It’s similar to the comparison you made in your book of “Blowin’ Away” with the Orlons’ “Envy” (ironically a track I owned but had never thought to compare to Laura). For whatever reason (probably her gender) people seem to think Laura drew mostly from folk, but you’ve hit it here! I can fedinitely see her grooving to this, along with the Impressions and Shirelles.
Also, this is a terrific Stevie tune. I mostly buy Motown “best of” collections (except for the Smokey stuff). I think I’ll invest in this one, though.