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Motown Singles, Vol. 5

Motown Singles, Vol. 5

Far from losing momentum in the wake of their massive mass-market breakthrough in 1964, Motown continued to build upon strengths in 1965 as the six-disc box The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5: 1965 illustrates. The Supremes, the Temptations, and the Four Tops all


Far from losing momentum in the wake of their massive mass-market breakthrough in 1964, Motown continued to build upon strengths in 1965 as the six-disc box The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5: 1965 illustrates. The Supremes, the Temptations, and the Four Tops all turned into stars in 1964, but in 1965 they entrenched themselves into the white mainstream, with the Supremes even appearing on the cover of Time magazine. The Supremes were everywhere in 1965, acting as the face of Motown, racking up chart-toppers with "Stop! in the Name of Love," "Back in My Arms Again," "Nothing But Heartaches," "I Hear a Symphony," and "My World Is Empty Without You," each one a piece of pop-soul so elegant it seemed effortless -- and with enough elegance to get the group a headlining spot at the Copacabana that year. So powerful and perfect was this blend of pop style and rhythmic R&B that it became the dominant sound of Motown, with Brenda Holloway (who had the wonderful "When I'm Gone") and many of the new acts -- the Elgins, Chris Clark, Barbara McNair, Tammi Terrell -- working this sound, fueled by the house band of the Funk Brothers and often written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. The formula may have been flourishing, but it's not quite right to say that it was the only sound at Motown in 1965 -- the label was too magnificent and monumental for that. There were still lingering echoes of the label's earlier, grittier R&B, not to mention the oddities that Berry Gordy's various subsidiaries released. It's a bit of a shock to realize that as late as 1965 not only did Howard Crockett still pop up on Mel-o-Dee, but Dee Mullins showed up with lean, driving country straight out of Bakersfield, as if Gordy gave the country market one last hurrah by serving up a Buck Owens soundalike. These forays outside of R&B aren't that common, as the other active subsidiaries pursued jazz, but this is funky, groove-oriented jazz that fits well alongside the other Motown sides here (especially when it's Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers grinding out instrumental versions of the label's earlier hits), particularly the pile-driving Junior Walker & the All-Stars singles here, highlighted by their breakthrough, "Shotgun." As thrilling as the Junior Walker & the All-Stars singles still are, the harder edge of that group and longstanding Motown staples the Contours -- whose "First I Look at the Purse" is as good and funky as Motown ever got -- feels a bit like the remnants of the label's early years, as Motown's music began to get smooth and stylish around this time. Some earlier acts like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder were able to negotiate this transition by deepening their own signatures with grace, often producing big hits while doing so: this year, Marvin had the irresistible, irrepressible "Ain't That Peculiar," which Smokey & the Miracles matched with "Going to a Go-Go," but they also had the silky "Ooo Baby Baby" and "The Tracks of My Tears." Martha & the Vandellas also had a hallmark year highlighted by "Nowhere to Run," perfectly balanced between the harder edge of the early Motown singles and the style of this era, a claim that also held for the Temptations and, especially, the Four Tops, whose two big hits were "It's the Same Old Song" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." These are the songs that dominate The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5 just as they dominated 1965 -- there are lost gems here, but not as many as you might think, as almost everything the label released in this glorious year turned into a big hit.

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Disc 1

  1. Ask the Lonely
  2. Where Did You Go
  3. Do You Know What I'm Talkin' About
  4. You Say You Love Me
  5. Conscience I'm Guilty
  6. You Got Me Worried
  7. Shotgun
  8. Hot Cha
  9. All For You
  10. Too Many Fish in the Sea
  11. Love Makes the World Go Round, But Money Greases the Wheel
  12. Come on Back (And Be My Love Again)
  13. I'm Still Loving You
  14. Go Ahead and Laugh
  15. Nowhere to Run
  16. Motoring
  17. Stop! In the Name of Love
  18. I'm in Love Again
  19. Stop! In the Name of Love
  20. When I'm Gone
  21. I've Been Good to You
  22. When I'm Gone
  23. I'll Be Doggone
  24. You've Been a Long Time Coming
  25. I'll Be Doggone
  26. OOO Baby Baby
  27. All That's Good
  28. It's Growing
  29. What Love Has Joined Together

Disc 2

  1. Never Say No to Your Baby
  2. Let's Dance
  3. Kiss Me Baby
  4. You Only Pass This Way One Time
  5. Rain Is a Lonesome Thing
  6. My Baby
  7. Beautiful Brown Eyes
  8. Back in My Arms Again
  9. Whisper You Love Me Boy
  10. Back in My Arms Again
  11. A Thrill a Moment
  12. I'll Never See My Love Again
  13. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  14. Sad Souvenirs
  15. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  16. All the Good Times Are Gone
  17. The Great Titanic
  18. Lonely Lonely Girl Am I
  19. I'm the Exception to the Rule
  20. I'll Keep Holding On
  21. No Time to For Tears
  22. Do the Boomerang
  23. Tune Up
  24. Operator
  25. I'll Be Available
  26. Down to Earth
  27. Had You Been Around

Disc 3

  1. Buttered Popcorn
  2. Tell Me
  3. He's an Oddball
  4. By Some Chance
  5. Why Do You Want to Let Me Go
  6. I'm Not a Plaything
  7. The Only Time I'm Happy
  8. Interview
  9. Since I Lost My Baby
  10. You've Got to Earn It
  11. I'll Always Love You
  12. Tommorow May Never Come
  13. This Time Last Summer
  14. Please Don't Turn the Lights Out
  15. Why Break My Heart (Just to Run Around)
  16. They're Only Words
  17. Pretty Little Baby
  18. Now That You've Won Me
  19. First I Look at the Purse
  20. Searching For a Girl
  21. The Tracks of My Tears
  22. A Fork in the Road
  23. Shake & Fingerpop
  24. Cleo's Back
  25. It's the Same Old Song
  26. Your Love Is Amazing
  27. It's the Same Old Song

Disc 4

  1. Mother Dear
  2. Nothing But Heartaches
  3. He Holds His Own
  4. Nothing But Heartaches
  5. Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead
  6. Your Cheating Ways
  7. Your Cheating Ways
  8. You've Changed Me
  9. Who's Loving You
  10. You've Been in Love Too Long
  11. Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
  12. High Heel Sneakers
  13. Funny (How Time Slips Away)
  14. Music Talk
  15. The Bigger Your Heart Is (The Harder You'll Fall)
  16. The Two of Us
  17. I Don't Know What to Do
  18. What Now My Love
  19. Hang on Bill
  20. Puppet on a String
  21. You Can Cry on My Shoulder
  22. How Many Times Did You Mean It
  23. You Can Cry on My Shoulder
  24. You Need Me
  25. Moonlight on the Beach
  26. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
  27. Don't Compare Me With Her
  28. Things Are Changing

Disc 5

  1. Ain't That Peculiar
  2. She's Got to Be Real
  3. Ain't That Peculiar
  4. My Girl Has Gone
  5. Since You Won My Heart
  6. My Girl Has Gone
  7. My Baby
  8. Don't Look Back
  9. My Baby
  10. Don't Look Back
  11. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
  13. I Hear a Symphony
  14. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
  15. As Long as There Is L-O-V-E Love
  16. How Can I Say I'm Sorry
  17. We Call It Fun
  18. Voodoo Plan
  19. Something About You
  20. Darling, I Hum Our Song
  21. I've Been Cheated
  22. Take My Hand
  23. Something's Bothering You
  24. Let's Go Somewhere
  25. Say You
  26. All For Someone
  27. I Can't Believe You Love Me
  28. Hold Me Oh My Darling

Disc 6

  1. You're Gonna Love My Baby
  2. The Touch of Time
  3. Children's Christmas Song
  4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Me
  5. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  6. Purple Raindrops
  7. A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush)
  8. Since You've Been Loving Me
  9. Don't Mess With Bill
  10. Anything You Wanna Do
  11. The Flick
  12. The Flick
  13. Do Right Baby Do Right
  14. Don't Be Too Long
  15. Do Right Baby Do Right
  16. Going to a Go-Go
  17. Choosey Beggar
  18. Ask Any Man
  19. Spanish Rose
  20. Cleo's Mood
  21. Baby You Know You Ain't Right
  22. My World Is Empty Without You
  23. Everything Is Good About You
  24. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
  25. Sweeter as the Days Go By
  26. Put Yourself in My Place
  27. Darling Baby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence Paul   Accompaniment

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Marv Johnson   Composer
Barbara McNair   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Mary Wells   Engineer
Kim Weston   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Jerry Riopelle   Producer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
James Dean   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Jack Dalton   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Ralph Gallant   Composer
Marc Gordon   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Composer,Producer
James Jamerson   Composer
Gary Johns   Photo Courtesy
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Ronald Dean Miller   Composer
Bob Millsap   Composer
Gary Montgomery   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Roy Nievelt   Composer
Paul Nixon   Photo Courtesy
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Ivor Raymonde   Producer
Claudette Robinson   Photo Courtesy
Carl Sigman   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Earl Van Dyke   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Willie Woods   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
Billy Page   Composer
Bobby Rogers   Composer
Norman Warner   Composer
Richard Anthony   Composer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Composer
Robert Gordy   Composer,Producer
Alan Klein   Producer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Chester Pipkin   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Roy Roberts   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Barney Ales   Composer,Producer
William Garrett   Composer
Gary Pipkin   Composer
Robert Staunton   Composer,Producer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Janie Bradford   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
John Thornton   Composer
Luvel Broadnax   Composer
Robert Dobyne   Composer
Armon Frank   Composer
Joe Hunter   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Thomas Kemp   Composer
Robert Fleming   Composer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Howard Hausey   Composer
Charles Jones   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
William O'Malley   Composer
Avery Vandenberg   Composer
Richard Jacques   Composer
Bernard Yuffy   Composer
Johnny Gilliam   Composer
Keith Hughes   Producer
Isabelle Freeman   Composer
Ted Hull   Composer
Herb Boyd   Liner Notes
Abrams   Liner Notes

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