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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a certain irony that Universal Music has now devoted two entries in its mid-priced double-CD series of hits compilations called "Gold" to "Motown Classics" because, during the period under consideration, 1962-1971, despite Motown's demonstrated commercial success, company president Berry Gordy, Jr., never once submitted a recording to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) for gold certification. Maybe he didn't want his artists knowing how well their discs were selling, or maybe he just didn't want any outsider examining the company books, but no Motown records went gold in the '60s, no matter how popular they might have been. Nevertheless, many of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a certain irony that Universal Music has now devoted two entries in its mid-priced double-CD series of hits compilations called "Gold" to "Motown Classics" because, during the period under consideration, 1962-1971, despite Motown's demonstrated commercial success, company president Berry Gordy, Jr., never once submitted a recording to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) for gold certification. Maybe he didn't want his artists knowing how well their discs were selling, or maybe he just didn't want any outsider examining the company books, but no Motown records went gold in the '60s, no matter how popular they might have been. Nevertheless, many of the singles included on Motown Classics: Gold, released in 2005 (actually a retitled reissue of the 2000 collection Motown: The Classic Years) no doubt sold well enough to be gold records, and at least some of the ones included on this follow-up did, too. Compilation producer Harry Weinger might have opted to explore Motown's second decade in the second volume, but instead he has investigated the first one more fully. Of course, that means the results are necessarily less impressive, but the Motown hits catalog is so large that the fall-off is not very great. Every one of the 40 tracks included here hit the Top 40 of the Billboard pop and/or R&B charts, and a handful even became number one pop hits. The selection is studded with firsts: writer/production team Holland-Dozier-Holland's first big hit, Martha & the Vandellas' "Come and Get These Memories"; Diana Ross' first solo hit, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"; and Michael Jackson's first solo hit, "Got to Be There." The roughly chronological sequencing gives the listener a sense of the development of the Motown sound. For example, the bunching together of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On," the Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You," and the Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love," all Top Ten pop and R&B hits released in October and November 1966, shows the label at its '60s peak, each song treating romantic discord with the importance of world war. And "Love Child" and "Cloud Nine," released within a month of each other in the fall of 1968, show Motown's turn toward gritty social consciousness (even if Stevie Wonder chirps "For Once in My Life" in between). Presumably, the reissue specialists at Universal have the same kind of charge with regard to Motown as their counterparts at Sony BMG have for Elvis Presley, to keep churning out an endless stream of reissues to keep the revenues flowing indefinitely. This material has been packaged many, many times before, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been handled well here; it has. Combined with the first volume, there are four hours of prime Motown hits of the '60s and early '70s, and pop music doesn't get much better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517338784
  • Catalog Number: 000896702
  • Sales rank: 49,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come and Get These Memories - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:28)
  2. 2 Can I Get a Witness - Marvin Gaye (2:49)
  3. 3 Two Lovers - Mary Wells (2:46)
  4. 4 Baby I Need Your Loving - Mary Wells (2:45)
  5. 5 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (2:42)
  6. 6 Needle in a Haystack - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:27)
  7. 7 Baby Love - The Velvelettes (2:36)
  8. 8 Nowhere to Run - Martha & the Vandellas (2:47)
  9. 9 Ooo Baby Baby - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:46)
  10. 10 Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye (2:59)
  11. 11 Don't Mess with Bill - The Marvelettes (2:51)
  12. 12 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - The Isley Brothers (2:54)
  13. 13 Get Ready - The Temptations (2:38)
  14. 14 You Keep Me Hanging On - The Supremes (2:43)
  15. 15 (I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations (2:28)
  16. 16 Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops (2:39)
  17. 17 It Takes Two - Kim Weston (3:13)
  18. 18 The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game - The Marvelettes (3:09)
  19. 19 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tammi Terrell (2:28)
  20. 20 More Love - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:47)
  2. 2 I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations (2:46)
  3. 3 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:14)
  4. 4 Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:54)
  5. 5 For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder (2:49)
  6. 6 Cloud Nine - The Temptations (3:28)
  7. 7 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:07)
  8. 8 Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr (3:18)
  9. 9 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin (3:28)
  10. 10 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (2:52)
  11. 11 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:28)
  12. 12 Baby I'm for Real - The Originals (3:20)
  13. 13 Get Ready - Rare Earth (2:52)
  14. 14 ABC - The Jackson 5 (2:58)
  15. 15 Reach out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - Diana Ross (3:04)
  16. 16 Stoned Love - The Supremes (4:07)
  17. 17 If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:15)
  18. 18 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations (3:47)
  19. 19 If You Really Love Me - Stevie Wonder (2:59)
  20. 20 Got to Be There - Michael Jackson (3:22)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Edwin Starr Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
Vernon Bullock Composer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
Cornelius Grant Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Clay McMurray Composer, Producer
Alphonso Mizell Composer, Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Richard Morris Producer
Freddie Perren Composer, Producer
Deke Richards Composer, Producer
Jimmy Roach Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Elliot Willensky Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Ron Miller Composer
William Robinson Composer
Ellen Fitton Remastering
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Orlando Murden Composer
Yennik Samoht Composer
LaVerne Ware Composer
Roger Penzabene Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
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