Motown Classics: gold CD (2005)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63949242
UPC 602498632260
UPC 14 00602498632260
Format CD
Release Date 3/1/2005
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Joe Porter; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren; Ronnie White; Harvey Fuqua; Henry Cosby; Frank Beaty Wilson; BrianBert; Johnny Bristol; Lamont Dozier; Lawrence Horn; Marvin Gaye; Alphonso Mizell; Pete Moore; Stevie Wonder; William "Mickey" Stevenson; William W
CatalogID 0003120
Lable Name Motown
Released 03/01/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 125m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498632260
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: The Love-Tones (vocals); Stevie Wonder (harmonica, bongos).
Arrangers: Clarence Paul; Deke Richards; Freddie Perren; Alphonso Mizell; Michael Omartian; Paul Riser; Artie Butler; Wade Marcus; Berry Gordy, Jr.; David Van De Pitte.
One of the most dominating forces in the history of popular music, the Motown imprint was more than a label, it was a juggernaut of soul music, a machine so finely honed and working with such efficiency that it wasn't uncommon for several chart topping hits to be recorded in one session. This anthology was previously issued in 2000 under the moniker Motown: The Classic Years. But a title more befitting of such a quality compilation would be Motown 101, for it contains practically every monumental chart topping hit that the label became known for across the globe. Nearly every song on this collection has been imprinted on the collective memory of popular culture, and with good reason. The insanely catchy, uptempo sound was the audio wallpaper for a generation facing dramatic changes socially, culturally and politically. Starting with the first major hits of the label courtesy of Barrett Strong ("Money") and the Miracles ("Shop Around"), the artists included here read like a venerable who's who A-list of soul music. Names like Marvin, Stevie, and Diana, as well as groups like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Contours, and the Supremes. Songs that defined moments decades after their release ("Do You Love Me," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and songs that forever changed the face of popular music ("My Girl," "What's Going On," "War"). Sadly this collection only covers the first half of Gordy and company's run, ending in 1972 when Motown left its home base of Detroit for the sunny shores of California. But an examination of those years would also be worthy of its own double-disc set. For the die-hard Northern soul or Motown fanatic, there is little here that probably isn't already in your collection. But for those looking for all of the hits that defined the Motown sound, or for those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the label, this very well could be all the Motown you ever need to purchase. ~ Rob Theakston
Disc 1
1 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong,You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
2 Shop Around - The Miracles,Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops
3 Please Mister Postman - The Marvelettes,Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
4 Do You Love Me - The Contours,Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
5 You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells,I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
6 Fingertips Part 2 - Little Stevie Wonder,I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
7 Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A) - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
8 My Guy - Mary Wells,I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
9 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes,I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
10 Dancing In The Streets - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
11 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye,Up The Ladder To The Roof - The Supremes
12 My Girl - The Temptations,Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) - The Temptations
13 Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars,Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
14 Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes,It's A Shame - The Spinners
15 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops,War - Edwin Starr
16 Tracks Of My Tears, The - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
17 Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder,What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
18 Going To A Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth
19 Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations,Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
20 What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin,Neither One Of Us - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Disc 2
1 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong,You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
2 Shop Around - The Miracles,Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops
3 Please Mister Postman - The Marvelettes,Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
4 Do You Love Me - The Contours,Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
5 You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells,I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
6 Fingertips Part 2 - Little Stevie Wonder,I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
7 Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A) - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
8 My Guy - Mary Wells,I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
9 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes,I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
10 Dancing In The Streets - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas,Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
11 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye,Up The Ladder To The Roof - The Supremes
12 My Girl - The Temptations,Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) - The Temptations
13 Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars,Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
14 Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes,It's A Shame - The Spinners
15 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops,War - Edwin Starr
16 Tracks Of My Tears, The - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
17 Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder,What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
18 Going To A Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles,Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth
19 Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations,Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
20 What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin,Neither One Of Us - Gladys Knight & The Pips

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