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50th Anniversary/The Singles Collection/1962-1972 [3 CD][Non-Returnable]
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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.Read more ›
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!!!!
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.Read more ›
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Martha & The Vandellas was a female R&B vocal trio from Detroit, Michigan, consisting of Martha Reeves (born on July 18, 1941), Annette Beard and Rosalind... Read more
A group of my favorite. Thanks so much for this cd.Published on July 23, 2014 by Hargis Fletcher, jr.
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas are the most under-rated of Motown stars. Finally a collection of all their greatest hits.Published on April 22, 2014 by Darwin Adams
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas were simply unbelievable. If they did not have you up on your feet dancing, there is definitely something wrong.Published on February 16, 2014 by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
50th Anniversary Singles 1962-1972 is great for Motown fans. I was very interested in the unreleased singles and the unreleased mixes. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Robert
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 morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Tommy A. Land