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Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by Martha & the Vandellas
     
 
This volume of Motown's Ultimate Collection series was especially welcome, as there was no box set on Martha & the Vandellas for serious fans to go to (there was Live Wire!, a now-deleted two-CD compilation of single A- and B-sides, but that's not quite the same thing). This disc put the group's 25 most important

Overview

This volume of Motown's Ultimate Collection series was especially welcome, as there was no box set on Martha & the Vandellas for serious fans to go to (there was Live Wire!, a now-deleted two-CD compilation of single A- and B-sides, but that's not quite the same thing). This disc put the group's 25 most important tracks, all of the pop and R&B hits plus the most significant B-sides and an album track or two, together in one place. What's more, it did it in what was then state-of-the-art sound, something that few Motown CDs had ever been able to boast of. Thus, the musical content is a given and then some, and the power of Martha Reeves' lead singing and the surrounding harmonies comes through as never before. It's most gratifying on some of the harder dance numbers, such as "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" and "Dancing in the Street," to hear the gorgeously complex percussive mix of piano, bass, and drums (lots of drums) pounding away to their own rhythms within the overall beats of the songs -- the detail is there, without sacrificing any of the raw power of the songs and the mixes. Add to that decent annotation, discography, and musician information, and this is an essential part of any soul or '60s collection and, indeed, until Motown began reissuing Martha & the Vandellas albums in 2002 in England, the only way to get a significant chunk of their music with good sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731453085824
catalogNumber:
530858

Tracks

  1. Come and Get These Memories
  2. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
  3. Wild One
  4. In My Lonely Room
  5. Dancing in the Street
  6. Quicksand
  7. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
  8. Live Wire
  9. I'm Ready for Love
  10. A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)
  11. Third Finger, Left Hand
  12. Nowhere to Run
  13. I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playin'
  14. Tear It on Down
  15. Honey Chile
  16. You've Been in Love Too Long
  17. Motoring
  18. I Promise to Wait My Love
  19. Forget Me Not
  20. Jimmy Mack
  21. I Should Be Proud
  22. Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone
  23. Bless You
  24. Darling, I Hum Our Song
  25. My Baby Loves Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martha & the Vandellas   Primary Artist
Four Tops   Background Vocals
Marvin Gaye   Drums
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Jack Brokensha   Vibes
Larry Nozero   Saxophone
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Keyboards
Herbie Williams   Trumpet
Richard "Pistol" Allen   Drums
Andantes   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Vibes
Lanny Austin   Saxophone
George Bohannon   Trombone
Thomas "Beans" Bowles   Saxophone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Angelo Carlisi   Saxophone
Russell Conway   Trumpet
Henry Cosby   Saxophone
Bob Cousar   Trombone
Lefty Edwards   Saxophone
Eli Fontaine   Saxophone
Danya Hartwick   Flute,Piccolo
Billy Horner   Trumpet
Ivy Jo Hunter   Keyboards
James Jamerson   Bass
Uriel Jones   Drums
Patrick Lanier   Trombone
Kasuku Mafia   Saxophone
Joe Messina   Guitar
Eugene BeeBee Moore   Saxophone
Bernie Peacock   Saxophone
Carl Raetz   Trombone
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Martha Reeves   Track Performer
Paul Riser   Trombone
Ernie Rodgers   Saxophone
Don Slaughter   Trumpet
Gordon Staples   Conductor
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Saxophone
Johnny Trudell   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Earl Van Dyke   Keyboards
Don White   Trombone
Jimmy Wilkins   Trombone
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Syreeta Wright   Background Vocals
Eddie Jones   Trumpet
Bill Johnson   Trombone
Robert White   Guitar
John Wilson   Trumpet
Eugene Rodgers   Saxophone
Benny Benjamin   Drums
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
Detroit Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Andrew Smith   Drums
Maurice Davis   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Nick Ashford   Producer
Billie Jean Brown   Composer,Producer
Henry Cosby   Arranger,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Marget Gordy   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
David Irvin   Art Direction
Phil Jones   Composer
Richard Morris   Composer,Producer
Clarence Paul   Producer
Kevin Reeves   Contributor
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Mickey Stevenson   Producer
Allen Story   Composer
Marlene Barrow   Contributor
Louvain Demps   Contributor
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Catherine Ladis   Contributor
Stu Hackel   Producer,Liner Notes
Debbie Dean   Composer
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michelle Piza   Creative Services Coordinator

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