"It almost seems funny, but the tougher the life of this person, the more it is bordered with baricades imposed by society, politics, a tough existence, the more the Moon will drive the imagination and the need to create in the world a small world that is only his, in which he is free to read, write, paint, travel, believe that true values are not lost by gathering around him intellectuals, artists, people of style and class"
The Marvelettes “The Train That’s Bringing My Baby Back” (1964, Unreleased. From Forever More: The Complete Motown Albums, 2011)
No matter the fact that in terms of promotion they were slighted as The Vandellas and Supremes ascended to the top of the pop charts, The Marvelettes continued to mature as artists on material released and unreleased. I’ve made the assertion time and time again that few music acts properly matured during their career as the 5 (then 4 then 3) ladies from Inkster.
One particular song from their multi-disc retrospective series that has grown on me in so many ways is this multi-layered track that plays at the supposed disadvantage of their vocal talents in comparison to other Motown female acts to their advantage. In the spirit of “Ain’t That Good News” and “Won’t Be Long” we have Gladys earnestly excited at the Southern Pacific station.