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The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
    2. Love Is My Destination - Edwin Starr
    3. I'm Livin in Shame - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    4. I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    5. Good Lovin' Aint Easy to Come By - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    6. Satisfied Feelin' - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    7. We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals
    8. You're the One - The Originals
    9. We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (Alternate Mix)
    10. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
    11. I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - David Ruffin
    12. Muck-Arty-Park - Soupy Sales
    13. Green Grow the Lilacs - Soupy Sales
    14. I Don't Know Why - Stevie Wonder
    15. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
    16. Don't Know Why I Love You - Stevie Wonder
    17. Runaway Child, Running Wild - The Temptations
    18. I Need Your Lovin' - The Temptations
    19. Don't Mess with My Weekend - Shorty Long
    20. I Had a Dream - Shorty Long
    21. Ain't No Justice - Shorty Long
    22. Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    23. Keep an Eye - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    0. DISC 2:
    1. I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    2. Way You Do the Things You Do, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    3. Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson
    4. Your Wonderful Love - Chuck Jackson
    5. Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (Alternate Long Mix)
    6. I Feel Like Falling in Love Again - The Fantastic Four
    7. Pin Point It Down - The Fantastic Four
    8. (We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeves
    9. I'm in Love (And I Know It) - Martha Reeves
    10. Runnaway Child, Running Wild - Earl Van Dyke
    11. Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Earl Van Dyke
    12. For Better or Worse - Jonah Jones
    13. Don't Mess with Bill - Jonah Jones
    14. Composer, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    15. Beginning of the End, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    16. My Cup Runneth Over - Billy Eckstine
    17. Ask the Lonely - Billy Eckstine
    18. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
    19. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye
    20. What Is a Man - The Four Tops
    21. Don't Bring Back Memories - The Four Tops
    22. Cherie - The Honest Men
    23. Baby - The Honest Men
    24. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    25. Brainwasher, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down - The Temptations
    2. Since I've Lost You - The Temptations
    3. Just Ain't Enough Love - The Isley Brothers
    4. Green Grow the Lilacs - The Originals
    5. No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    6. Young Folks, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    7. No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (Alternate Mix)
    8. I'm Still a Struggling Man - Edwin Starr
    9. Pretty Little Angel - Edwin Starr
    10. Nitty Gritty, The - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    11. Got Myself a Good Man - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    12. Doggone Right - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    13. Here I Go Again - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    14. Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    15. Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
    16. I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved - David Ruffin
    17. We Have a Good Thing Going On - David Ruffin
    18. Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    19. Try It Baby - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    20. Luney Landing, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
    21. Luney Take-Off, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
    22. Oh, I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor
    23. It Should Have Been Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor
    24. Cheating, Is Telling on You - The Lollipops
    25. Need Your Love - The Lollipops
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Oh How Happy - Edwin Starr/Blinky
    2. Ooo Baby Baby - Edwin Starr/Blinky
    3. My Springtime - Terry Johnson
    4. Suzie - Terry Johnson
    5. My Girl Has Gone - Bobby Taylor
    6. I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
    7. Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You) - The Temptations
    8. That's the Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye
    9. Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - Marvin Gaye
    10. Honey Come Back - Chuck Jackson
    11. What Am I Gonna Do Without You - Chuck Jackson
    12. Baby, I'm for Real - The Originals
    13. Moment of Truth - The Originals
    14. Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) - Martha Reeves
    15. Heartless - Martha Reeves
    16. In Bed - Wes Henderson
    17. Reality - Wes Henderson
    18. Weight, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    19. For Better or Worse - Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations/Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
    20. Whiter Shade of Pale, A - Shorty Long
    21. When You Are Available - Shorty Long
    22. Just Another Lonely Night - The Fantastic Four
    23. Don't Care Why You Want Me (Long as You Want Me) - The Fantastic Four
    24. Midnight Cowboy - Joe Harnell
    25. Green Grow the Lilacs - Joe Harnell
    0. DISC 5:
    1. That's How Heartaches Are Made - The Marvelettes
    2. Rainy Mourning - The Marvelettes
    3. Home on the Range (Everybody Needs a Home) - Stu Gardner
    4. It's a Family Thing - Stu Gardner
    5. Mend This Generation - Stu Gardner
    6. Place in the Sun, A - Monk Montgomery
    7. Your Love - Monk Montgomery
    8. Never Had a Cream Come True - Stevie Wonder
    9. Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder
    10. I'd Be a Fool Right Now - Stevie Wonder
    11. It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams
    12. Let's Make Some Love - Arthur Adams
    13. These Eyes - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    14. I've Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
    15. Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    16. Cloud Nine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    17. In My Diary - The Spinners
    18. (She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown - The Spinners
    19. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
    20. Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5
    21. If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can - Jimmy Ruffin
    22. Farewell Is a Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin
    23. Gonna Put It on Your Mind - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha/Dorothy Berry
    24. Henry Blake - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha/Dorothy Berry
    0. DISC 6:
    1. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    2. He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & the Supremes
    3. Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me - The Four Tops
    4. Key, The - The Four Tops
    5. Baby, I'll Get It - Chuck Jackson
    6. Day the World Stood Still, The - Chuck Jackson
    7. What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    8. How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    9. Generation (Light Up the Sky) - Rare Earth
    10. Magic Key - Rare Earth
    11. I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin
    12. I Pray Every Day You Won't Regret Loving Me - David Ruffin
    13. I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (Alternate Mix)
    14. Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    15. Darling Dear - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    16. Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
    17. Can We Talk to You? (For a Little While) - Anonymous Children of Today
    18. Love and Peace - Anonymous Children of Today
    19. Can't You Hear the Music Play - Rustix
    20. I Guess This Is Goodbye - Rustix
    21. I Will Never Love Another - The Five Smooth Stones
    22. Love Unto Me - The Five Smooth Stones
    23. How Can I Forget - Marvin Gaye
    24. Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Marvin Gaye
    25. Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations
    26. That's the Way Love Is - The Temptations
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10270

  • Credits
    ProducerClay 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 Hunter; Johnny Bristol; Lamont Dozier; Marvin Gaye; Allen Story; Pete Moore; Ronald Miller; Stevie Wonder; Terry Johnson; Tom Baird; Valerie Simpson; Wade Marcus; William "Mickey" Stevenson; William Weatherspoon; Berry Gordy, Jr.; Richard Morris; Smokey Robinson; Norman Whitfield; Brian Holland; Harry Weinger (Compilation)

    Adapter: Stu Gardner.
    Personnel: Shorty Long (vocals, trumpet, piano).
    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 .
    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."
    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.
    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

  • Critic 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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