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Motown Girl Groups: With a Bullet

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If you blinked, you probably missed this series of mid-'80s compilation albums that Motown slipped onto the market ever so quietly. Yet another vehicle for the company to market its most successful tracks, this volume spotlights Motown's chart-busting female groups: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and the Marvelettes. The concept gets stretched so thin it breaks -- the other participants are Mary Wells (she's not a group!) and Gladys Knight & the Pips (one female and three guys -- that's some female group). Still, this is a marvelous compilation filled with songs you've heard a thousand times, and they still sound amazingly fresh.

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