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This volume of Motown's Ultimate Collection series was especially welcome, as there was no box set on Martha & the Vandellas for serious fans to go to (there was Live Wire!, a now-deleted two-CD compilation of single A- and B-sides, but that's not quite the same thing). This disc put the group's 25 most important tracks, all of the pop and R&B hits plus the most significant B-sides and an album track or two, together in one place. What's more, it did it in what was then state-of-the-art sound, something that few Motown CDs had ever been able to boast of. Thus, the musical content is a given and then some, and the power of Martha Reeves' lead singing and the surrounding harmonies comes through as never before. It's most gratifying on some of the harder dance numbers, such as "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave" and "Dancing in the Street," to hear the gorgeously complex percussive mix of piano, bass, and drums (lots of drums) pounding away to their own rhythms within the overall beats of the songs -- the detail is there, without sacrificing any of the raw power of the songs and the mixes. Add to that decent annotation, discography, and musician information, and this is an essential part of any soul or '60s collection and, indeed, until Motown began reissuing Martha & the Vandellas albums in 2002 in England, the only way to get a significant chunk of their music with good sound. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Come and Get These Memories Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:24
  3. 2 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:44
  4. 3 Wild One Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:41
  5. 4 In My Lonely Room Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:28
  6. 5 Dancing in the Street Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:38
  7. 6 Quicksand Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:36
  8. 7 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:54
  9. 8 Live Wire Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:37
  10. 9 I'm Ready for Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:52
  11. 10 A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:27
  12. 11 Third Finger, Left Hand Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:44
  13. 12 Nowhere to Run Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:49
  14. 13 I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playin' Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:36
  15. 14 Tear It on Down Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:58
  16. 15 Honey Chile Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:55
  17. 16 You've Been in Love Too Long Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:56
  18. 17 Motoring Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:43
  19. 18 I Promise to Wait My Love Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:4
  20. 19 Forget Me Not Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:54
  21. 20 Jimmy Mack Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:51
  22. 21 I Should Be Proud Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:54
  23. 22 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:8
  24. 23 Bless You Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 3:1
  25. 24 Darling, I Hum Our Song Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:32
  26. 25 My Baby Loves Me Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 3:5

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