Motown Number 1's

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 12/7/2009
  • Label: Utv Records
  • UPC: 602527278599
  • Catalog Number: 001381602
  • Sales rank: 85,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:04)
  2. 2 Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (2:29)
  3. 3 (Love is Like a) Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas (2:44)
  4. 4 My Guy - Mary Wells (2:52)
  5. 5 My Girl - The Temptations (2:56)
  6. 6 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes (2:41)
  7. 7 Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes (2:59)
  8. 8 Shotgun - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:57)
  9. 9 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops (2:45)
  10. 10 Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder (2:54)
  11. 11 Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations (2:32)
  12. 12 Reach Out I'll Be There - The Four Tops (3:00)
  13. 13 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:15)
  14. 14 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3:15)
  15. 15 I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (3:00)
  16. 16 War - Edwin Starr (3:21)
  17. 17 The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:01)
  18. 18 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (3:52)
  19. 19 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (4:02)
  20. 20 Love Machine, Pt. 1 - The Miracles (2:59)
  21. 21 Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston (3:40)
  22. 22 Three Times a Lady - The Commodores (3:38)
  23. 23 Endless Love - Diana Ross (4:26)
  24. 24 Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge (3:55)
  25. 25 I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men (3:57)
  26. 26 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Michael McDonald (2:48)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer
The Commodores Arranger, Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Lionel Richie Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
Renaldo Benson Composer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer
Al Cleveland Composer
Simon Climie Producer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Cary Gilbert Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. 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
William Robinson Composer
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Ronald White Composer
William Griffin Composer
William Garrett Composer
Autry DeWalt II Composer
Robert Bateman Composer, Producer
The Corporation Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Freddie Gorman Composer
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