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Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Often the recycled packagings of Motown hits fail to meet expectations; not so with Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 1, which is all that and then some. All renditions are full versions, not radio edits. "Zoom" by the Commodores is 7:05 of bliss. A full 7:47 "Quiet Storm" spotlights Smokey Robinson's tenor in an apparent cutting contest with the flutist. The Miracles "A Fork In The Road" off their Going To A Go Go LP defines their harmony; the lush ballad also served as the flip to "Tracks Of My Tears," and was a favorite at blue light basement parties. Eddie Kendricks sings "Intimate Friends" in an aching falsetto; Kendricks was famous for booty shakers, so this ballad will ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Often the recycled packagings of Motown hits fail to meet expectations; not so with Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 1, which is all that and then some. All renditions are full versions, not radio edits. "Zoom" by the Commodores is 7:05 of bliss. A full 7:47 "Quiet Storm" spotlights Smokey Robinson's tenor in an apparent cutting contest with the flutist. The Miracles "A Fork In The Road" off their Going To A Go Go LP defines their harmony; the lush ballad also served as the flip to "Tracks Of My Tears," and was a favorite at blue light basement parties. Eddie Kendricks sings "Intimate Friends" in an aching falsetto; Kendricks was famous for booty shakers, so this ballad will deliver a pleasant surprise for first time hearers. One of Ashford & Simpsons' best creations, "Shoe Shoe Shine," by the Dynamics Superiors, along with the lush "I Wanna Be Closer," written by Jermaine Jackson, and performed by Switch, are worth the price alone. You're gonna love "Young Love," by Tina Marie; she sounds like a female Smokey Robinson, phrasing as he would on the firey ballad. There's more sensuous tracks from Rick James, Marvin Gaye, David Ruffin, and others. This CD more than lives up to its boasting title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/1995
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453056046
  • Catalog Number: 530560

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quiet Storm - Smokey Robinson (7:47)
  2. 2 Shoe Shoe Shine - The Dynamic Superiors (3:47)
  3. 3 Happy - Rick James (5:30)
  4. 4 Heavenly (3:58)
  5. 5 I Wanna Be Closer - Switch (4:17)
  6. 6 Intimate Friends - Eddie Kendricks (5:56)
  7. 7 Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye (4:16)
  8. 8 Young Love - Teena Marie (5:31)
  9. 9 Fork in the Road - The Miracles (3:25)
  10. 10 Your Precious Love - Tammi Terrell (3:04)
  11. 11 Zoom - The Commodores (7:05)
  12. 12 You're in Good Hands - Jermaine Jackson (3:24)
  13. 13 Just Let Me Hold You for a Night - David Ruffin (4:00)
  14. 14 (It's the Way) Nature Planned It - The Four Tops (3:47)
  15. 15 Silly Wasn't I - Valerie Simpson (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Commodores Track Performer
The Dynamic Superiors Track Performer
The Four Tops Track Performer
Marvin Gaye Track Performer
Jermaine Jackson Track Performer
Rick James Vocals, Track Performer
Teena Marie Vocals, Track Performer
Smokey Robinson Track Performer
David Ruffin Track Performer
Switch Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
The Miracles Track Performer
Eddie Kendricks Track Performer
Valerie Simpson Track Performer
Tammi Terrell Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Commodores Arranger, Producer
Marvin Gaye Producer
Jermaine Jackson Arranger, Producer
Rick James Arranger, Producer
Teena Marie Producer
Smokey Robinson Arranger, Producer
Van McCoy Producer
Nick Ashford Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Candace Bond Executive Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer
Leonard Caston Arranger, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Jerry Long Arranger
Fonce Mizell Arranger, Producer
Freddie Perren Arranger, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Producer, Vocal Arrangements
David Van De Pitte Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Norman Whitfield Producer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Steven Ivory Liner Notes, Essay
Frank Wilson Composer, Producer
Georgia Ward Tape Archivist
Steven R. Gilmore Art Direction
Frank T. Wilson Producer
Russell Turner Arranger
Rose Etta Jones Composer
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