Motown Anthology

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although they only released a handful of singles and no albums during their time with Motown and they never had a truly big hit, the Velvelettes sure recorded a lot of material if you count all the unreleased tracks they laid down for the label. This two-CD set is the proof, presenting not just most of their scant body of previously released Motown sides some of which didn't see the light of day for decades, but also no less than 32 cuts that make their first appearances here although half a dozen of these are just alternate versions, alternate mixes, or stereo versions. Does the availability of all this stuff redefine their legacy? Nope -- it, like prior Velvelettes...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although they only released a handful of singles and no albums during their time with Motown and they never had a truly big hit, the Velvelettes sure recorded a lot of material if you count all the unreleased tracks they laid down for the label. This two-CD set is the proof, presenting not just most of their scant body of previously released Motown sides some of which didn't see the light of day for decades, but also no less than 32 cuts that make their first appearances here although half a dozen of these are just alternate versions, alternate mixes, or stereo versions. Does the availability of all this stuff redefine their legacy? Nope -- it, like prior Velvelettes compilations, solidifies their standing as a decent but second-string Motown group, although it's a gold mine of discovery for the serious Motown collector. Though the Velvelettes really weren't much different than the Supremes or the Marvelettes in the caliber of their talents, and they recorded songs by several of the best Motown songwriters, they just didn't get those special classic tunes that would have vaulted them over the hump. Nevertheless, some of those unreleased tracks penned by the likes of Mickey Stevenson, Norman Whitfield, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Clarence Paul, and Barrett Strong are fun to hear, particularly the earlier ones from the 1963-1964 era, which are good if slightly cookie-cutter slices of the classic early Motown sound as it found its feet. The recordings, whether released at the time or not, did get a little more generic as time went on -- perhaps the label's hopes for the group were flagging in the absence of a breakthrough smash. Padding out the anthology are some peripheral but interesting oddities, including five previously unissued live songs from a February 1964 concert that in common with some other early live Motown relics have a rawer, grittier edge than most of what the label cut in the studio. Yet more offbeat are four French-language numbers including translations of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "You Lost the Sweetest Boy" and Smokey Robinson's "As Long As I Know He's Mine" that likewise find their first release here. Note, however, that as comprehensive as this double CD is, it doesn't quite round up everything the Velvelettes ever released, as two of their best singles, "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" and "Lonely Lonely Girl Am I," are represented only by previously unavailable alternate versions, rather than the ones that appeared on the original 45s. Of course, the fanatic collectors will welcome these, but as "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" is one of the only two Velvelettes songs the non-Motown specialist is likely to be familiar with the other being the small hit "Needle in a Haystack", it seems odd to include the alternate. Why not put on the official standard versions of those two songs as well? It's all the more reason to stick with a basic single-CD Velvelettes anthology, such as 1999's The Very Best of the Velvelettes, unless you're a serious devotee of the Motown sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498093726
  • Catalog Number: 9809372
  • Sales rank: 53,100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Selfish Lover (2:08)
  2. 2 Should I Tell Them (2:50)
  3. 3 My Foolish Heart (Keeps Hanging on to a Memory) (2:18)
  4. 4 Mama Please (2:28)
  5. 5 There He Goes (2:34)
  6. 6 That's the Reason Why (2:35)
  7. 7 I Know His Name (Only His Name) (3:06)
  8. 8 (The) Monkey (Hokey Pokey) (2:52)
  9. 9 That's a Funny Way (2:50)
  10. 10 You Can't Get Away (2:04)
  11. 11 Stop Beating Around the Bush (2:30)
  12. 12 Needle in a Haystack (2:28)
  13. 13 He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (2:40)
  14. 14 Since I've Lost You (2:26)
  15. 15 Think of the Times (2:25)
  16. 16 Throw a Farewell Kiss (2:28)
  17. 17 Lone Gone Lover (2:32)
  18. 18 Lonely Lonely Girl Am I (2:15)
  19. 19 I'm the Exception to the Rule (2:20)
  20. 20 Why Must You Go (2:11)
  21. 21 A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush) (2:53)
  22. 22 Save Me (My Ship of Love Is Sinking) [Alternate Ta (2:25)
  23. 23 Since You're Loving Me (3:06)
  24. 24 Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer) (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Boy from Crosstown (2:49)
  2. 2 A Love So Deep Inside (2:50)
  3. 3 Ain't No Place Like Motown (3:18)
  4. 4 He's the One (2:55)
  5. 5 Everybody Needs Love (3:20)
  6. 6 Something's Happening (2:26)
  7. 7 Love Is Good (2:38)
  8. 8 These Things Will Keep Me Loving You (2:30)
  9. 9 These Things Will Keep Me Loving You (2:41)
  10. 10 Your Heart Belongs to Me (2:55)
  11. 11 Seasons Greetings from Motown 1966 (0:16)
  12. 12 I'm in Love (And I Know It) (2:47)
  13. 13 (We've Got) Honey Love (2:38)
  14. 14 I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time (3:30)
  15. 15 Bring Back the Sunshine (3:57)
  16. 16 (The) Nitty Gritty (2:53)
  17. 17 There He Goes (2:34)
  18. 18 The Monkey Time (2:49)
  19. 19 I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face (2:53)
  20. 20 (Ain't That) Good News (3:33)
  21. 21 Puisque Je Sais Qu'il Est À Moi (As Long as I Know He's Mine) (2:42)
  22. 22 Tu Peros le Plus Merveileux Garçon du Monde (You Lost the Sweetest Boy) (2:49)
  23. 23 Le Hokey Pokey (The Monkey) (2:50)
  24. 24 Je Veux Crier (My Foolish Heart Keeps Hanging on a Memory) (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Velvelettes Primary Artist
Betty Kelly Group Member
Bertha Barbee Group Member
Norma Barbee Group Member
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Marv Johnson Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Lincoln Chase Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Curtis Colbert Composer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Eddie Kendricks Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer, Producer
Richard Morris Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Composer, Producer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
Paul Riser Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
William Weatherspoon Composer, Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer, Producer
The Velvelettes Liner Notes
Dorothy Smith Composer
John Bristol Composer
Richard Witte Composer, Producer
Joe Hunter Producer
Daryl Easlea Direction
John Lester Producer
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Lily Salinas Tape Research
James Frank Dean Producer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Silvia Montello Direction
Bob Hamilton Composer, Producer
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