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The Early Years-Rare Recordings 1962-1963

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  • Audio CD (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B002KWLUWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Constant Love
  2. Suddenly
  3. Game Of Love
  4. Hey Fool
  5. I Never Knew You Looked So Good Until I Quit You - Brenda Holloway & Jess Harris
  6. I Want A Boyfriend (Girlfriend) - The Soul-Mates
  7. I'll Give My Life
  8. I Ain't Gonna Take You Back - Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls
  9. Gonna Make You Mine - Brenda Holloway & Jess Harris
  10. Unless I Have You - Hal & Brenda
  11. Candy
  12. Echo
  13. I Get A Feeling - The Soul-Mates
  14. It's You - Hal & Brenda
  15. He's Gone
  16. The Nursery - The Four J's
  17. Will You Be My Love - The Four J's
  18. I Told You Baby - The Watesians
  19. I'll Find Myself A Guy - The Watesians
  20. Do The Del Viking (Part 1) - Patrice Holloway
  21. You're My Only Love - Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls
  22. Every Little Bit Hurts

Product Description

Product Description

* Although Brenda Holloway was aged just 17 when Tamla Records issued her `Every Little Bit Hurts' in 1964, she had been releasing 45s in Los Angeles for over two years by then.

* A longstanding pipedream of compiler Mick Patrick, this collection gathers together all of those extremely collectable pre-fame recordings, most of which are making their CD debut.

* The set includes solo sides, duets, singles made by Brenda as a member of a girl group known variously as the Watesians and the 4J's and the ultra-rare `Do The Del Viking' by her younger sister Patrice, which features Brenda on back-ups. Some of these were issued on familiar labels like Donna, Era and 4J, while others were pressed on impossibly obscure logos such as Minasa, Snap, Catch, Taste and Brevit and others are previously unissued; what might otherwise have been a rather brief CD is bolstered by the inclusion of tracks from the vaults of Class Records and producer Kent Harris.

* All in all, where it all began for one of the most spectacular female vocalists ever to record for Motown.

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Brenda Holloway was later one of the lesser known artists to record for Motown. Although she was only 17 when she arrived there in late 1963, already she was a veteran from a number of small labels in the States. This CD collects all her pre-Motown recordings for these labels which include her solo recordings plus tracks by various groups and duos on which she sang lead, or co-lead. It includes both sides of her singles plus previously unreleased tracks for these labels. The duo tracks include both sides of a Hal & Brenda single, the Hal being Hal Davis who later became a songwriter and producer for Motown, possibly best known for producing and co-writing a hit for The Jackson 5, I'll Be There, but years later. The tracks here are not chronological. My favorite track here is the first track Constant Love. Although a slow number, it is such a beautiful reflective plaintive and emotional soul ballad, of which the tune reflects in your mind, and is similar to the type of material that Smokey Robinson was writing for Mary Wells at Motown at the time. Maybe that's the reason it has been made the opening track, as here she gives a more mature vocal and style, more similar to her later Motown output. The rest of the tracks consist of more ballads, plus mid to uptempo material, ranging from early sixties rhythm & Blues based Pop to raunchier rockier material. Here, she often sang in a much stronger and slightly shrieky voice, possibly in a style that the Motown label would not have allowed, as after she moved to Motown, she developed a more mature and controlled vocal style. A few tracks here slightly resemble The Shirelles, while one track I'll Find Myself A Guy has a piano riff borrowed from a then-recent Pat Boone hit Moody River.Read more ›
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What can i say "The voice of an angel ".....Brenda Holloway.
The album includes some obscure tracks, pre the classics of mid to late 60's...
Pick up the greatest hits for the more familiar smashes like "When im Gone" & "Starting the hurt all over again " !! A gifted vocalist......
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Sounds stupid, But I have never heard this cd, although I do have some of the tracks on it. To me,and to a lot of others, Brenda was the best female vocalist Motown ever had, and they were lucky to have her when she was at her best.
Nothing came from her for many years, and then she rerecorded dreadful stuff with Ian Levine, who tried to make her into a disco diva. Why she recorded with him I will never know, as she is a great talent and not for the disco market. I cringed when I heard the rubbish she recorded with him, as she is a soul singer and not some awful background person who is desperate for work.
Anyway, I can guarantee this will be a marvellous set. When Levine signed those old Motown acts they rerecorded their earlier hits, but the magic had gone and the result was disco rubbish which didn't sell that well. He did it to the Elgins, Marvelettes and Martha Reeves just to name a few. All proper Motown fans will avoid these recordings
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c97e270) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x8d2de114) out of 5 stars Interesting look back, but music OK at best 17 Jun. 2010
By Warren M. Lankford - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself interested in purchasing this CD because Brenda Holloway was one of the best and maybe the most under-appreciated female vocalist to record for Motown records. Everyone is familiar with the classic "Every Little Bit Hurts" and other excellent music that she made during her short stay at Motown but I didn't know that she had recorded on the West Coast for 2 years prior to Motown. I was also stunned to find out that she was only 17 when she made "Every Little Bit Hurts".

My biggest disappointment was with the poor recording quality of most of the independent labels she worked on. Many of the songs reflected the R & B music style of the early 60's so there was a sameness to a lot of the material. However, even through these shortcomings, you can hear the developing of a mature and sophisticated talent, even at the young age of 15.

The songs that stood out for me were the solos "Constant Love", "Hey Fool", "Suddenly" and "Echo" and the duet with Jess Harris, "Gonna Make You Mine". I really liked the song "Candy" and it's lyric and wish that it had been polished to what it could have been, instead of having such obviously sloppy work from the backing musicians.

For any true Brenda Holloway fan, this look at her pre-success years is worth having for perspective.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ca0c15c) out of 5 stars Only for the Faithful 27 Jun. 2011
By Hernando DeSoto - Published on Amazon.com
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Brenda Holloway is my all time favorite Motown Diva. It's rather nice to read all the compliments she is receiving these days, although it's still a shame all these fans weren't there when she was in her heyday.

For many years, you couldn't even get Brenda's Motown output on Vinyl or CD. Thankfully, that issue has been addressed.

I knew that Brenda had recorded for a number of small West Coast labels, but I had never heard any of those recordings, probably because non of these early records were hits. Even if I had tried to track these records down, it would have cost me hundreds of dollars to acquire them.

This set not only has all those obscure recordings but even some that were never released. That makes this CD a "Must" for the diehard Brenda Holloway fan. Others may want to take a pass on this CD because in truth, with the exception of a few tracks like the Mary Wells soundalike "Constant Love" (previously unreleased) and Brenda's own composition "Suddenly" (which would be re-recorded for her Motown Album), these songs are by and large, forgettable. Still, for my money, this CD is a collector's item and I'm glad to have it in my personal archives.

Maybe next ACE will give us a Kim Weston post Motown collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cdd4ca8) out of 5 stars Simply Amazing 14 Feb. 2012
By B. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd represents a collection of some of Brenda Holloway's early work before she signed to Motown in late 1963. While some of the songs are raw and rough, you can't help but love the voice and talent that was already there before she headed to Detroit. My mind just swirls that someone in their mid-teen years could produce such a voice and sing with such experience and depth. After listening to these songs you can totally see and understand why Berry Gordy signed her on the spot after hearing her sing. While Brenda was never Motowns biggest recording artist, she has one of the most amazing voices the record company ever signed, and Motown had a gluttony of talent in the 1960s, and Brenda Holloway was definitely one of those talents. This is a must have for Brenda Holloway fans and Motown fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cad4f30) out of 5 stars Some people are great from the start! 3 Oct. 2013
By rmcelder - Published on Amazon.com
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As early as 15 years of age, Brenda's voice brought other people's vocal styles to life, but still with her own unique signature. On "Constant Love", which she composed, Brenda sounds like her semi-contemporary, Mary Wells; but without wanting to BE her.
The offerings whether group, duet or solo all display the young Ms. Holloway's ability to express a wide variety of emotions- check out the demo "Candy"- she SOUNDS like she can't get enough of him!
These early recordings may not have all the slick recording technology that is available today; but one thing is for certain: today's technology has not been afforded the privilege of capturing the sound of a musical phenom like Brenda Holloway - at ANY age.
Buy this and listen to a musical great as she grows up, and have some good, musical fun!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dcdfbc4) out of 5 stars It includes "Suddenly", recently used in a cat food ... 21 July 2014
By Michael J. Fawcett - Published on Amazon.com
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It includes "Suddenly", recently used in a cat food commercial (poor Brenda!). I understand that she was very unlucky in her career, because she had the talent. I have no idea why she had no hits during this early period. Later when she was with Motown, I believe she was based in Los Angeles, and therefore was not part of the "Hitsville, USA" gang (I may be confusing her with someone else on the Motown roster). Berry Gordy allowed his infatuation with Diana Ross to cloud his judgment and make him neglect the other female acts on the Motown labels (Tamla, Gordy, Soul, etc.) Martha Reeves has complained about this; she was luckier than Brenda because she and the Vandellas had broken through before the Supremes (1963 as opposed to 1964).
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