693. The Four Tops: “Just As Long As You Need Me”


Motown RecordsMotown M 1090 (B), February 1966

B-side of Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)

(Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr.)

BritainTamla Motown TMG 553 (B), March 1966

B-side of Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)

(Released in the UK under license through EMI/Tamla Motown)

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Okay, this is going to be excellent again, isn’t it?

Alright, for me, at this point in 1966, it’s pretty much a given that every big-ticket Motown single is going to be good, and probably most of the small-ticket ones as well; a Four Tops/Holland-Dozier-Holland collaboration, even a B-side, is as close to a sure thing as anything can be even before the needle drops. But in this case, I mean that when the needle did drop (or, well, more accurately but boringly/prosaically, I pressed play on the FLAC file), it only took me a few seconds of the intro and first verse to decide that, yep, this is going to be ending in another big green number. Sorry to spoil the surprise, but, hey, let’s not focus on how they’re doing this, and instead just enjoy the Golden Age ride. Again. Continue reading