My Guy is an all-time classic, of course, full of great brass and a totally irresistible rhythm. I love that bass/vocal interplay bit at the end.
Some early rarities are Guarantee (For A Lifetime) which is a melodic, catchy soulful love song and Have A Little Patience And Wait, a fast-paced and lively number with a toe-tapping early rock 'n' roll vibe to it. It has a Northern Soul feel too and the same groove is found on I Don't Want To Take A Chance, which merges rock 'n' roll with r 'n' b perfectly.
Smokey Robinson's I'll Be Available is a jaunty song most typical of that writer's output from the period - archetypal early Motown. I'm Gonna Stay has a feel of the early Drifters to it and a sumptuous bass and percussion backing.
Oh Little Boy (What Did You Do To Me) is a dramatic ballad that suffers a bit from too much orchestration. It a sad, despairing song that details discontent in a relationship that contrasts strongly with many of the period's love songs, especially with the song's female protagonist saying she will not take her errant boy back.
Old Love (Let's Try It Again) is a solid soul single, as too is the singalong Operator.
The enjoyable Two Lovers was a successful song and it also has a fine stereo version along with an an adventurous lyric for the period.
When I'm Gone is another corker, with a wonderfully expressive deep bass line and a bit of a My Guy feel. It is the song, along with Two Lovers, that competes properly with My Guy.
You Lost The Sweetest Boy is a marvellous bopping Motown stomper and Your Old Stand By is an attractive ballad with a good sound quality.
Two good tracks sung with Marvin Gaye are Once Upon A Time and the excellent What's The Matter With You Baby.
While many Motown fans love the original mono single versions, I find the stereo versions that this compilation includes to be far more satisfying - warmer and fuller.
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