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It Moves Me: The Complete Recordings 1958-1964

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's odd that someone who was so important to Motown's heyday albeit as part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland production/songwriting team rather than as an artist, and who did have a bit of chart success as a singer particularly with the sizable 1962 hit "Jamie", should have waited so long for a comprehensive anthology of his Motown recordings. It could be argued that this two-CD, 56-track is too comprehensive, taking in not only all 20 tracks he issued on Motown 45s between 1961 and 1964, but also a dozen earlier ones that appeared on singles from United Artists, Tamla, Kudo, or Mercury. And that's just disc one. The 26 cuts on disc two include a few that came out on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's odd that someone who was so important to Motown's heyday albeit as part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland production/songwriting team rather than as an artist, and who did have a bit of chart success as a singer particularly with the sizable 1962 hit "Jamie", should have waited so long for a comprehensive anthology of his Motown recordings. It could be argued that this two-CD, 56-track is too comprehensive, taking in not only all 20 tracks he issued on Motown 45s between 1961 and 1964, but also a dozen earlier ones that appeared on singles from United Artists, Tamla, Kudo, or Mercury. And that's just disc one. The 26 cuts on disc two include a few that came out on his sole LP and obscure CDs among them stereo versions of his two biggest hits, "Jamie" and "Leaving Here" and no less than 18 previously unissued tracks. Throw in a 28-page detailed liner note booklet with song-by-song annotation and comments from Holland himself, and it's a Motown scholar's dream. But what of the music? It shows, not surprisingly, that Holland had some growing up to do as a songwriter before he, his brother Brian Holland, and Lamont Dozier hit their groove on a bumper crop of mid-'60s Motown classics. Holland was a good singer, but not a great one, and more pop-oriented than almost any other artist on the label to have a Top Ten R&B hit during this era. The material was also at least as much pop as soul, whether or not he figured in the songwriting credits as he often but by no means always did. There's even a bit of a wholesome teen idol tinge to some of the tracks, and a more formulaic, sometimes awkward pop-soul feel to the songs than you might expect. Little of the officially released material is outstanding, though it shows Motown evolving, if in a somewhat stumbling fashion, toward the approach that would soon lead it to outpace all its competitors, especially in the frequent use of orchestration. Highlights include the heavily orchestrated "Jamie" as dissimilar as it is to the far earthier Motown hits of the early '60s, "Just Ain't Enough Love" with an arrangement much like those heard on early Temptations hits, and, above all, the driving, exuberant "Leaving Here," by far the toughest outing in his discography. Less impressively, "If It's Love It's Alright" and the small dance hit "Baby Shake" seem like obvious attempts to mine Jackie Wilson's style, though both Holland and Motown would quickly outgrow such pastiches. The addition of a second disc of rarities so heavy on unissued material might dissuade the casual buyer, especially as some of them are fairly rudimentary demos. But really, are many listeners interested in an Eddie Holland anthology in the first place casual Motown or soul fans? Nothing here sticks out as unjustly overlooked except those stereo versions of "Leaving Here" and "Jamie," and maybe the 1962 outtake "Day Dreamer," which has the feel of early-'60s records by Mary Wells & the Miracles. Still, the material gives you a chance to hear prominent Motown songwriters -- not just the Hollands and Dozier, but also Berry Gordy, Mickey Stevenson, Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, and others -- work out the kinks as they grope toward both a new soul style often incorporating Latin rhythms and something that might produce a hit. Of some interest are Holland's 1963 version of "Loneliness Made Me Realize It's You That I Need" a big hit four years later for the Temptations and his 1964 version of "Take Me in Your Arms Rock Me in a Little While," done with some success by the Isley Brothers in the late '60s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667048927
  • Catalog Number: 6704892
  • Sales rank: 77,108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Miss Ruby (2:09)
  2. 2 You (You You You You) (2:25)
  3. 3 (Where's The Joy?) In Nature Boy (2:37)
  4. 4 Shock (2:53)
  5. 5 Merry-Go-Round (2:17)
  6. 6 It Moves Me (3:16)
  7. 7 Because I Love Her (2:35)
  8. 8 Everybody's Going (2:42)
  9. 9 Magic Mirror (2:24)
  10. 10 Will You Love Me (2:26)
  11. 11 Why Do You Want To Let Me Go (2:35)
  12. 12 The Last Laugh (3:09)
  13. 13 Jamie (2:23)
  14. 14 Take A Chance On Me (2:34)
  15. 15 You Deserve What You Got (2:39)
  16. 16 Last Night I Had A Vision (2:54)
  17. 17 If Cleopatra Took A Chance (2:31)
  18. 18 What About Me (2:35)
  19. 19 If It's Love (It's Alright) (2:22)
  20. 20 It's Not Too Late (2:30)
  21. 21 Darling, I Hum Our Song (2:55)
  22. 22 Just A Few More Days (2:20)
  23. 23 Baby Shake (2:36)
  24. 24 Brenda (2:43)
  25. 25 I'm On The Outside Looking In (2:42)
  26. 26 I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To (2:46)
  27. 27 Leaving Here (2:31)
  28. 28 Just Ain't Enough Love (2:27)
  29. 29 Candy To Me (2:26)
  30. 30 If You Don't Want My Love (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Action Speaks Louder Than Words (2:52)
  2. 2 Bashful Kind (1:50)
  3. 3 Rain And Thunder (2:06)
  4. 4 Happy Days (2:23)
  5. 5 I'm So Glad I Learned To Do The Cha-Cha (1:56)
  6. 6 True Love Will Go A Mighty Long Way (2:10)
  7. 7 Gotta Have Your Love (2:31)
  8. 8 A Little Bit Of Lovin' (2:35)
  9. 9 Love Is What You Make It (2:29)
  10. 10 Day Dreamer (2:37)
  11. 11 So Great Is My Love (2:19)
  12. 12 Twin Brother (2:32)
  13. 13 Twin Brother (2:50)
  14. 14 Welcome Back (2:48)
  15. 15 (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need (2:55)
  16. 16 I'm Grateful (2:33)
  17. 17 Heart Broken, Heart Breaker (And The Clock) (2:23)
  18. 18 You're Sweeter As The Days Go By (3:02)
  19. 19 It's Best To Be Sure (3:09)
  20. 20 Happy Go Lucky (2:28)
  21. 21 Too Late To Cry (2:43)
  22. 22 Pretty Little Angel Face (2:26)
  23. 23 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (2:45)
  24. 24 I Like Everything About You (2:32)
  25. 25 Jamie (2:26)
  26. 26 Leaving Here (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Holland Primary Artist
The Rayber Voices Vocals, Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Andre Williams Composer, Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
George Gordy Composer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Neal Matthews Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
James Dorsey Composer
Robert Gordy Composer
Bill Ramal Arranger
Joe Howard Composer
Malcolm Baumgart Memorabilia
Billy Davis Composer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
Janie Bradford Composer
Robert Bateman Composer, Producer
Rob Hughes Memorabilia
John Lester Memorabilia
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Freddie Gorman Composer
Keith Hughes Track Annotations, Interviewer, Essay
Gwen Gordy Composer
Eric Charge Memorabilia
Andy Rix Memorabilia
Lars Nilsson Memorabilia
William Stevenson Composer, Producer
Chris Jenner Memorabilia
George Fowler Composer
Waldorf Johnson Composer
Fran Heard Composer
Cleo Drake Composer
Bill Staiger Memorabilia
Alma McKnight Composer
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