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    Thelma Houston - "Reach Out [[I'll Be There)"

    My understanding is that this song was recorded by Thelma with production by Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford and arrangement by Ted Stovall down in Muscle Shoals in 1974. I'm only aware of it ever being released on the vinyl-only, "Motown Superstars Sing Motown Superstars" in 1983. Not a surprise, but Thelma really does great with this track and gives it the "Thelma treatment."

    Since it's only been on vinyl, does anyone here have a clean, high-quality digital [[MP3) copy of the song they would be willing to share? I've only ever heard a really bad quality copy that was basically someone videoing their record player playing it, so it's tinny and thin and, in a word, sounds awful.

    Not trying to offend anyone here, but knowing where things seem to stand with Universal anymore, I don't think there's much chance of this track [or a Thelma box set!] ever seeing the light of day anytime soon.

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    You've got mail, Dan

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    Not just on vinyl - on cassette too -


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    These are three excellent Motown releases featuring unreleased songs. I was unaware that the three of them were ever released on cassettes as shown on mysterysingers post #4. I have all of them buying them when they were actually released.

    It totally escapes my intelligence why they were NEVER released on a CD. Does anyone know why they were not?

    Motown From The Vaults Cassette Composite
    Never Before Released Masters [[5380MLA)

    A1– Mary Wells - The Day Will Come

    A2– Diana Ross & The Supremes - The Tears

    A3– The Temptations - Mind Over Matter

    A4– The Marvelettes - Knock On My Door

    A5– Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - I'm Stuck On You

    A6– Jr. Walker & The All Stars - Break It Up

    B1– Stevie Wonder - Don't You Feel It

    B2– Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Can't Break The Habit

    B3– Four Tops - I Can't Escape Your Memory

    B4– Stevie Wonder - Lois **

    B5– Diana Ross & The Supremes - Stay In My Lonely Arms

    B6– The Temptations - Tear Stained Letter

    From The Vaults [[M5-190V1)

    A1 – The Temptations - Nobody But You

    A2 – Diana Ross And The Supremes - Take Me Where You Go

    A3 –The Monitors - Cry

    A4 – Marvin Gaye - Sweeter As The Days Go By

    A5 – The Marvelettes - Should Have Know Better

    B1 – The Spinners - What More Could A Boy Ask For

    B2 – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - It's Fantastic

    B3 – Mary Wells - Drop In The Bucket

    B4 – Gladys Knight And The Pips - The Lonely Heart And Lonely Eyes Of Lonely Me

    B5 – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Undecided Lover

    Motown Superstars Sing Motown Superstars [[5310ML)

    A1 – Spinners - Shop Around

    A2 – Thelma Houston - Reach Out I'll Be There **

    A3 – Jimmy Ruffin - Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

    A4 – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - The Tracks Of My Tears

    A5 – The Jackson 5 - Ask The Lonely

    B1 – Thelma Houston - I Wanna Be Where You Are **

    B2 – Commodores - Forever Came Today **

    B3 – Diana Ross - For Once In My Life **

    B4 – Junior Walker - Love Hangover

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    Many years ago, I stumbled across "From The Vaults" on cassette tape and snagged it, but I remember a collector friend had it on vinyl. [Heck, I might have it on vinyl somewhere--I haven't looked through my records in years!]

    I, too, don't know why those three compilations never made it onto CD back in the day. Many of the tracks have since made it to official releases, but there are still a few [such as Thelma's two tracks] that never made it.

    Thanks to all who have visited this thread so far!


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