20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Motown '80s, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
As the title suggests, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1980s, Vol. 2 gathers a dozen more '80s hits from Motown artists, including DeBarge, Billy Preston, and the Boys. While the collection contains several good singles, it also reveals how scattered Motown's output was at the time: ranging from Rick James' sleek funk classic "Super Freak" to Smokey Robinson's lighter-than-air "Just to See Her" to Diana Ross' sweeping, orchestral "It's My Turn" -- with quirky detours like Bruce Willis' "Respect Yourself" besides -- the compilation shows that, unlike in the label's heyday, Motown in the '80s didn't have much of a unifying sound or theme to its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
As the title suggests, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1980s, Vol. 2 gathers a dozen more '80s hits from Motown artists, including DeBarge, Billy Preston, and the Boys. While the collection contains several good singles, it also reveals how scattered Motown's output was at the time: ranging from Rick James' sleek funk classic "Super Freak" to Smokey Robinson's lighter-than-air "Just to See Her" to Diana Ross' sweeping, orchestral "It's My Turn" -- with quirky detours like Bruce Willis' "Respect Yourself" besides -- the compilation shows that, unlike in the label's heyday, Motown in the '80s didn't have much of a unifying sound or theme to its music. Nevertheless, songs like the Commodores' "Lady You Bring Me Up," the Temptations' "Lady Soul," and Charlene's "I've Never Been to Me" prove that the label was still capable of releasing interesting and entertaining music from its new and veteran artists. And while 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1980s, Vol. 2 isn't quite as strong or cohesive a collection as the first Motown '80s compilation, it's still useful as a portrait of where the label was in that decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044001825927
  • Catalog Number: 018259
  • Sales rank: 33,223

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Super Freak - Rick James (3:26)
  2. 2 Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores (4:52)
  3. 3 Dial My Heart - The Boys (4:25)
  4. 4 Just to See Her - Smokey Robinson (4:01)
  5. 5 All This Love - DeBarge (5:54)
  6. 6 It's My Turn - Diana Ross (3:57)
  7. 7 With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston (3:41)
  8. 8 I've Never Been to Me - Charlene (3:56)
  9. 9 Respect Yourself - Bruce Willis (3:53)
  10. 10 Lady Soul - The Temptations (4:46)
  11. 11 Square Biz - Teena Marie (6:25)
  12. 12 Love Always - El DeBarge (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pointer Sisters Vocals
Technical Credits
The Commodores Arranger, Producer
Rick James Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Robert Kraft Producer, co-arranger
Carole Bayer Sager Arranger, Producer
Kayo Producer
Jabari Abdulsamad & Angela Executive Producer
Reggie Andrews String Arrangements
Steve Barri Executive Producer
Peter Bunetta Arranger, Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Rick Chudacoff Arranger, Producer
Don Costa Arranger, Producer
Eldra DeBarge Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
James Di Pasquale Producer
Barry Fasman rhythm arrangement
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer, Executive Producer
Iris Gordy Producer
Jerry Hey Bass Arrangement
Tony Jones Executive Producer
Daniel LeMelle Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michael Masser Producer, rhythm arrangement
Alonzo Miller Executive Producer
L.A. Reid Producer
Duane Sciacqua Arranger
David Shire Arranger, Producer
Greg "Frosty" Smith Arranger
Chris Mostert Arranger
Benjamin F. Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Allen McGrier rhythm arrangement
Vartan Art Direction
Stu Hackel Liner Notes
Danny Grenier Arranger
Angela Abdulsamad Executive Producer
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