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Album Review

Collectables' The Best of Lesley Gore is short at only 11 tracks, and it omits her third biggest hit, "Judy's Turn to Cry." You really can't have a collection call itself The Best of Lesley Gore and not have that song on it. It also leaves off number five hit "She's a Fool" and number 13 hit "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows." What actually does make it to the disc is a fine mix of Brill Building/girl group sounds from the distinctive singer. "It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me," and "Maybe I Know" are wonderful and timeless; "Look of Love," "California Nights," and "Off and Running" are all great, too. Still, you just don't need a Lesley Gore collection without three of her biggest hits and best songs. There are better collections out there — you may have to pay a bit more, but it will be worth it. [This Collectables release is a reissue of the 1998 PSM collection of the same name. The only thing different is the cover.]

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Lesley Gore

In response to the review that called Lesley Gore's Music as silly. You had to be there. Her music blended with her era. I'd like to hear any of today's one-man, computerized, producing, writing, singing geniuses get a feel like "It's My Party." It can't be done. There is no obligatory monotonous 2 &4 snare all the way through the song. It is an amazing combination of ironic lyrics, an original melody, great arrangement (that's when real musicians would write parts down on paper for other real musicians BEFORE the recording sesssion) and a great vocal. It's called division of labor and although a lost concept, works well in music as well as other forms of manufacturing. Would you buy a car made entirely by one person. That's where music is today.

far from silly

i feel that the person who claimed that the music of leslie gore is "silly" is just a bit close minded. even though these songs were before my time i happen to find them very charming. i also feel that leslie has a beautiful voice that exemplifies the vibe of her time and adds a emotional sincerity that makes the songs timeless.

this is definatly not silly

its agood artisst and it has good song i feel that she was really good at singing


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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