The Velvelettes Motown Anthology

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  • Released: November 1, 2004
  • Label: Universal Uk

Tracks:

  • 1.Selfish Lover (previously unreleased)
  • 2.Should I Tell Them (previously unreleased)
  • 3.My Foolish Heart (Keeps Hanging On To A Memory) (previously unreleased)
  • 4.Mama Please (previously unreleased)
  • 5.There He Goes
  • 6.That's The Reason Why (previously unreleased)
  • 7.I Know His Name (Only His Name)
  • 8.Monkey (Hokey Pokey) (previously unreleased)
  • 9.That's A Funny Way (previously unreleased)
  • 10.You Can't Get Away (previously unreleased)
  • 11.Stop Beating Around The Bush
  • 12.Needle In A Haystack (Stereo Version)
  • 13.He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' (Alternative Version) (previously unreleased)
  • 14.Since I've Lost You (previously unreleased)
  • 15.Think Of The Times
  • 16.Throw A Farewell Kiss
  • 17.Long Gone Lover
  • 18.Lonely Lonely Girl Am I (Alternative Version) (previously unreleased)
  • 19.I'm The Exception To The Rule
  • 20.Why Must You Go (previously unreleased)
  • 21.Bird In The Hand, A (Is Worth Two In The Bush)(Alternative Mix) (previously unreleased)
  • 22.Save Me (My Ship Of Love Is Sinking)(Alternative Version)
  • 23.Since You've Been Loving Me (Stereo Version) (previously unreleased)
  • 24.Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)(Alternative Mix) (previously unreleased)
  • 25.Boy From Crosstown(Alternative Mix) (previously unreleased)
  • 26.Love So Deep Inside, A (previously unreleased)
  • 27.Ain't No Place Like Motown
  • 28.He's The One (previously unreleased)
  • 29.Everybody Needs Love
  • 30.Something's Happening (previously unreleased)
  • 31.Love Is Good
  • 32.These Things Will Keep Me Loving You
  • 33.These Things Will Keep Me Loving You (Alternative Lyric Version)
  • 34.Your Heart Belongs To Me (previously unreleased)
  • 35.Seasons Greetings From Motown 1966
  • 36.I'm In Love (And I Know It) (previously unreleased)
  • 37.We've Got Honey Love (previously unreleased)
  • 38.I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time
  • 39.Bring Back The Sunshine (previously unreleased)
  • 40.Nittty Gritty (Battle Of The Stars, Live At The Greystone)
  • 41.There He Goes (Battle Of The Stars, Live At The Greystone)
  • 42.Monkey Time (Battle Of The Stars, Live At The Greystone)
  • 43.I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face (Battle Of The Stars, Live At The Greystone)
  • 44.Ain't That Good News (Battle Of The Stars, Live At The Greystone)
  • 45.Puisque Je Sais Qu'il Est A Moi (As Long As I Know He's Mine)(Bonus 2 - French)
  • 46.Tu Perds Le Plus Marveileux Garcon Du Monde (You Lost The Sweetest Boy)(Bonus 2 - French)
  • 47.Le Hokey Pokey (The Monkey)(Bonus 2 - French)
  • 48.Je Veux Crier (My Foolish Heart Keeps Hanging On To A Moment)(Bonus 2 - French)

Product Description:

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. ~ Richie Unterberger

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