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The Definitive Collection [Original recording remastered]

Marvelettes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001EOQTPG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please Mr. Postman
2. Playboy
3. Beechwood 4-5789
4. Someday, Someway
5. Strange I Know
6. Too Strong to Be Strung Along
7. Twistin' Postman
8. Forever
9. As Long As I Know He's Mine
10. He's a Good Guy (Yes He Is)
11. You're My Remedy
12. Too Many Fish in the Sea
13. I'll Keep Holding On
14. Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
15. Don't Mess With Bill
16. My Baby Must Be a Magician
17. The Hunter Gets Captured
18. By the Game
19. Here I Am Baby

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1. Please Mr. Postman
2. Playboy
3. Beechwood 4-5789
4. Someday, Someway
5. Strange I Know
6. Too Strong to Be Strung Along
7. Twistin' Postman
8. Forever
9. As Long As I Know He's Mine
10. He's a Good Guy (Yes He Is)
11. You're My Remedy
12. Too Many Fish in the Sea
13. I'll Keep Holding On
14. Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
15. Don't Mess With Bill
16. My Baby Must Be a Magician
17. The Hunter Gets Captured
18. By the Game
19. Here I Am Baby

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3.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITIVE; NOT! 24 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I must take issue with the other two reviews thus far posted here, but not on the quality of the music. I have given this cd a 3 star rating not on the basis of the music,which is of course fabulous as the other reviewers correctly state, but on the title 'Definitive'. I am so heartily sick of record companies titling collections such as this as 'definitive',ultimate' or 'the very best' etc, etc,when quite clearly they are not. Sincere corporate claims such as 'New' and 'Improved' spring to mind.

The ommissions here are many, and of course Marvelettes/Motown fans may disgree on what should and should not have been included, but to call this 'Definitive' and leave out 'When you're young and in love' on an 18 track cd of only just over 46 minutes running time is just sloppy, sloppy work from the compiler/s and an insult to the buyer.

In addition, the sleeve notes fail to give release dates for the tracks, which is always annoying on historic compilations.

This cd does indeed have a slightly more polished sound than the 2000 US compilation 'The Ultimate Collection' but is a poor substitute in terms of value and material presented.

When will this wonderful, criminally underrated Motown act get the collection it deserves, because this most certainly isn't it. And as long as Universal is managing the Motown catalogue, given their track record thus far, I'm not holding my breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelettes..you will need this! 15 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Even if you think you have everything possible to possess by 'The Marvelettes', buy this CD.There are [unfortunately] many great tracks that have been missed, for example 'When you are young and in love' but..for once someone out there has put together a collection that has been sharpened. All too often this group has been at the mercy of a hastily thrown together compilation , muddy tracks, hurried notes and the worst possible photographs. This has great pictures and the quality of the sound is as it should have been..Motown at its most dance floor best. even the minor hits such as 'Forever' and 'Strange i know' are cleaner.The jewels in this crown are..A slightly different version of "The hunter get captured by the game' and a version of 'I'll keep holding on' which has got a different drum and piano track so it is crisp and pure northern soul dance around the carpet heaven.
If like me you have collected this type of music from the age of 14 you will hear the difference on many tracks included here..thank heavens at last we have been granted a good 'Marvelettes' package that sounds as good as the brand new records did. I hope you enjoy it .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Marvelettes 26 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with earlier review, a good compilation - pity about the omissions but all of their well known hits are here.
I bought this for Beechwood 4-5789 (note to proof readers of Dionne Bromfields CD: not Beachwood!!) and I'm very glad I did as it contains very few fillers - maybe a couple of B sides could have been dropped.
Personal favourites are Too many fish in the sea, You're my remedy, I'll keep holding on, Beechwood 4-5789 and of course Mr Postman.
Worth buying if you like 60's TM sound or Northern soul genre
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Marvelettes THe Definitive Collection 19 Mar 2013
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I already had a Marvelettes Greatest Hits collection from another source and although a proprietry label brand it was more expensive and did not contain some essential tracks. The only significant track omitted here is Destination Anywhere Otherwise it is essential.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only half "definitive" 7 Oct 2008
By Donald F. King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Marvelettes are, arguably, Motown's most underserved artists. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on original albums of theirs, especially late-vintage Marvelettes (The Marvelettes '67, Sophisticated Soul, In Full Bloom, The Return...) you will hear wonderful, soulful vocals and some great songs and arrangements. This was more their "Smokey Robinson period", when he payed great attention to Wanda Rogers and her "country soul" voice, and it is gentle, soulful, and somewhat less polished (in a positive sense) music for Motown at this time.

I was excited to see this release, wondering if this more sophisticated period in their career was represented. What I've discovered is that none of their periods is particularly well featured, and their later period is almost non-existent.

Hip-O Select was rumored to be working on a box set of the Marvelettes, that would've included their first albums in their entirety (including their hard-to-find Sing album, as well as Greatest Hits). I was all excited, because I was hoping that then they might release a Volume II of the project, including all those late-era albums. But it seems as though all of these projects are a no-go, and all we have left is this skimpy assortment. They (and of course, we) deserve much better.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Marvelettes Never Fail to Captivate -- And They're Worthy of a Better Career Retrospective Than This One 29 Sep 2008
By J. A. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Marvelettes can do no wrong - unlike this entry in Motown's "Definitive Collection" series. The Marvelettes (led by the incomparable Gladys Horton and Wanda Young Rogers) were consistent hit-makers for a decade and why they have been accorded only a one-disc "Definitive Collection" tribute is beyond this listener. Surprising omissions include "Locking Up My Heart," "You're the One," "When You're Young and in Love" and "Destination: Anywhere." "Strange I Know" is here in its shorter, "Greatest Hits" version. The rest of what's included is fine, however - all excellent renderings from the original masters (everything but "He's a Good Guy" is reproduced in stereo). For those who are longtime aficionados of this wonderful group, the only thing new this collection will bring you is a stereo version of the infectious "Too Strong to Be Strung Along." This alone made this new Marvelettes CD a worthwhile purchase for me. Most hopefully, the future will hold for us a more comprehensive and deserving Marvelettes tribute, equaling - if not surpassing - their outstanding (all-mono) two-disc 1993 tribute, "The Marvelettes Deliver: The Singles."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown's Most Undervalued Group 10 Aug 2010
By Dave Fever Tree Sigmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This greatest of the Girl Groups deserves some of the credit for helping to establish that Motown sound. They were the pioneers for those who followed: The Supremes, Mary Wells and Martha with her Vandellas. The Marvelettes were Motown's first rockers. And yes, this includes the Temptations. This was mostly courtesy of Gladys Horton's sassy and authoritative delivery. Just listen to her desperate anticipation in "Please Mr. Postman" and "Beechwood 4-5789", great hard-edged rockers if ever there were any. They sounded both street and civil in the superb advice songs of "Playboy" and "Too Many Fish In The Sea". Gladys's husky command reached a peak on the frantic-paced "Too Many Fish", arguably the greatest early Motown song ever. This first Norman Whitfield production was a triumph for both singers and musicians. The rhythm section never sounded so danceable.

Though this does omit the cool "You're The One" and "Locking Up My Heart", both found on the discontinued double-LP "Anthology" compilation, this collection aptly demonstrates how they transitioned effortlessly from the Girl Group sound to a more sophisticated soul. At this juncture, Wanda Young assumed the lead vocals. The earliest glimpses of this are with her sincere delivery on the lovely "Forever" and on the great warning track "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead". Wanda's greatest achievement, however, was her sly lead vocal on "Don't Mess With Bill", one of Smokey Robinson's best songs, with that ominous-sounding organ underscoring the possession in its lyrics. Their last classic, 1967's "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game", had them continuing in this same vein with the harmonica-like solina being the hook in the track. Whether it be Gladys or Wanda tackling the lead, they always sang their material appropriately. There's nothing approaching a dud in the bunch. And don't dare forget, they provided Motown's first #1 hit.

P.S. I do wish that 1993's 2-CD retrospective "Deliver: The Singles 1961-1971" was still available. That contained some fabulous B-sides. It's definitive. And the cover to that. Whoa! Still, I give this overview five stars because it far surpasses that skimpy "Millennium Collection" which really short-changed the group's career.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 4 Mar 2014
By Terry Greene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I did not have this collection. I have many collections from back in the 60's and 70's. For some reason I did not have the Marvelettes. This collection takes me and my wife bact to a time when we were young.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for 30 Jan 2014
By Deborah Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great collection of their best hits, all in ONE place. Easy sale and great pricing, I really am glad I got this.
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