Just out on Hip-O Select is a limited edtion 3-CD compilation devoted to the music of Motown’s first successful girl group, THE MARVELETTES (their biggest hit was the US chart topper, ‘Please Mr. Postman’). ‘Forever: The Complete Motown Albums Volume 1′ spans the years 1961-1966 and includes the girls’ first six long players for Berry Gordy’s company (four studio albums plus a live set and a Greatest Hits package) as well as a clutch of bonus tracks comprising non-album flipsides, rare mixes and even a song the group recorded when they were briefly known as The Darnells. The set also includes a 36-page booklet packed with archive photos and detailed liner notes, the latter including an interview with songwriter/producer Brian Holland. Look out for a review soon at www.soulandjazzandfunk.com
Also out on Hip-O Select is an expanded 2-CD version of ‘Cooleyhighharmony,’ the bestselling 1991 debut album by BOYZ II MEN. The new edition restores the album to its original track configuration – after1993, the album’s tracks were re-sequenced to accommodate the soundtrack songs ‘End Of The Road’ and ‘In The Still Of The Night’ – and includes a bonus disc of different mixes and two previously unissued sides from the 1991 sessions.