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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Live Wire - The Singles 1962-72 (2-CD)

(1993/Motown) 43 tracks

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Martha And The Vandellas - Live Wire - The Singles 1962-72 (2-CD) CD 1
01 You'll Never Cherish A Love So True Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
02 There He Is (At My Door) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
03 I'll Have To Let Him Go Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
04 My Baby Won't Come Back Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
05 Come And Get These Memories Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
06 (Love Is Like A) Heatwave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
07 Quicksand Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
08 Darling, I Hum Our Song Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
09 Life Wire Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 In My Lonely Room Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
11 A Tear For The Girl Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
12 Dancing In The Street Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
13 Wild One Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 Nowhere To Run Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
15 Motoring Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
16 You've Been In Love Too Long Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
18 My Baby Loves Me Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
19 Never Leave Your Baby's Side Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
20 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
21 I'm Ready For Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
22 Third Finger, Left Hand Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Martha And The Vandellas - Live Wire - The Singles 1962-72 (2-CD) CD 2
01 Jimmy Mack Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
02 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
03 One Way Out Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
04 Honey Chile Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
05 Show Me The Way Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
06 I Promise To Wait My Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
07 Forget Me Not Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
08 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
09 I Tried Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 Sweet Darlin' Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
11 (We've Got) Honey Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
12 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
13 I Should Be Proud Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 Love, Guess Who Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
15 I Gotta Let You Go Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
16 Bless You Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 In And Out Of My Life Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
18 Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
19 Tear It On Down Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
20 I Won't Be The Fool I've Been Again Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
21 Baby (Don't You Leave Me) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Martha & The Vandellas Dancing In The Street Martha & The Vandellas Dancing... more
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Dancing In The Street

Martha & The Vandellas

Dancing In The Street

Just prior to The Supremes' meteoric rise, Martha & The Vandellas were Motown's top girl group. The trio (Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, and Annette Beard) hit big in 1963 under Holland-Dozier-Holland's creative supervision with Come And Get These Memories, Heat Wave, and Quicksand, but their glorious Dancing In The Street was mainly the work of staffer Ivy Jo Hunter, who shared writer's credit with producer Mickey Stevenson (the pair had a 50/50 agreement on all their compositions).

"Marvin Gaye gave us the title," says Ivy Jo. "I had already cut the rhythm track. We were over on Cortland, upstairs in the rehearsal area. Marvin happened to be there, and I brought the tape up to play for Mickey, 'cause he had never heard it. Then I was trying to write, and I was going with another melancholy theme. And Marvin said, 'Ivy, that's not a sad song. That song sounds like dancing in the street!'"

The song's backbeat was explosive."That's a tambourine with a stick, and deep echo. That was Mickey. He added that. He had the production experience, but he didn't know anything about that rhythm that I wrote. Because I could only play one side of the piano at a time. And so I had this bass line," says Hunter. "Paul Riser, the arranger, who saved a lot of my productions for me, he could decipher what I was trying to do, so he wrote it up. And he wrote out that bass part for Jamerson. That was they very first bass part that was ever written for James Jamerson. And at the end of the session, he made the comment, he said, 'I have never had so much fun in my life playing one note!'"

At first, Reeves had reservations. "When I first heard 'Dancing In The Street,' I started to get annoyed, because I didn't know the intent of it," she says. "Marvin had another melody, and I asked him if I could sing it once the way I felt it, the way I felt the melody with the words. And they said, 'Go ahead.' And the miracle in that session was when I finished, the engineer told them that the machinery wasn't turned on. And I had to sing it again. I sang it straight through, without overdubs."  The end result was an empowering #2 pop anthem later revived by The Mamas & The Papas, Ramsey Lewis, Van Halen, and the duo of Mick Jagger and David Bowie. Martha & The Vandellas would score hits for Motown—Nowhere To Run, My Baby Loves Me, I'm Ready To Love, Jimmy Mack—into 1972 (albeit with a few personnel changes along the way), when the resilient Reeves went solo. She's still belting them today.

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

31 Scorching Classics From 1964

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