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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00004WF7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Please Mr. Postman kicks off this hit-heavy collection featuring Playboy; Don't Mess with Bill; Beechwood 4-5789; The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game; My Baby Must Be a Magician; Too Many Fish in the Sea , and more!

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Always enjoyed group singers from the 50's/60"s. They were all great!
Maria Alatorre
I purchased this for my Grandma and she is enjoying every second of this cd.... Thanks alot it was well worth it.
Meka
I highly recommend it to Marvelettes fans, Motown fans, and "Girl Group" fans.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By shindigger on October 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the latest entries in the Millennium Collection series and as such, should be considered as a very basic introduction to the artist/group featured. With this release, however, even the most ardent fans (such as myself) will want to own this one! Yes, it is little more than a "greatest hits" collection, but there are some great surprises: a rare stereo mix of the fantastic pot-boiling "I'll Keep Holding On," an alternate mix of "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game," (with an added verse available previously only on the Anthology vinyl LP) and a slighty different mix of "When You're Young And In Love." The capper is a fantastic (and I do mean FANTASTIC) photo of the group featured on the back of the CD case. It's worth it to own this new release if only for this photo of these beautiful women. GRRRRRR! Thanks to these collections, many new fans will be added to the legions of already-present admirers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on February 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although the Marvelettes were among Motown's more successful acts, and seem to have had an album for virtually every year of their career, few if any of these are in print or have been issued on CD. Instead, there are any number of compilations, either purely cherry-picking or also exhuming a taster of unreleased material from the vast Motown vaults. This collection from the 20th Century Masters series falls squarely into the former category, selecting eleven prime Tamla-label A-sides for its tracklist.

Included, of course, is the big hit that marked their 1961 debut, Please Mr Postman, as covered by the Beatles, and with Marvin Gaye on drums. It marked Motown's first US number one in the pop charts. Also found here are perhaps their best-known later hits, Don't Mess With Bill, written by Smokey Robinson, and When You're Young In Love, already a hit for Ruby and the Romantics.

The first three or four tracks feature the fabulous throaty vocals of Gladys Horton. Thereafter, their secret weapon, the sexily voiced Wanda Young gained frequent prominence. She became their regular lead vocalist when Smokey Robinson took an interest in the group. He was looking for a singer to replace Mary Wells, who had defected from the label, and concocted masterpieces for her colourful and playful inflections such as The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and My Baby Must Be A Magician, remembered also for the bass vocal part contributed by Melvyn Franklin of the Temptations.

The good news is that all eleven tracks have been meticulously remastered in stereo. This marks the stereo debut of the single version of Please Mr Postman, brings back into catalogue two or three other stereo mixes and may be the first time I'll Keep Holding On has appeared in true stereo on CD.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Marvelettes helped put Motown on the map. They were there
at the beginning with the Miracles and Mary Wells. They had the
first single to make #1 on the pop charts with "Please Mr.Postman" I am a big Motown fan and the Marvelettes are my
favorite. In my opinion they were the girl group of all girl
groups. The Supremes were great but they were so polished
and commercial. A very good CD to buy is the Marvelettes
"Compact Command Performances" it is no longer available
but you can get it through Amazon used. Anyway this "Compact
Command Performances" has all their hits on it. This CD
20th century masters sounds excellent. It has 11 songs on
it and they are the best and the sound quality is like hearingthem in a whole new way. Motown overlooked the Marvelettes and put all input into the Supremes. The Marvelettes
fans love them and believe me I know one day they will be in
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame---we just have to be patient.
Songs like "Too Many Fish In the Sea", and "I'll Keep On
Holding On" are what the Motown sound was all about. "Don't
Mess With Bill" is a classic the vocals and production are
great--this is when Smokey Robinson took over the group.
I want to thank the Marvelettes for their wonderful music
and God bless all of them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Howard on June 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Before the Supreme's and long before Dastiny's Child we had the Marvelettes.Probably the best of the 'Girl Groups'.The Marvelettes consisting of lead singers Gladys Horton and Wanda Young and background singers Georgeanna Tillman and Katherine Anderson.The Marvelettes were vasty underrated and unappreciated by motown.But motown may not be at fault.With so much talent at motown during the 60's.Some of it was bound to be overlooked or neglected.But even with the lack of full support by the powers at motown.The Marvelettes with there harmonizing voices still manage to create such hits as,the most famous phone number on earth 'Beechwood 4-5789' the sweet 'Wnen You're Young And In Love' and watch out for that 'Playboy'.The Marvelettes gained legions of adoring fans with these songs.The Marvelettes set the standard and rose the bar for all female groups to follow.During the 60's their music was the life of the party.The Marvelettes came to motown with a hit already in their pocket.The song was 'Pleaes Mr. Postman' and I think that song turned out to be their biggest hit.And their careers just took off from there with more hits like 'Don't Mess With Bill' and 'The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game' all these songs are on this album.Also on this album we get to hear some of the early work of some of motown's greatest songwriters like Marvin Gaye,Van McCoy,Holland-Dozier-Holland and Smokey Robinson.It's unfortunate that the Marvelettes never got the credit due them.But with albums around like this one.Their music will be around for a long time.For future generations to enjoy.Just as I have.
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