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  1. #1

    Motown and Cancelled 'Releases'

    I'm not sure that we have discussed this before as a general topic. It seems that Motown had an enormous volume of ready-to-release material that was eventually cancelled. The Supremes alone had Sing Ballads and Blues, the Disney album, There's a Place For Us and more.

    So two topics for discussion: 1) I wonder if there is a definitive list of Motoen cancelled material [[this would not include material that was recorded but just remained unreleased), and 2) Did Motown indeed have a higher volume of cancelled material than other contemporary labels, or is it that due to our forum sleuths we just know more about the Motown cancelled material?

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    The only other one I can think of is MR&TV Copa album

  3. #3
    A couple of cancelled releases for The Supremes that comes to mind are the Live Live Live & Promises Kept LPs.
    Last edited by Motown Eddie; 03-15-2021 at 11:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    So two topics for discussion: 1) I wonder if there is a definitive list of Motoen cancelled material [[this would not include material that was recorded but just remained unreleased), and 2) Did Motown indeed have a higher volume of cancelled material than other contemporary labels, or is it that due to our forum sleuths we just know more about the Motown cancelled material?
    Good Questions PHN! I don't think there's a definitive list of cancelled Motown releases [[but there should be one given the interest & high quality of material in the Motown Vaults). Not sure if Motown had more cancelled releases than any other company.

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    There were a lot, though I have no idea how it compares to other labels. Much of this material has been released through the years on various Universal labels [[such as Spectrum, Hip-O, Motown) as well as on Ace, Real Gone, etc.

    Here are many of them, sourced from the following website [[which has a lot of great information on many labels, I recommend checking it out if you haven't already):

    http://www.bsnpubs.com/index.html

    http://www.bsnpubs.com/motown/motownstory.html


    It's unclear in some of these cases whether any recording was done for the planned release; these are just catalogue numbers that were assigned. In many cases, though, we know that the album was recorded [[or partially recorded) because the material was released decades later.

    There were also recordings made that don't appear in this list, perhaps because they were not assigned a catalogue number, for example MR&TV at The Copa. I guess Motown did a lot of live recording with an eye towards a possible, but not necessarily planned, album release.

    There were also a number of catalogue numbers that seem to have been set aside for something, but this website does not indicate for what - perhaps that information was lost.

    In my original post I only chose a selection of unreleased albums, but following posts by SatansBlues and PeaceNHarmony [[below) I added titles they mentioned plus many others. I tried to include all the unissued titles given on the bsn website through 1972. For later years, I only selected some titles, mainly those from well-known artists.

    MT-602 - The Satintones Sing - The Satintones
    MT-610 - The Supremes Sing Ballads and Blues - The Supremes
    M-612 - Second Time Around - Mary Wells
    M-618 - Recorded Live! The Supremes on Stage - The Supremes. Recorded at the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit
    MT-619 - My Son the Sit-In - Stepin Fetchit [[comedy)
    MT-626 - The Supremes Recorded Live! - The Supremes. This record evidently came close to being released; a picture in the Supremes 25th Anniversary album booklet [[Motown 5381ML3) shows Marvin Gaye holding the album and talking to Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
    MT-628 - There's a Place for Us - Supremes
    MT-635, MT-637 - A Tribute to the Girls - The Supremes. All finished tracks were released on the CD There's A Place For Us.
    MT-640 - Live at Lake Tahoe - Billy Eckstine
    MS-645 - Live at the Americana - Tony Martin
    MT/MS-648 - Pure Gold - The Supremes [[apparently a compilation of hits)
    MT/MS-656, MT/MS-658 - The Supremes and the Motown Sound from Broadway to Hollywood - The Supremes. All finished tracks were released on the CD There's A Place For Us.
    MS-671 - Diana Ross and the Supremes Sing and Perform Disney Classics - Diana Ross & Supremes
    MS-697 - The Mynah Birds - The Mynah Birds
    MS-706 - Time and Love - Diana Ross
    MS-712, SS-735 - Sunny and Warm - Blinky
    MS-714 - [no title given by bsn] - Jonah Jones
    MS-733 - David - David Ruffin
    MS-738 - Live at the Desert Inn - Bobby Darin
    MS-738L - Finally! - Bobby Darin. Second version of the Desert Inn album. Test pressings were made and placed in a cover with a picture of Darin. Printing on the cover states "Advance Release to Coincide with Bobby's Appearance at the Elmwood Casino"
    M-746L - Promises Kept - The Supremes
    M-770L - Softly - Blinky
    M6-781 - The Devastating Affair - The Devastating Affair
    M-787 - Relocation - Xit. This [[1973) album was released on the Canyon label in 1977.
    M-788 - Inside Out - Frankie Valli
    M-816 - How Do We Get Out of This Business Alive - Puzzle
    M-817 - Rickenstein - Rickenstein
    M6-823 - H.U.B. - H.U.B. The group was made up of Rare Earth members Pete Hoorelbeke, Mike Urso, and Tom Baird.
    M6-830 - Do Unto Others - Jermaine Jackson
    M-862 - Sky's the Limit - Dynamic Superiors
    M6-868S1 - Untitled - Stephanie Mills
    M-893 - The Whole World Is My Home - Leon Ware
    M7-913R1 - Living - Jermaine Jackson
    M7-915R1 - Diana Ross Sings Songs from "The Wiz" - Diana Ross
    M8-943M1 - Ecstasy Paradise - Platinum Hook

    TM-226 - Money and Other Big Hits - Barrett Strong
    TM-225 - Introducing the Downbeats - The Downbeats. The Downbeats later added Saundra Mallett and became the Elgins.
    TM-234 - The Miracles Sing Modern - The Miracles
    TM-244 - Recorded Live at the Regal - Various Artists
    TM-246 - Soul Supreme, Volume One - Various Artists [[probably a compilation of already-released material)
    TM-247 - Soul Supreme, Volume Two - Various Artists [[probably a compilation of already-released material)
    TM-248 - Workout Stevie Workout - Little Stevie Wonder
    TM-249 - Shades of Time - Choker Campbell & His 16 Piece Band
    TM/TS-260 - Side by Side - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
    TM/TS-263 - Hurtin' and Cryin' - Brenda Holloway
    TM/TS-273 - Marvin Gaye at the Copa - Marvin Gaye
    TS-283 - Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia
    T-316L - You're the Man - Marvin Gaye
    T-323L - [Untitled Christmas Album] - Marvin Gaye
    T-324L - Nick and Val - Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
    T8-369M1 - Love Man - Marvin Gaye

    GLPS-934 - Take Me In Your Arms - Kim Weston
    GLPS-937 - Marv - Marv Johnson
    GS-941 - Rita Wright - Rita Wright
    G-960 - Martha Reeves - Martha Reeves
    G-978 - Dennis Edwards - Dennis Edwards
    G-983 - 21st Creation - 21st Creation

    SS-712 - I Got a Feeling - Barbara Randolph
    SS-722 - How Sweet He Is - The Fantastic Four
    S6-742S1 - Jr. Walker and the All Stars - Jr. Walker & The All Stars [[unissued in the US but issued in the UK as STML-11274)

    VIP/VIPS-401 - The Velvelettes - The Velvelettes
    VIPS-406 - Ivy Jo Is in this Bag - Ivy Jo

    WSJ 216 - The Soul and Sound of Herbie Williams - Herbie Williams
    W/WS 217 - Breaking Through - Four Tops
    W/WS 218 - Untitled - Charles Harris Trio

    MW-105 - [no title given by bsn] - The Devastating Affair
    MW-106 - [no title given by bsn] - Blackberries
    MW-107 - 7th Son - G.C. Cameron
    MW-109 - With Love - Sisters Love
    MW-110 - [no title given by bsn] - Commodores
    MW-111 - [no title given by bsn] - Blinky
    MW-120 - Dazzle 'Em with Footwork - Martin & Finley
    MW-122 - Kubie - Kubie
    MW-123, M-776 - Stacie - Stacie Johnson
    MW-124 - [no title given by bsn] - G.C. Cameron

    RS-517 - Easy Ridin' - Easybeats [[unissued in the US, issued in the UK and Australia with the title "Friends")
    R-533L - Head to Head - Other People
    R-547 - Rare Earth Live in Chicago - Rare Earth

    ME-402 - Indiana Girl - Pat Boone

    6050 - [no title given by bsn] - Smokey Robinson
    6055LL - Me Enamore - Jose Feliciano. Released on Profono Records under license from Motown.
    6087 - You Got the Love - Teena Marie
    6211ML - Hot Nights - Four Tops
    6213 - Conversation - Mary Jane Girls
    6240ML - Real Love - El DeBarge
    Last edited by calvin; 03-17-2021 at 12:14 AM.

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    The Miracles Sing Modern - The Miracles T234 1963
    Workout Stevie, Workout - Little Stevie Wonder 1963 *released on his iTunes box set
    Hurtin & Crying - Brenda Holloway T263 1965

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    There was also the Diana Ross & Supremes "Some Things You Never Get Used To" album. It was ultimately released as "Love Child," but the original line-up was actually better and more diverse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercarter2u View Post
    There was also the Diana Ross & Supremes "Some Things You Never Get Used To" album. It was ultimately released as "Love Child," but the original line-up was actually better and more diverse.
    I though I had heard talk here of a STYNGUT lp.

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    Has anyone ever seen a track listing for Recorded Live At The Regal?

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    Speaking of STYNGUT, here's one 'reported' track listing [[which we may have discussed before ...) -

    Some Things You Never Get Used To
    Heaven Must Have Sent You
    He's My Sunny Boy
    Come On And See Me
    Can I Get A Witness
    You've Been So Wonderful To Me
    My Guy
    It's Not Unusual
    Just A Little Misunderstanding
    Uptight [[Everything's Alright)
    What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
    Blowin' In The Wind

    Personally I find this track listing too covers-heavy as opposed to the Love Child album.

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    There's also Marvin Gaye's You're The Man, which Wikipedia lists as TM-316. This album was of course ultimately released 2 years ago but for our purposes fits in this discussion. AND ... there may be a Marvin Sanctified P!$$y lp which I think was being recorded as a follow-up to Midnight Love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Speaking of STYNGUT, here's one 'reported' track listing [[which we may have discussed before ...) -

    Some Things You Never Get Used To
    Heaven Must Have Sent You
    He's My Sunny Boy
    Come On And See Me
    Can I Get A Witness
    You've Been So Wonderful To Me
    My Guy
    It's Not Unusual
    Just A Little Misunderstanding
    Uptight [[Everything's Alright)
    What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
    Blowin' In The Wind

    Personally I find this track listing too covers-heavy as opposed to the Love Child album.
    I like most of the songs individually. But as a package, it just seems thrown together and maybe even dated.

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    Was the G-960 Martha Reeves supposed to be a solo album or a group project?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    There's also Marvin Gaye's You're The Man, which Wikipedia lists as TM-316. This album was of course ultimately released 2 years ago but for our purposes fits in this discussion. AND ... there may be a Marvin Sanctified P!$$y lp which I think was being recorded as a follow-up to Midnight Love.
    Yes, I didn't include "You're The Man", just edited my post above to add it. Also I saw that there was a catalogue number given for a Marvin Gaye Christmas album for 1972.
    Last edited by calvin; 03-16-2021 at 06:48 AM.

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    I like most of the songs individually. But as a package, it just seems thrown together and maybe even dated.
    I agree entirely; for me, the Love Child album, as released, is far superior and more defining as a Supremes album without leaning heavily on outside material.

  16. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    Was the G-960 Martha Reeves supposed to be a solo album or a group project?
    It was apparently planned as a 1972 release, following the MR&TV Black Magic LP. No other information is given on that website and I didn't find anything elsewhere.

    I believe that Martha & The Vandellas disbanded as a group following the "Black Magic" LP. Given that the planned title was "Martha Reeves", I would guess that this was intended to introduce her as a solo artist.
    Last edited by calvin; 03-16-2021 at 09:37 AM.

  17. #17
    I just updated my post above [[the selected list of titles) with many more.

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    Also THE SUPREMES LIVE IN JAPAN which eventually did get released via Hip-O.

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    And unless I missed it, wasn't there a supposed Supremes "Gold" LP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybrewster View Post
    And unless I missed it, wasn't there a supposed Supremes "Gold" LP?
    I think it was going to be called PURE GOLD and would have been their first greatest hits collection.

  21. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by marybrewster View Post
    And unless I missed it, wasn't there a supposed Supremes "Gold" LP?
    Yes: MT/MS-648 - Pure Gold - The Supremes

    As I mentioned, I left out titles that look like compilations of already-released material. I thought this thread was more about cancelled projects of new material.

    There were others that I deliberately left out for the same reason, such as:

    TM-246 - Soul Supreme, Volume One - Various Artists
    TM-247 - Soul Supreme, Volume Two - Various Artists

    I will go back and add these to the list as, who knows, maybe these were planned to contain at least some new material.

    As I recall, there were some from the 1970s that I also skipped for the same reason, such as:

    M6-836 S1 - Love Ballads - Various Artists
    M6-837 S1 - Mellow Moods - Various Artists
    Last edited by calvin; 03-16-2021 at 09:03 AM.

  22. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    I just updated my post above [[the selected list of titles) with many more.
    Impressive work, Calvin, and thank you. There was a ton of unreleased Chris Clark material; I wonder if any of that was ever assembled into an album-to-be?

  23. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Impressive work, Calvin, and thank you. There was a ton of unreleased Chris Clark material; I wonder if any of that was ever assembled into an album-to-be?
    Could be, there were a lot of catalogue numbers set aside for which there seems to be no information today.

    After just digging out "The Motown Collection", the previously-unreleased tracks seem to be mostly recorded between 1965 and 1968, but spread out pretty evenly across those years. I don't see that, for example, there were a bunch of these tracks recorded within a single month or two, as one might expect for a planned LP.

  24. #24
    CP Spencer was supposed to have cut an LP entitled “Goin’ For Myself” scheduled for Motown. It and the single “Still Holding On” was ultimately shelved. Looking forward to hearing it via MU 72-73. [[Hint Hint universal music group)

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    some that i've found for Tamla are, from Sharon Davis' book:

    Tamla 260 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston 'Side by side'

    Tamla 323 Ashford & Simpson "Nick and Val"

    Tamla 369 Marvin Gaye "Love Man"

    Tamla 370 Tata Vega "Givin' all my love"

    Tamla 377 Stevie Wonder "Stevie wonder's original musiquarium"

    Tamla 388 Smokey Robinson "yes it's you lady"

    plus wasn't marvin supposed to release a Copa album? it doesn't appear to have been assigned a Tamla number so maybe it never got that far

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    motown label includes:

    610 Supremes Sing Ballads and Blues

    626 Supremes Live Live Live

    628 Sups There's A Place for us

    637 Sups Tribute to the girls

    640 Billy Eckstein Live at Lake Tahoe

    645 Tony Martin Live at the Americana

    648 Sups Pure Gold

    712 Blinky Sunny and Warm

    738 Bobby Darin Live at the desert inn

    739 Various artists

    746 Sups promises kept

    757 Jackie Jackson "jackie jackson"

    770 Blinky Softly

    776 Stacie Johnson "stacie"

    781 The Devastating Affair "the devastating affair

    also the supremes unreleased included BAllad and Blues, live live live, there's a place, tribute to the girls, around the world with the supremes, sing broadway to hollywood, sing disney, somethings you never, promises kept. but not all of them were assigned catalog numbers

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    Hi sup_fan, please take a look at my post above - I think I have all of those you listed that were not issued except the Supremes' titles "Around the World" and "Some Things You Never...".

    739 was the Sterling Ball Benefit. That album was issued and given to attendees of the ball as a special souvenir but not made available commercially. It was a compilation of already-released tracks made for a specific purpose, not really a cancelled project.

    Others you listed were definitely released, though the catalogue number changed between planning and release [[eg Jackie Jackson from 757 to 785).

    M-785V1 - Jackie Jackson - Jackie Jackson [[1973)
    T8-370M1 - Givin' All My Love - Tata Vega [[1980)
    6002TL2 - Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium [[1982)
    6001TL - Yes It's You Lady - Smokey Robinson [[1982)

    Marvin Gaye at the Copa did have a number [[273) but was not issued until Hip-O Select released it on cd in 2005. I also listed it above.
    Last edited by calvin; 03-16-2021 at 03:26 PM.

  28. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by sup_fan View Post
    some that i've found for Tamla are, from Sharon Davis' book:

    Tamla 260 Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston 'Side by side'

    Tamla 323 Ashford & Simpson "Nick and Val"

    Tamla 369 Marvin Gaye "Love Man"

    Tamla 370 Tata Vega "Givin' all my love"

    Tamla 377 Stevie Wonder "Stevie wonder's original musiquarium"

    Tamla 388 Smokey Robinson "yes it's you lady"

    plus wasn't marvin supposed to release a Copa album? it doesn't appear to have been assigned a Tamla number so maybe it never got that far
    I believe the Marvin/ Kim release was planned to be one side of Marvin with Kim and one side of Marvin and Mary Wells.

    The Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson albums were released, but I don't know if they carried the same catalog # listed here.

    The Marvin Copa album ended up being released years later by Motown Select.

  29. #29
    I'm hoping Ralph or George may drop in and have a word or two about some of these cancelled lps.

  30. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    There were a lot, though I have no idea how it compares to other labels. Much of this material has been released through the years on various Universal labels [[such as Spectrum, Hip-O, Motown) as well as on Ace, Real Gone, etc.

    Here are many of them, sourced from the following website [[which has a lot of great information on many labels, I recommend checking it out if you haven't already):

    http://www.bsnpubs.com/index.html

    http://www.bsnpubs.com/motown/motownstory.html


    It's unclear in some of these cases whether any recording was done for the planned release; these are just catalogue numbers that were assigned. In many cases, though, we know that the album was recorded [[or partially recorded) because the material was released decades later.

    There were also recordings made that don't appear in this list, perhaps because they were not assigned a catalogue number, for example MR&TV at The Copa. I guess Motown did a lot of live recording with an eye towards a possible, but not necessarily planned, album release.

    There were also a number of catalogue numbers that seem to have been set aside for something, but this website does not indicate for what - perhaps that information was lost.

    In my original post I only chose a selection of unreleased albums, but following posts by SatansBlues and PeaceNHarmony [[below) I added titles they mentioned plus many others. I tried to include all the unissued titles given on the bsn website through 1972. For later years, I only selected some titles, mainly those from well-known artists.

    MT-602 - The Satintones Sing - The Satintones
    MT-610 - The Supremes Sing Ballads and Blues - The Supremes
    M-612 - Second Time Around - Mary Wells
    M-618 - Recorded Live! The Supremes on Stage - The Supremes. Recorded at the Greystone Ballroom in Detroit
    MT-619 - My Son the Sit-In - Stepin Fetchit [[comedy)
    MT-626 - The Supremes Recorded Live! - The Supremes. This record evidently came close to being released; a picture in the Supremes 25th Anniversary album booklet [[Motown 5381ML3) shows Marvin Gaye holding the album and talking to Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson.
    MT-628 - There's a Place for Us - Supremes
    MT-635, MT-637 - A Tribute to the Girls - The Supremes. All finished tracks were released on the CD There's A Place For Us.
    MT-640 - Live at Lake Tahoe - Billy Eckstine
    MS-645 - Live at the Americana - Tony Martin
    MT/MS-648 - Pure Gold - The Supremes [[apparently a compilation of hits)
    MT/MS-656, MT/MS-658 - The Supremes and the Motown Sound from Broadway to Hollywood - The Supremes. All finished tracks were released on the CD There's A Place For Us.
    MS-671 - Diana Ross and the Supremes Sing and Perform Disney Classics - Diana Ross & Supremes
    MS-697 - The Mynah Birds - The Mynah Birds
    MS-706 - Time and Love - Diana Ross
    MS-712, SS-735 - Sunny and Warm - Blinky
    MS-714 - [no title given by bsn] - Jonah Jones
    MS-733 - David - David Ruffin
    MS-738 - Live at the Desert Inn - Bobby Darin
    M-746L - Promises Kept - The Supremes
    M-770L - Softly - Blinky
    M6-781 - The Devastating Affair - The Devastating Affair
    M-787 - Relocation - Xit. This [[1973) album was released on the Canyon label in 1977.
    M-788 - Inside Out - Frankie Valli
    M6-823 - H.U.B. - H.U.B. The group was made up of Rare Earth members Pete Hoorelbeke, Mike Urso, and Tom Baird.
    M6-830 - Do Unto Others - Jermaine Jackson
    M-862 - Sky's the Limit - Dynamic Superiors
    M6-868S1 - Untitled - Stephanie Mills
    M-893 - The Whole World Is My Home - Leon Ware
    M7-913R1 - Living - Jermaine Jackson
    M7-915R1 - Diana Ross Sings Songs from "The Wiz" - Diana Ross
    M8-943M1 - Ecstasy Paradise - Platinum Hook

    TM-226 - Money and Other Big Hits - Barrett Strong
    TM-225 - Introducing the Downbeats - The Downbeats. The Downbeats later added Saundra Mallett and became the Elgins.
    TM-234 - The Miracles Sing Modern - The Miracles
    TM-244 - Recorded Live at the Regal - Various Artists
    TM-246 - Soul Supreme, Volume One - Various Artists [[probably a compilation of already-released material)
    TM-247 - Soul Supreme, Volume Two - Various Artists [[probably a compilation of already-released material)
    TM-248 - Workout Stevie Workout - Little Stevie Wonder
    TM-249 - Shades of Time - Choker Campbell & His 16 Piece Band
    TM/TS-260 - Side by Side - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
    TM/TS-263 - Hurtin' and Cryin' - Brenda Holloway
    TM/TS-273 - Marvin Gaye at the Copa - Marvin Gaye
    TS-283 - Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia
    T-316L - You're the Man - Marvin Gaye
    T-323L - [Untitled Christmas Album] - Marvin Gaye
    T-324L - Nick and Val - Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson
    T8-369M1 - Love Man - Marvin Gaye

    GLPS-934 - Take Me In Your Arms - Kim Weston
    GLPS-937 - Marv - Marv Johnson
    GS-941 - Rita Wright - Rita Wright
    G-960 - Martha Reeves - Martha Reeves
    G-978 - Dennis Edwards - Dennis Edwards

    SS-712 - I Got a Feeling - Barbara Randolph
    SS-722 - How Sweet He Is - The Fantastic Four
    S6-742S1 - Jr. Walker and the All Stars - Jr. Walker & The All Stars [[unissued in the US but issued in the UK as STML-11274)

    VIP/VIPS-401 - The Velvelettes - The Velvelettes
    VIPS-406 - Ivy Jo Is in this Bag - Ivy Jo

    WSJ 216 - The Soul and Sound of Herbie Williams - Herbie Williams
    W/WS 217 - Breaking Through - Four Tops
    W/WS 218 - Untitled - Charles Harris Trio

    MW-105 - [no title given by bsn] - The Devastating Affair
    MW-106 - [no title given by bsn] - Blackberries
    MW-107 - 7th Son - G.C. Cameron
    MW-109 - With Love - Sisters Love
    MW-110 - [no title given by bsn] - Commodores
    MW-111 - [no title given by bsn] - Blinky
    MW-116 - Love Songs - Severin Browne [[unissued in the US, issued in the UK)
    MW-120 - Dazzle 'Em with Footwork - Martin & Finley
    MW-122 - Kubie - Kubie
    MW-123, M-776 - Stacie - Stacie Johnson
    MW-124 - [no title given by bsn] - G.C. Cameron

    RS-517 - Easy Ridin' - Easybeats [[unissued in the US, issued in the UK and Australia with the title "Friends")
    R-533L - Head to Head - Other People
    R-547 - Rare Earth Live in Chicago - Rare Earth

    ME-402 - Indiana Girl - Pat Boone

    6050 - [no title given by bsn] - Smokey Robinson
    6055LL - Me Enamore - Jose Feliciano. Released on Profono Records under license from Motown.
    6087 - You Got the Love - Teena Marie
    6211ML - Hot Nights - Four Tops
    6213 - Conversation - Mary Jane Girls
    6240ML - Real Love - El DeBarge

    Love Songs - Severin Browne was issued in the US. It was on Motown and titled "New Improved Severin Brown". The title was changed for the UK release to "Love Songs".

  31. #31
    Found this on the Supremes' "Around The World":

    "Around the World with The Supremes was an unreleased project planned for The Supremes by Motown.

    The album would've consisted of famous international songs such as "La Bamba," "C'est si bon," "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu [[Volare)" and "Never On Sunday."

    Even though instrumental tracks were recorded for the album, it was never completed because the group never recorded any vocals on it."

    https://thesupremes.fandom.com/wiki/...h_The_Supremes
    Last edited by calvin; 03-16-2021 at 02:42 PM.

  32. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by booty View Post
    Love Songs - Severin Browne was issued in the US. It was on Motown and titled "New Improved Severin Brown". The title was changed for the UK release to "Love Songs".
    You are right, I see the track listings are identical. I removed it from the list above.

  33. #33
    December 23, 1972 was the Vandellas last concert
    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    It was apparently planned as a 1972 release, following the MR&TV Black Magic LP. No other information is given on that website and I didn't find anything elsewhere.

    I believe that Martha & The Vandellas disbanded as a group following the "Black Magic" LP. Given that the planned title was "Martha Reeves", I would guess that this was intended to introduce her as a solo artist.

  34. #34
    Is this albums only or are 45s included? There were tons of 45s that were assigned to a label and given a catalog number then canceled before release or withdrawn/deleted soon after.
    Last edited by nsoule; 03-16-2021 at 04:36 PM.

  35. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by nsoule View Post
    Is this albums only or are 45s included? There were tons of 45s that were assigned to a label and given a catalog number then canceled before release or withdrawn/deleted soon after.
    My main interest is in full albums, but certainly 45s are an interesting subject in their own right -

  36. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by blackguy69 View Post
    December 23, 1972 was the Vandellas last concert
    Was this concert recorded by Motown? It would be interesting to hear the groups last concert together. Anyone ever come across a playlist for their last concert?

  37. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by blackguy69 View Post
    December 23, 1972 was the Vandellas last concert
    Ok, but a catalogue number assigned to Martha Reeves as the artist with an album title of "Martha Reeves" still sounds like a project to introduce her as a solo artist.

    The catalogue number [[960) comes nearly right after the catalogue number for Black Magic [[958). I wonder if Reeves/Motown were already considering changes when Black Magic was being recorded?

    When was the group's last studio recording?
    Last edited by calvin; 03-17-2021 at 12:10 AM.

  38. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    Ok, but a catalogue number assigned to Martha Reeves as the artist with an album title of "Martha Reeves" still sounds like a project to introduce her as a solo artist.

    The catalogue number [[960) comes nearly right after the catalogue number for Black Magic [[958). I wonder if Reeves/Motown were already considering changes when Black Magic was being recorded?

    When was the group's last studio recording?
    I usually don't like to make this kind of statement, but I think it's been stated [[maybe by Martha herself?) that there was a solo lp in the planning. George or Ralph may be of help here.

  39. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by calvin View Post
    Found this on the Supremes' "Around The World":

    "Around the World with The Supremes was an unreleased project planned for The Supremes by Motown.

    The album would've consisted of famous international songs such as "La Bamba," "C'est si bon," "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu [[Volare)" and "Never On Sunday."

    Even though instrumental tracks were recorded for the album, it was never completed because the group never recorded any vocals on it."

    https://thesupremes.fandom.com/wiki/...h_The_Supremes
    i think it would have been an interesting album for the girls to do. the tracks were prepared in Dec 65 and some non-supremes backing vocals were recorded. apparently the song list included:

    La Bamba
    Never on sunday
    jamaica farewell
    C'est si bon
    Hava Nagila
    Danke Schoen
    Danny Boy
    Hawaiian Wedding Song
    Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

    sessions were produced by Hal Davis and Frank Wilson

  40. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by sup_fan View Post
    i think it would have been an interesting album for the girls to do. the tracks were prepared in Dec 65 and some non-supremes backing vocals were recorded. apparently the song list included:

    La Bamba
    Never on sunday
    jamaica farewell
    C'est si bon
    Hava Nagila
    Danke Schoen
    Danny Boy
    Hawaiian Wedding Song
    Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

    sessions were produced by Hal Davis and Frank Wilson
    O. M. G. ! THAT would have been one bizarre-assed lp! THIS one deserved cancellation.

  41. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    O. M. G. ! THAT would have been one bizarre-assed lp! THIS one deserved cancellation.
    i would like to hear them on the tunes but yeah, this would have been one of their oddest releases.

    can't you see the parents of some fans, sitting in their living room with a couple friends over for cocktails. Rumaki is toothpicked to the pineapple and is on the dining room table along with a crockpot of cocktail wieners percolating in a gravy of chili sauce and grape jelly.

    mother had done her "up do" with a couple of matching hairpieces. father is offering some Camels to the guests from a brass cigarette dispenser on the coffee table in front of the davenport. and then he walks over to the massive Zenith hi-fi and cues up this gem of a record! lololol

  42. #42
    Melody 501 was allocated to Dorsey Burnette's eponymous album.

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    Perhaps, considering the Holland-Dozier-Holland/Supremes dilemma when More Hits was completed, the idea of creating an International Collection for The Supremes was inspired by the Petula Clark Sings The International Hits set from 1965.

    According to notes accompanying the CD version of that recording project, after issuing two albums of mostly Pet Clark/Tony Hatch songs, “The demand for a rapid follow-up was enormous. Under this sort of pressure, it was unreasonable for the record company to expect the pair of them to be able to keep turning out hits, so it was decided to give the song-writing a break, and go instead for the ‘concept’ album, covering songs and standards made famous by other people…As Petula was by this time a star across Europe, much of Australasia, Canada , North and South America, such a concept was entirely appropriate…That the production is by Tony Hatch will probably surprise people who associate him with the brassy Motown influenced sounds which normally mark a Hatch production job.”

    Songs on the Clark album were Never On A Sunday, You Can’t Keep Me From Loving You [[known instrumentally as Midnight In Moscow), What Now My Love, Why Don’t They Understand, Have I The Right, Volare, One More Sunrise, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Love Me With All Your Heart, The Boy From Ipanema, I [[Who Have Nothing) and Hello Dolly.

    “No singles were taken from [the album], and it didn’t sell particularly well at the time.”

  44. #44
    A cancelled release I'm really interested in is the album that Stevie Wonder was supposedly writing and/or producing for the Jackson 5 in the early 70s. Apart from the fact that they're my two favourite Motown artists, the one track that has seen the light of day from this collaboration - Buttercup from the J5 compilation I Want You Back - Unreleased Masters - is just fantastic. The gorgeous keyboard and soaring vocals on that made it an instant favourite for me. And begged the question... how is it that someone decided in the 70s that it wasn't worthy of release? And what happened to the rest?

    Similarly, and just thinking of a track on its own, Tammi Terrell's version of All I Do is one of the sweetest sounding songs I've heard in my life and I will never understand why it languished in the vaults until A Cellarful of Motown in 2002. It takes a lot to better Stevie but that version is in another league, to my ears, from the one on Hotter Than July that I'd already known for years. How Tammi's version stayed unheard, I'll never understand.

  45. Quote Originally Posted by stupidactingsmart View Post
    Similarly, and just thinking of a track on its own, Tammi Terrell's version of All I Do is one of the sweetest sounding songs I've heard in my life and I will never understand why it languished in the vaults until A Cellarful of Motown in 2002. It takes a lot to better Stevie but that version is in another league, to my ears, from the one on Hotter Than July that I'd already known for years. How Tammi's version stayed unheard, I'll never understand.
    Bizarre, strange, unfathomable, the list could go on describing the puzzling reason why this one [[and "My Heart" for that matter) couldn't even get onto the Irresistible album. Brenda Holloway also recorded a version. Was Motown thinking of earmarking her version for release? Motown felt Brenda did well with the slower/mid-tempo tunes. Was Tammi's so good that Motown freaked and just couldn't figure out where such a song would fit on Top 40's landscape? I keep going back to the fact that we judge these songs from the perspective of our times. Maybe things we feel sound like automatic hits were deemed too out of the ballpark for the times back then. Who knows. I do think though that the song is amazingly beautiful and actually, to borrow from what you said, a league apart from almost everything at Motown at that time.

  46. #46
    Quote Originally Posted by WaitingWatchingLookingForAChance View Post
    Bizarre, strange, unfathomable, the list could go on describing the puzzling reason why this one [[and "My Heart" for that matter) couldn't even get onto the Irresistible album. Brenda Holloway also recorded a version. Was Motown thinking of earmarking her version for release? Motown felt Brenda did well with the slower/mid-tempo tunes. Was Tammi's so good that Motown freaked and just couldn't figure out where such a song would fit on Top 40's landscape? I keep going back to the fact that we judge these songs from the perspective of our times. Maybe things we feel sound like automatic hits were deemed too out of the ballpark for the times back then. Who knows. I do think though that the song is amazingly beautiful and actually, to borrow from what you said, a league apart from almost everything at Motown at that time.
    My Heart was the B-Side to Carolyn Crawford's 45 When Somebody's Good To You in November 1964 and Tammi's version is just as good as Carolyn's released version. My running question has always been if Stevie recorded his own version in 65/66? DFTMC gives a hint that there may be a SW version also produced by Clarence Paul! I would love to hear that one day. I also wonder if there's a version of The Tears of a Clown done by SW since he is one of the co-writers of the song.

  47. #47
    I also wonder if there's a version of The Tears of a Clown done by SW since he is one of the co-writers of the song.
    ...while we're waiting...



    Grape

  48. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by WaitingWatchingLookingForAChance View Post
    I keep going back to the fact that we judge these songs from the perspective of our times. Maybe things we feel sound like automatic hits were deemed too out of the ballpark for the times back then.
    That does make sense when you think about things like Berry Gordy's initial reaction to What's Goin' On. Still, waiting 30 plus years for that song to be heard is almost criminal.


    Quote Originally Posted by SatansBlues View Post
    My running question has always been if Stevie recorded his own version in 65/66?
    That would be amazing!

  49. DFTMC gives a hint that there may be a SW version also produced by Clarence Paul! I would love to hear that one day.


    Can I ask where it hints that please?

    Are you talking here of My Heart that's what your post seems to suggest however it seems you may have unwittingly changed horses mid stream so to speak and are talking about All I Do..
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