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The Velvelettes were a Vandellas-style girl group that never quite gained a foothold at Motown, despite two deathless singles, "He Was Really Sayin' Something" and "Needle in a Haystack." This collection--their first album... more »
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The Velvelettes were a Vandellas-style girl group that never quite gained a foothold at Motown, despite two deathless singles, "He Was Really Sayin' Something" and "Needle in a Haystack." This collection--their first album--contains some other examples of their near greatness; interestingly, two of the best, the pounding "Let Love Live (a Little Bit Longer)" and the touching "I'm So Glad It's Twilight Time," never got past the company's Quality Department and finally appear here. --Rickey Wright
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Delightful, long-lost Motown
Exguyparis | Lansdowne, PA USA | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How sad is it that an album of songs recorded in the early sixties wasn't released until 1999? Sad, I suspect, if you happened to be a Velvelette, and sad, you'll discover, if you are a Motown fan. There is some powerful stuff on this CD. I'll avoid putting it as crudely and as succinctly as I'd like, and resort to "these girls have testosterone." While the Supremes were all glitz, class, sophistication, airiness, and smoothness, the Velvelettes are soulful, powerful, grounded, and solid.Compare their version of "These Things Will Keep Me Loving You" to Diana Ross' cover- you'll find the V's offer more soul, intensity, and force. "Needle in a Haystack" is catchy and jumpy; you'll be moving and grooving as you take their advice. "Bird in the Hand" is gorgeous- Motown at its finest. The lesser-known cuts will delight as well: "That's the Reason Why" is marvelous. I find no filler at all here, but rather a string of Motown gems.If you are a fan of Motown, take the time to dive into this CD. The voices and harmonies are spectacular, the Motown musicians show their finest wares, and the total effect is supreme (sorry-that works better than saying the total effect is velvelette!)."
B. Adams | kalamazoo, mi United States | 06/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Velvelettes, finally an album after 30 some years, if you like the great girl groups, get this cd, in the tradition of Motown enjoy The Velvelettes!!"
1 Monument, 1 Souvenir and the rest is filler.
KSG | New York, NY United States | 12/15/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"He Was Really Saying Something is a great song. It is Motown at it's happiest. The Bananrama version, which was my first introduction to this song, is so lame compared to the original. The other good cut is Needle In A Haystack. A great Martha and the Vandelas style romp. The rest of this collection is second shelf. I do love Motown."