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Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 [Box]

Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 [Box]


Hip-O Select's 2009 triple-disc set Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 rounds up all the LPs the Marvelettes released between 1961 and 1963 -- 1961's Please Mr. Postman, The Marvelettes Sing, and Playboy both released in 1962, 1963's The Marvelous Marvelettes, and On Stage: Recorded Live -- plus the stereo version of 1966's Greatest Hits and a bunch of mono singles and rarities. The Vol. 1 in the set signals that the Marvelettes had a second run at Motown later in the decade, highlighted by the this "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician," but this has everything from the band's prime period, running from 1961 to 1965, the time when they rivaled the Supremes as the greatest girl group Motown had to offer. That rivalry wasn't merely commercial but creative, too, with their very best singles -- "Please Mr. Postman," "Beechwood 4-5789," "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead" -- holding their own with the Supremes, but the revelation of Forever: The Complete Motown Albums, Vol. 1 is that the trio had a consistent catalog, sounding beguiling when they covered hits by Clyde McPhatter ("Lover Please") and Roy Orbison ("Dream Baby") and benefiting tremendously from Motown's deep songwriting bench, cutting lots of tunes from Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, Brian Holland, and Lamont Dozier and Berry Gordy, many of them never turning into hits but existing as strong examples of the label's craft. If anything, this set is a testament to the power of Motown's assembly line, with the writers, producers, and musicians working steadily, always attempting to better their last effort, always blessed by the harmonies and the charisma of the Marvelettes, a group that may have lacked the magnetism of the Supremes but compensated by their girl-next-door charm, something that shines through all three discs of this set. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517756052
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Angel
  • 2. I Want A Guy
  • 3. Please Mr. Postman
  • 4. So Long Baby
  • 5. I Know How It Feels
  • 6. Way Over There
  • 7. Happy Days
  • 8. You Don't Want Me No More
  • 9. All The Love I Got
  • 10. Whisper
  • 11. Oh I Apologize
  • 12. Mashed Potato Time
  • 13. Love Letters
  • 14. One Who Really Loves Me, The
  • 15. Twistin' The Night Away
  • 16. Hey! Baby
  • 17. Twistin' Postman
  • 18. Good Luck Charm
  • 19. Slow Twistin'
  • 20. Lover Please
  • 21. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  • 22. Playboy
  • 23. Mix It Up
  • 24. Beechwood
  • 25. I'm Hooked
  • 26. I Think I Can Change You
  • 27. Forever
  • 28. Someday, Someway
  • 29. Goddess Of Love
  • 30. You Should Know
  • 31. (I've Got To) Cry Over You
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Strange I Know
  • 2. I Forgot About You
  • 3. Locking Up My Heart
  • 4. Which Way Did He Go
  • 5. Silly Boy
  • 6. It's Gonna Take A Lot Of Doing (To Undo All The Damage That You've Done)
  • 7. Smart Aleck
  • 8. My Daddy Knows Best
  • 9. Too Strong To Be Strung Along
  • 10. Why Must You Go
  • 11. Beechwood (Live)
  • 12. Strange I Know (Live)
  • 13. Someday, Someway (Live)
  • 14. Locking Up My Heart (Live)
  • 15. Twistin' Postman (Live)
  • 16. Tossin' And Turnin' (Live)
  • 17. So Long Baby (Live)
  • 18. Playboy (Live)
  • 19. Strange I Know (Live)
  • 20. Medley: Please Mr. Postman/Playboy/Strange I Know/Someday, Someway (Live)
  • 21. Tie A String Around Your Finger
  • 22. Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye
  • 23. Come On Home
  • 24. Finders Keepers Losers Weepers
  • 25. Knock On My Door
  • 26. On The Other Side Of Town
  • 27. Because I Love Him
  • 28. Little Girls Grow Up
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Don't Mess With Bill
  • 2. You're My Remedy
  • 3. Locking Up My Heart
  • 4. As Long As I Know He's Mine
  • 5. Too Many Fish
  • 6. Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead
  • 7. Please Mr. Postman
  • 8. Playboy
  • 9. Strange I Know
  • 10. Forever
  • 11. Twistin' Postman
  • 12. Beechwood 4 5789
  • 13. As Long As I Know He's Mine
  • 14. He Won't Be True (Little Girl Blue)
  • 15. He's A Good Guy (Yes He Is)
  • 16. You're My Remedy
  • 17. Little Bit Of Sympathy, A Little Bit Of Love, A
  • 18. Too Many Fish In The Sea
  • 19. Need For Love, A
  • 20. I'll Keep On Holding You
  • 21. No Time For Tears
  • 22. Danger: Heartbreak Dead Ahead
  • 23. Your Cheating Ways
  • 24. Don't Mess With Bill
  • 25. Anything You Wanna Do
  • 26. I Should've Have Known Better
  • 27. I Just Can't Let Him Down
  • 28. Maybe I Dried My Tears (For The Last Time)
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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