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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00005AFQ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
2. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I
3. Since You've Been Loving Me
4. There He Goes
5. That's The Reason Why
6. I Know His Name (Only His Name)
7. Should I Tell Them
8. Throw A Farewell Kiss
9. These Things Will Keep Me Loving You
10. I'm The Exception To The Rule
11. Needle In A Haystack
12. A Bird In The Hand (Is Worth Two In The Bush)
13. Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)
14. I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time
15. Think Of The Times
16. Stop Beating Around The Bush
17. Love Is Good
18. Save Me (My Ship Of Love Is Sinking)
19. The Boy From Cross Town

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Velvelettes never actually had an album release during their time with Motown, so this compilation comprises three hit singles, their B-sides, some unsuccessful singles and some tracks never released during their years together. Some of the previously unreleased tracks were made available on an American compilation released in 1999. Four more were dug out of the archives for this British compilation released in 2001, which also includes everything available on the earlier American set. The four extra tracks include a cover of The boy from Crosstown (first recorded by the Marvelettes) and Stop beating around the bush (a track that had previously been popular with collectors via bootleg copies).
There he goes failed to chart in 1963. Needle in a haystack was an American number one hit in 1964 and was followed up by He was really saying something, another huge hit. Lonely lonely girl am I and A bird in the hand missed the charts in 1965. These things will keep me loving you provided the Velvelettes with their third and last hit in 1966. Their comparative lack of success is probably due to competition from their own label-mates, the Marvelettes, the Vandellas and the Supremes, but though there are some similarities in style with all of those fine groups, they had a distinctive sound of their own.
If you are a fan of sixties Motown and not just the obvious stuff, the Velvelettes are well worth a listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fuddybo of Rotherham on 28 Jan. 2012
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I'll keep it short. If you're the kind of person who thinks the Supremes were Tamla's best girl group, you're plain wrong.That would be the Marvelettes or this combo. Admittedly, there's nothing here that's better than their most famous tracks-Needle In A Haystack, Lonely Lonely Girl Am I, Bird In The Bush, Really Saying Something-but then what could be? If there's a better intro than the one on Needle In A Haystack, well I've never heard it. And I've heard a lot of stuff. One quibble about these Tamla CD collections-it's good that the Velvelettes and the Contours and Chris Clark[vastly underrated-check Love's Gone Bad if you never heard it]are finally getting a bit of [way overdue] recognition, but what about Shorty Long?
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2005
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Although the Velvelettes gave Motown a number of hit singles in the mid-sixties, they had to wait until 1999 before they were awarded the luxury of their own LP, a US compilation fleshed out with some unreleased nuggets from the legendary Motown vaults. This very welcome more recent UK collection improves on that album as its final four additional tracks are previously unreleased.
These include their version of The Boy From Crosstown, which as it was laid down between January and August 1965, pre-dates the Marvelettes' released version recorded May/June 1966 and also produced by Norman Whitfield; and the Mickey Stevenson produced Stop Beating Around The Bush, recorded in 1964. This has long been sought after on acetates and bootlegs and has gone down very well in the Northern clubs, so its legitimate release is alone cause for celebration.
When they signed to Motown in 1963 the Velvelettes featured lead singer Cal Gill, her sister Mildred, Norma and Bertha Barbee and Betty Kelly, though Betty left in 1964 to replace Annette Sterling in Martha and the Vandellas. In 1966 they were upgraded from the subsidiary VIP label to the Soul label. The quartet line-up remained stable until 1967 when two left to marry and were replaced by Sandra Tilley and Annette McMillan, who feature on I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time, one of the tracks that was quite undeservedly left unreleased until 1979. Slightly confusingly, only three girls are shown in the cover picture and are not identified.
Possibly the domination and promotion of the Supremes at the time was at the expense of other Motown acts such as the Velvelettes as listening to and enjoying these 19 songs now it seems surprising that only their handful of hits are at all well known.
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The Velvelettes were one of the most under rated of the Motown Acts, Needle In A Haystack was a great dance record in The Majestic in Plymouth in the sixties. Thank you Dave Brown for keeping the music alive on Smooth Radio on Saturday evenings.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coincidence Vs Fate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2008
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"Lonely Lonely Girl Am I" is one of the BEST Motown singles in their catalogue. Absolute perfection.

That's all I wanted to say!
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Good production, Thare are a few good oldies offering much nostalgia, some tracks had to move on but generally a good buy
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By Peter Burns on 18 Feb. 2014
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This is good solid 60s Soul. The kind of records that built Motown but never got the recognition they deserved.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Watson on 15 Jun. 2013
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Ok for easy listening but nothing to write home about. Really bought it for the track "Needle in a Haystack" which is good but the rest???
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