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The aim in each of my CD reviews is to share any objective knowledge I have gained through listening to, researching and cataloguing the item, with particular emphasis on anything I would have liked to know before I bought it, not to merely offer a personal opinion as to the music.

I have been a record collector since 1964 and spent some time working at the BBC Gramophone Library in London runnin… Read more


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Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2 ~ Marvelettes
Owners of Forever - The Complete Motown Albums Volume 1 have had to wait several years for Volume 2 to complete their Marvelettes collection, but it finally arrived, albeit at a far higher price than Volume 1 had been on release. However, it was worth the wait with their final four albums and a complete round-up of the remaining unreleased completed recordings as of 2011, including those that had appeared on other compilations such as the Cellarful Of Motown UK series, 109 tracks in all.

On CD1 The Marvelettes was released in 1967 and included the hit singles The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game, later covered by Blondie and Massive Attack among others, and When You're Young In… Read more
Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67 ~ Various Artists
4.0 out of 5 stars All Keepers, 8 Mar 2014
Ace have been the most recent label to access the plentiful vaults of unreleased material at Motown, following on from the British licensees Tamla Motown, and US-based Hip-O-Select. This release is the first mixed artist compilation of Motown recordings and concentrates on the girl singers and girl groups on their books between 1961 and 1967. Half of the tracks have never been released before, with the remainder being mostly album tracks or B-sides, or, as in the case of the Velvelettes, only released decades after they were made. Perhaps the best known tracks are the Supremes single, Buttered Popcorn, from the days when they were the "no hit" Supremes, and featuring Florence Ballard on… Read more
The Dock Of The Bay ~ Otis Redding
The Dock Of The Bay ~ Otis Redding
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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" marked a radical departure from Otis Redding's previous style, inspired by his listening to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, and co-written with his producer and guitarist in the MG's, Steve Cropper. It was sufficiently different that several big-wigs at Stax Records did not want the song released. Sadly, just two days after Redding had been adding overdubs to the song (initially recorded on 22 September), on December 10th he died in a tragic aeroplane accident that also claimed the lives of the pilot and five of the six members of his touring band, the Bar-Kays. The song became the first posthumous single to reach number one in the US and UK charts… Read more

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