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Album Review

The Definitive Collection delivers 18 essential tracks by the Marvelettes, spanning seven years on Motown Records. Though the songs aren't in chronological order, all of the important hits from that era are represented, from their first number one, "Please Mr. Postman" in 1961, through their last chart entry, "My Baby Must Be a Magician" in 1968. Also peppered throughout are strong lesser-heard tracks like "Someday, Someway," "Strange I Know," and "Too Strong to be Strung Along." While not as generous as the 25-track Ultimate Collection on Motown, it's convenient to have all the original hits on one disc.

Biography

Formed: 1960 in Inkster, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Probably the most pop-oriented of Motown's major female acts, the Marvelettes didn't project as strong an identity as the Supremes, Mary Wells, or Martha Reeves, but recorded quite a few hits, including Motown's first number one single, "Please Mr. Postman" (1961). "Postman," as well as other chirpy early-'60s hits like "Playboy," "Twistin' Postman," and "Beechwood 4-5789," were the label's purest girl group efforts. Featuring two strong lead singers, Gladys Horton and Wanda Young, the Marvelettes...
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