|Studio album by The Marvelettes|
Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
|The Marvelettes chronology|
|Singles from Sophisticated Soul|
Sophisticated Soul is the eighth album issued by Motown girl-group The Marvelettes. It is the first album to feature Anne Bogan who replaced Gladys Horton in 1967, although Horton's voice is featured on one of the tracks. Like many Motown albums produced in the late 1960s, Sophisticated Soul featured backing from The Andantes, Motown's premiere backing group, on certain tracks, others feature Bogan and Katherine Anderson.
Since Holland-Dozier-Holland had left the Motown label in 1967, the studio artists had turned to in-house producers such as the team of Ashford & Simpson as well as Frank Wilson. This album was considered to promote a new style for The Marvelettes with Wanda Young fronting the group, and moving them to a style closer to that of fellow Motown girl-group The Supremes. The material consists of singles "My Baby Must Be a Magician" featuring Melvin Franklin of The Temptations, Ashford & Simpson's "Destination:Anywhere", "You're the One", and "Here I Am Baby". Also on the record is "I'm Gonna Hold On as Long as I Can", which was a modest hit featuring Bogan on lead vocals, and "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One", the B-side to "Destination: Anywhere", which charted but proved to be unsuccessful
All songs written and produced by William "Smokey" Robinson unless noted otherwise.
- My Baby Must Be a Magician
- Destination: Anywhere (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
- I'm Gonna Hold on as Long as I Can (Frank Wilson, Lena Manns)
- Here I Am Baby
- You're the One for Me Bobby
- Reachin' for Something I Can't Have (James Dean, Cato Weatherspoon, William Weatherspoon)
- Your Love Can Save Me (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
- You're the One
- Don't Make Hurting Me a Habit (James Jay Barnes, James Dean, William Weatherspoon)
- What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One
- The Stranger (Ivy Jo Hunter)
- Someway, Somehow (Richard Morris, Sylvia Moy)
- Wanda Young - lead vocals, except on "I'm Gonna Hold On as Long as I Can"
- Katherine Anderson - backing vocals (side 2, tracks 1–3, and 5)
- Ann Bogan - backing vocals (side 2, tracks 1, 3, and 5), lead vocals on "I'm Gonna Hold On as Long as I Can"
- Gladys Horton - backing vocals on "You're the One"
- The Andantes - backing vocals (side 1, tracks 1, 3–6; side 2, tracks 1–4, 6)
- Melvin Franklin - intro on "My Baby Must Be a Magician"
- Smokey Robinson - producer
- Ashford & Simpson - producers, backing vocals on "Destination: Anywhere"
- The Funk Brothers - instrumentation
- "You're the One" (#48 U.S. Pop) (#20 U.S. R&B)
- "My Baby Must Be a Magician" (#17 U.S Pop; #8 U.S. R&B)
- "Here I Am Baby" (#44 U.S. Pop) (#14 U.S. R&B)
- "Destination: Anywhere" (#63 U.S. Pop) (#23 U.S. R&B)
- "What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One" (B-side of "Destination: Anywhere") (#114 U.S. Pop)
- "I'm Gonna Hold On as Long as I Can" (#76 U.S. Pop)