Motown M 1001 (B), November 1959
Re-pressed April 1960
B-side of You Never Miss A Good Thing
(Written by Berry Gordy)
Eugene Remus’ one and only Motown single, You Never Miss A Good Thing, had the unique “honour” of being withdrawn, re-pressed and reissued not once but twice. The second of those re-toolings was to re-record the underwhelming A-side with a string section; the first was to replace the original B-side (the genuinely dreadful Hold Me Tight) with this. Gordy wrote and produced this replacement song himself, giving the impression that he took matters into his own hands to sort out the situation.
Shoved out less than a month after the original single was released, Gotta Have Your Lovin’ shows every sign of having been written and recorded in a hurry. The song is derivative and fails to stick in the mind; the verses are an almost direct lift from Fever – originally a hit, lest we forget, for Little Willie John, brother of new Motown signing Mable John – while the chorus sounds like Barrett Strong’s magnificent Money (That’s What I Want) slowed to half tempo. Yet again denied the chance to cut his own material, Remus again sounds ill at ease with the sub-par song given to him by Motown, and perhaps as a result he’s on dismally uninspiring vocal form here. He wouldn’t be given the opportunity to set things right; history seems to have lost track of what happened to him after this single, and Motown didn’t invite him back.
To add insult to injury, this is another of the records where the compilers of The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1 couldn’t lay their hands on an original master recording, meaning it had to be dubbed from a 45rpm vinyl single (and dubbed very well, as always, though a couple of clicks and pops are still audible).
It isn’t as awful as Hold Me Tight, but then neither is having a vagrant sneeze in your face.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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