Motown Classics: Gold

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
One of the most dominating forces in the history of popular music, the Motown imprint was more than a label, it was a juggernaut of soul music, a machine so finely honed and working with such efficiency that it wasn't uncommon for several chart topping hits to be recorded in one session. This anthology was previously issued in 2000 under the moniker Motown: The Classic Years. But a title more befitting of such a quality compilation would be Motown 101, for it contains practically every monumental chart topping hit that the label became known for across the globe. Nearly every song on this collection has been imprinted on the collective memory of popular culture, and with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
One of the most dominating forces in the history of popular music, the Motown imprint was more than a label, it was a juggernaut of soul music, a machine so finely honed and working with such efficiency that it wasn't uncommon for several chart topping hits to be recorded in one session. This anthology was previously issued in 2000 under the moniker Motown: The Classic Years. But a title more befitting of such a quality compilation would be Motown 101, for it contains practically every monumental chart topping hit that the label became known for across the globe. Nearly every song on this collection has been imprinted on the collective memory of popular culture, and with good reason. The insanely catchy, uptempo sound was the audio wallpaper for a generation facing dramatic changes socially, culturally and politically. Starting with the first major hits of the label courtesy of Barrett Strong "Money" and the Miracles "Shop Around", the artists included here read like a venerable who's who A-list of soul music. Names like Marvin, Stevie, and Diana, as well as groups like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Contours, and the Supremes. Songs that defined moments decades after their release "Do You Love Me," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and songs that forever changed the face of popular music "My Girl," "What's Going On," "War". Sadly this collection only covers the first half of Gordy and company's run, ending in 1972 when Motown left its home base of Detroit for the sunny shores of California. But an examination of those years would also be worthy of its own double-disc set. For the die-hard Northern soul or Motown fanatic, there is little here that probably isn't already in your collection. But for those looking for all of the hits that defined the Motown sound, or for those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the label, this very well could be all the Motown you ever need to purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498632260
  • Catalog Number: 000312002
  • Sales rank: 25,538

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong (2:39)
  2. 2 Shop Around - The Miracles (2:50)
  3. 3 Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (2:31)
  4. 4 Do You Love Me - The Contours (2:55)
  5. 5 You Beat Me to the Punch - Mary Wells (2:46)
  6. 6 Fingertips, Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder (3:12)
  7. 7 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas (2:45)
  8. 8 My Guy - Mary Wells (2:54)
  9. 9 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes (2:31)
  10. 10 Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas (2:40)
  11. 11 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye (3:01)
  12. 12 My Girl - The Temptations (2:58)
  13. 13 Shotgun - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:06)
  14. 14 Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes (2:55)
  15. 15 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops (2:46)
  16. 16 The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:57)
  17. 17 Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder (2:55)
  18. 18 Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:48)
  19. 19 Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations (2:34)
  20. 20 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin (2:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes (2:47)
  2. 2 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - The Four Tops (3:02)
  3. 3 Jimmy Mack - Martha & the Vandellas (2:55)
  4. 4 Your Precious Love - Tammi Terrell (3:05)
  5. 5 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:48)
  6. 6 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3:16)
  7. 7 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin (3:30)
  8. 8 I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations (2:54)
  9. 9 I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (3:01)
  10. 10 Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:34)
  11. 11 Up the Ladder to the Roof - The Supremes (3:14)
  12. 12 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - The Temptations (4:07)
  13. 13 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder (2:41)
  14. 14 It's a Shame - The Spinners (3:10)
  15. 15 War - Edwin Starr (3:22)
  16. 16 Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:02)
  17. 17 What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye (3:54)
  18. 18 Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (3:18)
  19. 19 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (7:00)
  20. 20 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Love-Tones Vocals, Accompaniment
Clarence Paul Conductor
Paul Riser Conductor
Stevie Wonder Harmonica, Bongos
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger
James Dean Composer
Lee Garrett Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Artie Butler Arranger
Al Cleveland Composer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Lawrence Horn Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Jerry Long Orchestration
Alphonso Mizell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer, Producer
Michael Omartian Arranger
Clarence Paul Arranger, Composer
Freddie Perren Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joe Porter Producer
Deke Richards Arranger, Composer, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, Composer
Jimmy Roach Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Jim Weatherly Composer
William Weatherspoon Composer, Producer
Harry Weinger Annotation
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Ronald White Composer
William Garrett Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Autry DeWalt II Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Jackey Beavers Composer
Vincent DiMirco Composer
The Corporation Composer
BrianBert Producer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Ronnie White Producer
Warren Moore Composer
Ronnie White Composer
James D. Wheatherly Composer
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