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Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Baby I'm for Real - The Originals
    2. Bells, The - The Originals
    3. Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers
    4. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin
    5. I've Passed This Way Before - Jimmy Ruffin
    6. Walk Away from Love - David Ruffin
    7. My Whole World Ended (The Day You Left Me) - David Ruffin
    8. Get Ready - Rare Earth
    9. (I Know) I'm Losing You - Rare Earth
    10. War - Edwin Starr
    11. Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
    12. It's a Shame - The Spinners
    13. I'll Always Love You - The Spinners
    14. Darling Baby - The Elgins
    15. Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins
    16. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Brenda Holloway
    17. Just Look What You've Done - Brenda Holloway
    18. Helpless - Kim Weston
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
    2. When I'm Gone - Brenda Holloway
    3. Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes
    4. He Was Really Sayin' Something - The Velvelettes
    5. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I - The Velvelettes
    6. I Can't Believe You Love Me - Tammi Terrell
    7. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
    8. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - The Isley Brothers
    9. I Guess I'll Always Love You - The Isley Brothers
    10. Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long
    11. Function at the Junction - Shorty Long
    12. Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth
    13. I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth
    14. Born to Wander - Rare Earth
    15. River Deep Mountain High - The Four Tops/The Supremes
    16. Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor
    17. I've Never Been to Me - Charlene
    18. With You I'm Born Again - Syreeta/Billy Preston
    19. Medley: What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin, and John - Tom Clay
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Kim Weston
    2. Looking for the Right Guy - Kim Weston
    3. Love Me All the Way - Kim Weston
    4. Bird in the Hand, A (Is Worth Two in the Bush) - The Velvelettes
    5. Come on and See Me - Tammi Terrell
    6. Operator - Brenda Holloway
    7. I'll Be Available - Brenda Holloway
    8. I'll Always Love You - Brenda Holloway
    9. Devil with the Blue Dress - Shorty Long
    10. He's My Man - The Supremes
    11. Agent Double O Soul - Edwin Starr
    12. Stop Her on the Sight (S.O.S.) - Edwin Starr
    13. Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
    14. Just Ain't Enough Love - Eddie Holland
    15. Candy to Me - Eddie Holland
    16. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - The Isley Brothers
    17. Behind a Painted Smile - The Isley Brothers
    18. Truly Yours [Single Version] - The Spinners
    19. Just a Little Misunderstanding - The Contours
    20. Do You Love Me - The Contours
    21. First I Look at the Purse - The Contours
    22. Stay in My Lonely Arms - The Elgins
    23. Put Yourself in My Place - The Elgins
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5447142

  • Credits

    The title should be a giveaway to serious fans that this is a U.K. collection, as "Tamla Motown" was what the Detroit-based label was called on the far side of the Atlantic. And this set is annotated from the standpoint of British listeners, which means that there are certain things explained that most Americans would already know. But beyond those caveats, this three-CD set offers first-rate sound, 60 songs, and a low price, and those are just three of its virtues. The rest of the value lies in the songs, five dozen of them drawn from across the history of Motown records, and focused exclusively on acts that only generated a handful of hits each -- thus, there is nothing here (well, almost nothing) by, say, the Supremes, or Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, though the first disc opens with two choice sides produced by Gaye: the gorgeous "Baby I'm for Real" and "The Bells" by the Originals. The rest of that platter contains sides by Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers and the Elgins, alongside more familiar fare by Jimmy Ruffin ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I've Passed This Way Before"), Brenda Holloway ("You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Just Look What You've Done"), and Kim Weston ("Helpless"). Disc two is no less impressive, juggling singles and rarities by Holloway, the Velvettes, Tammi Terrell, Barrett Strong, the Isley Brothers, Shorty Long, Tom Clay, Rare Earth, the Undisputed Truth, R. Dean Taylor, Charlene, and Billy Preston & Syreeta, while disc three intermingles Weston, the Velvettes, Terrell, Holloway, the Elgins, Long, the Supremes (in one of their latter-day incarnations, doing "He's My Man"), Edwin Starr, Eddie Holland, and the Contours. As one might gather from those artist lists, the selections jump around in time and style, but the material has been chosen to work well alongside each other. This is a singles collection, and most of the material will be familiar, but even the rarities (which are mostly that from the British standpoint) are worth hearing more than once. The producers have used the stereo masters, but the sound has been mastered very carefully so that there's no loss of impact, as has been the case with some of the stereo Motown reissues from BR Music. Released by Universal on its budget Spectrum label, the retail price works out to about 22 dollars -- there's no serious annotation for that price, but where it counts, in the music, this set delivers everything it promises. ~ Bruce Eder

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