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Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67
     

Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67

 
The very title of Ace's Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67 suggests this 2013 collection digs deep into the vaults, excavating sides that are rarely -- or possibly never -- heard. And that is indeed true: half of these 24 songs are unissued, while much of the rest were unearthed at a relatively recent vintage, either in the late '90s or early 2000s. That

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The very title of Ace's Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67 suggests this 2013 collection digs deep into the vaults, excavating sides that are rarely -- or possibly never -- heard. And that is indeed true: half of these 24 songs are unissued, while much of the rest were unearthed at a relatively recent vintage, either in the late '90s or early 2000s. That leaves just a handful of songs released at the time: Martha & the Vandellas' album track "No More Tearstained Make Up," Mary Wells' Detroit hit "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One," the Adantes' "(Like A) Nightmare," the Supremes album track "Long Gone Lover," Saundra Mallett & the Vandellas' "Camel Walk," LaBrenda Ben's "I Can't Help It, I Gotta Dance," the Supremes' "Buttered Popcorn," the Miracles (not Smokey's group) with "He Don't Care about Me," and the Vells' "You'll Never Cherish a Love So True ('Til You Lose It)." Of these, only the Wells was a big hit -- it reached Billboard's R&B Top 10 in 1963 -- but the hook of this compilation is how everything here is vaguely familiar yet unheard. Some of these sides were clearly destined for the vaults as they lack distinction (or border on the silly, as on Hattie Littles' "My Black Belt"), and the cuts gathered at the end (Liz Lands, Kim Weston) emphasize Motown's enduring fascination with supper club crossover crooning. Fortunately, Finders Keepers is sequenced cleverly, so the slight unevenness of the material isn't readily apparent. Instead, this plays a bit like an unexcavated jukebox from the '60s, one that contains a few period pieces that are overshadowed by the songs that feel like they could've been hits. Those are the tunes that make digging into this disc a joyful thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667053921
catalogNumber:
6705392
Rank:
66185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Florence Ballard   Vocals
Claudette Robinson   Vocals
Anne Bogan   Vocals
Gloria Williamson   Vocals
LaBrenda Ben   Dubs
Bettie Winston   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Kim Weston   Engineer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Johnny Allen   Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Chester Pipkin   Composer
Barney Ales   Composer
Gary Pipkin   Composer
Robert Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
Ted Koehler   Composer
Deborah Chessler   Composer
Vicki Fox   Photo Tinting
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Keith Hughes   Liner Notes,Track Annotations
Gwen Gordy   Composer
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Andy Rix   Illustrations
David Bell   Photo Courtesy
George Fowler   Composer,Producer
Bill Staiger   Photo Courtesy
Lars-Göran Nilsson   Illustrations
Anita Knorl   Composer

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