B-side of My Beloved
(Written by Berry Gordy, Charles Leverett and Sonny Sanders)
The Satintones had really upped their game for the A-side of this single, the spectacularly good My Beloved, so it’s more than a little disappointing to see them turning in a fairly pedestrian midtempo R&B number on the flip side, aping the comedy doo-wop of the Coasters with a forgettable tune and slightly ropey harmonies.
It’s not awful, but it’s not really much better than that: the vocals are slightly off in places, the interplay between Jim Ellis’ lead and Robert Bateman’s bass is nowhere near as tight and accomplished as on the plug side, the lyrics are unfunny and frequently sound forced, with little regard to scansion or timing, and the whole thing is pretty poor.
By now, we’ve reached October 1959, and the standard of Motown singles has been getting better and better for a few months; this sort of underprepared throwaway stuff might have been good enough for the fledgling company’s first tentative steps into the market, but as a 24th commercial release, it’s not really up to par.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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