The Marvelettes – Same (1967)

FrontCover1The Marvelettes a.k.a. The Pink Album is a 1967 album by American vocal group The Marvelettes, also their seventh LP.

Recording began in 1966. Smokey Robinson handled much of the production. There is also production from James Dean and William Weatherspoon who would provide material for the The Marvelettes’ next album. Producers felt that the group needed to offer a sound more mature and developed that contrasted their previous recordings. This album contains only two singles: “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (#13 US, # 2 R&B) which was written and produced by Robinson, and its follow-up, a remake of Ruby & the Romantics’ “When You’re Young and in Love” (#23 US, #9 R&B, #13 UK) which was the group’s only single to reach UK charts. The Marvelettes stopped at #129 US and was more successful on the R&B chart, at #13. (by wikipedia)

TheMarvelettes01Perhaps the best studio album the Marvelettes ever recorded. The spotlight was shared between Horton and Young, and one can attest to the differences in their styles (Horton was earthier, Young the more pop-oriented). In addition to their classic hit “The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game” and what is the best version of the Van McCoy warhorse “When You’re Young and In Love,” there are some would-be hits such as “The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other)” and the lovely ballad “This Night Was Made For Love.” This was an artistic triumph and proof that girl groups can mature with age. (by John Lowe)

Katherine Anderson (background vocals)
Gladys Horton (vocals)
Wanda Young (vocals)
The Andantes (background vocals)
The Funk Brothers – instrumentation (all tracks)
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

01. Barefootin (Parker) 2.18
02. Message To Michael (Bacharach/David) 3.01
03. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (Robinson) 3.13
04. When You’re Young And In Love (McCoy) 2.37
05. I Know Better (Taylor/Whitfield) 2.28
06. I Can’t Turn Around (Wilson) 2.56
07. He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ (Holland/Stevenson/Whitfield) 2.31
08. The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other) (Robinson)
09. When I Need You (Broadnax/Paul) 2.42
10. Keep Off, No Trespassing (Bristol/Gordy) 3.07
11. Tonight Was Made For Love (Jones/Staunton) 2.51
12. I Need Someone (Dean/Weatherspoon) 2.41