Album Details

RELEASE
July 19, 1994
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Early Pop/Rock, Early R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul, Uptown Soul

Album Review

Some soul singers run hot, some run cool. Barbara Lewis ran cool, and thrillingly so. She was classy and sophisticated, even in the early to mid-'60s, a time where smooth pop-soul was the standard. Her voice was as soft as silk, and Atlantic gave her productions to match, resulting in an alluring body of work that still sounds seductive, yet comforting, years after their relief. During the mid-'60s, she hit the R&B charts steadily, crossing over to the pop charts with the number three "Hello Stranger," plus the Top 15 "Baby, I'm Yours," and "Make Me Your Baby." Those three, along with the bulk of her R&B hits, are all on Rhino's excellent compilation, Hello Stranger: The Best of Barbara Lewis. Since her work was so consistently good, there are inevitably some fan favorites missing, but everything here is excellent, representing her at her very best -- and that means it's among the very best pop-soul of its time (or ever, for that matter).
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. My Heart Went Do Dat Da
  2. My Mama Told Me
  3. Puppy Love
  4. Hello Stranger
  5. Think a Little Sugar
  6. Straighten Up Your Heart
  7. Snap Your Fingers
  8. How Can I Say Goodbye
  9. Spend a Little Time
  10. Someday We're Gonna Love Again
  11. Pushin' a Good Thing Too Far
  12. Baby, I'm Yours
  13. Make Me Your Baby
  14. Don't Forget About Me
  15. Make Me Belong to You
  16. Baby What Do You Want Me to Do
  17. I Remember the Feeling
  18. I'll Make Him Love Me
  19. Thankful for What I Got
  20. Sho-Nuff (It's Got to Be Your Love)