Martha Reeves and the Vandellas; Motown Superstar Series Vol. 11

Los Angeles: Motown Record Company, 1980. Presumed First Edition, First pressing thus. CD. Inscribed on the front of the CD booklet by Martha Reeves. Inscription reads To David Love & God Bless Martha Reeves. Minor sticker residue on CD plastic container. Martha Rose Reeves (born July 18, 1941) is an American R&B and pop singer. She is the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas, which scored over a dozen hit singles, including "Come and Get These Memories", "Nowhere to Run", "Heat Wave", "Jimmy Mack", and their signature "Dancing in the Street". From 2005 until 2009, Reeves served as an elected councilwoman in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2023, Rolling Stone ranked Reeves at number 151 on its list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time. After "Heat Wave" became the group's first million-seller, Martha and the Vandellas quickly rose to become one of the label's top draws both as recording stars and as a successful live act. Martha was the one consistent member of the group staying throughout all the group's incarnations and lineups. After the exits of original members Annette Beard and Rosalind Ashford, members replacing them included Betty Kelly, Sandra Tilley (both formerly of the Velvelettes) and one of Martha's sisters, Lois Reeves. Martha and the Vandellas (known from 1967 to 1972 as Martha Reeves & The Vandellas) were an American vocal girl group formed in Detroit in 1957. The group achieved fame in the 1960s with Motown. An act founded by friends Annette Beard, Rosalind Ashford and Gloria Williams, the group eventually included Martha Reeves, who moved up in ranks as lead vocalist of the group after Williams' departure in 1962. The group signed with and eventually recorded all of their singles for Motown's Gordy imprint. The group's string of hits included "Come and Get These Memories", "Heat Wave", "Quicksand", "Nowhere to Run", "Jimmy Mack", "I'm Ready for Love", "Bless You" and "Dancing in the Street", the latter song becoming their signature single. During their nine-year run on the charts from 1963 to 1972, Martha and the Vandellas charted over twenty-six hits and recorded in the styles of doo-wop, R&B, pop, blues, rock and roll and soul. Ten Vandellas songs reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B singles chart, including two R&B number ones, and six Top Ten Pop Hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Selected members of the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. In 1978, Reeves and original Vandellas Ashford and Beard reunited at a Los Angeles benefit concert for actor Will Geer. In 1983, Reeves successfully sued for royalties from her Motown hits and the label agreed to have the songs credited as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas from then on. That year, Reeves performed solo at Motown 25, which alongside some of their songs being placed on the Big Chill soundtrack, helped Reeves and the Vandellas gain a new audience. During this time, the original trio were inspired to reunite both as a recording act and in performances. They were offered a recording contract with Ian Levine at Motorcity Records who issued the group's first single since the Vandellas disbanded seventeen years earlier called "Step into My Shoes". Derived from All Music a review of Motown Superstar Series, Vol. 11 by Andrew Hamilton. Martha Reeves' reedy, vibrant soprano could bring life to the comatose. These 11 songs seem to have been picked out from a pool of 50. The exciting "Heat Wave" stills sound as fresh as ever, Thomas "Beans" Bowles' distinctive sax is like a third voice cutting with Martha's, along with the unmistakable voices of Annette Beard and Rosalind Ashford on the earlier cuts. Banging tire chains give added bottom to "Dancing in the Street," originally designed for Kim Weston, as was "My Baby Loves Me," where the Vandellas are replaced by the Andantes, with added help from the Four Tops, on the jazziest tune Reeves ever recorded. Both tunes were co-written by William "Mickey" Stevenson. Percussionist Jack Ashford sounds like he's shaking a jar of paper clips on the fast but mellow "Nowhere to Run." One of Holland-Dozier- Holland's most engaging ballads, "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things," is sung from the heart by Reeves. "Jimmy Mack" and "Honey Chile" sound like they were recorded yesterday. The Funk Brothers' def beats jump from the speakers and command your full attention; the harmonies on "Mack" are impeccable, while "Chile" has a Southern flavor and some interesting lyrics. "A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)" is gorgeous with it's slinky, crawling beat and displays Reeves, Ashford, and Beard at their harmonizing best. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Motown, Singers, Groups, Rock and Roll, Vandellas, Rhythm and Blues, Entertainers, Performers, Rock Groups, Superstar Series, Detroit, Dancing in the Street

[Book #87915]

Price: $225.00

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