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The end of The Marvelettes,
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This review is from: Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 20 Dec 2012 17:01:00 GMT
Fair enough comment on the music resulting from Motown's policies at the time, but this CD can only contain the music that was made, which it does perfectly.
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