Various Artists, The Motor-Town Reveue, Vol. 1, Motown MT-609, 1963
Even when she was just one singer in the opening act for The Marvelettes, Diana Ross still found a way to be front and center of a Motown live album. This must have been quite the concert to attend, with I don’t even know how many top ten records recorded by these groups. With The Supremes as the opening act, you know it’s gonna be a good show.
I just wish they had recorded it better. When I found this, I almost couldn’t believe my luck. Any Motown album is worth buying at $2, but even though this one is only the 9th album released on the label, it’s just not that great to actually listen to.
True, the record isn’t in great shape, which never helps. But the recording is so primitive, probably just like the microphones and acoustics were, that it’s kind of painful on the ear. It’s not just Motown, The Beach Boys first Number One album was “In Concert” as well, and The Beatles tried to record one too, with the tapes turning out so badly that they shelved the idea. The eventually were released, in 1977, as a historical document, not necessarily as something to listen to and enjoy. This is a nice record to have, but it’ll be a while until I drop a needle on this one again.
Cost: $2, $723 Remaining