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VINE VOICEon 29 July 2010
A somewhat underated Motown girl group, easily over shadowed by the Supremes. Which is a shame, as this collection shows, Martha and the girls were really good.

She had an edgy, gospel tinged voice that was a lot grittier than Diana Ross but Martha & Co had several hits in the early 60s, most of which can be found on this album, such as Dancing in the Street, Jimmy Mack, Heatwave, Nowhere to Run etc etc.,

Some were written by Holland Dozier Holland and others by Smokey Robinson and many featured out standing support from the now famous Funk Brothers, Motown's house band.

Listening to these songs today (2010), 40 odd years after they were first released, one is struck by how 'jazzy' the beats were - and also how absolutely part of the 'Mototown Sound' this group were.

In fact, according to the sleeve notes, Berry Gordon himself said they were the sound he was looking for.

This reissue has a very clear production with crisp vocals and sound thru out.

The sleeves notes are intersting and the track listing can't be faulted.

If you only want one Martha Reeves album this is a very good one to get but - having heard it - I think you will probably want more!
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on 19 March 2013
I agree with everything that previous reviewer "MJK" had to say about this CD. My only beef, is that the record companies will keep calling their products "Definitive" when they are clearly no such thing. If you want a definitive collection you would need a 2 or 3 disc set with the A & B sides of all of the singles and major album tracks of any particular artist. There are only 18 tracks (16 A-Sides & 2 B-Sides) on this CD but they all sound like the originals (I was around at the time and I would know if they were re-recordings by the group or any surviving member there of). They are all in Stereo and all of the major hits are here. If you are looking for the Martha & The Vandellas chart hits then this has the best of them and is the CD for you.
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on 23 September 2013
What an absolutely wonderful, fantastic CD- this brought back so many memories from my youth, I even remembered the lyrics. this really is Tamla at it's best
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on 28 March 2013
excellent cd even my 26 and 21 year old son and daughter love it,all the big hits are on it and the songs i dont know are foot tappers ,if you like motown or nth soul then buy this
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on 21 February 2015
Good selection of their best
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on 4 June 2013
18 tracks for less than a fiver? Some of the best tracks from the 60s are here, sung by a real professional.
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on 28 April 2015
We'll, if you like Martha Reeves, and you don't have any recordings yet, buy this. It has all the hits on it and I have really enjoyed it
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on 7 January 2017
Yeah, it's good, if you like that sort of thing, which I do. The liner notes don't have dates which is a bit annoying.
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on 24 February 2016
Excellent album fast delivery well packaged so pleased
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on 19 November 2015
Very happy .grate sound .
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