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One Fine Day
One Fine Day
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
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All Artists: Chiffons
Title: One Fine Day
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Remember
Release Date: 3/14/1994
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Soul, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 8712177017836, 789368393220

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Stop, Look & Listen
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Groups like the Chiffons have had it rough in the CD era. They were, to most people anyway, a nameless, faceless outfit with a couple of well worn hits but no enduring personality or legacy. While they had three huge smashes over a four year period, often those songs overwhelm the rest of their output and as a result cheap CD compilers often license only those three songs for their generic "Hits of the 60's" collections. Naturally that makes those cuts badly overexposed and the rest of their work sadly underexposed. Add to it the general dismissal of "girl groups" as anything more than a sweet concoction dreamt up by male producers to churn out conveyor belt hits in the early to mid 60's and you can see why history hasn't been kind to them.Yet girl groups were no mere footnote to rock 'n' roll history and the Chiffons in particular deserve more credit than they received, for they were longer lasting and more reliable than most in that genre, beginning with a small breakthrough covering the Shirelles "Tonight's The Night" in 1960 (not included since it was cut for another label) and then really breaking through in 1963 at the height of the girl group craze and remaining a force until late '66, long after the expiration date on that style supposedly ran out. While they, like their contemporaries in the field, were aided immensely by top notch producers and songwriters, the Chiffons brought a unique blend of toughness ("Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind But Me" - a real overlooked gem) and sweetness ("When The Boy's Happy The Girls' Happy Too") that separated them from one-note competitors. In addition their R&B roots were much more evident than most girl groups of the day who were weighed down with ornate strings and pop stylings.So here's the good news - this CD has all their hits for the Laurie and Rust labels, including two released as the Four Pennies, plus a few B-sides (including the great Ashford-Simpson penned rocker "The Real Thing"), all sounding fine with basic discographical information. But the buyer must still beware, for there are numerous similiarly titled collections on the market, but as of this writing none surpass this for sheer number of songs, which is obviously the first consideration when buying a greatest hits collection.Now for the bad news, and the reason for getting just 3 stars (which come to think of it should be the average, but anything less than 5 is generally thought to be a slap in the face). The producer of this release, other than licensing the requisite songs, put absolutely no effort whatsoever in issuing this CD. The packaging is cheap looking, with song titles floating next to the lone photo of the girls on the cover, the writing credits on the back cover are incomplete and often say "Unknown", the six page booklet included has nothing but advertisements for other albums in this series and the one page of liner notes on the back of that booklet are possibly the worst, most degrading and cluelessly written I've ever seen, managing to inadvertently disparage the group, the era and the music all while awkwardly trying to praise it. Truthfully it looks as if this was slapped together five minutes before lunch and never thought of before or after.That disgraceful lack of effort shouldn't prevent somebody who is seeking the most Chiffons songs on one disc from getting this. The songs are great, the girls can sing and you'll get a full hour of listening enjoyment out of it each time you put in the CD player. So if the music itself is the biggest requirement (as it usually is) then this collection is the way to go since it is the most thorough overview of their career currently available. Hopefully though in the near future someone will come along with class and issue a truly comprehensive and intelligent set for this group, with insightful notes, interviews with the surviving members, writers and producers, lots of pictures, along with all the B-sides, unissued material from the vaults, and songs from other labels (it'd take up a double-CD but there'd be enough buyers to make it worthwhile) and in the process push this, along with the other bargain basement CD's looking to exploit the lingering interest in the Chiffons to the trash. Musically this set will suffice, but the Chiffons still deserve better."
Perhaps the Quintessential Girl Group
A. M. Smith | RICHMOND, VA United States | 03/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While The Chiffons never achieved superstar status, they nonetheless refined the girl group sound into a very polished entity. Their producers and arrangers took the best elements of Brill Building, Spector, and Motown and created a sound that, while many would term it "generic," was actually state-of-the-art. (The use of overdubbing on lead vocals surpasses anything that Spector ever did!) Their sharp-edged harmonies were unmistakable - even when presented as "The Four Pennies." The group, like The Marvelettes, boasted two lead singers. Most sides were led by the incomparable Judy Craig, while others (especially those released under the "Four Pennies" name) used Sylvia Peterson's less distinctive but equally lovely voice. The background harmonies were never miked down, as happened with so many girl groups. Instead they were almost pushed in front, giving a rich, full sound. One listen to this collection and you'll wonder why the group never made a bigger splash. Inadequate promotion, perhaps? Certainly not because of a lack of talent!"
Classic early sixties girl group
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 06/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Chiffons were one of the most successful girl groups of their era and comprised Judy Craig, Barbara Lee, Patricia Bennett and Sylvia Peterson. They are remembered primarily for three hits. He's so fine topped the American charts and made the UK top twenty, but gained notoriety when George Harrison had a major international hit with My sweet Lord in 1971. Unfortunately for George, the melody of My sweet Lord was remarkably similar to He's so fine and he lost a court case over the royalties.One fine day was a top five American hit and top thirty UK hit. Sweet-talking guy also charted on both sides of the Atlantic. It was only a minor UK hit when first released but made the top five when re-issued in 1972, possibly to capitalize on the court case.Those were their only British hits but they had other American hits including Tonight's the night (not included here), Love so fine and I have a boyfriend, both of which can be found on this excellent collection.If you enjoy music by such groups as the Shirelles, Shangri-las, Crystals and Ronettes, give the Chiffons a listen."