B-side of This Is Our Night
(Written by Robert Williams, Juan Wingard, Andre Williams and Charles Holman)
The B-side to little-remembered doo-woppers the Creations’ only Mel-o-dy Records release, this is pretty obscure as far as the Motown catalogue goes.
This is more dated doo-wop fare, much slower and more gentle than the barrelling R&B-tinged pop stylings of the A-side, and it’s really rather pretty, with its genteel duet of piano and guitar leading to a quite beautiful intro.
Rather pretty, that is, until twenty seconds in, when the Creations come lumbering onto the scene to ruin their own record, off-key and out of tune with both the instruments and each other. These are unforgivably bad backing vocals; the lead vocal is slightly better, but still nothing to write home about, loud, wavering and uneven. The sum of these parts is a cacophonous, dismal dirge which must have given Quality Control second thoughts – even by 1962 standards – about greenlighting its release at all.
In the liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 2, Andre Williams (who seems likely to have produced this, though no producer’s name is actually credited on the label) says this was intended to be a tribute to the Five Satins. If I was in the Five Satins, I’d be mightily offended, because the “harmonies” on this sound just dreadful.
Beneath all the vocal howling, it’s difficult to tell whether there might be a good song buried in here somewhere. A shame, because the intro is really rather sweet, but I can’t see myself ever listening to this again.
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