Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)
Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)
Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)
Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)
Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)
Motown/Gordy Records

Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968)

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Details: Martha & The Vandellas "Ridin' High" LP (1968). Lovely condition vinyl, cover medium to heavy shelf wear. 

Description: "The album, on Motown’s Gordy label, was the group’s first studio set not to benefit from the significant songwriting input of Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier, who had just left to set up their own Invictus and Hot Wax labels. Their only song on the album was one of its most accomplished, “Leave It In The Hands Of Love.” The LP also featured the first vocal contribution of Martha’s sister Lois, who was in the process of replacing Betty Kelly in the line-up.

Various new writers contributed to Ridin’ High, but the album saw the group looking to two proven copyrights from the recent songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They put a Motown twist on “(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me” and “I Say A Little Prayer.” Reeves and the Vandellas also turned their hands to another recent No.1 US smash for Lulu, Don Black, and Mark London’s “To Sir With Love.”

Yet another single from Ridin’ High would be released by Motown in the spring of 1969, “(We’ve Got) Honey Love,” which reached the R&B Top 30. In a surprising postscript, the boyfriend-away-at-the-war song “Forget Me Not” – the flipside of “I Promise To Wait My Love” in the US – was released as a UK single fully three years after its LP appearance, and went all the way to No.11."

Grade: VG/VG+ 


A1. I Promise To Wait My Love
A2. Honey Chile
A3. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
A4. Leave It In The Hands Of Love
A5. Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone
A6. I'm In Love (And I Know It)


B1. To Sir, With Love
B2. Forget Me Not
B3. (We've Got) Honey Love
B4. I Say A Little Prayer
B5. Without You
B6. Show Me The Way