Detroit Special: Motor City Roots

Detroit Special: Motor City Roots

     
 

Berry Gordy probably wasn't planning on changing the world when he launched Motown Records in 1959, but if that was his ambition, one could reasonably say he succeeded. Motown Records became one of America's most iconic independent labels, achieving remarkable commercial and critical success and launching some of the biggest stars to grace…  See more details below

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Berry Gordy probably wasn't planning on changing the world when he launched Motown Records in 1959, but if that was his ambition, one could reasonably say he succeeded. Motown Records became one of America's most iconic independent labels, achieving remarkable commercial and critical success and launching some of the biggest stars to grace the pop and R&B charts during their glory days in the '60s and '70s, while also breaking down barriers between "white" pop and "black" rhythm & blues. Detroit Special: Motor City Roots is a collection of hits and rare sides from Motown's early years, fittingly kicking off with the label's first nationwide hit, Barrett Strong's "Money," and following with 55 more tracks that include some of the label's biggest stars, including the Miracles, the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells. These recordings capture the archetypical "Motown Sound" in its most primitive form, and while there are plenty of brilliant tunes here, the polish that would become one of the label's hallmarks wasn't fully in place yet, and there's a raw edge to this music that makes it some of the most exciting stuff that Motown would ever release. There are also some interesting oddities on board, such as the Temptations' "Check Yourself" with its curious shifts of time signature, the wild doo wop stylings of their "Romance Without Finance," and Little Stevie Wonder's exciting but genuinely weird "Little Water Boy." Detroit Special: Motor City Roots falls short of a definitive picture of Motown's first days of glory, but it's a solid and consistently entertaining overview of a great R&B label finding its feet, and it's a fine archival release for anyone interested in the rise of '60s soul and Detroit's place in R&B history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0604988024821
catalogNumber:
2442384
Rank:
153440

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Money  - Barrett Strong
  2. Way Over There  -  Miracles
  3. Shop Around  -  Miracles
  4. Bye Bye Baby  - Mary Wells
  5. Oh Lover  - Singin' Sammy Ward
  6. (You Can) Depend On Me  -  Miracles
  7. Please Forgive Me  - Mary Wells
  8. Who's Lovin' You  -  Miracles
  9. Oh I Apologize  - Barrett Strong
  10. That's Why I Love You So Much  - Singin' Sammy Ward
  11. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide  - Marvin Gaye
  12. Buttered Popcorn  -  Supremes
  13. Who's Lovin' You  -  Supremes
  14. Oh Mother Mine
  15. Romance Without Finance
  16. Do You Love Me  -  Contours
  17. Check Yourself
  18. Your Wonderful Love
  19. I'll Have To Let Him Go  -  Martha & the Vandellas
  20. My Baby Won't Come Back  -  Martha & the Vandellas
  21. Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine)  -  Pirates
  22. I'll Love You till I Die  -  Pirates
  23. Little Water Boy  - Stevie Wonder
  24. La La La La La  - Stevie Wonder
  25. Let Me Go the Right Way  -  Supremes
  26. Time Changes Things  -  Supremes
  27. Shake Sherrie  -  Contours
  28. Hitch Hike  - Marvin Gaye

Disc 2

  1. The One Who Really Loves You  - Mary Wells
  2. Take a Chance On Me  - Eddie Holland
  3. I've Been Good to You  -  Miracles
  4. I Want a Guy  -  Marvelettes
  5. Greetings (This is Uncle Sam)  -  Valadiers
  6. Jamie  - Eddie Holland
  7. Twistin' Postman  -  Marvelettes
  8. I'm Gonna Stay  - Mary Wells
  9. What's So Good About Good Bye  -  Miracles
  10. Take a Chance  -  Valadiers
  11. Whole Lotta Man  -  Contours
  12. I Want a Guy  -  Supremes
  13. Never Again  -  Supremes
  14. (You're My) Dream Come True
  15. Isn't She Pretty
  16. All the Love I've Got  -  Marvelettes
  17. Your Heart Belongs To Me  -  Supremes
  18. (He's) Seventeen  -  Supremes
  19. I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues, Pt. 1  - Stevie Wonder
  20. I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues, Pt. 2  - Stevie Wonder
  21. Stubborn Kind of Fellow  - Marvin Gaye
  22. Strange I Know  -  Marvelettes
  23. Too Strong To Be Strung Along  -  Marvelettes
  24. Paradise
  25. Slow Down Heart
  26. You Really Got a Hold On Me  -  Miracles
  27. Contract On Love  - Stevie Wonder
  28. Sunset  - Stevie Wonder

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