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If you only buy one Martha Reeves album buy this!
on 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!