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Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2
Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2
Price: £23.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars The end of The Marvelettes, 4 Jun 2012
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Finally the long awaited Part 2 of "The Marvelettes Forever More." It turned out to be a somewhat disappointing collection. The 1967 album "The Marvelettes" is here at last and well worth the wait. "Sophisticated Soul" & "In Full Bloom" are also in the good parts of this collection. (I cannot understand why "The Marvelettes" & "Sophisticated Soul" are also included in their entirity in the mono format - it doesn't add anything to the collection, except perhaps to the price!) The previously unreleased tracks from the early 1960's are also well worth the wait and truly display the girls early raw talent.
On to the less than pleasing other tracks. "The Return of The Marvelettes" is truly a disaster!!! How on earth could Motown release this under that title? (The sleeve art work should have given a clue as to how truly appalling this album is!!!!) Perhaps it should have been called "Wanda Rogers & The Undisputed Truth/The Andantes." The recordings show just how much Wanda's voice was "protected" by the other two Marvelettes; she never was a strong lead. (Gladys Horton was so desperately missed on all the recordings from 1968 onwards.) Her replacement - Anne Bogan - is a strong backing singer, but again I cannot work out why she was given several tracks as a lead singer. (Why was Katherine Anderson never given the chance to take a lead vocal?) As for the extended version of "When your young and in love" with a spoken intro by Wanda is nothing less than truly embarassing and cringe-making!!!! Sadly, the departure of the late & great Gladys in 1967 started the decline of the group into obscurity.
Historically the package is a very good record of the group and their recordings. Perhaps deleting the two mono albums would make it more reasonably priced. The accompanying booklet includes some excellent pictures and stories of the group.
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Let Yourself Go - The 70s Albums Vol. 2: 1974-1977
Let Yourself Go - The 70s Albums Vol. 2: 1974-1977
Price: £50.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars The final Supremes albums of the 70's, 29 Aug 2011
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A great glossy booklet packed with some superb pictures & lots of information; 3 cd's packed with the girls' final recordings - and at quite a reasonable price. Why have these albums only just been released after so many years? As ever Mary, Cindy, and Scherrie Payne as Jean Terrell's replacement. (Wow! What a great voice she has!!!) are in fine voice on the first two albums. Great to hear Cindy taking a lead vocal on one of the previously unreleased tracks - but she is rather "drowned out" by the musical backing. Things change - and sadly not for the better - after Cindy's final departure from the group. On the 3rd cd she is replaced by Susaye Greene, but her rather high pitched voice doesn't exactly blend in with the "Supremes sound.". Great to hear Mary taking so many lead vocals after being banished to the background for far too long by the strident voice of Ms. Ross! Well worth the money for ardent Supremes fans!!!


Deliver: The Singles, 1961-1971
Deliver: The Singles, 1961-1971
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Price: £104.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelettes - 1961 -71, 20 Aug 2011
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A thoroughly comprehensive decade long review of the Marvelettes hits - and a few missing gems. It highlights the magnificent voice of the group's main lead singer Gladys Horton (who sadly died early in 2011); but when Wanda Rogers took over the lead in 1967 this is when their slide into obscurity started. A great accompanying booklet packed with information. The quality of the recordings is brilliant. Well worth the money!!!


1970 - 1973: The Jean Terrell Years
1970 - 1973: The Jean Terrell Years

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5.0 out of 5 stars Supremes - The Jean Terrell Years, 20 Aug 2011
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At long last! The early 70's Supremes albums are available. Why has it taken so long to issue these gems? Terrell, Wilson & Birdsong are in fine voice - and some great unreleased tracks. A must for Supremes officianados - but the price is exorbitant.


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