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MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS <br> Greatest Hits <br> 1966 (Gordy Records - Out of Print)

Details: Gordy 917, stereo, purple and yellow label, 1966

Condition: Vinyl VG+, jacket VG (minor ringwear and some splitting at bottom seam)

Out of Print and Not Available as CD

From the All Music Guide:
Released at the height of Martha & the Vandellas' success, this 12-song compilation assembles most of the group's hit singles from their first three years as a recording act. It's difficult to criticize a collection that gets such soaring numbers as "You've Been in Love Too Long," "Dancing in the Street," "Nowhere to Run," "Live Wire," "Wild One," "In My Lonely Room," and "Heat Wave" together in one place, although it should be pointed out that the selection is hardly a valid snapshot of the group's singles -- amid the presence of those pounding, anthem-like fixtures of 1960s soul, the album overlooks a few of their more ballad-oriented hits, such as "I'm Ready for Love," although it does open with the gorgeous, lyrical "My Baby Loves Me" and "Come and Get These Memories," their first single to make an impact on the charts. Also missing, because of the release date of this collection, are the 1967-era hits "Jimmy Mack" and "Honey Chile." As with most Motown albums of this period, original pressings (especially in mono) have a dense, thumping sound that makes them a choice listening experience, which later LP copies and the CD reissue (out of print as of January 2001) were sorely lacking, and there are better digital audio compilations representing their work and sound, but the LP had and has its place in serious vinyl collections.

The tracks are:
1. My Baby Loves Me (Hunter/Moy/Stevenson) - 3:02
2. Come and Get These Memories (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:27
3. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:44
4. Dancing in the Street (Gaye/Hunter/Stevenson) - 2:38
5. Quicksand (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:34
6. Live Wire (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:35
7. You've Been in Love Too Long (Hunter/Paul/Stevenson) - 2:56
8. In My Lonely Room (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:24
9. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:51
10. Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking... (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:32
11. Nowhere to Run (Dozier/Holland/Holland) - 2:56
12. Wild One (Hunter/Stevenson) - 2:43

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