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This review is from: Say You! Motown Anthology 1963-68 (Audio CD)
The Monitors were considered to be one of the second string acts at Motown but there was nothing second rate about their performances. They may never have made the big time but they should have. As usual with Motown there was too much talent producing excellent recordings to give every act the proper recognition and promotion they deserved. So the Monitors slipped under the radar.
Tracks 1 - 12 are from the 'Greetings! We're The Monitors' album and include 'Since I Lost You Girl', 'Say You' & 'Time Is Passin' By' which are Motown classics that Motown doesn't even know are classics! 13 - 24 are all previously unissued tracks and are as good as anything from the original album. My favourites are 'It Only Happens When Love Is Gone' which I think would have been a hit, 'My Love Grows Stronger' & 'Show Me You Can Dance'. The final two tracks are 'b' sides one of which 'Don't Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today' sounds very familiar but does not appear to have been recorded by anyone else!
As is always the case with an Ace release they have compiled a most informative essay about the Monitors. The group had a very complex history of different names and group members the best known is of course the wonderful Richard Street who went on to join the Temptations.
Thanks to all who were involved in making this release a reality.