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  1. #1

    Are you kidding me?? This was left in the vaults?

    With all the great expanded editions and releases, a ton of tracks have emerged from the vaults. Some perhaps were justified in being relegated to the can lol. But some are amazing. What's been ur favs so far? Let's try one per group (or at least one per group lineup)

    MRATV - A Little Bit Of Heaven (On a Little Patch of Earth)

    Sup w Jean - tears left over

    Sups w Scherrie - I can never recover

    Mary Wells - secret Love

    Four tops - hmmmm something from their Breaking Through jazz album. I'll have to re listen and pick one!

  2. #2
    I love the entire 4 Tops "Breaking Through" album. I think it's great at showing the Tops' roots, especially the live cut with Billy Eckstine. I understand why it was never released as that sound was not where Gordy wanted to focus, but I think it's a great album which certainly stacks up well - and in many cases better - than Motown's later and more obvious attempts to cross over to a more MOR audience such as Gordy's releases by Eckstine himself, or Barbara McNair, for example.

  3. #3
    Diana's "Sweet Summertime Livin'" and The Supremes' "Can We Love Again"

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    Diana's "Sweet Summertime Livin'" and The Supremes' "Can We Love Again"
    Diana's Blue LP

  5. #5
    Marvin & Tammi's We'll Be Satisfied should have been used instead of Marvin duetising some of Tammi's solo tracks. Or the real strange one of Tammi's solo I Can't Believe You Love me having its verses swapped around then duetised by Marvin. We'll Be Satisfied is a real duet and a great performance.

  6. #6
    The Supremes w/ Jean-Never Can Say Goodbye
    The Supremes w/Scherrie-Bend a Little
    Diana Ross-Blue Album

  7. #7
    All I Do Is Think About You - Tammi Terrell

  8. #8
    Diana / supremes beginning of the end of love/ pink box set
    supremes life beats w/ Jean
    Diana/ what are you doing the rest of your life

  9. #9
    The Temptations-"Angel Doll"
    The Miracles-"I Think We Can Make It'
    The Supremes-"Don't Let True Love Die"
    Four Tops-"Rocks In My Bed"
    Martha & the Vandellas-"Can't Break The Habit"
    Mary Wells-"Cinderella (It's 12 'O' Clock)"
    Marvin Gaye-"It's A Desperate Situation"
    Kim Weston-"Gonna Make It Up To You"
    Barbara McNair-"Baby A Go-Go"
    Brenda Holloway-"Trapped In A Love Affair"
    The Marvelettes-"There Is No Tomorrow (Only Tears And Sorrow)"
    The Contours-"Baby Hit And Run"
    The Jackson 5-"Coming Home"
    Marv Johnson-"Let's Talk It Over'

  10. #10
    diana ross- let me be the one- from Last time I saw him expanded

  11. #11
    The Supremes: "Bend a Little"

    How was this overlooked???????

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    Tammi Terrell - "All I Do Is Think About You"
    The Contours (Dennis Edwards lead) - "Baby Hit And Run"
    The Monitors - "Crying In The Night", "Cry"
    Brenda Holloway - "Love Woke Me Up This Morning", You've Changed Me"
    Carolyn Crawford - "Lover Boy", "Until You Came Along"
    Originals - "Suspicion"
    Kim Weston - "Absent Minded Lover", I've Got A Weak Heart"
    Mary Wells - "Honey Boy", "The Second Time Around"
    Little Stevie Wonder - "Pretty Little Angel"
    Martha & Vandellas - "Spellbound"
    Marvelettes - "I Should Have Known Better", "The Grass Seems Greener"
    Velvelettes - "Love Is Good", "They Boy From Crosstown"
    Patrice Holloway - "For The Love of Mike", "The Touch of Venus"
    Temptations - "A Tear From A Woman's Eye"
    Serenaders - "Tears, Nobody and A Smile"
    Marv Johnson - "So Glad You Chose Me"
    Vows - "My Baby Changes Like The Weather"
    Versatones - "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde"
    Sammy Turner & Serenaders - "All I Have Left Are Memories"
    Isley Brothers - "Whispers (Getting Louder)"
    Five Quails - "This Ol' Heart (Of Mine)"
    Miracles (Claudette Rogers lead) - "Mr. Misery"
    Linda Griner - "Mr. Misery"
    Eddie Holland - "Day Dreamer"
    Jimmy Ruffin - "On The Avenue"
    Cranford Nix - "Seein' Nellie Home"
    Pronouns - "I'm Going To Sit Down And Rest"
    Shorty Long - "A Woman Won't Do Right"
    Hattie Littles - "You've Got Me Worried"
    Fantastic Four - "Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy"
    Creations - "In The Dark"
    Freddie Gorman - "I'm Gonna Take It To The Top"
    Johnny Bristol - "Tell Me How To Forget A True Love"
    Last edited by robb_k; 09-18-2017 at 12:36 AM.

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by longtimefan View Post
    The Supremes: "Bend a Little"

    How was this overlooked???????
    I adore this track. Good one

  14. #14
    A lot of great responses! Hopefully I don't repeat any of them.

    Supremes
    Too Hot (version 1)-F/D/M/B
    Oh Holy Night
    Stormy-D/M/C
    Take Your Love Back-J/M/C
    Seed of Love-M/S/C

    "For Us Both I'll Be Concerned"-Marvin Gaye
    "Why Play Games"-Diana Ross
    "Wish You a Merry Christmas"-Kim Weston
    "How Can I"-Brenda Holloway
    "That'll Be the Day"-Temptations
    "Farewell My Summer Love"- Michael Jackson
    "Jamie"-J5

  15. #15
    Ooh, great topic... off the top of my head...

    "Save My Love For A Rainy Day" by Marv Johnson

    "He Who Picks A Rose" by Jimmy Ruffin

    "You Hit Me Where It Hurt Me" by Kim Weston

    "Too Late I Learned" by The Spinners

    "Countin' On You, Babe" by Barbara McNair

  16. #16
    we could start a whole second thread on some of the unreleased lps

    There's a Place for Us
    Blue
    To the Baby
    a "real" Ross 78 lolol - that package they put out was useless especially given some of her vaulted tracks

    As for singles, I thought of another

    Kim Weston - You're Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love

  17. #17
    I don't have the Martha Spellbound package in front of me for reference, but I LOVED that song that is something like "Hallelujah I Love Him So."

  18. #18
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    Another big mistake was never having a Motown artist sing "You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet", nor have The Funk Brothers record the track. Same for "Somebody Else, Somewhere (Needs You)".

  19. #19
    Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers - The Bells

  20. #20
    Temptations - "Forever in My Heart" as EITHER/BOTH a B-side or album cut.

  21. #21
    The Temptations - "That'll Be The Day"
    How the hell was this thrown back into the vault? This was an A-side single.

    The Contours - "Baby Hit And Run"
    The Billy Gordon lead version is a smoking track. This definitely deserved a single release and possibly could have brought the Contours back to the top of the charts.

    Four Tops - "Clip My Wings"
    Beautiful Raynard Miner track. It sounds unfinished (needs brass and strings), but it's shame this was put away.

    Four Tops - "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down"
    Another Raynard Miner track. This is one of my favorite Four Tops songs ever. This was definitely worthy of a single release.

    Brenda Holloway - "Without Love You Lose A Good Feeling," "I'll Be Alright"
    A few of my favorites from Brenda. After Mary Wells left, Motown should have gotten behind her and Kim and pushed them as their solo female stars. It's a shame because these songs showcase Brenda's talent.

    Diana Ross & the Supremes - "Stormy"
    One of their best, if not their best, unreleased tracks. I don't understand how they were including tracks from the Flo years on later DRATS albums when a track like this was left behind.

    Kim Weston - "I'm Gonna Make It Up To You," "I Got A Weak Heart," "You Can Do It"
    All three tracks are examples of the classic Motown sound that would have done well if they were singles.

    The Velvelettes - "Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer)," "A Love So Deep Inside," "He's The One"
    The Velvelettes have one of the best catalogs at Motown in terms of potential hits. These are stand outs that deserved attention.

    Gladys Knight & The Pips - "If You Ever Get Your Hands On Love"
    Again, how the hell was this not an A-side single? This screams hit to me.

  22. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by sup_fan View Post
    MRATV - A Little Bit Of Heaven (On a Little Patch of Earth)
    I was playing Martha & The Vandellas' Lost & Found a few weeks ago and my significant other couldn't believe "A Little Bit Of Heaven" was an unreleased song. He thought surely they knew it was so good, maybe they gave it to someone else to record, but then I looked up the song on DFTMC.info and found out no one else recorded the song.

  23. #23
    Gladys Knight here are the pieces of my broken heart
    Martha Reeves easy to fall in love with a guy like you
    David Ruffin David LP
    So many more almost all of the Cellar full tracks
    Brenda Holloway I see a rainbow
    Tammi Terrell all I do

    I'm really happy to be having these unreleased tracks from the best record label in history

  24. #24
    * JJ Barnes - (Tell Me) Ain't It The Truth
    * The Blackberries - Kidnapped
    * The Contours - Baby Hit and Run (Billy Gordon Version)
    * The Fantastic Four - Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy
    * Brenda Holloway - Lonely Teardrops
    * The Isley Brothers - I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love
    * Chuck Jackson - Who You Gonna Run To
    * Gladys Knight & the Pips - The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other)
    * The Lewis Sisters - Many Good Times
    * Short Long - Mobile Lil The Dancing Witch (with Gladys & the Pips)
    * The Marvelettes - Girls Need Love and Affection
    * The Originals - Come See About Me
    * Jimmy Ruffin - I Know How To Love Her
    * The Supremes - You've Got Pay The Price
    * The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Alternate Version)
    * Paul Williams - I Need You More Now Than Ever

  25. #25
    “Make My Water Boil,” a.k.a. “Loving You Has Been So Wonderful” - David Ruffin (with a lot of help from Stevie Wonder) (Motown Solo Albums Vol 2)
    "Never Give You Up" - Blinky and Edwin Starr (Cellarful Vol 3)
    "What Am I Gonna Do Without You" - Temptations (Lost and Found)
    "Cindy" - Bobby Taylor (Cellarful Vol 3)
    "Just Seven Numbers" - Bobby Taylor and David Ruffin (Motown Sings Motown Treasures)
    "Let Me Love You Tonight" - Arthur Adams (Motown's Blue Evolution)

  26. #26
    Martha and the Vandellas "You Neglect Me"

    Marvin Gaye "My Love Is Growing"

  27. #27
    honest man Guest
    Some of the unissued tracks especially CFOM comps have become fave songs of mine but 2 from Anthologies i love Tommy Good - She's a Living doll 2 Love me forever- Dorsey Burnette plus hundreds more,cheers.

  28. #28
    It's funny, two days ago I was listening to the Supremes' Bend A Little and was also thinking how crazy it was to leave that one in the vaults. Same goes for I Can Never Recover. Those two get my vote. Some of the unreleased tracks on the Diana Ross Last Time I Saw Him Expanded Edition should have also been released in the 70's.

  29. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by daviddh View Post
    Diana / supremes beginning of the end of love/ pink box set
    supremes life beats w/ Jean
    Yes!! I forgot about these two. Also favourites of mine.

  30. #30
    For me it's the 2015 released alternate takes of "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night"-Florence Ballard. Those first takes that we're released did not do her justice and I am baffled as to why those takes released in 2015 weren't the first versions released. Not only that but why did they not end up on the original album? I'm guessing Gordy really wanted to showcase Diana as the lead singer. Those 2015 versions really show me that Florence was greatly underutilized and should have been showcased much more. I really think she would have done well on Broadway. Everyone at Motown has commented on what a great singer Flo was and I don't think what's been released really does her justice.

  31. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by floyjoy678 View Post
    For me it's the 2015 released alternate takes of "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night"-Florence Ballard. Those first takes that we're released did not do her justice and I am baffled as to why those takes released in 2015 weren't the first versions released. Not only that but why did they not end up on the original album? I'm guessing Gordy really wanted to showcase Diana as the lead singer. Those 2015 versions really show me that Florence was greatly underutilized and should have been showcased much more. I really think she would have done well on Broadway. Everyone at Motown has commented on what a great singer Flo was and I don't think what's been released really does her justice.
    What album are these on?

  32. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by floyjoy678 View Post
    For me it's the 2015 released alternate takes of "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night"-Florence Ballard. Those first takes that we're released did not do her justice and I am baffled as to why those takes released in 2015 weren't the first versions released. Not only that but why did they not end up on the original album? I'm guessing Gordy really wanted to showcase Diana as the lead singer. Those 2015 versions really show me that Florence was greatly underutilized and should have been showcased much more. I really think she would have done well on Broadway. Everyone at Motown has commented on what a great singer Flo was and I don't think what's been released really does her justice.
    Given what we’ve been told by George, Andy et al., my theory is that these takes may have only been recently unearthed. You’re right; they are stellar.

  33. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by Luciano View Post
    What album are these on?
    The 2015 download-only remaster of MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  34. #34
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    The 2015 download-only remaster of MERRY CHRISTMAS.
    ...and don't forget the upcoming 2 CD set, "Ultimate Merry Christmas", being released November 2nd

  35. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    It's funny, two days ago I was listening to the Supremes' Bend A Little and was also thinking how crazy it was to leave that one in the vaults. Same goes for I Can Never Recover. Those two get my vote. Some of the unreleased tracks on the Diana Ross Last Time I Saw Him Expanded Edition should have also been released in the 70's.
    Agreed! I love all the songs The Supremes recorded for the '75 album, but I think it would have done better with more dance tracks like "Bend a Little", "I Can Never Recover", "Dance Fever", and "Seed of Love". Hard to believe they all stayed in the vaults.

  36. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    The 2015 download-only remaster of MERRY CHRISTMAS.
    Thank you Sansradio and Carlo!

  37. #37
    the Supremes Merry Christmas. last year digital download only , this November cd release. also been released on other Christmas collections

  38. #38
    I totally agree with Bend A Little by the Supremes. great track
    Stormy by the Supremes
    Blue Diana. and she was off the charts most of later part of 74 and most of 1975?? and this still remained in the vaults.
    Pay the Price supremes with Jean. lot of good stuff with Jean still in the vaults.

  39. #39
    I agree, DavidH. The 70s Supremes' Lost & Found is way overdue. Now that the ball seems to be rolling again with the physical CD releases (ie. A Go Go and Ultimate Merry Christmas), hopefully we can get the L&F soon too.

  40. #40
    What counts as the first track(s) released "from the vaults"? Some sneaked out early on LPs without fanfare and some that received a release back in the day had been left in the can for a while (e.g. "Jimmy Mack" (1964)).

  41. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    What counts as the first track(s) released "from the vaults"? Some sneaked out early on LPs without fanfare and some that received a release back in the day had been left in the can for a while (e.g. "Jimmy Mack" (1964)).
    I guess it depends on how one defines "from the vaults." I would think that Mary Wells' VINTAGE STOCK album might have been one of the first examples of vault material being released, as diehards would have known that many of its songs had not been released until Mary left the label.

  42. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    I guess it depends on how one defines "from the vaults." I would think that Mary Wells' VINTAGE STOCK album might have been one of the first examples of vault material being released, as diehards would have known that many of its songs had not been released until Mary left the label.
    Yeah "Vintage Stock" from 1966 might be an early contender.

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    Here's a wonderful mid-tempo version of Linda Griner's 1963 A side 45 release, of the slow ballad, "Envious", also backed by The Love-Tones, as was the ballad.
    Last edited by robb_k; 10-19-2017 at 12:22 AM.

  44. #44
    Quote Originally Posted by rovereab View Post
    Marvin & Tammi's We'll Be Satisfied should have been used instead of Marvin duetising some of Tammi's solo tracks. Or the real strange one of Tammi's solo I Can't Believe You Love me having its verses swapped around then duetised by Marvin. We'll Be Satisfied is a real duet and a great performance.
    I agree 100%

  45. #45
    Several of the songs on the Blinky set got this reaction from me. The one that had me the most steamed was her take on “Your Love Was Worth Waiting For”! That cut had hit written all over it.

  46. #46
    A missed opportunity was Gladys Knight & the Spinners "All These Things" Sheer class.

  47. #47
    Night and Day - Temptations - one of the most perfect recordings ever

    Diana’s Blue Album

  48. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by jobeterob View Post
    Night and Day - Temptations - one of the most perfect recordings ever

    Diana’s Blue Album
    Wasn't, Night and Day a new track in the 90's and released when recorded on the For Lovers Only album? Or was their an early version?

  49. #49
    Just One More Kiss (Before You Leave Me) -- The Marvelettes
    I Can't Escape Your Memory -- The Four Tops
    The Beginning Of The End Of Love -- Diana Ross & The Supremes

  50. #50
    Four tops list:
    1. Same o same o
    2. I'm so afraid of losing you
    3. Clip my wings
    4. These are the questions
    5. What you gonna do with me baby
    6. Just one last look
    7. Sweet was the love
    8. Ballad to the one i love
    9. Stranded on the road of love
    10. My heart is calling you
    11. Just a little love
    12. Can't stop this feeling
    13. Hot nights album & unreleased supremes duets
    14. Old love ( let's try it again)
    15. My fatherless son
    16. My love keeps on growing
    17. Breaking through album
    18. Lost for words
    19. Fantasy

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