Still the definitive Crystals
retrospective nearly a decade after its release, ABKCO's The Best of the Crystals
gathers their most beloved singles, including "Uptown," "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron," and "Then He Kissed Me"; the infamous withdrawn single "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)"; and relatively obscure songs such as "What a Nice Way to Turn 17," "Look in My Eyes," and "I Wonder." The way the collection presents the Crystals
' work in more or less chronological order helps trace the group's development and also allows somewhat lesser-known songs like "Heartbreaker," "Girls Can Tell," and "Another Country -- Another World" more equal footing among the group's classic tracks. Though the He's a Rebel
bootleg offers an even more complete collection of the group's output, The Best of the Crystals
remains the best legitimate retrospective of their pioneering work.