Motown 50 Fanthology

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The compilation Motown 50 Fanthology commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of Motown Records in 2009 with 50 familiar hits spread across two discs. None of those hits actually dates back to 1959, however, and, in fact, the core of the collection is drawn from the label's late-'60s and early-'70s heyday with acts such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. There are a handful of mid-'60s tracks by the likes of the Four Tops, the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas, some material from the '80s by Lionel Richie and Rick James, and even a couple of '90s tunes by Boyz II Men. The sequencing in non-chronological, which can be jarring, such as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The compilation Motown 50 Fanthology commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of Motown Records in 2009 with 50 familiar hits spread across two discs. None of those hits actually dates back to 1959, however, and, in fact, the core of the collection is drawn from the label's late-'60s and early-'70s heyday with acts such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. There are a handful of mid-'60s tracks by the likes of the Four Tops, the Supremes, and Martha & the Vandellas, some material from the '80s by Lionel Richie and Rick James, and even a couple of '90s tunes by Boyz II Men. The sequencing in non-chronological, which can be jarring, such as when the Gladys Knight & the Pips version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is followed by James' "Super Freak." Some tracks are featured in unusual versions, such as single edits or rare stereo mixes. There are many compilations of Motown hits, of course, and this is just another one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2009
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527131245
  • Catalog Number: 001320902
  • Sales rank: 25,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Girl - The Temptations (2:56)
  2. 2 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (3:50)
  3. 3 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (4:51)
  4. 4 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations (3:47)
  5. 5 The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:00)
  6. 6 Superstition - Stevie Wonder (4:04)
  7. 7 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3:14)
  8. 8 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tammi Terrell (2:28)
  9. 9 ABC - The Jackson 5 (2:57)
  10. 10 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (6:54)
  11. 11 I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 (3:57)
  12. 12 I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (2:59)
  13. 13 Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations (2:32)
  14. 14 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops (2:44)
  15. 15 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin (2:59)
  16. 16 Ooo Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:46)
  17. 17 Brick House - The Commodores (3:26)
  18. 18 The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:59)
  19. 19 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (2:37)
  20. 20 Got to Be There - Michael Jackson (3:22)
  21. 21 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (3:35)
  22. 22 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Reach out I'll Be There - The Four Tops (2:59)
  2. 2 Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 (2:59)
  3. 3 Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes (2:51)
  4. 4 Baby! I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops (2:45)
  5. 5 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (2:52)
  6. 6 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - The Isley Brothers (2:53)
  7. 7 Easy - The Commodores (4:18)
  8. 8 Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:33)
  9. 9 I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations (2:52)
  10. 10 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men (3:07)
  11. 11 Hello - Lionel Richie (4:08)
  12. 12 You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder (2:55)
  13. 13 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - The Vandellas (2:44)
  14. 14 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:44)
  15. 15 Super Freak - Rick James (3:25)
  16. 16 Fire and Desire - Teena Marie (7:18)
  17. 17 You're All I Need to Get By - Tammi Terrell (2:48)
  18. 18 Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson (4:25)
  19. 19 Got to Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye (4:12)
  20. 20 I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (3:55)
  21. 21 Endless Love - Diana Ross (4:25)
  22. 22 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:27)
  23. 23 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:13)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
The Commodores Arranger, Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Rick James Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lionel Richie Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Reggie Andrews String Arrangements
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
Dallas Austin Producer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Ronald LaPread Composer
Daniel LeMelle Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Alonzo Miller Composer, Executive Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Walter Orange Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Joe Porter Producer
Paul Riser Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
Art Stewart Producer
Jim Weatherly Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Milan Williams Composer
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer
William Robinson Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer, Producer
Thomas McClary Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
William Witherspoon Composer, Producer
Jackey Beavers Composer
Christine Yarian Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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