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Learn more about Complete Motown Singles Vol 9:1969(Limited Edition):

Format: CD
Sku: 206830533
UPC: 602517507722
UPC 14: 00602517507722
Release Date: 2/12/2008
Sales Rank: 2207
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr ~ Various Artists
2. Love Is My Destination - Edwin Starr ~ Various Artists
3. I'm Livin in Shame - Diana Ross & the Supremes ~ Various Artists
4. I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
5. Good Lovin' Aint Easy to Come By - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ~ Various Artists
6. Satisfied Feelin' - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ~ Various Artists
7. We've Got A Way Out Of Love - The Originals ~ Various Artists
8. You're The One - The Originals ~ Various Artists
9. We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (Alternate Mix) ~ Various Artists
10. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
11. I've Got To Find Myself A Brand New Baby - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
12. Muck-Arty-Park - Soupy Sales ~ Various Artists
13. Green Grow The Lilacs - Soupy Sales ~ Various Artists
14. I Don't Know Why - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
15. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
16. Don't Know Why I Love You - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
17. Runaway Child, Running Wild - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
18. I Need Your Lovin' - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
19. Don't Mess With My Weekend - Shorty Long ~ Various Artists
20. I Had A Dream - Shorty Long ~ Various Artists
21. Ain't No Justice - Shorty Long ~ Various Artists
22. Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime) - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
23. Keep An Eye - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
2. Way You Do the Things You Do, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
3. Are You Lonely For Me Baby - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
4. Your Wonderful Love - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
5. Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (Alternate Long Mix) ~ Various Artists
6. I Feel Like Falling in Love Again - The Fantastic Four ~ Various Artists
7. Pin Point It Down - The Fantastic Four ~ Various Artists
8. (We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeves ~ Various Artists
9. I'm in Love (And I Know It) - Martha Reeves ~ Various Artists
10. Runnaway Child, Running Wild - Earl Van Dyke ~ Various Artists
11. Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Earl Van Dyke ~ Various Artists
12. For Better Or Worse - Jonah Jones ~ Various Artists
13. Don't Mess With Bill - Jonah Jones ~ Various Artists
14. Composer, The - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
15. Beginning Of The End, The - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
16. My Cup Runneth Over - Billy Eckstine ~ Various Artists
17. Ask The Lonely - Billy Eckstine ~ Various Artists
18. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
19. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
20. What Is A Man - The Four Tops ~ Various Artists
21. Don't Bring Back Memories - The Four Tops ~ Various Artists
22. Cherie - The Honest Men ~ Various Artists
23. Baby - The Honest Men ~ Various Artists
24. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars ~ Various Artists
25. Brainwasher, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. Don't Let The Joneses Get You Down - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
2. Since I've Lost You - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
3. Just Ain't Enough Love - The Isley Brothers ~ Various Artists
4. Green Grow The Lilacs - The Originals ~ Various Artists
5. No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
6. Young Folks, The - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
7. No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (Alternate Mix) ~ Various Artists
8. I'm Still A Struggling Man - Edwin Starr ~ Various Artists
9. Pretty Little Angel - Edwin Starr ~ Various Artists
10. Nitty Gritty, The - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
11. Got Myself A Good Man - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
12. Doggone Right - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ~ Various Artists
13. Here I Go Again - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ~ Various Artists
14. Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ~ Various Artists
15. Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix) ~ Various Artists
16. I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
17. We Have a Good Thing Going On - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
18. Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
19. Try It Baby - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
20. Luney Landing, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups ~ Various Artists
21. Luney Take-Off, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups ~ Various Artists
22. Oh, I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor ~ Various Artists
23. It Should Have Been Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor ~ Various Artists
24. Cheating, Is Telling on You - The Lollipops ~ Various Artists
25. Need Your Love - The Lollipops ~ Various Artists
Disc 4
Song Title
1. Oh How Happy - Edwin Starr/Blinky ~ Various Artists
2. Ooo Baby Baby - Edwin Starr/Blinky ~ Various Artists
3. My Springtime - Terry Johnson ~ Various Artists
4. Suzie - Terry Johnson ~ Various Artists
5. My GIrl Has Gone - Bobby Taylor ~ Various Artists
6. I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
7. Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You) - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
8. That's The Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
9. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
10. Honey Come Back - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
11. What Am I Gonna Do Without You - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
12. Baby, I'm For Real - The Originals ~ Various Artists
13. Moment Of Truth - The Originals ~ Various Artists
14. Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) - Martha Reeves ~ Various Artists
15. Heartless - Martha Reeves ~ Various Artists
16. In Bed - Wes Henderson ~ Various Artists
17. Reality - Wes Henderson ~ Various Artists
18. Weight, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
19. For Better or Worse - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ~ Various Artists
20. Whiter Shade Of Pale, A - Shorty Long ~ Various Artists
21. When You Are Available - Shorty Long ~ Various Artists
22. Just Another Lonely Night - The Fantastic Four ~ Various Artists
23. Don't Care Why You Want Me (Long As You Want Me) - The Fantastic Four ~ Various Artists
24. Midnight Cowboy - Joe Harnell ~ Various Artists
25. Green Grow the Lilacs - Joe Harnell ~ Various Artists
Disc 5
Song Title
1. That's How Heartaches Are Made - The Marvelettes ~ Various Artists
2. Rainy Mourning - The Marvelettes ~ Various Artists
3. Home On The Range (Everybody Needs A Home) - Stu Gardner ~ Various Artists
4. It's a Family Thing - Stu Gardner ~ Various Artists
5. Mend This Generation - Stu Gardner ~ Various Artists
6. Place In The Sun, A - Monk Montgomery ~ Various Artists
7. Your Love - Monk Montgomery ~ Various Artists
8. Never Had a Cream Come True - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
9. Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
10. I'd Be A Fool Right Now - Stevie Wonder ~ Various Artists
11. It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams ~ Various Artists
12. Let's Make Some Love - Arthur Adams ~ Various Artists
13. These Eyes - Junior Walker & the All-Stars ~ Various Artists
14. I've Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars ~ Various Artists
15. Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
16. Cloud Nine - Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Various Artists
17. In My Diary - The Spinners ~ Various Artists
18. (She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown - The Spinners ~ Various Artists
19. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 ~ Various Artists
20. Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5 ~ Various Artists
21. If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can - Jimmy Ruffin ~ Various Artists
22. Farewell Is A Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin ~ Various Artists
23. Gonna Put It on Your Mind - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha/Dorothy Berry ~ Various Artists
24. Henry Blake - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha/Dorothy Berry ~ Various Artists
Disc 6
Song Title
1. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
2. He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & The Supremes ~ Various Artists
3. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me - The Four Tops ~ Various Artists
4. Key, The - The Four Tops ~ Various Artists
5. Baby, I'll Get It - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
6. Day the World Stood Still, The - Chuck Jackson ~ Various Artists
7. What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ~ Various Artists
8. How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell ~ Various Artists
9. Generation (Light Up The Sky) - Rare Earth ~ Various Artists
10. Magic Key - Rare Earth ~ Various Artists
11. I'm So Glad I Fell For You - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
12. I Pray Every Day You Won't Regret Loving Me - David Ruffin ~ Various Artists
13. I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (Alternate Mix) ~ Various Artists
14. Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ~ Various Artists
15. Darling Dear - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ~ Various Artists
16. Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix) ~ Various Artists
17. Can We Talk To You? (For A Little While) - Anonymous Children Of Today ~ Various Artists
18. Love And Peace - Anonymous Children Of Today ~ Various Artists
19. Can't You Hear the Music Play - Rustix ~ Various Artists
20. I Guess This Is Goodbye - Rustix ~ Various Artists
21. I Will Never Love Another - The Five Smooth Stones ~ Various Artists
22. Love Unto Me - The Five Smooth Stones ~ Various Artists
23. How Can I Forget - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
24. Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Marvin Gaye ~ Various Artists
25. Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
26. That's The Way Love Is - The Temptations ~ Various Artists
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Adapter: Stu Gardner.
Muze PNote Personnel: Shorty Long (vocals, trumpet, piano).
Muze PNote Arrangers: Jerry Long; Willie Shorter; Robert White ; Gene Page; Jack Eschew; Frank Kavelin; H.B. Barnum; Henry Cosby; Paul Riser; Stu Gardner; Tom Baird; Wade Marcus; Wayne Henderson .
Muze PNote A Diana Ross & the Supremes B-side in 1969 was called "The Beginning of the End," and it's hard not to think that the title applies to Motown in 1969, especially as depicted in the six-disc, 148-track box set The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969. Berry Gordy uprooted Motown to Los Angeles at the end of 1968, a move that couldn't help but be seen as symbolic no matter what good business reasons there might have been behind it. It seemed that Gordy was abandoning Detroit in the wake of the 1967 Riots, leaving behind tumult in the Motor City and also severing ties with the label's roots, if not its history. It was ten years since the label's inception, and in that decade Motown rose from a scrappy independent to a label with so much success it was almost an institution, and what better way to cement its mainstream institutional success than by relocating to the heart of show biz? It made sense on paper even if it nevertheless had the byproduct of removing some of the label's soul, as it seemed as if its heart belonged in Detroit. But most cultural change is slow, not sudden, so it's not like 1969 saw the debut of a brand-new Motown: instead, it was the beginning of the label's third act, one that saw it broadening its borders and eventually leading to the artistic triumphs of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye in the early '70s -- in other words, it was "the beginning of the end."
Muze PNote Within that fledgling ending were remnants of the very beginning, of course, sometimes remnants that appeared to be just a shade too self-conscious, as when Gordy had Detroit TV legend Soupy Sales cut a single, almost as a way to illustrate how Motown still had ties to its hometown even if the 45 itself was an ultra-bizarre "Macarthur Park" parody non-too subtly titled "Muck-Arty Park." And, of course, the label's leading lights remained the superstars from the '60s -- Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder. But even if the names are familiar, the sounds reflected the time, as the productions are studded with wah wah guitars, fuzztones, and elastic funk beats. The feeling of the era is reflected most glaringly in the very title of "Psychedelic Shack," but also in how Smokey Robinson & the Miracles sang Dion's "Abraham Martin & John," the elegiac undertones of the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together," and the smooth, lush tones of Wonder's "My Cherie Amour." These lush, soft tones are improbably echoed in, of all places, Jr. Walker's recordings; once the toughest, hardest of the Motown stable, he is also held under the sway of the softer sophistication of the new era Motown (quite fetchingly so on "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)") unlike Marvin Gaye, whose "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" has a bounciness to it that is the closest thing to a throwback to classic Motown among the hits in 1969. Even if the sound recalled earlier days, there's a sophistication within his writing and the production, just as there is in Stevie Wonder's "Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday," which is one of his best moments.
Muze PNote Nevertheless, these kind of mammoth hits -- hits that turned into pop classics -- didn't dominate Motown's year; they were the exception, not the rule, as the label had its most uneven year since 1963. From 1964 through 1968, almost every single the label released turned into a hit of some magnitude, and their bench was so deep the records that didn't appear on the charts were nevertheless by and large terrific. In 1969, Motown had hits that weren't memorable, singles that were exercises in fashionable styles and sounds, singles that suggested that the label was chasing trends instead of setting the pace. Part of this was due to cultural shifts, part was due to shifts within Motown, as Gordy decided to attack the times head-on by opening up a rock label with Rare Earth and started distributing Chisa, the label of world music pioneer Hugh Masekela and his partner Stewart Levine. Such digressions do dilute the consistency of the listening experience on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9, making it compare unfavorably to the almost all-killer sets from 1966, 1967 and 1968. But even if there is more pop culture archaeology here than there has been on one of these sets since 1963, most of these records sound good as artifacts of 1969; on these also-rans the production is appealing, all that is lacking is good material. But amidst this middling material are some very good, even excellent, singles thanks to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield and Ashford & Simpson, who helped give this year many great moments. But what really defined the year for Motown is the debut of the Jackson 5, whose debut "I Want You Back"/"Who's Lovin' You" arrived at the end of the year. On this set, it appears toward the end of the set, following several discs of music that vacillate between the good to the pleasingly mediocre, so it sounds every bit as bracing and exciting as it did upon its original release. It's a hit that closed the door on Motown's period of doldrums and opened the doors to a new decade, while giving the label its biggest new stars in years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Clay McMurray; Keith Hughes; Duke Browner; Deke Richards; Suzanne de Passe; Don Hunter; James Frank Dean; Al Cleveland II; George Gordy; Billie Jean Brown; Gwen Gordy Fuqua; Hal Davis; Harry Balk; Harvey Fuqua; Henry Cosby; Frank Beaty Wilson; Ivory Joe H

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/12/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 10270
Music Label Name Label : Hip-o Select
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 6
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517507722

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.83)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]any of the best moments here are romantic....[such as] saxman Junior Walker's magnificent Top Five ballad 'What Does It Take'..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.121)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "The stories of Motown, pop music and the USA in 1969 are illuminated and inter-twined across six CDs."

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