of religion etc. Someone listening to the song today might not pick up some of that because so much has changed since the early sixties, but I can't think of any song broadcast over Top 40 radio up to that time that had such a pronounced threatening quality. It's more than just chewing out her boyfriend.

Biography

Born: May 2, 1946 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most commercially successful solo singer to be identified with the girl group sound, Lesley Gore hit the number one spot with her very first release, "It's My Party," in 1963. Produced by Quincy Jones, who fattened the teenager's sound with double-tracked vocals and intricate backup vocals and horns, she reeled off a few more big hits in 1963 and 1964, including "Judy's Turn to Cry," "She's a Fool," "You Don't Own Me," "That's the Way Boys Are," and "Maybe I Know." She wasn't the most soulful...
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