Martha & the Vandellas

Natural Resources/Black Magic

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In the longstanding campaign of Motown reissues, very few stones were left unturned. These two long out of print albums, 1970's Natural Resources and 1972's Black Magic, feature Martha & the Vandellas nearing the end of their tenure on the Gordy imprint. By this time, Berry Gordy was so obsessed with making his prized diva, Diana Ross, into a superstar on the screen (and later the stage) that he neglected many of the first- and second-tier artists who helped to develop Motown into the powerhouse it was during the '60s. The proof is more than evident here; while there are some interesting moments (like the social statements of "I Should Be Proud" and "Take a Look Around"), they are stuck in the mire of easily forgettable exercises such as the cover of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" and the Corporation's "I Want You Back" (also covered by David Ruffin around this time).

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:52 Amazon
2 2:48
3 2:44 Amazon
4 3:18 Amazon
5 3:10 Amazon
6 2:54 Amazon
7 2:31 Amazon
8 3:02 Amazon
9 2:20 Amazon
10 2:35 Amazon
11 3:00
12 2:45 Amazon
13 3:33 Amazon
14
3:29 Amazon
15 3:30 Amazon
16 3:27 Amazon
17 2:55 Amazon
18 3:06
19 3:21 Amazon
20 2:57
21 3:58
22 3:45 Amazon
23 2:26
24 2:52
25 2:43
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