Old Man Winter is at it again today, even worse than yesterday, so I’m not sure what this evening will hold workout-wise then. However, with a 4250m in the pool already under my belt (this morning), I’m proceeding with Day 69 of the 100 Day Challenge on my lunchtime again with a little Soul Explosion, the ‘Live!‘ album by Martha & The Vandella’s.
Arguably one of the best of the Motown girl group’s, this album was recorded live at Detroit’s Twenty Grand Club, and released on the Gordy label in 1967. Among their legion of hits including ‘(Love is Like a) Heat Wave‘, ‘Jimmy Mack‘, ‘Nowhere to Run‘, ‘Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)‘ and ‘Dancing in the Street‘, the group also covered a bit of Aretha Franklin in the medley of ‘Do Right Woman, Do Right Man‘ and ‘Respect‘ and the Temptations‘ version of the standard ‘For Once in My Life‘.
And I bought it for a $1.00.
This album ranks with the very best of Motown’s live product. From the moment the MC introduces “the very lovely Martha & the Vandellas”, David T. Walker and the band cooks like there is no tomorrow! And Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford Holmes and Betty Kelly (who gets her “10 minutes of fame” during their jammin’ closing medley) are no joke either!
There are definitely some snaps, crackles and pops on this album and the cover has certainly seen better days (I mean, I did spend only a buck) but that doesn’t deter the total awesomeness that was this live Motown performance (in their heyday no less), nt to mention the entire scene of which Martha & co. were most assuredly an important part.
A hot, hot hot soundtrack on an otherwise cold, cold, cold day.