Prepare yourself for goose-pimples, shivers down your spine, This is MOTOWN at it's most inspiring!
You're about to be blown away by a 19 year hopeful from California, here is Brenda Holloway at her spectacular best, giving up breathtaking Motown Northern Soul with a dose orgasmic girl group assistance.
"Don't Turn Your Back On Me" was of course never issued - just this 1965 studio cut, Motown acetate cut CRMN 1030 NH1
First recorded Tuesday 27th. finish off Thursday 29th. April 1965.. it is a Motown masterpiece they took two days, to get to finally cutting this 10". But the committee were not satisfied.. (see label notes below) written on the label, most likely at the weekly board review of new product.. which they rejected, you may find that amazing, I certainly do, as for me this is one of the greatest Motown girl recordings ever!
But we have to remember this session was just over a month after Motown gave "Brenda" Mary Wells's "When I'm Gone" to record and it was now doing well on the charts. Mary leaving for unfulfilled promises of even greater stardom, left a big hole in Motown's sales and a place to fill in girl roster. Brenda's next record needed to sound more like their former moneymaker, Mary Wells. So the release decision was to go with "Operator" ...which was very Wells-esque.
Leaving this pure-treasure to sit in the vaults...
10" acetate clean playing surface that gives up the clarity you'd expect from a direct-cut. Some light surface blemishes none of which affect play. This is a studio acetate that somehow escaped the glaring instruction to "recoat" the surface. 10" acetates in 1965 were no cheap and the most economical solution was recoat the acetate after it had served it's review process. The label beside the 3 recoat demands, is littered with aranger notes e.g. "less echo on lead voice" "remaster needed" I know of no remaster ever recorded, and to my untrained ear it sounds utterly FANTASTIC