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The Essential Collection CD

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00004NJNI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Just Can't Let Him Down
  2. On The Other Side Of Town
  3. Maybe I Dried My Tears For The Last Time
  4. Because I Love Him
  5. When I Need You
  6. Reachin' For Something I Can't Have
  7. When You're Young And In Love
  8. Our Lips Just Seem To Rhyme Every Time
  9. Caught You Puttin' The Game On Love
  10. I Have Someone (Who Loves Me Too)
  11. I Need Someone
  12. Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
  13. Please Mr. Postman
  14. Sugar's Never Been As Sweet As You
  15. The Boy From Crosstown
  16. Your Cheating Ways
  17. Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye
  18. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers

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I Just Can't Let Him Down
On The Other Side Of Town
Maybe I Dried My Tears For The Last Time
Because I Love Him
When I Need You
Reachin' For Something I Can't Have
When You're Young And In Love
Our Lips Just Seem To Rhyme Every Time
Caught You Puttin' The Game On Love
I Have Someone (Who Loves Me Too)
I Need Someone
Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
Please Mr Postman
Sugar's Never Been As Sweet As You
The Boy From Crosstown
Your Cheating Ways
Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say...
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers

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According to the spine of this CD and the disc itself, the title of this album is The Best Of The Marvelettes, whereas the front and back cover and insert booklet call it The Essential Collection - The Marvelettes.

Either way it is an 18-track retrospective which duplicates little from other Marvelettes collections (it inevitably recycles three of their best known pieces - When You're Young And In Love, Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead and Please Mr Postman - in their mono single mixes).

The opening track is a rip-roaring romp, I Just Can't Let Him Down, a Smokey Robinson production from 1964 featuring Gladys Horton. It sounds like a hit single of the time but is previously unreleased, one of six recordings making their debut here, all of which provoke the cry: why?, as there is no sense of barrel-scraping whatsoever. I would like to know why they were left in the can and who the lead singers are. Most date from 1964-1965 but Sugar's Never Been As Sweet As You is a William Weatherspoon/Jimmy Dean production from 1969, around the time of the In Full Bloom sessons.

Five of the other tracks come from out of print albums which are welcome since Motown has not yet favoured the Marvelettes with any re-releases in their excellent 2 Classic Albums 1 CD series. All the other rarities make a fascinating listen. Your Cheating Ways was tucked away on the B-side of Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead, while The Boy From Crosstown is another song that sounds like a classic hit, but seems to have been buried on a Motown compilation from 1966. Norman Whitfield had also produced the same song the year before with the Velvelettes but it was never released in their lifetime.
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This little gem includes 6 previously unreleased tracks (worth hearing as opposed to the dirge which oft hit the vaults directly) and charts the shift in style in the 'corporation sound' of the late sixties. A mixture of familiar tracks from the girls with some refreshing numbers veering on the northern soul rather than the girl group, inlcuding their 'wall of sound' foray as the Darnelles. Was there no end to the girls talents? A cheery and varied disc which seldom leaves the vicinity of my cd player.
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This one of many "Essential" Collections and old style Motown fans will enjoy this one. The Marvellettes were less feted that the Supremes and others but they were just as good. "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead", "Sugar's Never Been As Sweet As You", "I Need Someone" and "Reaching For Something I Can't Have" are instantly recognisable as the sort of Motown tracks that filled the dance floors from 1965 until 1967. It is always good to hear the words "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch".
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If you like the original girl groups of this era, and I do, then this is up there with the best. You will probably know all the tunes and they are terrifc. I didn't realise what an influence these ladies had on our 60s bands. Brings back the scooter days to me with great memories.
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I suppose I should have read the track list more carefully. "Essential" Collection it is not; however it does include a selection of upbeat dance tracks and as previously mentioned some unreleased tracks from the Motown vaults.
Essential I would think would include all their releases and hits such as: "Beechwood 4-5789", "As Long As I Know He's Mine", "Anything You Wanna Do", "Destination Anywhere", "Don't Mess With Bill", "Here I Am Baby", "He's A Good Guy", "I'll Keep Holding On", "My Baby must be A Magician", "No Time For Tears", "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game", "Too Many Fish In The Sea", "You're My Remedy" and "You're The One". If you want their greatest, this isn't for you. So, in summary, an interesting CD - not a disappointment, but not the Greatest Hits of the Marvelettes either.
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Many people say The Supremes are tne best and only vocal pop group in the world. Is that so? I believe not. They are fabulous alright, but if you have the chance to listen to The Marvelettes you'll find that these three sweet ladies sing amazingly well. Good sound and lovely songs.
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a must in any motown lovers collection not just the well known songs all of them are great . .
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Before I purchased this product, I satisfied myself that the music was from the qriginal recordings. I very rarely purchase music that has been re-recorded by the original Artist or Groups. The reason being, it is usualy inferior in quality of sound and the vibrancy of singer or singers, is often lost as they get older. I purchased this CD because of its music content which, compared with some of todays releases, is very melodic and enjoyable to listen to and, most of all, the singers are great at harmonising. If you want good music - then groups of the 1960's Era, such as The Marvellettes, are some of the best to listen to. I would highly recommend this CD for its content, value and enjoyability.

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