Motown Sings Motown Treasures

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
It is not necessarily uncommon for a prosperous record company such as Motown to retain plenty of unissued recordings in their vaults. But what makes the Detroit-based label different from most others of its era is the 24/7 assembly line production methodology that may have kept as much material tucked away as was eventually released. Motown founder Berry Gordy's upbringing as a composer was undoubtedly helpful when identifying potential hits and he quickly established himself as a formidable talent scout. The perpetual influx of fresh, strong songs and singers resulted in producers continually trying to find the best pairing of artist and repertoire. Motown Sings Motown...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
It is not necessarily uncommon for a prosperous record company such as Motown to retain plenty of unissued recordings in their vaults. But what makes the Detroit-based label different from most others of its era is the 24/7 assembly line production methodology that may have kept as much material tucked away as was eventually released. Motown founder Berry Gordy's upbringing as a composer was undoubtedly helpful when identifying potential hits and he quickly established himself as a formidable talent scout. The perpetual influx of fresh, strong songs and singers resulted in producers continually trying to find the best pairing of artist and repertoire. Motown Sings Motown Treasures 2005 provides devotees of the "Sound of Young America" with 45 prime examples of Motown's pop music match game. Even though every entry can easily be considered worthwhile, highlights include the Diana Ross-era Supremes with their spin on "In My Lonely Room," "Can I Get a Witness" and "Uptight Everything's Alright." Martha & the Vandellas provide stunning renderings of "Tracks of My Tears," "Forever" and "Contract on Love," while Kim Weston takes on "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Come and Get These Memories." Similar unions linked the Temptations with "Truly Yours" as well as "My Smile Is Just a Frown Turned Upside Down" and the Isley Brothers to a prototype of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" that is parenthetically-titled "Smile." It isn't only the big names either, as soul sister Blinky tears up a funky "Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," The Originals ably pull off a driving interpretation of "Come See About Me" and the Underdogs' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" is arguably as essential as its exceedingly better-known predecessor. Of course behind the scenes on all of the tracks are the one and only Funk Brothers -- Motown's unequaled house band -- crafting the instrumental support and believe it or not, usually unaware of the intended recipients. This is aptly demonstrated on the aforementioned "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," as keen-eared enthusiasts will note the exact same backing is used for both the Isley Brothers reading featured here and the Jimmy Ruffin classic. The accompanying booklet boasts annotations for each tune and plenty of rarely published photos, making it as valuable a resource as the CDs themselves. Interested parties should be aware that Motown Sings Motown Treasures is limited to an edition of 5,000 copies, initially available through the online audio retailers at www.hip-oselect.com.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602498642979
  • Catalog Number: 000361902
  • Sales rank: 145,837

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Money (That's What I Want) (4:08)
  2. 2 Forever (2:50)
  3. 3 (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need (2:57)
  4. 4 Contract on Love (2:21)
  5. 5 In My Lonely Room - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:26)
  6. 6 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) (3:30)
  7. 7 What's Easy for Two Is So Hard for One - The Temptations (2:58)
  8. 8 Ask the Lonely (3:19)
  9. 9 Ask Any Man - Tony Martin (2:40)
  10. 10 Stop! In the Name of Love (3:59)
  11. 11 Come and Get These Memories (2:24)
  12. 12 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (Smile) (3:06)
  13. 13 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (2:46)
  14. 14 Everybody Needs Love (3:21)
  15. 15 My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down) - The Temptations (3:15)
  16. 16 Can I Get a Witness - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:53)
  17. 17 Uptight (Everything's Alright) (2:40)
  18. 18 Come See About Me (2:47)
  19. 19 I Hear a Symphony (2:41)
  20. 20 The Tracks of My Tears (2:56)
  21. 21 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (2:56)
  22. 22 My Girl (2:42)
  23. 23 Truly Yours - The Temptations (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (2:55)
  2. 2 Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By (2:10)
  3. 3 Truly Yours - Ivy Jo Hunter (3:35)
  4. 4 Old Love (Let's Try It Again) (2:27)
  5. 5 The Way You Do the Things You Do (2:44)
  6. 6 What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (2:53)
  7. 7 (We've Got) Honey Love (2:36)
  8. 8 Ain't That Peculiar (2:49)
  9. 9 You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin' (2:56)
  10. 10 The Girl's Alright with Me (3:27)
  11. 11 Ooo Baby Baby (2:26)
  12. 12 Baby I'm For Real (The Bells) (3:19)
  13. 13 The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (3:01)
  14. 14 Shop Around (3:23)
  15. 15 Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) (3:14)
  16. 16 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (2:52)
  17. 17 If This World Were Mine (2:49)
  18. 18 I Want You Back - David Ruffin (2:52)
  19. 19 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten out My Life) - Bobby Taylor (4:13)
  20. 20 Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever - Ivy Jo Hunter (3:01)
  21. 21 All I Need (3:06)
  22. 22 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
Johnny Bristol Producer
Al Cleveland Producer
Henry Cosby Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
The Funk Brothers Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Mickey Gentile Producer
Marc Gordon Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Leon Huff Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer, Producer
Eddie Kendricks Composer
Clay McMurray Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Richard Morris Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
Bobby Taylor Producer
William Weatherspoon Composer, Producer
Harry Weinger Track Annotations, Story
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bobby Rogers Composer
Al Slutsky Photo Courtesy
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Adam White Liner Notes, Essay
Vartan Art Direction
Sylvia Moy Composer, Producer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer, Producer
Georgia Ward Producer
Ronald White Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
LaVerne Ware Composer
David Yellen Photo Courtesy
The Corporation Composer
Michele Horie Art Direction
Freddie Gorman Composer
Terry Johnson Producer
Warren Moore Composer
James Dean Composer, Producer
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