- Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ace Records
- ASIN: B00BF0CH14
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67
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It was Ace Records good fortune in 2009 to become the first independent record company in the world to license previously unissued Motown material from the 1960s. Their tenth and latest Motown project is Finders Keepers, a compilation of female and girl group treasures titled for the 1964 Marvelettes recording that first surfaced as a single on the British Tamla Motown logo in 1980. The CD comprises a half-and-half mixture of previously released and unissued tracks. In the case of the reissued titles, Ace have taken the road less travelled and selected tracks which haven't had the attention they deserve down the years, amongst them very rare 45s from the Andantes and Saundra Mallett. Collectors will particularly relish the dozen unissued tunes, which include superb offerings from Motown heroines Brenda Holloway, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and Kim Weston and gems by lesser-known artists Carolyn Crawford, Hattie Littles, LaBrenda Ben, Liz Lands and Linda Griner. They have even managed to dig up tracks by a couple of ladies who've never had a track out before: Thelma Brown and Anita Knorl. Compiled and annotated by Keith Hughes and Mick Patrick.
Top Customer Reviews
Of the twelve new tracks, seven date from before 1964, which sets them nicely in the proto-Motown Sound days.
Looking at the gems from the vaults, I was surprised to see Sylvia Moy's name amongst the composers of Brenda Holloway's Don't
Turn Your Back On Me. I'd always assumed that this was a Lewis Sisters composition - it certainly has the feel of one of their quirky songs .
Like several other new songs on the CD, the Gladys Knight & the Pips song is known to Motown collectors (as Fare Thee Well) from home-made CDRs of unreleased tracks. It's one of the first Motown recordings by the group and it's hard to comprehend how something this good was over-looked previously.
The new LaBrenda Ben track is a Motown stomper and I'm waiting to learn if others hear the ghost of Motown standard I want My Baby Back recorded by a variety of male artists. It's a fabulous dance track and no surprise, given the incredible roster of talent behind it, produced by Norman Whitfield an composed by him with Brian Holland and Eddie Kendricks.
What a gem of an early Motown party record Thelma Brown's Dance Yeah Dance is. Thelma is a bit of a mystery singer yet she has a fabulous voice. Let's hope there are more tracks by her in them thar vaults.
I must confess that Carolyn Crawford has never been one of my favourite singers but Lover Boy is, without doubt, the best recording I've heard by her. I love that delicate waltz-type rhythm and those beautiful backing vocals. It's a Smokey gem.Read more ›
Instead of just one artist, this is an overview of pretty much ALL Motown's best-known early-mid '60s female acts (only Tammi Terrell is missing, off the top of my head), but deliberately shying away from the big hits and well-known classics - every track is either previously unreleased, or very rarely heard. This approach allows the compilers to sneak on a few lesser-known artists where maybe it wouldn't be commercially viable to do a full single-artist anthology; Anita Knorl and Thelma Brown are the two real unknowns here, but there's also great material from people only hardcore Motown aficionados will recognise: the Andantes, LaBrenda Ben, Carolyn Crawford, Liz Lands, the great Hattie Littles. Along with those, we get rarities from all Motown's big-ticket female artists, including never-before-released tracks from Martha and the Vandellas and Gladys Knight & the Pips, the first official release for Brenda Holloway's much-bootlegged "Don't Turn Your Back On Me", and even a 'new' Kim Weston track which didn't appear on her Anthology CD set. Plus, there's a sprinkling of long-forgotten album tracks and rare old singles that should be new to people who didn't shell out the big bucks for the Complete Motown Singles series - the Supremes, Mary Wells, the Vandellas again, the Marvelettes.Read more ›
A couple of selections that are well-known favourites from acetates and bootlegs get their first belated official releases, and sounding a million times better from original sources. These include an early epic Gladys Knight and the Pips outing from 1967, and a find attributed to the Marvelettes on acetate labels but that turns out to be a backing track intended for them that still has the demo vocal from one Bettie Winston. She was discovered by the track's producer Robert Hamilton, but left with him when he defected to Golden World a year later, and the track was then shelved.
The Marvelettes also provide the compilation's title track, Finders Keepers Losers Weepers.Read more ›
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Nobody does it like the Motown Girls and these Ladies are Superb!Published 9 months ago by john quin