Martha & the Vandellas

50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972

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Like their 2011-released 50th anniversary sets for the Temptations and Diana Ross & the Supremes, Motown Select's compilation of Martha Reeves & the Vandellas' singles is a three-disc anthology packaged hardcover book-style -- like the Complete Motown Singles volumes. It clearly has the serious collector in mind. The book within is packed with images and information, some of which is justifiably adapted from Complete Motown Singles. Discs one and two cover the A-sides and B-sides, 1962-1972, including the Top Ten hits "Heat Wave," "Dancing in the Street," "Nowhere to Run," and "I'm Ready for Love." The third disc consists of previously unreleased material. That's right; there is no overlap with Spellbound: Motown Lost and Found. That extensive 2005 set didn't come close to draining the tank, as there's a bounty of fascinating material, such as versions of Thomas Coman/Sylvester Stewart's "C'mon and Swim," Ivy Jo Hunter/Stevie Wonder's "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," the Corporation's "He's Good" (recorded by the Jackson 5 as Maybe Tomorrow's "She's Good"), and the Doors' "Light My Fire." "Hooked Real Good on a Bad Thing," for whatever reason, never saw the light of day and wasn't handed to another Motown act -- a shame since it's a fine Ashford & Simpson-written song.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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20 02:56 Amazon
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25 02:55 Amazon
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28 02:51 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:54 Amazon
2 02:47 Amazon
3 02:12 Amazon
4 02:34 Amazon
5 02:58 Amazon
6 02:41 Amazon
7 02:08 Amazon
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13 02:41 Amazon
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22 03:38 Amazon
23 02:59 Amazon
24 03:27 Amazon
25 03:02 Amazon
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27 03:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:33 Amazon
2 02:34 Amazon
3 02:20 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5 02:45 Amazon
6 02:38 Amazon
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11 02:51 Amazon
12 02:47 Amazon
13 02:56 Amazon
14 02:49 Amazon
15 03:21 Amazon
16 03:36 Amazon
17 03:12 Amazon
18 02:38 Amazon
19 02:59 Amazon
20 03:14 Amazon
21 02:48 Amazon
22 03:52 Amazon
23 02:58 Amazon
24 03:39 Amazon
25 03:19 Amazon
26 02:51 Amazon
27 02:37 Amazon
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