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Motown Classics: Gold

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
    2. Shop Around - The Miracles
    3. Please Mister Postman - The Marvelettes
    4. Do You Love Me - The Contours
    5. You Beat Me to the Punch - Mary Wells
    6. Fingertips Part 2 - Stevie Wonder
    7. Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A) - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    8. My Guy - Mary Wells
    9. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
    10. Dancing in the Streets - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    11. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye
    12. My Girl - The Temptations
    13. Shotgun - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    14. Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes
    15. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops
    16. Tracks of My Tears, The - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    17. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder
    18. Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    19. Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations
    20. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin
    0. DISC 2:
    1. You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
    2. Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops
    3. Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    4. Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
    5. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    6. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
    7. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
    8. I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
    9. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
    10. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    11. Up the Ladder to the Roof - The Supremes
    12. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - The Temptations
    13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
    14. It's a Shame - The Spinners
    15. War - Edwin Starr
    16. Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    17. What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
    18. Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
    19. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
    20. Neither One of Us - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0003120

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    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

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