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Darlene Love – The Many Sides of Love: The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus! (Real Gone Music)

Darlene Love
11 May 2022

Powerhouse singer Darlene Love was the star of some of Phil Spector’s greatest works, including the Crystals hits “He’s a Rebel” and “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” and the lesser-known “Stumble and Fall,” credited to Love herself. Away from the confines of the dictatorial producer’s Wall of Sound, she cut other ‘60s singles that are also well worth a listen, despite limited chart success. Featuring solo efforts and songs by The Blossoms and The Wildcats, The Many Sides of Love: The Complete Reprise Recordings Plus! presents a batch of underrated gems from an exuberant performer who still sounds fresh today. Highlights include: “That’s When the Tears Start,” an overlooked girl-group classic; the sultry soul of “Good, Good Lovin’ ”; the Motown-inflected “Let Your Love Shine on Me”; and the dramatic ballad “If.” Continuing to win accolades in recent years, Darlene Love radiates joy with every performance.