Motown Number 1's

Motown Number 1's

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Owner of one of the deepest catalogs in music history, Motown/Universal allows very few recordings to escape the clutches of its archive. Once they're available, however, they're repackaged in endless permutations; such it was when Motown was ten years old, and such it was as the company approached its 45th anniversary. Motown 1*s, a collection of 24 number oneSee more details below

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Owner of one of the deepest catalogs in music history, Motown/Universal allows very few recordings to escape the clutches of its archive. Once they're available, however, they're repackaged in endless permutations; such it was when Motown was ten years old, and such it was as the company approached its 45th anniversary. Motown 1*s, a collection of 24 number one hits enjoyed by the label, ranges through four decades for its material -- from "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes to "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men -- and provides the very broadest of hits anthologies. It is an excellent selection, perhaps skimping on Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, but never spending too much time with any one artist (which allows the disc to survey Junior Walker as well as latter-day artists Thelma Houston, the Commodores, and DeBarge). Motown 1*s is presented in chronological order, with a baker's dozen of tracks from the '60s, and 11 from the '70s or later. Unnecessary for soul fans much less collectors, Motown 1*s works best for its intended audience -- those with no prior experience who wish to understand why the Motown conglomeration of singers, songwriters, musicians, and executives comprised the premier pop music organization of all time. [The bonus track, a cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Michael McDonald, is a fine reminder of how far the label's influence has carried.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2009
Label:
Utv Records
UPC:
0602527278599
catalogNumber:
001381602
Rank:
84929

Tracks

  1. Introduction
  2. Please Mr. Postman  -  Marvelettes
  3. (Love is Like a) Heat Wave  -  Martha & the Vandellas
  4. My Guy  - Mary Wells
  5. My Girl
  6. Where Did Our Love Go  -  Supremes
  7. Stop! In the Name of Love  -  Supremes
  8. Shotgun  -  Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  9. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  -  Four Tops
  10. Uptight (Everything's Alright)  - Stevie Wonder
  11. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  12. Reach Out I'll Be There  -  Four Tops
  13. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing  - Tammi Terrell
  14. I Heard It Through the Grapevine  - Marvin Gaye
  15. I Want You Back  -  Jacksons
  16. War  - Edwin Starr
  17. The Tears of a Clown  -  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  18. What's Going On  - Marvin Gaye
  19. Let's Get It On  - Marvin Gaye
  20. Love Machine, Pt. 1  -  Miracles
  21. Don't Leave Me This Way  - Thelma Houston
  22. Three Times a Lady  -  Commodores
  23. Endless Love  - Diana Ross
  24. Rhythm of the Night  -  DeBarge
  25. I'll Make Love To You  -  Boyz II Men
  26. Ain't No Mountain High Enough  - Michael McDonald

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Commodores   Arranger,Producer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Lionel Richie   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger,Producer
Cleveland   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Berry Gordy   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Leon Huff   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Freddie Perren   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
Ed Townsend   Composer,Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Mickey Stevenson   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
William Griffin   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer,Producer
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Freddie Gorman   Composer

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