One of the finest singers of her era, Darlene Love's long overdue induction into the rock'n'roll Hall of Fame in 2011 is well deserved. All but one of these recordings were made between 1958 and 1965, with the exception being from 1975.
Darlene had her biggest successes with groups, although nine of the tracks here are solo recordings. The group recordings feature three tracks each from the Blossoms (a 1958 cover of No other love and two sixties tracks produced by Jimmy Bowen, who later became an important country music producer) and Bob B Soxx and the Blue Jeans (including Why do lovers break each other's hearts) and two Crystals tracks (He's a rebel and He's sure the boy I love). Darlene was not a regular member of the Crystals, but she certainly brought something a little different to their music.
Three minor American solo hits (Today I met the boy I'm gonna marry, Wait till my Bobby gets home, A fine fine boy) are featured along with one of their B-sides (My heart beats a little faster) and some other excellent solo tracks that one doesn't normally come across. The 1975 recording (Lord if you're a woman) is a little different, but I prefer the earlier music.
Along the way, Darlene recorded plenty of backing vocals on other people's records, though of course none are featured here although some are mentioned in the liner notes.
Apart from the music here, Darlene also features strongly in A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector. I'm not sure how much music Darlene actually recorded as a lead singer, but while I'd like to see a more comprehensive compilation, all the essentials are here except for those Christmas tracks, which should be very easy to find at the appropriate time of year if you haven't already got them.
Ich liebe die Lieder und die hervorragende Stimme von Darlene Love.Sie hat einen unglaublich schönen Soul in der Stimme.Ich habe auch ihre Weihnachts CD welche ich auch nur sehr empfehlen kann.(wer wie ich die amerikanischen Weihnachtslieder mag)