by Martha & the Vandellas


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Martha Reeves certainly has come a long way since her days as an A&R assistant at Motown, crafting hit after hit and helping mold the powerhouse Motown sound of the '60s. But what's surprising is that there's really not that many greatest-hits compilations that are both thorough and readily available to discover just how deep the Reeves & the Vandellas catalog truly is. Thankfully, Gold corrects that and then some. Under the steady hand of Motown superhero and Universal executive Harry Weinger, the Motown catalog, which has been long weathered over time, is starting to shine impeccably, and this two-disc, 42-song offering is concrete proof. Gold works its way through their career in chronological fashion, but wastes no time in offering the best of the bunch with "Heatwave" as the third track. All of the other biggest hits are here and then some, and kudos for the inclusion of "There He Is (At My Door)," the B-side to their most well-known single, "Dancing in the Street," as well as the Frank Wilson-penned "It's Easy to Fall in Love (With a Guy Like You)," originally found on the excellent Cellarful of Motown! anthology. The second disc wanes on the Motown stompers a bit, but there's plenty of soulful delights to appease even the most stringent of connoisseurs. Also a pleasant surprise is the inclusion of later '70s material recorded post-Motown at Arista and MCA, including Martha's solo works as well as her cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night." Overall, it's a great starting point for the casual listener and probably the most reasonable and thorough anthology on the market and most likely one of the best compilations for the Vandellas that will ever be assembled.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498840993
catalogNumber: 1056371
Rank: 6054

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martha & the Vandellas   Primary Artist
James "J.T." Taylor   Conductor
Martha Reeves   Vocals
Annette Sterling   Background Vocals
Syreeta Wright   Background Vocals
Rita Wright   Background Vocals
Rosalind Ashford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
James "J.T." Taylor   Horn Arrangements
Joe Hinton   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Billie Jean Brown   Composer,Producer
Robert Colby   Composer
Henry Cosby   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Berry Gordy   Arranger,Producer
George Gordy   Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Leon Huff   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Producer
Trevor Lawrence   Horn Arrangements
Fonce Mizell   Arranger,Producer
Van Morrison   Composer
Richard Morris   Composer,Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Freddie Perren   Arranger,Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Martha Reeves   Composer
Deke Richards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Bert de Coteaux   Producer
Allen Story   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Ernie Shelby   Composer,Producer
Debbie Dean   Composer
Armand Canfora   Composer
Robert White   Arranger
Joe Hunter   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Lawrence D. Brown   Producer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Mark Bego   Liner Notes

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