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To Mum Love Motown


  • 1. Reach out I'll Be There - The Four Tops
    2. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye
    3. If You Really Love - Stevie Wonder
    4. Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
    5. I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
    6. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
    7. Three Times a Lady - The Commodores
    8. Theme from 'Mahogany' (Do You Know Where You're Going To) - Diana Ross
    9. It's Wonderful (To Be Loved by You) - Jimmy Ruffin
    10. I'll Always Love You - The Detroit Spinners
    11. With You I'm Born Again - Syreeta/Billy Preston
    12. River Deep Mountain High - The Four Tops/The Supremes
    13. My Girl - Smokey Robinson
    14. I Guess I'll Always Love You - The Isley Brothers
    15. Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins
    16. I've Been Good to You - Brenda Holloway
    17. Song for Mama, A - Boyz II Men
    18. I'm Still Loving You - Kim Weston
    19. Please Mr Postman - The Marvelettes
    20. Everybody Needs Love - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    21. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
    22. Endless Love - Lionel Richie/Diana Ross
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Reach out and Touch - Riana Ross
    2. It's the Same Old Song - The Four Tops
    3. Stuck on You - Lionel Richie
    4. It Takes Two - Kim Weston/Marvin Gaye
    5. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson
    6. Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores
    7. You Keep Me Hangin' On - The Supremes
    8. Got to Be There - Michael Jackson
    9. This Old Heart of Mine - The Isley Brothers
    10. Being with You - Smokey Robinson
    11. Forget Me Not - Martha Reeves
    12. My Guy - Mary Wells
    13. You've Gotta Have Love in Your Heart - The Four Tops/The Supremes
    14. Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5
    15. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
    16. Stop Her on Sight - Edwin Starr
    17. Night, The - Frankie Valli
    18. Your Love Grows More Precious Everyday - The Contours
    19. Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Jimmy Ruffin
    20. Help Me Make It Through the Night
    21. Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes
    22. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9837640

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    This double-disc, 40-song collection is a bit of an anomaly in the latest onslaught of tastefully done Motown reissues. There are all the hits one would expect in a compilation themed for Mother's Day: all of the four on the floor chart-toppers that made Motown the juggernaut that it was throughout the '60s and '70s are here. But interspersed between these tracks are later hits that feel slightly out of place (a child should shudder at the notion of giving Mom a gift with Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" included, unless they already concede to a serious Oedipal problem). It's this erratic nature that keeps things slightly on the rough side: sequencing the heart wrenching performance from Brenda Holloway's "I've Been Good to You" into the glossy, modern production of Boyz II Men's "A Song for Mama" is just one of many examples here. Also curiously placed is the holy grail of Motown singles for obsessive collectors: Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)." Once dismissed as a throwaway by Berry Gordy, this track seems to be appearing with a bit more frequency on compilations thanks to the feverish cult demand for it that has lasted nearly two decades. Of course there will always be those who feel they can curate a better compilation of Motown classics to give mom on her special day and they should wholeheartedly pursue that endeavor with great zest. Because this compilation, while far from being the worst in a long, long, long line of endless Motown reissues, is certainly not the only one on the market. Besides, people who really loved their soul-loving mothers would have already spent a considerable amount of loot collecting the Complete Motown Singles series as a way to say "Thanks Mom!." ~ Rob Theakston

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