Mel-o-dy RecordsMel-o-dy 101 (B), July 1962

B-side of This Is Our Night

(Written by Robert Williams, Juan Wingard, Andre Williams and Charles Holman)

Scan kindly provided by Robb Klein, reproduced by arrangement.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!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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