"Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) / Heartless"
Released: August 14, 1969
Sugar 'n' Spice is a soul album released by Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas on the Gordy (Motown) label in 1969. The album was released during a troubling and downward time for the lead singer, Martha Reeves, who was now heavily addicted to painkillers. Often, the singer went into nervous breakdowns that led to a rare stint at an institution. Like many Motown albums of the late sixties, the album was produced by several in-house producers including Ashford and Simpson, Frank Wilson and Deke Richards. Two tracks were in the can from Holland Dozier Holland ("I Can't Get Along Without You", and "I Hope You Had Better Luck Than I Did"). The modest R&B hit, "Taking My Love (And Leaving Me)" is featured on this album. Although new member and former Velvelettes member Sandra Tilley is featured on the album cover, her vocals do not appear on the album. Instead, tracks were used with Rosalind Ashford, Lois Reeves with additional vocals accompanied by The Andantes and Syreeta Wright.