Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Martha Reeves - The MCA Studio Recordings
Genres: Pop, R&B
Listen to Samples
Incredibly Wonderful- I GIVE U LIST OF THE SONGS
M. Lane | CA USA | 12/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I still own the vinyl of this one since 1976 because last time I had looked...it was not on CD.
I was not aware of all the history etc. mentioned by the prior reviewers...I just know what I liked to listen to in 1976. Because of its up-tempo beat and the heart and soul put into the sound...I would listen to it while getting ready to go out clubbing in SF. I am so surprised it took until 2006 to release this on CD.
From "Wild Nights" to "Many Rivers to Cross"... this is a fantastic album. I wish Amazon had the song list so you could listen to clips.
It has great energy to all the songs--slow or fast..a great mix. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. (I don't get a penny if you buy it)
AMAZON WILL/HAS NOT given the song list.
12/29/09:The above was initially written before I received the CD and then I edited this review so as to include the song list. This a GREAT ALBUM! CD or LP Vinyl. Thirty-three years later...this album enervates me, gives me energy to move...It may be my memories. I THINK NOT. It is an incredible album that was NOT given its correct accolades during its first release on vinyl.
THE SONG LIST OF THIS ALBUM:
1. Wild Night
2. You've Got Me for Company
4. Ain't that peculiar
5. Dixie Highway
6. Power of Love
7. My Man (You Changed My Tune)
8. Sweet Misery
9. I've Got To Use My Imagination
10. Storm in my Soul
11. Many Rivers to Cross
12. Our Day will Come
13. I Sure DO Love you
14. Stand by Me"
Miawil | Miami | 12/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is just superb...I've been listening to it over and over again and it has been a long time since I've bought a CD I can say that about. Martha Reeves was more than just a pop singer or vocalist...she was and is a real artist who never recieved all she was due in the music industry.
I also join with the previous reviewer in disagreeing with the linear notes when they state the sound on this album was distanced from the Martha Reeves of Motown genre...this is the same Martha, only much better and showing the full range of her talents. On Motown albums Miss Reeves gives the effect of giving her all to second-rate material; here at last she shines in a production that truly meets her talents. The linear notes also say the album was not a success because music fans were not accustomed to hearing her in such a polished production; I say the album failed because of bad promotion and the fact that Martha had been off the top of the charts for about seven years by 1974. Music fans had moved on and were unwilling to give her a second chance. This is unfortunate; because true artists like Miss Reeves were consistently shedded by the music industry, it has now denigrated to the point where we have the likes of Brittany Spears and Jennifer Lopez posing as icons of American Music while really great music becomes something to be scavenged for. If like me you believe all the great music that ever will be made already has been made...even if you are not already a Martha Reeves fan...then this is the CD for you."
Martha Reeves - a collectible
Araph Keita | 09/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is surprising that this album did not do well. This is vintage Martha Reeves as a solo artist after leaving Motown. Two singles were released from this album, the second "Wild Night" did better, but failed to do well on any chart. Some of the greatest musicians in the business appear on this album, and many of the songs are covers of great songs, including Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," Joe Simons' "Power of Love," and "I Got to Use My Imagination," also recorded by B. B. King, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. She really jams on "Power of Love." However, she adds a gospel feel to Hoyt Axton's "Dixie Highway," and "Many Rivers to Cross;" she performs "Many Rivers" with the Avalon Community Choir. Richard Perry produces the album; he is known for his his work with the Pointer Sisters. In addition, several of the horn arrangements (listen to "Wild Night") are done by Trevor Lawrence, the husband of former Supreme Linda Lawrence. Trevor was also responsible for the great horn arrangements for Stevie Wonder ("Superstition") and the Pointer Sisters ("I'm So Excited"). I disagree with the liner notes that this effort is very different from her Motown sound. Martha maintained that Vandella groove, especially on the songs where she also did the background. In an interview, she argued that the Vandella sound would always be a trademark in her music. It was unfortunate that her solo career failed. She had recorded solo songs for Motown, which were unreleased, but a couple appear on the anthology of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. In 1976 she released another solo album on the Arista label "The Rest of My Life." If you are a fan, and see that album, grab it!!!"