B-side of Merry-Go-Round
(Written by Berry Gordy – but see “Comments” below)
Infuriatingly, the liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1 set don’t inform us who provided the backing vocals which hold this swinging mid-tempo R&B number together (in fact, they don’t make any comment about this song at all), meaning I can’t say for sure whether Eddie is having a vocal duel with his brother Brian here.
Nonetheless, it’s the contrast between Eddie’s own fine voice and the deep, reverberating backing vocals which really make this one work. It’s basically Eddie singing over the top of a jazz-tinged rhythm bed and the backing singers providing a hook in place of a chorus (“oooooh, it moves me”). The drums, guitar and bass work are all markedly better on this B-side than on any of the three sides previously discussed, and the whole thing is probably a better all-round record than the A-side, although it’s less charming and Eddie’s given less to do.
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