Sugar 'n' Spice (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas album)

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Sugar 'n' Spice
Studio album by Martha and the Vandellas
Released September 16, 1969
Recorded 1966-1969
Genre Soul
Length mm:ss
Label Gordy
Producer George Gordy
Martha and the Vandellas chronology
Ridin' High
(1968)Ridin' High1968
Sugar 'n' Spice
Natural Resources
(1970)Natural Resources1970
Singles from Sugar 'n' Spice
  1. "Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) / Heartless"
    Released: August 14, 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

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 (#44), "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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Taking My Love (And Leaving Me)" (George Gordy, Allen Story)
  2. "Shoe Leather Expressway" (Frank Wilson, Sylvia Moy)
  3. "You're the Loser Now" (Clay McMurray)
  4. "I'm a Winner" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
  5. "What Now My Love" (Gilbert Bécaud, Pierre Delanoë, Carl Sigman)
  6. "Soul Appeal" (Raynard Miner)
  7. "Loneliness Is a Lonely Feelin'" (Deke Richards, Debbie Dean)
  8. "I Love the Man" (Raynard Miner, Janie Bradford)
  9. "It Ain't like That" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson)
  10. "I Can't Get Along Without You" (Holland-Dozier-Holland, Barrett Strong)
  11. "Heartless" (Ivy Joe Hunter)
  12. "I Hope That You Have Better Luck Than I Did" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)