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    The Marvelous Marvelettes Tamla 237 (Stereo) - 1963

    Just bought this - I had never seen this in Stereo before, and it is true stereo: a mint Japanese copy from the mid- 1980's.

    The US CD, cassette Motown Masters versions were mono only, as was the Hip-O 3 CD version Forvever.

    An interesting acquisition!
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    thomas96 Guest
    Was the US original ever released in stereo?

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    No, mono only.

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    @762rob,

    Nice find! Did you have to pay a lot for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762rob View Post


    An interesting acquisition!
    U.S. LP. :




    What I found interesting is the difference in color saturation/ shading between versions.

    Looking at the cover's reproduction in Forever Volume 1 , the colors appears so dull and flat , due to the non-glossy paper that was used for the booklet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762rob View Post
    Just bought this - I had never seen this in Stereo before, and it is true stereo: a mint Japanese copy from the mid- 1980's.

    The US CD, cassette Motown Masters versions were mono only, as was the Hip-O 3 CD version Forvever.

    An interesting acquisition!
    Perhaps Hip-O-Select should consider a cd re-issue of this and the stereo version of other early Marvelettes albums which have only been issued in mono in the U.S. To entice buyers/collectors, stereo versions of the bonus tracks from both Marvelettes' multi-disc
    retrospectives might be included.

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    MARVELOUS MARVELETTES is available as a MP3 download, but I don't know if it is in stereo. Some of the tracks from the album are in stereo on FOREVER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamasu_Jr View Post
    MARVELOUS MARVELETTES is available as a MP3 download, but I don't know if it is in stereo. Some of the tracks from the album are in stereo on FOREVER.

    On my copy, Disc 2 of Forever has "The Marvelous Marvelettes" album entirely in mono (tracks 1-10). On Disc 3, tracks 3: ('Locking Up My Heart') & 9: ('Strange I Know') are the stereo versions from the Greatest Hits album. Is your copy different from mine? If it is, you have a real find.
    The stereo version of 'Too Strong To Be Strung Along' can be found on 2008's Definitive Collection
    Last edited by carole cucumber; 06-23-2013 at 11:37 PM. Reason: sp.

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    It wasn't cheap, like $100.00 but I didn't think I would see another one so I went for it.

    Carole, it would be great if some of the tracks could be revisited in stereo versions - "Forever" is sold out at this point isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762rob View Post
    It wasn't cheap, like $100.00 but I didn't think I would see another one so I went for it.

    Carole, it would be great if some of the tracks could be revisited in stereo versions - "Forever" is sold out at this point isn't it?
    Yikes, rather hefty price but I'm sure worth it. Good for you to find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carole cucumber View Post
    On my copy, Disc 2 of Forever has "The Marvelous Marvelettes" album entirely in mono (tracks 1-10). On Disc 3, tracks 3: ('Locking Up My Heart') & 9: ('Strange I Know') are the stereo versions from the Greatest Hits album. Is your copy different from mine? If it is, you have a real find.
    The stereo version of 'Too Strong To Be Strung Along' can be found on 2008's Definitive Collection
    I've got the same Forever as everyone else. I was just pointing out that there are stereo versions of some of the tracks on Marvelous on other Marvelettes' discs or albums as you indicated.

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    does anyone have any background information on the backing vocals some of the voices sound different than on the previous three. "Silly Boy is outstanding I love that track and Gladys is all in the business and the individual solos are fabulous.

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    That's a cool find! I know when "Playboy" was first released on CD they used a stereo mix, so it's cool knowing there's also a stereo mix of "The Marvelous Marvelettes."

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    It is a rare find if it really is Stereo. I have sen CD and vinyl pressings of this and most are reasonably priced. Ebay has 2 sellers offering digital versions for around $20.00. But I have yet to find versions of Marvelous from Japan and in Stereo. Interesting that copies of Forever are selling for a bit above $100.00 and $250.00.
    Last edited by Kamasu_Jr; 07-01-2013 at 10:35 PM.

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    Red face

    Just found a STEREO Japan copy of "Come And Get These Memories" white promo label, bought this one too.
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    Well, there is a stereo master for that one. George Solomon said a stereo master was planned for a Natural Resources release that was shelved. A stereo master wad used on the UK 2 on One Classic release. If you paid more than $13.00 for it, you were gipped. A sealed mono copy is only selling for that much on Ebay.
    Last edited by Kamasu_Jr; 07-05-2013 at 12:10 PM.

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    Yes I have one if those - sealed repros- it's in mono as I recall.

    I think the shrink wrap was tight because it's kind of warped.

    The UK 2on1 stereo sounds good.

    I collect Japanese versions and am really into vinyl, so that is why I made the purchase. I really don't feel gypped.

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