Dionne Warwick, 'Golden Hits/Part One'
"Alfie" and the like had Warwick on the road to divahood, but that
didn't mean this best-of, marked CIRCA
1962–1964 in gold on the cover, was perceived as an oldies record. Girl
groups weren't considered quaint yet, and Warwick has never been more tuneful
or charming than when she and Bacharach-David had them to contend with. The
selling points here are Warwick standards like "Walk On By" and
"Don't Make Me Over." But obscurities long vanished from her canon
are only a shade less compelling: the delicate "Any Old Time of Day" or her
proud, quiet cover of the Shirelles' "It's Love That Really Counts."