A Tamla Motown Collection – Part 30

Martha & The Vandellas – You’ve Been In Love Too Long – TMG 530

For many people, myself included, Martha Reeves recorded some of the best female vocals of the Motown stable of artists.

The record is a competent dancer, but other than the tinkling piano, probably deserves its UK chart obscurity. It is a good song to hear occasionally and is revived at the ever popular Soul and Motown Nights that seem to be a staple of almost every otherwise failing pub.

This single was something of an oddity because the “A” side, written by Mickey Stevenson, Ivy Hunter and Clarence Paul) went top 40 in USA, (but again, not in the UK) but the B side took on a life of its own. For that reason, I am going to post “Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)” tomorrow.

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