The Andantes ‎– (Like A) Nightmare

V.I.P. ‎– V.I.P.-25006
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single

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A (Like A) Nightmare
Drums – Lamont DozierSaxophone [Baritone] – Andrew "Mike" Terry
B If You Were Mine 2:51



A: Recorded February 6, 1964.
B: Track recorded January 26, 1964, assigned to The Vandellas; Ann Bogan dub-in date unknown.

Writing credits appear as <i>Holland, Dozier, Holland</i> on both sides.

Credits and notes taken from The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 4: 1964.


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December 5, 2017
Of course the ultimate goal of any singer is to be heard and despite Berry Gordy’s reluctance to allow his studio stalwarts like The Funk Brothers and The Andantes to spread their own musical wings to much the girls did in fact record under their own name. On the 6th February 1964 and suitably armed with two songs written by the red hot in-house production team of Holland — Dozier — Holland, the girls recorded a session constructed around presenting their own voices in center stage. Ann Bogan was given the role of lead vocal for the session and little could they suspect that on that crisp, mid winter’s day in that little studio on a suburban, tree lined street in Detroit, they would create one of soul music’s most sought after outings on wax. Despite the disc being something of placation for the girls’ constant pestering to record, Berry Gordy having probably already decided that any 45 by his studio stalwarts wasn’t worth risking, (putting one of your best assets into the shop window isn’t good business sense), the uptempo, pacy song, full of vibrant drum fills played by Lamont Dozier, staccato horn riffs, an inspired Mike Terry sax break midway and a whole slew of ‘Oohs and Aaahs’ from the girls in support of Ms Bogans high alto, almost strained lead works like a charm. It’s got Motown circa 1964 stamped all over it and had it been a Martha Reeves and The Vandellas release would quite possibly have delivered a Hot 100 hit.