Monday, 21 December 2009

Martha & The Vandellas "Dance Party"

Martha & The Vandellas

"Dance Party"
( LP Gordy Records, 1965)
Catalog # G 915

A1 Dancing In The Street
Written By - Stevenson-Gaye
Written-By - Gaye, Stevenson
A2 Dancing Slow
Written By - Stevenson-Hunter-Weatherspoon
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter , Weatherspoon
A3 Wild One
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter
A4 Nowhere To Run
Written-By - Holland-Dozier-Holland
A5 Nobody'll Care
Written By - Stevenson-Hunter-Wonder
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter , Wonder
A6 There He Is (At My Door)
Written By - Holland-Gorman-Dozier
Written-By - Holland , Gorman , Dozier
B1 Mobile Lil The Dancing Witch
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter
B2 Dance Party
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter
B3 Motoring
Written-By - Stevenson
B4 The Jerk
Written-By - Stevenson-Hunter
B5 Mickey's Monkey
Written-By - Holland-Dozier-Holland
B6 Hitch Hike
Written By - Stevenson-Gaye-Paul
Written-By - Paul , Gaye , Stevenson

One of the great party albums of the 1960s, Dance Party was, oddly enough, the work of a Motown act that wasn't known for delivering great albums. Martha & the Vandellas had enjoyed some serious hits from 1964 onward, but hadn't quite measured up in the LP department until the release of Dance Party in the spring of 1965. Made up of material from singles that went back to the previous summer, the album benefited from the presence of the group's biggest single, "Dancing in the Street," its follow-up, the hypnotically pounding, driving, soaring "Wild One," and the classic "Nowhere to Run," surrounded by a trio of well-above-average B-sides and covers of such Motown dance standards as "Mickey's Monkey" and "Hitch Hike." Even the rest was hardly filler, however, with Martha Reeves turning in a gloriously impassioned performance on the ballad "There He Is (At My Door)" and the group acquitting itself beautifully on "Motoring." Each side was always good for at least two plays at any self-respecting teen party of the '60s, and it all still holds up today.
By Bruce Eder (AMG)

Covers here.

By Celo

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