When, in 1961, the Marvelettes climbed to the top of the national pop charts with their first single, "Please Mr. Postman", they brought Motown with them, helping to establish the little label from Detroit. That first phase of the group’s career was thoroughly chronicled in Forever: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 1
, a thee-CD limited edition set that brought together the group’s first six albums and every stray single, B-side and rarity from the early era.
This new four-CD set is released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Please Mr. Postman" becoming Motown’s first No. 1 hit. With 108 songs, this set collects the group’s highly sought-after, final four albums, originally released 1967-1970: The Marvelettes
(a/k/a “The Pink Album”), Sophisticated Soul, In Full Bloom
and The Return Of The Marvelettes
and more of the non-LP singles, B-sides and rarities issued on various compilations.
Featured in the set are the group’s best-known songs from the era, including the chart hits "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game", "When You’re Young And In Love", "My Baby Must Be A Magician", "Here I Am Baby" and "That’s How Heartaches Are Made", as well as fans' favorite album tracks. But that’s not all: the set also includes a disc of 24 "Lost & Found" Marvelettes tracks from the Motown vaults, featuring never-before-heard songs written and produced by Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, Mickey Stevenson, Johnny Bristol and more. These "vault gems" are from the group’s entire career, 1961-70.
Other rarities include: an unreleased, extended mix of "When You’re Young And In Love", with a spoken intro; the long Anthology LP version of "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game"; a UK-only version of the LP track "I’m Gonna Hold On Long As I Can", with an extended intro; and various vault tracks, like "Love Is Good" and "Poor Little Rich Girl", found on UK CD releases in recent years. And, for serious fans, included are the extremely rare mono versions of the albums The Marvelettes
and Sophisticated Soul
; the latter was never issued commercially. All of this fabulous music featured in the four-CD Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2
is housed in a beautifully designed digipak in keeping with the look and size of Vol. 1, with a 40-page booklet stuffed with rare and classic photos, reproductions of the original LP artwork, detailed track annotations, and an essay by Motown chronicler Stu Hackel.