B-side of Tomorrow And Always, and later Angel
This thoroughly unremarkable throwaway little song, one of the few commercially-issued recordings by the “new” Satintones (featuring new members Vernon Williams and Sammy Mack, and minus guiding light Chico Leverett) was featured on all three different pressings of Motown M 1006. The first two pressings contained versions of thinly-veiled Shirelles rip-off Tomorrow And Always on the plug side, until legal pressure forced Motown to withdraw the single and replace the A-side with the rather less controversial Angel.
Robert Bateman and Janie Bradford were as close to being members of the Motown songwriting “A squad” as anyone else at the time, and Popcorn Wylie had had a couple of offbeat singles for the company under his belt, but there’s no cohesion here, no magic, no charm. The Satintones will forever be assured of their place in history as Motown’s first vocal group, but their “harmonising” here leaves much to be desired, blandly out-of-key and with random bursts of falsetto which verge on the irritating.
It’s barely even a song at all; it sounds like eleven or twelve half-remembered bits of other songs, crudely lashed together long enough to get through the two-and-a-half minutes’ playing time before it falls apart completely. Except that that description makes it sound quite interesting, when it’s really not. At all.
The Miracles, with Ronnie White rather than Smokey Robinson on lead, covered the song on their third LP I’ll Try Something New in 1962. That version is nothing special, but it’s still better than this one, truth be told.
Neither engaging or likeable, this is one of the most thoroughly forgettable of all Motown B-sides, making it especially ironic that it ended up being used three times. Poor.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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