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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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Disc: 1

  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)
  21. My Baby Loves Me (Mono)
  22. Never Leave Your Baby's Side (Mono)
  23. What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love (Mono)
  24. Go Ahead And Laugh (Mono)
  25. I'm Ready For Love (Mono)
  26. He Doesn't Love Her Anymore (Mono)
  27. Yo Necesito De Tu Amor (I m Ready For Love) - Spanish Version (Mono)
  28. Jimmy Mack - Spanish Version (Mono)
  29. Jimmy Mack (Mono)
  30. Third Finger, Left Hand (Mono)
  31. Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone (Mono)
  32. One Way Out (Mono)
  33. Honey Chile (Mono)
  34. Show Me The Way (Mono)
  35. I Promise To Wait My Love (Mono)
  36. Forget Me Not (Mono)
  37. I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' (Mono)
  38. I Tried (Mono)
  39. Sweet Darlin' (Mono)
  40. Without You (Mono)
  41. (We've Got) Honey Love (Mono)
  42. I'm In Love (And I Know It) (Mono)
  43. Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) (Mono)
  44. Heartless (Mono)
  45. I Should Be Proud (Mono)
  46. Love, Guess Who (Mono)
  47. I Gotta Let You Go (Mono)
  48. You're The Loser Now (Mono)
  49. Bless You (Mono)
  50. Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke (Mono)
  51. In And Out Of My Life - Single Version (Mono)
  52. Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile - Single Version (Mono)
  53. Tear It On Down - Single Version (Mono)
  54. Want You Back - Single Version (Mono)
  55. Jimmy Mack - Stereo Single Version
  56. I'll Be Standing By
  57. You Just Wouldn't Listen
  58. Better Think It Over
  59. It's Hard To Walk Away
  60. Memories Are Made Of This
  61. I Remember You
  62. C'mon And Swim
  63. Testifying For Love
  64. S.O.S. (Girl In Distress)
  65. You Can Have Him
  66. Remember Me
  67. Love, Don't Take a Holiday
  68. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  69. Light My Fire
  70. Don't Say You Love Me
  71. We Will
  72. I've Got Nothing Left To Cling To
  73. I've Gotta Have Somebody To Rely On
  74. Hooked Real Good On A Bad Thing
  75. I Can't Wait Till Summer Comes
  76. Don't Leave Your Baby
  77. He s Good - a.k.a. She's Good
  78. Play A Sad Song
  79. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) - Alternate Extended Version
  80. Dancing In The Street - Alternate Extended Version
  81. I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin - Original Version
  82. I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' Alternate Version


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • 50th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Motown Select
  • ASIN: B00AU15IHY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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By T. A. Shepherd on 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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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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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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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!!!!
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Top Ten Martha (Reeves) & the Vandellas soul and pop hits (in Billboard):
1) "Heat Wave" (1963) [#1 soul (4 wks) / #4 pop] [Rock & Roll Hall of Fame record]
2) "Dancing in the Street" (1964) [#2 soul / #8 pop] [Grammy Hall of Fame / R&R HOF]
3) "Jimmy Mack" (1967) [#1 soul (1 wk) / #10 pop] [a 1964 recording shelved for three years!]
4) "I'm Ready for Love" (1966) [#2 soul / #9 pop]
5) "Nowhere to Run" (1965) [#5 soul / #8 pop]
6) "Quicksand" ('63-64) [#7 soul / #8 pop]
7) "Honey Chile" ('67-68) [#5 soul / #11 pop]
8) "My Baby Loves Me" (1966) [#3 soul / #22 pop]
9) "Come and Get These Memories" (1963) [#6 soul / #29 pop]
10) "Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone" (1967) [#14 soul / #25 pop]

They had 27 nationally charting singles during Motown's ten peak years,1963 through 1972, ranking 7th at Motown during this period (after The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, and Four Tops).

My Superior Six (not listed above):
1) "Forget Me Not" (1968) [#93 pop / #11 in UK (1971)]
-- This one would be in my mythical B-side Hall of Fame (it was the B-side of "I Promise to Wait My Love" in the U.S.). Lovely, moving song and production by Richard Morris and Sylvia Moy about wartime separation. Deeply-felt vocal by Martha whose brother was a Vietnam war fatality. (Sylvia Moy's brother was also sent to Vietnam.)

2) "I Should Be Proud" [a.k.a. "The Evils of Society"] (1970)
-- It reached #106 in Record World only.
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