Martha & the Vandellas

Dancing in the Street

Song Review by

Possibly the greatest quartet Motown ever produced didn’t perform together until long after their careers had taken downturns, but it’s nice to see anyway Martha Reeves singing "Dancin' In the Street" on stage alongside Mary Wells, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks. Recorded live in 1987 at Los Angeles Great Western Forum, this is a solid, lively version of a classic song, diminished not much at all by the years of the performers. Reeves is fine on the lead, and what singer’s voice wouldn’t be flattered by backup harmonies from Ruffin, Kendricks, and Wells? Yes, it’s an oldies performance, and yes it’s a nostalgia act, and yes, it’s a party tune, but as party tunes go, this one is an anthem, and there’s nothing wrong at all with oldies acts, particularly when they’re good ones, like this is.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1964
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Gordy
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 3 1971
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
No Image 1974 Motown
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 2:43
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 14 1976
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:38
No Image 1985
Various Artists
Pioneer
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Every Great Motown Song, Vol. 1: The 1960s 1988
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Pioneer
Martha Reeves/Etta James 1990 K-Tel Distribution / Dominion 2:38
Rhythm & Blues: 1964 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 0:00
Dancing in the Street [Charly] 1993 Charly Records 2:35
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of '60s Girl Groups [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Polygram 2:36
No Image 1994
Various Artists
MGM
Motown Legends: Girl Groups 1995
Various Artists
PSM 2:40
Disco Nights, Vol. 9: Motown Dance 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:38
Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts] 1995 Prime Cuts 2:45
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:38
Wonderful World [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 2:39
The Tamla Motown Collection 1996 Spectrum Music / Universal 2:39
Simply Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:38
Best Girl Power Album Ever [2 Disc] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 64 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
Only Dance: 1960-1964 1997
Various Artists
JCD 2:37
Get Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:41
The Number Ones: Hot in the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:39
Greatest Hits of the 60's: 1964 1998
Various Artists
CMM Music 2:35
The Ultimate Collection 1998 Motown 2:40
Party Favorites [Intercontinental] 1998
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:40
Rolling Stone Women in Rock 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:40
Soul Hits of 60's, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Soul Disciples 3:36
Sisters of Soul [Excelsior] 1998
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:35
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1999 Motown / Uptown / Universal 2:40
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 1 - 6 1999
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Motown 2:40
Soul Hits of the 60's 1999
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:41
Motown History, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Motown 2:41
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The All-Time Greatest Girl Groups 2000
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:42
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:39
Classic Soul Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:40
Sisters of Soul [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:39
Women in Rock [Direct Source #2] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:39
Respect: The Soundtrack to the Soul Generation 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:39
25 All-Time Greatest Summer Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2000
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:40
Number One Motown 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 2:40
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Motown: The Classic Years 2000
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:40
Recess: School's Out 2001 Walt Disney / Disney 3:57
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:38
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 2: 1964-1966 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:40
Wolfman Jack's: Hall of Fame 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:40
In Crowd: the Ultimate Mod Collection 1958-67 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:38
Instant Party: Summer Sizzle 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 3 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:40
Soul Love, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:34
Motown 1960s Volume 1 2001
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
All Music Guide: Motown Memories 2001
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 2:42
A Year in Your Life: 1964, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:40
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Ace 2:40
Winning Combinations [Universal Special Products] 2002 Universal Special Products 2:41
Soul: Superfly 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 2:39
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:34
The Motown Story, Vol. 1: The Sixties 2003
Various Artists
Motown 3:10
Motown Classics: Gold 2005
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Marvel of Marvin 2005 Harmless 2:41
True Drivetime 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:35
Universal Masters Motown 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:38
Motown for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:41
Universal Music Family Sampler 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:39
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:36
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:38
Don't Quit Music: Motown Workout 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal / Universal Music 2:36
Memories of Motown 2009
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Music 2:39
Classic 2009 Spectrum Music 2:41
Divas of Motown 2009
Various Artists
Island / Motown 2:40
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:40
Dreamboats and Petticoats: Summer Holidays 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music / Universal Music TV 2:38
The Motown Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:39
Love Songs Actually 2011
Various Artists
Mercury 2:39
Dick Clark's Jukebox Gems 2013
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:40
Motown the Musical: Originals – The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show 2013
Various Artists
Island / Motown 0:00
50th Anniversary: The Singles Collection 1962-1972 2013 Motown 3:19
Dancing in the Street 2013 Motown / Uni 2:41
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 2:40
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 2:39
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Distribution Solutions / Time / Life Music 2:38
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
20 #1's: Summer Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 2:39
A Motown Thanksgiving Celebration
Various Artists
Motown 2:38
Body By Jake: Motown Workout
Various Artists
Body By Jake 2:36
Bowie Heard Them Here First
Various Artists
Ace 2:40
Classic Love Songs of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Time Life 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Motown 2:40
Icon: Motown Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Motown 2:39
It's Only Soul (But Maybe the Best), Vol. 1-Stand by Me... and More Hits
Various Artists
Zebralution / Zumba
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:38
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:40
Motown 50 [Universal Mexico 2]
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
PolyGram
Pirate Radio
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal 2:35
Rockwiz: Uncovered
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 2:38
Summer Holiday
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:36
The Hits That Rocked the Airwaves
Various Artists
Universal 2:43
The Roots of Motown
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music / Universal Music Canada 2:40
The Sockhop Collection: I Hear a Symphony
Various Artists
StarVista 2:38