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50th Anniversary: Singles Collection 1962-1972

Martha Reeves & the VandellasAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Motown / Pgd
  • ASIN: B00AU15IHY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Have To Let Him Go (Mono)
2. My Baby Won't Come Back (Mono)
3. Come And Get These Memories (Mono)
4. Jealous Lover (Mono)
5. Heatwave (Mono)
6. A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday) (Mono)
7. Quicksand (Mono)
8. Darling, I Hum Our Song (Mono)
9. Live Wire (Mono)
10. Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (Mono)
11. In My Lonely Room (Mono)
12. A Tear For The Girl (Mono)
13. Dancing In The Street (Mono)
14. There He Is (At My Door) (Mono)
15. Wild One (Mono)
16. Dancing Slow (Mono)
17. Nowhere To Run (Mono)
18. Motoring (Mono)
19. You've Been In Love Too Long (Mono)
20. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) (Mono)
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For the first time ever, on the occasion of the group's 50th anniversary of their first hit, every single from Martha Reeves & the Vandellas is now in one package-the 3-CD box set 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972, featuring all A- and B- sides, and much, much more. Featured among the set's 82 tracks are the group's 10 top ten Pop and R&B hits, including the everlasting "Come And Get These Memories," "Dancing In The Street," "Heat Wave" and "Nowhere To Run"; also included are the Vandellas' Spanish language versions of "I'm Ready For Love" and "Jimmy Mack." Martha Reeves first arrived at Motown to audition; she ended up becoming the company's first A&R secretary, and then a star, when she filled in to sing at a session and brought her background singers along. Along with the Miracles and the Marvelettes, she and the Vandellas were Motown trailblazers, who helped develop what was to soon become the world-famous "Motown Sound." In addition to the group's singles, this collection has an incredible bonus: a full disc of 27 unreleased tracks from the legendary Motown vault. It's a big sampling of lost treasures Motown fans will devour, produced by some of Motown's greatest creative forces, including Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson and, before his days leading The CorporationT, Deke Richards. Mr. Richards mixed exclusively for the set the six songs he produced, including an extraordinary find: the original take of "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin'," a single that ended up featuring Syreeta Wright in the chorus. While the set includes the original single, Richards' new mix restores Martha Reeves' chorus vocal and this discovery is a part of the "Lost & Found" tracks on Disc 3. Audio engineer Obie O'Brien mixed the rest of the unreleased material, working on vintage gear in Jon Bon Jovi's Sanctuary Studio. Another bonus: O'Brien's first-ever stereo single mix of "Jimmy Mack." Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: 50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 is housed in packaging similar to the acclaimed series The Complete Motown Singles, accompanied by a booklet filled with detailed information about each single, reproductions of spectacular-looking picture sleeves from around the world, and classic and rare photos of Motown's first true superstar group.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you have the Complete Motown Singles... May 17, 2013
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Hot on the heels of The Supremes and Temptations 50th Anniversary sets, Martha & the Vandellas' set offers much more than these. Those of us who purchased the complete Motown Singles series and Motown Around the World do not need the first two. What makes The Vandellas' set essential is the third disc. Not to mention that there is an alternate stereo version of Jimmy Mack on disc two. (The stereo version on the Motown Box is a different mix) We all should be familiar with the hits and B-sides by now so I'll cut to disc 3.

First of all Disc 3 clocks at over 80 minutes--and that was after I removed the studio chatter on "Dancing in the Street" and "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things". I've never seen that before now, but I wouldn't try to make a copy on a regular CD-R unless without leaving out a track.

"I'll Be Standing By" is by far better than some of the filler that was on the first album, "Come and Get These Memories", and might have stood on its own as a single. In these first four sides, we can hear the early incarnation of the Funk Brothers led by Joe Hinton. "You Just Wouldn't Listen" was written by the late Ronnie White. "Better Think It Over", written by Smokey and an unknown Ricardo Wallace would have suited the Contours. These three are available as mp3 tracks on Motown Unreleased 1962: The Girls". "Memories are Made of This" and "I Remember You" were obviously recorded during the sessions for the first album. The former was introduced by Dean Martin and later by Andy Williams. It seems the girls were having fun on this track. Their version of "I Remember You" which was popularized that year by Australian country singer Frank Ifield, is absolutely flawless. Bobby Freeman's "C'mon and Swim" would have fit nicely on "Dance Party". Could it be Mr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVEABLE April 9, 2013
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This is an amazing collection of Martha's music. All three discs are really good. Three versions of Jimmy Mack, wow is that something. The stereo version seems to have more instrumentals on it than the others. Number three has songs i never heard before like SOS, that should have been on the radio. Dancinging in the streets is more words than it was before and different sounds too very very good. Worth the money. You won't be disapointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, amazing, totally enjoyable May 6, 2013
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Forty years after Motown left Martha and the Vandellas and, for that matter, Martha and the Vandellas left Motown, it is wonderful to think that this remarkable group is STILL on Motown and STILL selling records! The impressive aspect of this collection is how strong virtually every single this group made was and is, and how terrific the "B" sides are, a tribute to the strength of this group's albums. I always felt the Marvelettes' and Vandellas' LPS were far more interesting than the Supremes' albums. That's because the Supremes' producers were expected to produce hit after hit after hit, so while the albums were terrific they also held few surprises. We never knew what to expect from the Marvelettes and Vandellas and so each of their albums is a package bursting with surprises. The Supremes not so much, until Jean Terrell moved into the group and Frank Wilson, Smokey Robinson and Jim Webb were encouraged to be as creative as they could be with the ladies. Martha has always been able to sing any song and make it better and that talent is strikingly on display here. In the later year, Motown drove the fans nuts letting great Martha record after great Martha record languish as the promotion budget was lavished on the Supremes. The Marvelettes, meanwhile, were turning out genuine musical works of art such as "In Full Bloom," whatever the sales figures might turn out to be. Do get this fine collection, beautifully packaged and so intelligently annotated and sounding wonderful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way Overdue April 4, 2013
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I am chomping at the bit waiting for this fabulosity to arrive. I am anxiously awaiting these treasures from the vaults of Motown ...especially SOS Girl in distress....Martha and her cohorts Vandellas and Andantes can do no wrong. Wrong has certainly been done to them. Free at last..Martha Reeves long lost catalogue of great music...Shame it has taken so very long. A real trip truly....Come to me soon luscious Ear Candy sure to be a real true treat! Are good things worth the wait? I guess for us lucky ones who got to stick it out...I can't dance to the music they're playing on the radio so this is right on time Honey Chile!...be careful not to wear out a spot on your linoleum doin that hucklebuck!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I CAN Dance To This Music You're Doing" May 30, 2013
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Back in the day, Martha & the Vandellas were, to me, the prototypical 'girl group' who were much better than the Supremes. There was some maturity and wisdom in her (Martha's) voice that gripped my emotions in a way that's hard to describe. Along with the Vandellas (who were always beautiful and vibrant),
her style was more a deep yet sexy and intense than most other girl groups. The singles were very good as I have most vinyl editions; I have always been a singles person but was a little perturb when they didn't put "I Can't Dance" on an album. I am, however, quite grateful that they released the Bb version on the boxed set (tho' I really treasure the Eb original). Another great cut was "I Should Be Proud", which is a little different than the LP version. Early jams like "My Baby Loves Me" (which is very beautiful and salacious), "Live Wire", "Quicksand", and "Jimmy Mack", are rocks that are timepiece treasures. There was a cut from their "Black Magic" album entitled "Benjamin" that I wish could have been a single,it would have done very well chartwise.
The selections chosen for this set are great and well worth the price; a Must Buy!!!!
tynick 2K13
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A group of my favorite. Thanks so much for this cd
A group of my favorite. Thanks so much for this cd.
Published 4 days ago by Hargis Fletcher, jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fabulous
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are the most under-rated of Motown stars. Finally a collection of all their greatest hits.
Published 3 months ago by Darwin Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great MOTOWN girl groups.
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas were simply unbelievable. If they did not have you up on your feet dancing, there is definitely something wrong.
Published 5 months ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha and the Vandellas Single Collection 1962-1972
50th Anniversary Singles 1962-1972 is great for Motown fans. I was very interested in the unreleased singles and the unreleased mixes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Oversize set and Great music
This is an incredible box set, more like a book as it's the size of one, with tons of pictures and information on each song. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tommy A. Land
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha 50th
I was truly surprised that there was enough vaulted material on these girls to fill a disc. I thought
with the release of M&V lost n found a few years ago that that was it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
excellent cd
covers all the hits and more
excellent service
i have bought many times on amazon and always pleased
Published 13 months ago by charles w.
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 Years already?
Another collection of hits and other rarities and again much deserved!
Reeves is a shinning star on everything she records. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha is magnificent!
They are perhaps the least Motown-y of Motown acts. Martha is soulful and bluesy, the Vandellas are strong and sassy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marg's boy
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this the day after "Record Store Day".
I got this the day after the international "Record Store Day" at my local music store called Papa Jazz Records. So far it looks amazingly ACE! Read more
Published 15 months ago by AlexKx
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