Various Artists

Shake Me, Wake Me - a Tribute to Holland Dozier Holland

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Shake Me, Wake Me - a Tribute to Holland Dozier Holland Review

by Bruce Eder

It's got the latter-day versions of groups like Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and the Contours, not to mention Levi Stubbs leading the "Motorcity All-Stars," but that shouldn't stop anyone from picking up this 20-song collection of new recordings. The artists have held together well, and they do their best to forge a compromise between their early-'60s sounds and mid-1990s expectations; "Heatwave" has a prominent harp arpeggio ornamenting its verses, but the arrangement is good and the singing is a good match for what we remember. Most of the rest matches up, from Kim Weston's version of "Helpless" to Rare Earth and their version of "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone." A couple of recent Supremes are here, and they hold their own, though the sound of the drums throughout most of this stuff is a little too up front. Other acts include Rose Banks ("You Keep Me Hangin' On"), Sherrie Taylor ("Love Is Like an Itching In My Heart"), Syreeta ("Reflections"), and the Velvettes ("Come See About Me").

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Motor City All-Stars / Levi Stubbs 03:55 SpotifyAmazon
2 Martha & the Vandellas 04:10
3 The Supremes 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
4 Kim Weston 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
5 Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
6 The Contours 03:02
7 Syreeta 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
8 Bettye LaVette 03:38 SpotifyAmazon
9 Rare Earth 03:11 SpotifyAmazon
10 Three Ounces of Love 03:50 SpotifyAmazon
11 Joe Stubbs 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
12 Bettye LaVette 03:35 SpotifyAmazon
13 The Elgins 03:47 SpotifyAmazon
14 The Velvettes 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
15 The Satintones 03:18 SpotifyAmazon
16 Rose Banks 03:54 SpotifyAmazon
17 Sherry Taylor 03:42 SpotifyAmazon
18 Barbara Randolph 03:36 SpotifyAmazon
19 The Andantes 03:12 SpotifyAmazon
20 Liz Lands 03:23 SpotifyAmazon
21 Jean / Scherrie / Jean, Scherrie & Lynda of the Supremes / Lynda Of The Supremes 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
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