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  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00000DB4M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Product description

(1998/Spectrum) 18 tracks

Medium 1
Every Little Bit Hurts
Who's Lovin' You
When I'm Gone
Just Look What You've Done
You've Made Me So Very Happy
Hurt A Little Everyday
Starting The Hurt All Over Again
How Many Times Did You Mean It
Operator
I'll Always Love You
Unchained Melody
I'll Be Available
I've Been Good To You
Where Were You
You Can Cry On My Shoulder
A Favour For A Girl (With A Love Sick Heart)
I've Got To Find It
Together Till The End Of Time

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Brenda Holloway made some truly superb recordings with Motown - most of them are represented here on this album which is a bargain in anyone's books. There are so many classic tracks it's hard to know where to begin.
My favourite Brenda Holloway track is I'll Always Love You (not the same song as the release from The Detroit Spinners also on Motown) - an excellent deep soul side which was issued as a single in the USA and made one various artists EP in the UK as well as Brenda's only UK Tamla Motown album - The Artistry of Brenda Holloway. It also featured on a classic album Motown Memories Volume 2 (TML11077) back in the 60s.
Co-incidentally, Together Til The End of Time was on the first Motown Memories album (TML11064) and was actually released as a UK single. Fantastic song and performance.
Every Little Bit Hurts is probably Brenda's best known work and this song was recorded by many different artists in the 60s including The Small Faces.
When I'm Gone - another song released on several albums and covered by many other artists. Rightly so. Brenda improves on Mary Wells' original version I think. Worth the price of the album on it's own.
Some excellent dancers also feature, witness Just Look What You've Done andStarting the Hurt All Over Again. Both tracks featured on the Motown Disco Classics series of albums in the 70s.
Brenda co-wrote You've Made Me So Very Happy - personally I've always preferred her version to the more famous one by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Smokey Robinson had a hand in many of Brenda's tracks - Who's Lovin You, When I'm Gone, I'll Be Available for example. Berry Gordy himself wrote You Can Cry On My Shoulder.
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When you hear "Every Little Bit Hurts" you will understand why when the Beatles heard it they insisted that she be a part of their 1965 North American Tour. She did the tour and was the only female artist ever to do so.
Described as the most beautiful woman ever signed to the Motown label Brenda was a phenomenal talent. If she had only been based in Detroit and not in LA then she would have undoubtedly become one of Motown's biggest stars rather than their greatest unsung hero.
All of the tracks are from 1964-67 and writing credits include Berry Gordy, Ashford & Simpson, a certain W Robinson and Brenda herself. I won't discuss specific tracks as there are far too many superb tracks to detail here. Before buying this CD I had heard little of Brenda and bought it on the strength of a recommendation and I hope you can do the same. Whether you are a Motown aficionado or a casual listener don't miss this album.
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One of Motown's very greatest singers (although as she was based in Los Angeles and refused to play the record company game, somewhat undervalued), and a classically-trained violinist, Brenda Holloway made some of the most memorable singles on a label famous for its memorable singles.
All of the 9 singles released during her Motown lifetime turn up here (with 6 of their B-sides), including her two best known songs, Every Little Bit Hurts, on which she also plays viola, and You've Made Me So Very Happy, which she co-wrote with her younger singer sister Patrice, along with Berry Gordy and Frank Wilson. Both of these are of course sublime and essential to any Motown collection.
The other 3 tracks are made up from Brenda Holloway's only proper album Every Little Bit Hurts, from 1964 (Tamla Motown UK later put together a compilation called The Artistry Of Brenda Holloway), and include her soulful version of Unchained Melody. Who knows, perhaps it was hearing this that inspired Phil Spector to revive the song the following year?
Although this collections omit some excellent material, it does score over The Very Best Of Brenda Holloway by using stereo mixes for 6 of the tracks, though sadly this does not include Every Little Bit Hurts. Some of the mastering is slightly muddy on other tracks. Hurt A Little Every Day is by far the most disgraceful, sounding as if it was mastered from a well-worn stereo acetate, and without any explanation or disclaimer in the notes. 
Some of the tracks were produced in Detroit by Smokey Robinson and include versions of the Miracles' Who's Lovin' You and I've Been Good To You.
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Brenda Holloway crafts some of the sweetest soul on this LP. Stand out tracks include the flawless How Many Times Did You Mean It? as well as the better-known Every Little Bit Hurts. Not a compilation with any tracks that you'll want to skip. As the title suggests, it ticks all the boxes and a bit more. On vinyl these tracks would cost a small fortune, at this price can afford to not pop for this treasure trove?
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Every little bit hurts was not typical of T M at the time.The song was by an outside writer Ed Cobb who was one of the 4 Preps and it was covered by Cilla Black as well as a few groups like the Spencer Davis one.A classical sounding song with an aching melody which suited Cilla Black but not really groups like the Small Faces.Which makes you wonder why TM should have signed her especially as she'd been on the Crest label 2 years earlier or why they saw her as a replacement for the recently departed Mary Wells who had previously recorded what became her next single which was shelved as TM were beginning to lose the plot when the song became her next single as When I'm Gone which was typical of the label keeping with a winning formula yet there was no reason why it couldn't have been the next Mary Wells single.The fact that she'd left the label due to an investment problem with money had never stopped any label cashing in with an artist doing the same eg Johnny Cash
A later single- You made me so very happy-sold better via a cover by Blood Sweat & Tears
Her sister Patrice was on the Capitol label and cut a single called Love & Desire-which was nearer the mark.Later she signed to TM and came to nothing
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