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Enlightnin'ment: The Best of Lou Christie: Release Notes:
Producers include: Nick Cenci, Charles Calello, George Goldner, Jack Nitzsche, Stan Vincent.Compilation producer: Bill Inglot.Tracks recorded between 1962 and 1969. Includes liner notes by Harry Young.Lou Christie only had about a half-dozen great songs to his name, which is still a better average than most pop singers. And what a singer he was, putting that freaky falsetto to its ultimate use on the glorious "Lightnin' Strikes," the ultimate chart-buster of 1965! "Lightnin' Strikes " was co-written by Christie's Pittsburgh mentor and muse, the bohemian songwriter-composer Twyla Herbert, who also co-wrote his early falsetto-driven hits, "The Gypsy Cried" and "Two Faces Have I." They then collaborated on the even more sexually ecstatic "Rhapsody In The Rain," which needed a word change from the too physical "making out in the rain" to the ostensibly more demure "making love." (The good folks at Rhino have restored the original version.) Christie had to wait untill 1969 for his last hit, "I'm Gonna Make you Mine," to be covered by Alex Chilton and also included on this definitive, great-sounding collection.