Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA

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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."
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 ...
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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."
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517401808
  • Catalog Number: 000944402
  • Sales rank: 56,433

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyz II Men Primary Artist
Matt Rollings Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, 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, 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
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Berry Gordy Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hitsville is a Hit!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boyz II Men could've done better than that?..

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Music is here to stay!

    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!

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    Posted April 16, 2009

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    Posted December 22, 2010

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