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Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1

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The Marvelettes 6/23/2009

Review

Hip-O Select's 2009 triple-disc set Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 rounds up all the LPs the Marvelettes released between 1961 and 1963 -- 1961's Please Mr. Postman, The Marvelettes Sing, and Playboy both released in 1962, 1963's The Marvelous Marvelettes, and On Stage: Recorded Live -- plus the stereo version of 1966's Greatest Hits and a bunch of mono singles and rarities. The Vol. 1 in the set signals that the Marvelettes had a second run at Motown later in the decade, highlighted by the this "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician," but this has everything from the band's prime period, running from 1961 to 1965, the time when they rivaled the Supremes as the greatest girl group Motown had to offer. That rivalry wasn't merely commercial but creative, too, with their very best singles -- "Please Mr. Postman," "Beechwood 4-5789," "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead" -- holding their own with the Supremes, but the revelation of Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 is that the trio had a consistent catalog, sounding beguiling when they covered hits by Clyde McPhatter ("Lover Please") and Roy Orbison ("Dream Baby") and benefiting tremendously from Motown's deep songwriting bench, cutting lots of tunes from Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, Brian Holland, and Lamont Dozier and Berry Gordy, many of them never turning into hits but existing as strong examples of the label's craft. If anything, this set is a testament to the power of Motown's assembly line, with the writers, producers, and musicians working steadily, always attempting to better their last effort, always blessed by the harmonies and the charisma of the Marvelettes, a group that may have lacked the magnetism of the Supremes but compensated by their girl-next-door charm, something that shines through all three discs of this set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Angel The Marvelettes 2:30
  3. 2 I Want a Guy The Marvelettes 2:37
  4. 3 Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 2:27
  5. 4 So Long Baby The Marvelettes 2:49
  6. 5 I Know How It Feels The Marvelettes 2:55
  7. 6 Way Over There The Marvelettes 2:23
  8. 7 Happy Days The Marvelettes 2:4
  9. 8 You Don't Want Me No More The Marvelettes 2:36
  10. 9 All the Love I Got The Marvelettes 2:24
  11. 10 Whisper The Marvelettes 2:32
  12. 11 Oh I Apologize The Marvelettes 2:49
  13. 12 Mashed Potato Time The Marvelettes 2:14
  14. 13 Love Letters The Marvelettes 2:27
  15. 14 The One Who Really Loves Me The Marvelettes 2:23
  16. 15 Twistin' the Night Away The Marvelettes 2:30
  17. 16 Hey! Baby The Marvelettes 2:13
  18. 17 Twistin' Postman The Marvelettes 2:27
  19. 18 Good Luck Charm The Marvelettes 2:39
  20. 19 Slow Twistin' The Marvelettes 2:11
  21. 20 Lover Please The Marvelettes 2:14
  22. 21 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) The Marvelettes 2:26
  23. 22 Playboy The Marvelettes 2:44
  24. 23 Mix It Up The Marvelettes 2:49
  25. 24 Beechwood The Marvelettes 2:13
  26. 25 I'm Hooked The Marvelettes 2:23
  27. 26 I Think I Can Change You The Marvelettes 2:45
  28. 27 Forever The Marvelettes 2:20
  29. 28 Someday, Someway The Marvelettes 2:36
  30. 29 Goddess of Love The Marvelettes 2:44
  31. 30 You Should Know The Marvelettes 2:24
  32. 31 (I've Got To) Cry Over You The Marvelettes 2:36
  33. 1 Strange I Know The Marvelettes 2:36
  34. 2 I Forgot About You The Marvelettes 2:54
  35. 3 Locking Up My Heart The Marvelettes 2:20
  36. 4 Which Way Did He Go The Marvelettes 2:43
  37. 5 Silly Boy The Marvelettes 2:9
  38. 6 It's Gonna Take a Lot of Doing (To Undo All the Damage That You've Done) The Marvelettes 2:30
  39. 7 Smart Aleck The Marvelettes 2:51
  40. 8 My Daddy Knows Best The Marvelettes 2:27
  41. 9 Too Strong to Be Strung Along The Marvelettes 2:21
  42. 10 Why Must You Go The Marvelettes 2:7
  43. 11 Beechwood The Marvelettes 2:57
  44. 12 Strange I Know The Marvelettes 3:30
  45. 13 Someday, Someway The Marvelettes 2:47
  46. 14 Locking Up My Heart The Marvelettes 2:40
  47. 15 Twistin' Postman The Marvelettes 2:21
  48. 16 Tossin' and Turnin' The Marvelettes 2:22
  49. 17 So Long Baby The Marvelettes 2:51
  50. 18 Playboy The Marvelettes 2:5
  51. 19 Strange I Know The Marvelettes 2:54
  52. 20 Medley: Please Mr. Postman/Playboy/Strange I Know/Someday, Someway The Marvelettes 3:44
  53. 21 Tie a String Around Your Finger The Marvelettes 2:49
  54. 22 Too Hurt to Cry, Too Much in Love to Say Goodbye Darnells 2:15
  55. 23 Come on Home Darnells 2:18
  56. 24 Finders Keepers Losers Weepers The Marvelettes 2:22
  57. 25 Knock on My Door The Marvelettes 2:39
  58. 26 On the Other Side of Town The Marvelettes 2:12
  59. 27 Because I Love Him The Marvelettes 2:36
  60. 28 Little Girls Grow Up The Marvelettes 2:40
  61. 1 Don't Mess with Bill The Marvelettes 2:49
  62. 2 You're My Remedy The Marvelettes 3:3
  63. 3 Locking Up My Heart The Marvelettes 2:22
  64. 4 As Long as I Know He's Mine The Marvelettes 2:31
  65. 5 Too Many Fish The Marvelettes 2:27
  66. 6 Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead The Marvelettes 2:29
  67. 7 Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 2:28
  68. 8 Playboy The Marvelettes 2:45
  69. 9 Strange I Know The Marvelettes 2:19
  70. 10 Forever The Marvelettes 2:23
  71. 11 Twistin' Postman The Marvelettes 2:29
  72. 12 Beechwood 4-5789 The Marvelettes 2:8
  73. 13 As Long as I Know He's Mine The Marvelettes 2:29
  74. 14 He Won't Be True (Little Girl Blue) The Marvelettes 2:28
  75. 15 He's a Good Guy (Yes He Is) The Marvelettes 2:35
  76. 16 You're My Remedy The Marvelettes 3:0
  77. 17 A Little Bit of Sympathy, A Little Bit of Love The Marvelettes 2:22
  78. 18 Too Many Fish in the Sea The Marvelettes 2:25
  79. 19 A Need for Love The Marvelettes 1:53
  80. 20 I'll Keep on Holding You The Marvelettes 2:26
  81. 21 No Time for Tears The Marvelettes 2:35
  82. 22 Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead The Marvelettes 2:21
  83. 23 Your Cheating Ways The Marvelettes 2:55
  84. 24 Don't Mess with Bill The Marvelettes 2:48
  85. 25 Anything You Wanna Do The Marvelettes 2:21
  86. 26 I Should've Have Known Better The Marvelettes 2:28
  87. 27 I Just Can't Let Him Down The Marvelettes 2:57
  88. 28 Maybe I Dried My Tears (For the Last Time) The Marvelettes 2:49

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