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5.0 out of 5 stars The Postman Delivering The Marvelettes Rings Twice
Anxiously awaited by Marvelettes fans, Forever More, The Complete Motown albums Volume 2 is the final installment of this iconic vocal group's recorded output, as well as previously unreleased material uncovered in the legendary Tamla/Motown vaults. Picking up when the group had been whittled down to a trio consisting of Gladys Horton, Wanda Young and Katherine Anderon,...
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by R. M. Desjardins

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2.0 out of 5 stars Packaging Error!!
Bought this item from amazon co.uk. Received the package/CD original packed yesterday and was really excited about it. Once opened, it turned out, that there ist the CD 4 twice in the package. There are CD 1,3,4,4 in the case. CD 2 is missing. I send the package back for a refund. Would take a replacement if there is a Set available with all 4 CD's in it as advertised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Postman Delivering The Marvelettes Rings Twice, 4 Jan 2012
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R. M. Desjardins "R. Mark Desjardins" (Vancouver, B.C. Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
Anxiously awaited by Marvelettes fans, Forever More, The Complete Motown albums Volume 2 is the final installment of this iconic vocal group's recorded output, as well as previously unreleased material uncovered in the legendary Tamla/Motown vaults. Picking up when the group had been whittled down to a trio consisting of Gladys Horton, Wanda Young and Katherine Anderon, this collection concludes when Ann Bogan replaced Horton.

Berry Gordy proudly proclaimed that the Motown sound was based on "rats, roaches, soul, guts and love." As his musical empire developed into the "Sound Of Young America" and entered the popular music mainstream expanding into upscale nightclubs and television, certain groups, notably the Marvelettes were left behind.

Arguably, even the Marvelettes album cover art and graphics were not as visually compelling as their label mates. The recording "Return Of The Marvelettes," actually only featured the voice of Wanda Young, displayed a cover portrait of three woman riding horseback, two with obscured faces. In Marc Taylor's "The Original Marvelettes Motown's Mystery Girl Group," Katherine Anderson stated "Smokey wanted me to do a photo shoot. I told them if I wasn't good enough to sing background on some of the songs, then I'm not good enough to do a cover shoot." The anonymous females were actually members of the Norman Whitfield inspired group, The Undisputed Truth. Ironically some of his unreleased tracks on the Marvelettees are to be found in this collection. As if to make up for past deficiencies, this four disc set is visually beautifully presented, featuring striking portraits of these attractive young singers in their heyday.

However, as another Motown label proudly proclaimed, "It's What's In the Grooves That Count's" and now at long last, previously hard to obtain later period Marvelettes vinyl albums have been gathered together in digital format for the first time, and what a marvel they are to listen to. "The Marvelettes" and "Sophisticated Soul" are presented here in both mono and stereo versions. "In Full Bloom" truly is the blossoming of the unique soulful Marvelettes transition to adult material. Sadly by this time, internal problems had ended the group as a performing entity. Smokey Robinson had hoped to work his musical magic on Wanda Young, married at the time to one of the Miracles, Bobby Rogers. At the last minute, it was decided that the project would be better promoted as a Marvelettes rrecording, but failed to capture the record buying public's attention. As further incentive to own a copy of this striking collection, an entire disk of 24 previously unreleased tracks sweetens the deal.

Given that this Hip-o Select collection is a limited edition of 5,000 copies it will soon sell out, much as "The Marvelettes Complete Motown Albums Volume One." The rather hefty price of this set it may not attract a new generation of casual curious fans to the Marvelettes legacy. However, finally having the complete recorded works of the Marvelettes available on compact disc now provides the voting members of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame to no longer have an excuse NOT to be fully aware of the important contribution these women made to the evolution of pop music during their career span.

In retrospect, the Marvelettes may have been shortchanged by not having been groomed for more wide acceptance in their heyday. Throughout their career, they maintained the "rats, roaches, soul, guts and love" energy that their fans loved them so much for in the first place, their ultimate badge of honor. May their memory and the musical magic they wove burn bright forever more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant compilation, 23 Feb 2012
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Midlander (Herefordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Having bought Volume 1 as soon as I could I placed an advanced order for this volume with the very highest expectations. Again, they were greatly exceeded.

The description on Amazon and the track listing are both accurate and comprehensive and I agree with every word of the other review. Anyone unfamiliar with the wonderful records can listen to samples on the album page.

The compilation completes the Marvelettes albums containing the tracks from The Marvelettes (the Pink Album - possibly my favourite of all their LPs), Sophisticated Soul, In Full Bloom and The Return of the Marvelettes. For completeness these these are supplemented by the mono versions of The Marvelettes and Sophisticated Soul, together with several tracks that did not appear on the US versions of these albums and, best of all, no less that 24 (two LPs worth!) of original, i.e. previously unissued, material! The non-album tracks span their career, e.g. "Three Months" dates from late 1961.

The quality of Marvelettes' recordings were consistent good throughout their career and I recommend this to anyone who loves 60s Motown or Girl Group records but get before the price shoots up, as with Vol. 1! If in doubt, listen to the samples.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Even More Marvelous, 27 Aug 2013
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This set covers the second part of the Group's stay with Motown. The quality of the music is excellent and the high standard of artwork and detail reflects this. A must have for true Motown Fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars marvelettes forever more, 4 April 2012
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this was a much anticipated follow up the volume one. it surpasses expectations. the marvelettes were very underrated. this volume is a terrific addition to anyone's collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Marvelous Marvelettes......, 25 Jun 2014
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R. Nathan Merrill (Calgary,Alberta CANADA) - See all my reviews
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Great to finally have all the remaining Marvelettes LPs and bonus alternates and tracks available. Wish the group had released & recorded more.........Marvelous companion to the "FOREVER" (the early LPs and more) collection. (GET IT, GET IT, GET IT !!!!!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Companion Piece, 16 Mar 2014
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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 Love, itself a cover of Ruby and the Romantics. They were a trio by this time, with Wanda taking the lion's share of the vocals, supported by Gladys (with 5 leads) and Katherine. Disc 3 includes a mono pressing of the album, appearing in full on CD for the first time.

Sophisticated Soul, their 1968 album, shares CD1, and its mono mix is on CD3 (this was sent out to DJ's for radio plays on first release but was not released commercially in this form, and appears on CD for the first time). By this time Gladys had left and Ann Bogan had taken her place, and Wanda has all the lead vocals apart from the single I'm Gonna Hold On Long As I Can where Ann takes the lead. There were a number of superb singles on the album (You're The One, Here I Am Baby, Destination Anywhere), some having come out a year or two before the album, but only My Baby Must Be A Magician had made the US pop Top Twenty, with most of Motown's resources going on promoting the Supremes at the time.

In Full Bloom is on CD2, with the same line-up and Ann taking one lead, on Everybody Knows (But You). The album did not chart, and only one single was taken from it, That's How Heartaches Are Made, a song that Baby Washington had had a hit with in 1963. Unusually, none of the tracks were produced by their latter-day mentor, Smokey Robinson. Although released in 1969, some of the tracks had been in the can for some while, with Too Many Tears, Too Many Times having been recorded in September 1965. The group quietly disbanded shortly thereafter.

Although titled The Return Of The Marvelettes, which shares CD2, the album was conceived by Smokey Robinson as a Wanda Rogers solo project. The backing vocals were provided either by the Andantes or members of Undisputed Truth, except on two covers that were remixes of songs found on In Full Bloom (Uptown and That's How Heartaches Are Made). Motown felt that the group name was still more commercially viable. Many of the songs were ones that Smokey had written for other groups - the Miracles, the Temptations, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas - some hits, some canned at the time. The album appeared quietly in September 1970, with one single (a Smokey co-composition, Marionette) appearing in November, and marked the end of the Marvelettes on Motown.

Each of these three CD's also includes bonus tracks that fit with the contents of the albums, but CD4 begins with their earliest recordings, and is called Motown Lost And Found: Vault Gems 1961-1970. Gladys, Wanda and Ann all feature on lead vocals (Katherine appears never to have had a lead vocal throughout her long tenure), and includes some new personal favourites, the most unlikely being a version of Bing Crosby's Don't Fence Me In.

So what is left? A stereo mix of the Playboy album, stereo mixes of a couple of singles created in the sixties for hits compilations, including I'll Keep Holding On that first appeared on A Collection Of 16 Original Big Hits Vol. 5, the extended stereo single mix of Please Mr Postman from The Motown Box, the alternate vocal of The Boy From Crosstown that was on a Cellarful Of Motown release, and perhaps new or unreleased stereo mixes of some other non-album tracks. On the whole, It's good to see them finally so well represented. Marvelettes completists have ended up better served than those of some other Motown artists.

(N.B. CD4 reverses tracks 6 and 16 and tracks 26 and 27 on my pressing)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made a great gift, 11 Feb 2014
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Lorraine (Birmingham UK) - See all my reviews
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Bought as l gift for Marvelettes fan. He was delighted and said its as good as heard it was. Arrived fairly quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever More Vol 2, 18 Mar 2013
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This is a truly fantastic collection made more so by inclusion of the previously unreleased & mono tracks. Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE MARVELETTES, 29 Jan 2013
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THE MARVELETTES HAD THE BEST LEAD SINGER AT MOTOWN WANDA RODGERS TOGETHER WITH MAINLY THE ANDANTES ON BACKGROUND VOCALS PROVIDED A MASTERCLASS OF CALL AND RESPONSE SINGING THAT HAS IT ROOTS IN AFRICAN MUSIC.THESE 60S ARE SENSATIONAL
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