Motown 40 Forever

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All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
Motown never tires of finding ways to repackage their history, but a 40th anniversary celebration is one of the better excuses they could have for releasing another multi-disc retrospective, such as the double-disc Motown 40 Forever. Unfortunately, devoting the first disc to classic '60s hits and isolating '80s and '90s singles works against the compilation -- it only illustrates that the first two decades of the label's history (particularly the very first decade) were much stronger creatively than the last two, especially since classic '70s singles are used on both discs. Taken individually, however, each disc is quite entertaining. The first contains such classics as ...
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All Music Guide - Leo Stanley
Motown never tires of finding ways to repackage their history, but a 40th anniversary celebration is one of the better excuses they could have for releasing another multi-disc retrospective, such as the double-disc Motown 40 Forever. Unfortunately, devoting the first disc to classic '60s hits and isolating '80s and '90s singles works against the compilation -- it only illustrates that the first two decades of the label's history (particularly the very first decade) were much stronger creatively than the last two, especially since classic '70s singles are used on both discs. Taken individually, however, each disc is quite entertaining. The first contains such classics as "Shop Around," "Heat Wave," "My Guy," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted," "ABC," "My Cherie Amour," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "What's Going On," "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Tears of a Clown," and "Dancing in the Street." It would have been nice if the disc was sequenced in chronological order, but it's still a blast. The second disc has its moments, too -- "Superfreak," "Let It Whip," "War," "Three Times a Lady," "Superstition," and "Let's Get It On" are terrific, while songs like "Rub You the Right Way" and "Somebody's Watching Me" are nice period pieces. The remix of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" is unnecessary, but it does little to dilute a thoroughly entertaining, if redundant, collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/1998
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731453084926
  • Catalog Number: 530849

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (2:27)
  2. 2 Shop Around - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:46)
  3. 3 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas (2:43)
  4. 4 My Guy - Mary Wells (2:53)
  5. 5 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:15)
  6. 6 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops (2:43)
  7. 7 Baby, I'm for Real - The Originals (3:18)
  8. 8 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin (2:59)
  9. 9 Keep on Truckin' - Eddie Kendricks (3:32)
  10. 10 ABC - The Jackson 5 (2:57)
  11. 11 Stop! In the Name of Love - Diana Ross (2:53)
  12. 12 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (2:53)
  13. 13 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:22)
  14. 14 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations (3:47)
  15. 15 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (3:42)
  16. 16 Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:27)
  17. 17 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (6:58)
  18. 18 I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 (3:58)
  19. 19 Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:00)
  20. 20 When You Tell Me That You Love Me - Diana Ross (4:12)
  21. 21 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Super Freak - Rick James (3:24)
  2. 2 Let It Whip - Dazz Band (4:06)
  3. 3 Rub You the Right Way - Johnny Gill (4:14)
  4. 4 Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson (3:33)
  5. 5 Fire and Desire - Teena Marie (5:46)
  6. 6 Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell (3:55)
  7. 7 My Girl - The Temptations (2:43)
  8. 8 War - Edwin Starr (3:22)
  9. 9 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross (3:54)
  10. 10 All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie (4:15)
  11. 11 All This Love - DeBarge (4:09)
  12. 12 Three Times a Lady - The Commodores (3:38)
  13. 13 I Love Your Smile - Shanice (4:23)
  14. 14 I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (3:58)
  15. 15 Superstition - Stevie Wonder (4:01)
  16. 16 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (4:01)
  17. 17 Him or Me - Today (4:20)
  18. 18 Don't Look Any Further - Siedah Garrett (4:04)
  19. 19 I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyz II Men Track Performer
The Commodores Track Performer
DeBarge Track Performer
Dennis Edwards Track Performer
The Four Tops Track Performer
Siedah Garrett Track Performer
Marvin Gaye Track Performer
Johnny Gill Track Performer
The Jackson 5 Track Performer
Jermaine Jackson Track Performer
Rick James Track Performer
Teena Marie Track Performer
The Marvelettes Track Performer
The Originals Track Performer
Lionel Richie Track Performer
Rockwell Track Performer
Diana Ross Track Performer
Jimmy Ruffin Track Performer
Edwin Starr Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
Mary Wells Track Performer
Today Track Performer
Shanice Track Performer
Dazz Band Track Performer
Eddie Kendricks Track Performer
Martha Reeves Track Performer
Tammi Terrell Track Performer
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Diana Ross & the Supremes Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips Track Performer
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Track Performer
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Marvin Gaye Producer
Jermaine Jackson Producer
Rick James Arranger, Producer
Lionel Richie Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Nile Rodgers Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
George Jackson Executive Producer
Reggie Andrews Arranger, Producer
Peter Asher Producer
Nick Ashford Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
James Anthony Carmichael Producer
Leonard Caston Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Executive Producer
Henry Cosby Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Eldra DeBarge Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Iris Gordy Producer
Gene Griffin Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
David Irvin Art Direction, Illustrations
Paul Jackson Jr. Arranger
Jimmy Jam Producer
Dennis Lambert Arranger, Producer
Terry Lewis Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Alphonso Mizell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Richard Morris Producer
Curtis Anthony Nolen Arranger, Producer
Freddie Perren Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joe Porter Producer
Timmy Regisford Remixing
Deke Richards Arranger, Composer, Producer
Teddy Riley Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Valerie Simpson Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Producer
Ed Townsend Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
William Weatherspoon Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Producer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Frank Wilson Producer
Ronald White Composer
Clarence Avant Executive Producer
David Harley Art Direction
Dazz Arranger
McDavid Henderson Illustrations
Bob West Arranger
Jarvis Baker Composer
Sylvester Jackson Composer
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