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    Greatest Hits & Anthology - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

    The UK saw two volumes of Greatest Hits from Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. There was also a one disc anthology (but the US two disc had been available here if I recall correctly - I think that was the one I had back then).

    There have been some great CD sets but no equivalent CD release of the vinyl Anthology set. I'm concentrating on the CD sets that have more than one CD here (though I really like the "Ultimate" single CD series).

    Here's a GIF of some of the sets and track listings for comparison below. One of them stands out in being more comprehensive I would say but there's plenty of previously unreleased material included along the way. The Hip-O Gold set is a little strange - includes non Motown solo work but omits "No One There". In fact none of these sets have "No One There" but it was a UK single release.

    Which is your favourite?

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    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

    TML11040 Greatest Hits Vinyl Album 1966
    Tracklist
    A1 My Baby Loves Me
    A2 Come And Get These Memories
    A3 Love Is Like A Heat Wave
    A4 Dancing In The Street
    A5 Quicksand
    A6 Live Wire

    B1 You've Been In Love Too Long
    B2 In My Lonely Room
    B3 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
    B4 A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)
    B5 Nowhere To Run
    B6 Wild One

    STML11223 Greatest Hits Volume 2 Vinyl Album 1973
    Tracklist
    A1 Jimmy Mack
    A2 Honey Chile
    A3 I Gotta Let You Go
    A4 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone
    A5 Third Finger, Left Hand
    A6 I Should Be Proud
    A7 Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile
    A8 I Promise To Wait My Love

    B1 I Cant Dance To That Music You're Playin'
    B2 Sweet Darlin'
    B3 (We've Got) Honey Love
    B4 Bless You
    B5 I Tried
    B6 In And Out Of My Life
    B7 Forget Me Not
    B8 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love

    STML11060 Anthology Vinyl Album 1977
    Tracklist
    A1 Come And Get These Memories
    A2 Heatwave
    A3 Quicksand
    A4 In My Lonely Room
    A5 Dancing In The Street
    A6 Nowhere To Run
    A7 You've Been In Love Too Long
    A8 My Baby Loves Me
    A9 I'm Ready For Love

    B1 Jimmy Mack
    B2 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone
    B3 Honey Chile
    B4 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin'
    B5 (We've Got) Honey Love
    B6 Forget Me Not
    B7 I Gotta Let You Go
    B8 Bless You
    B9 In And Out Of My Life

    MOTD6313 Live Wire The Singles 1962-1972 2 CD Set 1993
    Tracklist
    01 You'll Never Cherish A Love So True ('Til You Lose It) 2:52
    02 There He Is (At My Door) 2:23
    03 I'll Have To Let Him Go 2:49
    04 My Baby Won't Come Back 2:27
    05 Come And Get These Memories 2:24
    06 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave 2:46
    07 Quicksand 2:38
    08 Darling, I Hum Our Song 2:36
    09 Live Wire 2:31
    10 In My Lonely Room 2:30
    11 A Tear For The Girl 2:49
    12 Dancing In The Street 2:38
    13 Wild One 2:42
    14 Nowhere To Run 2:57
    15 Motoring 2:45
    16 You've Been In Love Too Long 3:01
    17 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) 2:55
    18 My Baby Loves Me 3:09
    19 Never Leave Your Baby's Side 2:10
    20 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love 3:00
    21 I'm Ready For Love 2:54
    22 Third Finger, Left Hand 2:47
    23 Jimmy Mack 2:52
    24 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone 2:21
    25 One Way Out 2:34
    26 Honey Chile 2:51
    27 Show Me The Way 2:39
    28 I Promise To Wait My Love 2:06
    29 Forget Me Not 3:00
    30 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' 2:37
    31 I Tried 2:37
    32 Sweet Darlin' 3:06
    33 (We've Got) Honey Love 2:40
    34 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) 3:02
    35 I Should Be Proud 2:56
    36 Love, Guess Who 3:06
    37 I Gotta Let You Go 2:29
    38 Bless You 3:02
    39 In And Out Of My Life 2:57
    40 Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile 3:26
    41 Tear It On Down 3:02
    42 I Won't Be The Fool I've Been Again* 2:43
    43 Baby (Don't You Leave Me)* 3:08

    0602498840993 Gold 2 CD Set (Hip-O-Select) 2006
    Tracklist
    01 I'll Have To Let Him Go 3:05
    02 Come And Get These Memories 2:28
    03 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave 3:45
    04 A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday) 2:32
    05 Quicksand 2:43
    06 Darling, I Hum Our Song 2:51
    07 Live Wire 2:36
    08 In My Lonely Room 2:25
    09 Dancing In The Street 2:38
    10 There He Is (At My Door) 2:33
    11 Wild One 2:44
    12 Nowhere To Run 2:57
    13 Motoring 2:46
    14 You've Been In Love Too Long 2:57
    15 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) 2:52
    16 My Baby Loves Me 3:10
    17 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love 2:50
    18 I'm Ready For Love 2:56
    19 Third Finger, Left Hand 3:06
    20 It's Easy To Fall In Love (With A Guy Like You) 2:26
    21 Jimmy Mack (Stereo Single Version) 3:10
    22 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone 2:09
    23 One Way Out 2:25
    24 Honey Chile 2:57
    25 Show Me The Way 2:41
    26 I Promise To Wait My Love 2:04
    27 Forget Me Not 2:57
    28 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing 2:42
    29 Sweet Darlin' 3:02
    30 (We've Got) Honey Love 2:29
    31 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) 2:49
    32 I Should Be Proud 2:56
    33 Love, Guess Who 3:06
    34 I Gotta Let You Go 2:24
    35 Bless You 3:03
    36 In And Out Of My Life 2:56
    37 Tear It On Down 3:25
    38 Martha Reeves & The Sweet Things Willie D 4:12
    39 Martha Reeves Power Of Love 3:23
    40 Martha Reeves Wild Night 3:27
    41 Martha Reeves Love Blind 3:41
    42 Martha Reeves Free Again 4:00

    602537150434 50th Anniversary The Singles Collection 1962-1972 3xCD Set
    Tracklist
    1-1 I'll Have To Let Him Go 2:49
    1-2 My Baby Won't Come Back 2:26
    1-3 Come And Get These Memories 2:28
    1-4 Jealous Lover 2:40
    1-5 Heat Wave 2:48
    1-6 A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)
    2:30
    1-7 Quicksand 2:36
    1-8 Darling, I Hum Our Song 2:37
    1-9 Live Wire 2:39
    1-10 Old Love (Let's Try Again) 2:31
    1-11 In My Lonely Room 2:31
    1-12 A Tear For The Girl 2:49
    1-13 Dancing In The Street 2:40
    1-14 There He Is (At My Door) 2:29
    1-15 Wild One 2:43
    1-16 Dancing Slow 2:13
    1-17 Nowhere To Run 2:52
    1-18 Motoring 2:46
    1-19 You've Been In Love Too Long 3:00
    1-20 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) 2:55
    1-21 My Baby Loves Me 3:07
    1-22 Never Leave Your Baby's Side 1:57
    1-23 What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love 3:00
    1-24 Go Ahead And Laugh 2:57
    1-25 I'm Ready For Love 2:53
    1-26 He Doesn't Love Her Anymore 3:01

    Bonus Tracks: The Spanish Singles
    1-27 Yo Necesito Tu Amor (I'm Ready For Love) 3:02
    1-28 Jimmy Mack 2:50


    2-1 Jimmy Mack 2:54
    2-2 Third Finger, Left Hand 2:46
    2-3 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone 2:11
    2-4 One Way Out 2:33
    2-5 Honey Chile 2:57
    2-6 Show Me This Way 2:40
    2-7 I Promise To Wait My Love 2:08
    2-8 Forget Me Not 3:00
    2-9 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' 2:38
    2-10 I Tried 2:36
    2-11 Sweet Darlin' 3:06
    2-12 Without You 2:10
    2-13 (We've Got) Honey Love 2:40
    2-14 I'm In Love (And I Know It) 2:31
    2-15 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) 3:02
    2-16 Heartless 3:04
    2-17 I Should Be Proud 2:56
    2-18 Love, Guess Who 3:05
    2-19 I Gotta Let You Go 2:30
    2-20 You're The Loser Now 3:38
    2-21 Bless You 3:06
    2-22 Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke 3:37
    2-23 In And Out Of My Life 2:58
    2-24 Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile 3:27
    2-25 Tear It On Down 3:01
    2-26 I Want You Back 3:20

    Bonus Track
    2-27 Jimmy Mack (Stereo Single Version) 3:06

    Sweeter Than Ever - Motown Lost And Found
    3-1 I'll Be Standing By 2:32
    3-2 You Just Wouldn't Listen 2:33
    3-3 Better Think It Over 2:19
    3-4 It's Hard To Walk Away 2:55
    3-5 Memories Are Made Of This 2:44
    3-6 I Remember You 2:37
    3-7 C'mon And Swim 2:42
    3-8 Testifying For Love 2:39
    3-9 S.O.S. (Girl In Distress) 3:07
    3-10 You Can Have Him 3:10
    3-11 Remember Me 2:50
    3-12 Love, Don't Take A Holiday 2:47
    3-13 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever 2:55
    3-14 Light My Fire 2:48
    3-15 Don't Say You Love Me 3:20
    3-16 We Will 3:35
    3-17 I've Got Nothing Left To Cling To 3:11
    3-18 I've Gotta Have Somebody To Rely On 2:37
    3-19 Hooked Real Good On A Bad Thing 2:57
    3-20 I Can't Wait Till Summer Comes 3:13
    3-21 Don't Leave Your Baby 2:47
    3-22 He's Good 3:57
    3-23 Play A Sad Song 2:57

    Even Sweeter…
    3-24 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) (Alternate Extended Version) 3:38
    3-25 Dancing In The Street (Alternate Extended Version)
    3:18
    3-26 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' (Original Version) 2:50
    3-27 I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playin' (Alternate Version) 2:36
    Last edited by mysterysinger; 06-20-2020 at 01:50 PM.

  2. #2
    My absolute favorite is the 1975 ANTHOLOGY. Previous to that, I only had their albums WATCHOUT! and RIDIN' HIGH. So hearing many of the songs was a surprise to me, especially the single version of JIMMY MACK.

    The LIVE WIRE set is also a fave as I was finally able to get a clean copy of A TEAR FOR THE GIRL, plus the previously unreleased BABY (DON'T YOU LEAVE ME).

  3. #3
    Obviously the more songs the better for almost any collection. So with that in mind, I assume the purple Anthology album listed above is a UK version because the US one has two full LPs and a total of 26 songs. As for the others, Live Wire is a nice collection because of having B sides and in many cases those can be well worth having. I do notice however that He Doesn't Love Her Anymore is missing and that is a great song. With the Gold collection I did not mind the added solo songs, especially since it included the two singles from her first solo album. Never did get the appeal of Love Blind so I could think of others that could have taken its place, but you can't have everything. The 50th Anniversary collection would have to be the best for me because of having the B sides (including He Doesn't) as well as ALL those Lost and Found tracks.

  4. #4
    I do love the Greatest Hits Vol. 2 release, just based on the cover alone. Sandra Tilley was especially servin' it up! Stunning. However, the 2 CD Gold set is a nice collection.

  5. #5
    My favorite is the 50th Anniversary Singles Collection. Even though I started my Martha & The Vandellas collection with Anthology (the US edition from 1974), the 50th Anniversary set has all of the A & B sides, track-by-track annotation, a third disc of songs from the vaults & alternate takes and the stereo mix of "Jimmy Mack" (the single version).

  6. #6
    There's an error above because STML11060 Anthology Vinyl Album 1977 should read STML12060.

    I like the "Live Wire" set because it starts earlier than the others. The UK albums didn't even include "I'll Have to Let Him Go" which is one of my favourite tracks. The Gold set seems to include the album version of that track.

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