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Brenda Holloway - Greatest Hits & Rare Classics [Karussell]
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Brenda Holloway - Greatest Hits & Rare Classics [Karussell]
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock


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All Artists: Brenda Holloway
Title: Brenda Holloway - Greatest Hits & Rare Classics [Karussell]
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram UK
Release Date: 9/21/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Oldies, Classic R&B, Motown, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 632427535225, 731455447125, 731455447125

CD Reviews

One of Motown's greatest singers
Laurence Upton | Wilts, UK | 01/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of Motown's very greatest singers (although as she was based in Los Angeles and refused to play the record company game, somewhat undervalued), and a classically-trained violinist, Brenda Holloway made some of the most memorable singles on a label famous for its memorable singles.

All of the 9 singles released during her Motown lifetime turn up here (with 6 of their B-sides), including her two best known songs, Every Little Bit Hurts, on which she also plays cello, and You've Made Me So Very Happy, which she co-wrote along with her younger sister singer Patrice, Berry Gordy and Frank Wilson. Both of these are of course sublime and essential to any Motown collection.

The other 3 tracks are made up from Brenda Holloway's album Every Little Bit Hurts, from 1964, and include her soulful version of Unchained Melody. Who knows, perhaps it was hearing this that inspired Phil Spector to revive the song the following year?

Although this collections omit some excellent material, it does score over the earlier The Very Best Of Brenda Holloway by using stereo mixes for 6 of the tracks, though sadly this does not include Every Little Bit Hurts for which an excellent stereo master exists. Some of the mastering is slightly muddy on other tracks. Hurt A Little Every Day is by far the most disgraceful, sounding as if it was mastered from a well-worn stereo acetate, and without any explanation or disclaimer in the notes. 

Some of the tracks were produced in Detroit by Smokey Robinson and include versions of the Miracles' Who's Lovin' You and I've Been Good To You. There was an attempt to mould her as the new Mary Wells so versions of her 1962 B-side Operator and When I'm Gone (which Mary Wells had recorded but which Motown did not release until 1966) were made at this time. She does a great job on them but was unhappy with the direction she was being obliged to take and returned to Los Angeles before the sessions were complete.

An expanded retrospective using new mixes from best quality stereo masters and including unreleased material is badly needed, and a 2CD set seems to be in the pipeline, but until then this needs to be on your Motown shelf"
A note about sound quality: " If you thought this was bad .
James E. Anderson | Australia | 11/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The previous review by Laurence Upton refers to a then forthcoming 2cd set and hoped for better sound quality. Unfortunately the 2005 double cd Brenda Holloway: The Motown Anthology on the Universal Music label doesn't deliver.
This Karussell CD sounds like cutting edge hifi in comparison and the emotion conveyed in her voice gives me goosebumps.

Just a few examples: Every Little Bit Hurts on the Universal double is in stereo but with so much sonic information lost the emotion is lost.

James Jamerson's (?) infectious bass guitar on Starting the Hurt All Over Again is almost inaudible on Universal's, the whole thing again sounds flat whereas with the mastering on this Karussell CD I can't help but dance.

Hurt A Little Everyday though poor in sound still gives me tingles - the version on the Universal doesn't, due to the much worse sound.
(Because the Universal set has a really nice collection of 48 songs I bought it despite the rotten sound - I play it while driving).

So, if you want to be thrilled by Brenda's vocals and the wonderful musicians backing her, I think this will deliver.
So Soulful
J. Connell | Sonoma County, CA | 01/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is so soulful. It's a blast from the past for anyone who loved Motown-style girl singers during the 60's and 70's. I had never heard of her before I previewed her on Amazon, so glad I bought it. It's one of my all time favorites."