Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA

Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA

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by Boyz II Men
     
 

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Boyz II Men, who rose to stardom in the '90s with their signature "Motown Philly" harmonies, pay homage to Motown pioneers Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Commodores, and others on Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA. The man band also gives a nod to its place in Motown history by closing the disc with their hit song "End of the Road."  See more details below

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Boyz II Men, who rose to stardom in the '90s with their signature "Motown Philly" harmonies, pay homage to Motown pioneers Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Commodores, and others on Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA. The man band also gives a nod to its place in Motown history by closing the disc with their hit song "End of the Road."

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Three years after the all-covers Throwback -- a release that included some pleasantly surprising choices for new looks, like One Way's "Cutie Pie" and Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do for Love" -- Boyz II Men reappear with yet another covers affair. As indicated by the title, the trio changes its focus to Motown for a set that ranges thematically and chronologically from the Temptations' "Just My Imagination" to Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" to the Commodores' "Easy" -- and, as something of a sly acknowledgment that they were once on Motown themselves, they close out the set with an a cappella version of "End of the Road" (featuring Brian McKnight). Their backing is mostly all-star caliber, including the Dap-Kings Horns, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Luis Conte, and string arranger Larry Gold. The material tends to work best when they sound relatively relaxed, as opposed to when it is obvious that they are trying very hard to honor the originals while being over-demonstrative with their obviously gifted voices. It's not that the disc won't please fans, because it likely will, despite Boyz II Men's continued shortage of new songs; but it's nearly impossible at this point to add anything to the likes of "It's the Same Old Song," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," or "Money (That's What I Want)" -- no matter how well they are handled.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602517401808
catalogNumber:
000944402
Rank:
1170

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyz II Men   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Brian McKnight   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Kenneth Crouch   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Ramon Stagnaro   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Jackson   Bass
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
James "Jamie" Gamble   Drums
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Brian McKnight   Producer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Henry Cosby   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Berry Gordy   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
L.A. Reid   Composer
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Randy Jackson   Producer
Leon Zervos   Mastering
David Swope   Engineer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Alan Armitage   Engineer
David Simoné   Executive Producer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Frank Sutton   Engineer
Eric Rennaker   Engineer
Winston Simone   Executive Producer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I would start out saying that Boyz II Men are back, but they've never left, they've always been around making great music. But they are back with a new album of great songs from the Motown! It has been said that "cover" albums are not commercially successful or radio-friendly, but I have to disagree when it comes to their lastest work. There are two tracks that will seal the deal for you - at least in my opinon - "Ribbon in the Sky" and the acappella version of their #1 hit "End of the Road" If you are a true music lover and want a refreshing change from what's been playing on today's airwaves, then this is the album for you..the true "remedy". Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I had thirteen dollars left to my name, and I had the choice to purchase this cd or purchase a good meal, I'd certainly purchase this cd. Thanks Boys II Men.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the songs that have take be back in time like in the Motown years for the older pepole... just listen to album & buy the album!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago