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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B0002Z9YGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen14. Just Look What You've Done (Single Version) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. I Don't Want Nobody's Gonna Make Me Cry (Motown Anthology Version) 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen18. Hurt A Little Everyday (Single Version) 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen21. A World Without You (Motown Anthology Version) 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I'll Be Alright (Motown Anthology Version) 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Everybody Knows (Motown Anthology Version) 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Make Him Come To You (Motown Anthology Version) 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. I'll Always Love You (Single Version) 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Operator (Single Version) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. How Many Times Did You Mean It 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. All I Do Is Think About You (Motown Anthology Version) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love (Motown Anthology Version) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Come Into My Palace (Motown Anthology Version) [feat. Patrice Holloway] 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. He's My Kind Of Fellow (Motown Anthology Version) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. You Need Me (Motown Anthology Version) 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Love Woke Me Up This Morning (Motown Anthology Version) 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Prayed For A Boy (Like You) (Motown Anthology Version) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don't Judge Me (Motown Anthology Version) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I'll Always Meet You Half Way (Motown Anthology Version) 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. You Are Very Much A Part Of Me (Motown Anthology Version) 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I'm On The Right Track (Motown Anthology Version) 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. How Can You Call It Love When The Feeling's Gone (Motown Anthology Version) 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I See A Rainbow (Motown Anthology Version) 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Stay In School (Motown Anthology Version) 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Summertime (Live (1966/Detroit)) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Blessed with such an embarrassment of talent, it's not surprising that Motown occasionally let some truly gifted artists slip through its corporate fingers in the 1960s. And chief amongst those whose potential went unrealised was Brenda Holloway.

Despite an achingly lovelyvoice, mature beyond her years, Holloway's legacy at the label amounted to just three top 40 hits, a solitary US album and a British compilation. Her first, and best known, recording was "Every Little Bit Hurts" in 1964, which helped win a support slot on a Beatles' American tour. Four years later, at the age of 21, she had turned her back on the company and on the music industry, claiming that she was being offered inferior material and insufficient career development.

On the evidence of this comprehensive double-CD, she had a point. Comprising everything she recorded for Motown, including an entire second album that was never released, it's both hugely appealing and, occasionally, deeply frustrating. The inconsistency is evident in the space of two tracks from her 1964 album: covers of the standards "Embraceable You" and "Unchained Melody" the former all smoky jazz sophistication, the latter merely superfluous.

Elsewhere she takes on blues ballads, Northern Soul style stompers, finger-popping Smokey Robinson dance tracks and even echoes of the girl groups: the spoken introduction to "Hurt A Little Everyday" is pure Shangri-Las. At the time maybe it felt unfocussed, but in retrospect the diversity is tribute to her extraordinary range. And even though the songs aren't always from the top drawer, a trio of her own compositions "(Suddenly", "Land of a Thousand Boys" and "You Made Me So Very Happy", later the first hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears) suggest that her song-writing talent should have been more carefully nurtured.

If 48 tracks seems excessive, this retails at standard single-CD price and reveals unexpected depth to an often overlooked artist. Amongst the nuggets waiting to be discovered are Holloways violin solo on a live "Summertime" and an exhortation to "Play It Cool, Stay In School" with the wise advice: 'When you learn more, you're bound to earn more.' --Alwyn Turner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2007
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Of all the Motown girls that got overlooked, and I'm sure that most of you reading this could name them along with me, I feel that Brenda Holloway was the one who suffered the most.

She had the perfect pop voice that could have crossed over to the pop chart and stayed on it for decades. She was tall and statuesquely beautiful, and as a classicly trained musician, with proven song writing ability, I know she would have adapted to changing styles and grown as an artist.

Brenda never had a UK hit, but is well known to Motown and soul lovers. In the US she did a bit better. 'Every Little Bit Hurts' was huge in the spring/summer of '64, but they never really consolidated on that success.

Brenda's composition 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' was a minor US hit for her in '67. A cover version by Blood Sweat & Tears was a huge hit. The royalties from their version made it a huge money spinner for Motown (who published it), but still Brenda was overlooked. Not long after that, she quit the business for a long time and worked as a housekeeper for a Bishop.

Listening to this double CD now, I am struck by the waste of talent. Some of the previously unreleased stuff is really good. How did a song like 'Everybody Knows' stay in the can for over thirty years? Maybe it's a bit rough in places, but what a song!

The CD comes with good notes about Brenda's career. Praise to the British who are responsible for getting this music released.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James E. Anderson on 25 Nov. 2005
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Sure, the artistry is brilliant and the number of songs seems generous but when the sound quality is so bad I don't think it's such great value for money. If you want real musical thrills they must be found elswhere (eg Greatest Hits & Rare Classics delivers).
For instance on "Starting to Hurt All Over Again" James Jamerson's funky basslines are all but inaudible - not so on Greatest Hits & Rare Classics where I can't stop myself from dancing. Throughout this anthology Brenda's vocals in particular suffer from the thin disjointed sound. If you must, get both like I did: it would be a shame not to experience Brenda with decent sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2008
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Until the release of this Anthology, Brenda Holloway's three years as a recording artist at Motown were best represented by the 50-minute compilation Greatest Hits And Rare Classics, which scarcely did justice to one of their finest singers, especially since it only included three selections that were solely album tracks. The Motown Anthology handsomely addresses this by including her sole album in full, and over its two and a quarter hours gathers together pretty much everything that was released at the time and quite a lot that was not, all laid out in a logical and clear fashion.

Disc One contains stereo mixes of both the complete album Every Little Bit Hurts and the unreleased album Hurtin' And Cryin' that was due for release in 1967 but was canned because a couple of singles, released in advance of the album, failed to chart. Several of its tracks were released on singles, others appeared in November 1968 on a British compilation called The Artistry Of Brenda Holloway (which also included tracks from Every Little Bit Hurts as it had not been given a UK release), but six of the twelve are previously unreleased. It is fabulous to be able to hear some of these wonderful recordings for the first time after all these years. They are timeless and can never sound dated, although they do sound almost other worldly compared to the music being created today. Indeed, one wonders whether the recording industry as it exists now would be able to recreate this kind of music at all. All the more reason to treasure these recovered moments.
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I had to get this! However expensive it was - why oh why don't they reissue it!
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Most Extensive Holloway collection ever with many rare cuts 5 April 2005
By Jim Bagley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Upon her signing in early 1964, Brenda Holloway became Motown's first West Coast artist. With Hal Davis producing, she had her biggest hit right off the bat: the dramatic ballad "Every Little Bit Hurts." Its follow-up "I'll Always Love You" is more of the same: a broken hearted Brenda sensually belting it out to the stark accompaniment of acclaimed pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Motown then brought Holloway to Detroit to record with Smokey Robinson, who paired her with musical tracks originally intended for the recently departed Mary Wells. The uptempo "When I'm Gone," "Operator," and "I'll Be Available" are certainly departures from Holloway's initial hits. And while all three records are delightful, it is obvious that she was encouraged to emulate Wells' narrow range. Fortunately, she was able to cut loose vocally with producer Frank Wilson on her final hits, "Just Look What You Have Done" and the self-penned "You've Made Me So Very Happy."

The aforementioned hits are all found here, along with such noncharting (but fantastic) singles "Hurt A Little Everyday," "You Can Cry On My Shoulder," and "Together Till The End Of Time." We also get Holloway's EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS ALBUM in its entirety as well as its never released follow-up HURTIN' AND CRYIN'. What makes this 48 track collection by far the best ever available is the inclusion of 19 tracks appearing on an authorized Motown release for the first time (a few of these tracks were briefly released on a Holloway cd put out by the Belgian label Marginal a few years ago). Aside from the screeching duet with sister Patrice on "Come Into My Place," they are all gems, with Holloway caressing even the most mundane lyrics into something special. My favorite is the public service announcement "Play It School, Stay In School" where our gal Brenda informs students that "when you learn more, you're bound to earn more!" Makes sense to me.

Incidentally, there are five other Holloway recordings not included here that you can get on the excellent rarities set A CELLARFUL OF MOTOWN: "All Your Love," "How Can I," "My World Is Crumbling," "Who You Gonna Run To," and "Trapped In A Love Affair." They are just as good as the recordings found here and a must for collectors of Holloway as well as fine Motown music.
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Quite A Few Surprises Here 20 Feb. 2005
By T. A. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
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During the spring of 1964, there were a number of soul ballads that were quite stirring. Among them were Irma Thomas' Wish Someone Would Care; Dionne Warwick's Walk On By and Brenda Holloway's Every Little Bit Hurts. Although Walk On By was the biggest of these, Brenda's song became the most enduring. This brand new two-CD set gives us the entire first album in its entirety and in stereo for the first time! The unreleased album, Hurtin' and Cryin' follows. As if this isn't enough, the British-only release, "The Artistry of Brenda Holloway" is included, also in its stereo mix. We are then treated to many unreleased first-rate recordings under the direction of Smokey Robinson, Holland-Dozier, Henry Cosby, Hal Davis, et al and the excitement doesn't stop there, either. For many familiar with Brenda's singles having purchased "Greatest Hits and Rare Classics" (1991), will be thrilled to hear many of these in their stereo mixes for the first time. Operator, I'll Be Available, I'll Always Love You, Together Till The End Of Time, I've Got To Find It and the power pop thriller Where Were You are all true to their original mono counterparts. Only How Many Times Did You Mean It (the B-side of You Can Cry On My Shoulder) remains in mono. As many as 21 rare and unreleased songs grace the two discs and most of them recorded at Hitsville rather than Brenda's native L.A. Stevie Wonder's All I Do Is Think About You and I Prayed For A Boy Like You are nothing short of spectacular (the former was re-assigned to Tammi Terrell and that version can be found on A Cellarful of Motown!). The Supremes' Who Could Ever Doubt My Love was given an excellent reading, as was their "Come Into My Palace" where Brenda is joined by her sister Patrice. You Need Me is a wonderful peice of power pop written by Berry Gordy. Writer Ed Cobb (Every Little Bit Hurts, I'll Always Love You) turns up the tempo on You Are Very Much A Part Of Me. Here Brenda sounds like she's backed up by Cobb's group The Standells (Why Pick On Me, Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White). I See A Rainbow (written by Helen & Kay Lewis) is a re-working of the Trade Martin hit Take Me For A Little While. Brenda's soft velvet vocals are reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, but at times her playful patter is a throwback to Dinah Washington and even Ella Fitzgerald, revealing she was more influenced by the earlier jazz and R&B vocalists than the singers of her own era.

This is especially indicated on the last track on disc two when she tackles the Gershwin classic "Summertime", a live recording from 1966. Not only is her vocal confidently jazzy, but to everyone's amazement, Brenda plays a violin solo, after which the tempo comes up swinging like crazy. Earl Van Dyke's band follows behind her to a dramatic close. So there are quite a few surprises here, but let this go on record that Berry Gordy gave Brenda his greatest song ever: You Can Cry On My Shoulder (1965). This should have been a monster and I'll never know why it wasn't. I disagree to an extent that Brenda was not a favored act at Motown because everyone I met loved her records. She was truly one of the most talked about artists at our school and in our circles. Timing is everything and even the greatest performers miss out. Blame belongs to no one. I'm grateful that I had a part in collecting first of all, Brenda's singles and now these fine recordings left behind in the Hitsville vaults.

(Tom's note: This set along with The Velvelettes, Barbara McNair, Billy Eckstine and Jimmy Ruffin are available only on the Tamla/Motown imprint, Great Britain. Look for the new Chris Clark anthology next month.)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
She should have been a major star... 11 Jan. 2006
By Hernando DeSoto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Motown and many of it's sixties artists including Brenda Holloway are enjoying a sort of rennaissance thanks to the labors of the folks at Tamla/Motown in the U.K. What a shame that here in the U.S. Motown execs are paying little or no attention to their back catalogue! Brenda Holloway was a strikingly beautiful girl with perhaps the loveliest female voice I have ever heard this side of Ella Fitzgerald and, I do not exaggerate! Brenda broke through with her first Motown release "Every Little Bit Hurts" and it looked as though she was on her way to stardom with all that talent and the most popular indie in the U.S. in back of her. It's impossible to say why she didn't catch on. Dick Clark obviously adored her, having her on his show many times. It's all speculation at this point but my memory tells me that the problem was poor promotion. Her records simply didn't get any airplay. I remember searching for Brenda's 45's in the cut-out bins. Most of the time, I didn't even have a title in mind. I just looked for the yellow Tamla Label and if it said "Brenda Holloway" (or Kim Weston), I knew enough to buy it. I should have bought everything. I could retire on the proceeds. Anyway, for years there was little or nothing available from this great Soul Diva but now, there's this collection and, take it from me, Brenda never cut a bad side for Motown. Her hits are here: "Every Little Bit Hurts", "When I'm Gone" & You've made me so very happy" along with her chart records: "I'll Always Love You", "Operator", "Just Look What You've Done" and even her financial failures (But critical successes): "You can cry on my shoulder","Together 'Til the end of time" and "Hurt a little every day". You'll be hard pressed to tell the A-sides from the B-sides without the included discography. "Where were You", "How many Times did you mean it?","Starting the Hurt All Over Again" & "Sad Song" all sound like Top Ten (If not Number One) Records. For the first time, Brenda's "Every Little Bit Hurts" LP is included in it's entirety, In STEREO (Okay, a few tracks are rechannelled). Brenda's unreleased LP "Hurtin' and Cryin"" is also here in it's entirety. If you're old enough to remember, it's like going back to the 60's and buying a new unheard LP by a favorite. The second disc contains non-album b-sides and unreleased tracks. Most are good (Brenda could make almost anything sound good), some are forgettable but even so, this set has to be the most important Soul/Motown/R&B re-release of 2005. Brenda's still singing and still sounds good. Let's hope some Class A Producer/Arranger gets hold of her and produces a straight ahead album of R&B Classics and Standards. Is Peter Matz still around? Richard Perry? Don Costa? Burt Bacharach! She's BACK!
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Keep it coming 13 April 2005
By Larry Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It still baffles me why Berry Gordy switched gears and abandoned promoting female soloists until Diana Ross emerged from The Supremes in 1970. Brenda Holloway had the same charm to make songs sparkle with a certain something (sure she doesn't have the same vocal purity of labelmates Kim Weston or even Barbara McNair)that Diana Ross did. What suprises me the most, the more unreleased Motown material comes out the more aware I am they were thinking in a singles minded market and put little care into LP's. These Anthologies show that every artist on the label had at least one if not 5 albums worth of critically acclaimed material, just sitting there. I think Motown did a great disservice to Brenda Holloway (and to all it's artists, in general even The Supremes, over 40 or so LP's have 3 that are continually listenable) by keeping stunning, often brilliant Material locked away for 40 years. Thankfully Mrs. Holloway is still here to bask in her accomplishments. one listen of "I Don't Want Nobody's Gonna Make me Cry" should show you.
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A sonic atrocity 24 Nov. 2005
By James E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sure, the artistry is brilliant in the really good songs, and the number of songs seems generous but when the sound quality is so bad I don't think it's such great value for money. If you want real musical thrills they must be found elswhere (eg Brenda Holloway - Greatest Hits & Rare Classics [Karussell] delivers).

For instance on "Starting The Hurt All Over Again" James Jamerson's (?) funky basslines are all but inaudible - not so on Greatest Hits & RC where I can't stop myself from dancing. Also Brenda's voice lacks presence and her sultry lower frequencies are lacking compared to a number of tracks on the GH & RC versions - especially on "Every Little Bit Hurts".

It would be a shame not to experience Brenda with decent sound.

Edit: I have downgraded my star rating from 4 to 2 because way too many songs, mainly on CD2, sound the same: like made in a sausage factory. And not just that, these cookie-cutter productions, even taken individually, are lifeless and boring. (As you most likely know Holloway was peeved that Berry seemed more interested in trying to get into her pants than supporting her career by prioritizing production and promoting the product so she decided to walk. And we all know he and Ross were getting it on which certainly wouldn't have hurt Ross' position as Motown's main female drawcard. So opportunities lost .... For (me) Holloway is one of the top 3 soul singers of all time based solely on her relatively meagre number of quality recordings at Motown - Brenda, Etta, and Bettye.)
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