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The Motown Anthology Box set, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • Audio CD (7 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal/Motown
  • ASIN: B000OONPO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 13 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The story of how a singer named Saundra Mallett, who had had one Tamla single out in 1962, and a vocal group in the Isley Brothers mould called the Downbeats, who recorded for the same label, joined forces to become a hit combo called the Elgins, is well documented and illustrated on this two-disc anthology, which draws together pretty much everything they recorded, both separately and together.

The Elgins' hit 1965 single Darling Baby provided the title track of their V.I.P. album of the following year, which also included the hits Heaven Must Have Sent You, Put Yourself In My Place and Stay In My Lonely Arms. The entire album, mixed in stereo, is included in full and comprises the first twelve tracks of disc one. Saundra shines on all the lead vocals on the album, apart from 634-5789 and When A Man Loves A Woman on which Johnny Dawson sings lead. It was mostly recorded in 1966, but It's Gonna Be Hard Times dates from 1962, and was the B-side of her solo single on which she was joined by the three Vandellas and Marvin Gaye on piano. Most of the album was produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, with several original Holland-Dozier-Holland songs from when they were on a huge roll, but one of my favourites is No Time For Tears, which Norman Whitfield produced. The Marvelettes did the great original version of this but that was buried on a B-side, and Saundra here makes it her own.

The original mono singles and their B-sides are also included separately, as well as those by Saundra Mallett and the Downbeats, but the revelation here once again is the quality of the wealth of previously unreleased material.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Irresistible Eric on 2 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Motown fans will love this superlative collection.

It's interesting to note that, of the twelve album tracks we know so

well, two are NOT Holland & Dozier productions. I knew that Berry

Gordy himself had produced IT'S GONNA BE HARD TIMES but had no idea

that Norman Whitfield produced NO TIME FOR TEARS - a favourite track

of mine.

With the likes of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and

Shorty Long composing the previously unreleased material, you don't

even have to hear them to know that the Elgins recorded some very

special songs.

Saundra Edwards has just confirmed my opinion that she was one of the

very best female vocalists Motown ever recorded. The wonderful

Clarence Paul produced three jazzy tracks, I STILL LOVE YOU, ALL FOR

JUST LOVIN' YOU and LET'S GIVE LOVE ANOTHER CHANCE - where Saundra

really shines. She sings a song convincingly, so that you believe every word.

Dean & Weatherspoon's THAT'S THE NIGHT THE LOVE DIED, it says in the

notes, was destined for Jimmy Ruffin, and sounds a little like one of his

released tracks. I just

wish Dean & Weatherspoon had recorded more with the Elgins!

The Stevie Wonder song THANK YOU LOVE has long been one of my

favourites and Saundra makes it her own - absolutely wonderful!

It's great to hear more of Johnny Dawson's lead vocals. he's a fab

singer and he really shines on the cover versions of non-Motown songs

and is perfect on the two Shorty Long produced tracks.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Greensleeves on 6 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you've ever listened to that remarkable lead vocal on 'Heaven Must Have Sent You' and wondered who it was and where this group came from, then you simply must buy this fantastic Anthology.
Not only do you get the whole history of this wonderful group but you get to listen to the evolution of 'The Motown Sound'. Saundra Edwards was a young and powerful singer when signed to Motown but she only had one release: 'Camel Walk' which flopped. For the first time now you can listen to the other solo sides she cut at the time. The Downbeats were an all male group whose released 45 'Request Of A Fool' flopped, that's included here, together with other scheduled releases which never appeared. There are some tremendous sides here, all superb examples of that earlier, bluesy Motown sound and many with a great 'doo-wop' feel.
When Saundra joined the group to create The Elgins true Motown Magic was made with the release of 'Put Yourself In My Place' and 'Heaven Must Have Sent You', followed by an excellent album: 'Darling Baby'. If you liked what they released, wait until you hear what they didn't release! Some of the finest and varied Motown sounds of the mid sixties 'Golden Era'. Saundra was eventually replaced by Yvonne Vernee Allen who is still performing today. Included in the anthology are some stunning previously unreleased tracks with Yvonne on lead. There is something for everyone on this terrific release with it's huge variety of vocal styles and recordings from 1962 to 1968. A 2 CD set, with at least half the tracks never heard before, an informative booklet with rare photo's and all tracks fully annotated with recording dates and production credits, means this is a 'must buy' for all true Motown fans.
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