Motown: The Complete No. 1's

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The opening salvo to Universal's celebration of Motown's 50th anniversary, the ten-disc Motown: The Complete No. 1's wisely takes the broadest possible reading of "number one," interpreting that phrase to mean any single that topped the R&B or pop charts or any international chart, or even songs that topped the charts in a cover version by another non-Motown artist...or in the case of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise," was even sampled by another artist. In other words, this 202-track set -- 192 hit singles, plus those ten "bonus" hits that were either covered or sample sources -- means to feature every Motown song that everybody knows and it pretty much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The opening salvo to Universal's celebration of Motown's 50th anniversary, the ten-disc Motown: The Complete No. 1's wisely takes the broadest possible reading of "number one," interpreting that phrase to mean any single that topped the R&B or pop charts or any international chart, or even songs that topped the charts in a cover version by another non-Motown artist...or in the case of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise," was even sampled by another artist. In other words, this 202-track set -- 192 hit singles, plus those ten "bonus" hits that were either covered or sample sources -- means to feature every Motown song that everybody knows and it pretty much does, although it also contains a lot of singles that most Motown fans don't know and there are a lot of well-known songs that aren't here, because using the top of the charts as a definitive yardstick for measuring popularity is problematic. Not every huge hit reaches the pole position, nor is every chart-topper an enduring piece of pop art, and if the competition for the top was tough, as it certainly was during Motown's heyday of the '60s, there might be a lot of songs left behind, as there are here. Nevertheless, it's still pretty shocking to realize that by the time disc three on this gargantuan set starts, Motown has already left Detroit for Los Angeles, leaving behind their period of greatest creativity and iconic power, as well as that house on West Grand Boulevard that serves as the model for the creative packaging on this deluxe set. That means that most of this set doesn't sound like Motown, at least according to the classic definition of the Motown sound, which may make it of considerably less interest to the kind of listener who would be drawn to a replica of the Motown museum, but the range of the set is nevertheless impressive. There is certainly a drop-off in quality as the label enters the '80s on disc seven, but there's not only plenty of terrific music between Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Shop Around" and Erykah Badu's "Bag Lady," it's possible to hear the big picture of modern soul and R&B between these two extremes, which is pretty impressive indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2008
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517875746
  • Catalog Number: 001220802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shop Around (2:49)
  2. 2 Please Mr. Postman (2:29)
  3. 3 Do You Love Me (2:52)
  4. 4 You Beat Me to the Punch (2:44)
  5. 5 Two Lovers (2:46)
  6. 6 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (3:11)
  7. 7 Fingertips, Pt. 2 (3:11)
  8. 8 Heat Wave (3:03)
  9. 9 The Way You Do the Things You Do (2:40)
  10. 10 My Guy (2:51)
  11. 11 Where Did Our Love Go (2:31)
  12. 12 Baby Love (2:36)
  13. 13 Come See About Me (2:42)
  14. 14 My Girl (2:58)
  15. 15 Shotgun (3:19)
  16. 16 Stop! In the Name of Love (2:52)
  17. 17 I'll Be Doggone (2:46)
  18. 18 Back in My Arms Again (2:53)
  19. 19 I Can't Help Myself (2:44)
  20. 20 I Hear a Symphony (2:43)
  21. 21 Ain't That Peculiar (2:59)
  22. 22 Uptight (Everything's Alright) (2:52)
  23. 23 Get Ready (2:38)
  24. 24 Dancing in the Street (2:38)
  25. 25 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (2:56)
  26. 26 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (2:52)
  27. 27 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) (2:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ain't Too Proud to Beg (2:31)
  2. 2 Blowin' in the Wind (3:04)
  3. 3 You Can't Hurry Love (2:45)
  4. 4 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep (2:22)
  5. 5 Reach out I'll Be There (3:00)
  6. 6 You Keep Me Hangin' On (2:41)
  7. 7 (I Know) I'm Losing You (2:27)
  8. 8 The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (2:50)
  9. 9 Love Is Here and Now You're Gone (2:47)
  10. 10 Jimmy Mack (2:53)
  11. 11 The Happening (2:50)
  12. 12 I Was Made to Love Her (2:35)
  13. 13 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (2:46)
  14. 14 I Second That Emotion (2:46)
  15. 15 I Wish It Would Rain (2:45)
  16. 16 Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (2:45)
  17. 17 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (2:13)
  18. 18 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) (3:31)
  19. 19 You're All I Need to Get By (2:49)
  20. 20 Love Child (2:55)
  21. 21 For Once in My Life (3:13)
  22. 22 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (2:48)
  23. 23 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (3:07)
  24. 24 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted (2:59)
  25. 25 You've Made Me So Very Happy (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Run Away Child, Running Wild (4:46)
  2. 2 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby (2:54)
  3. 3 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (2:27)
  4. 4 I Can't Get Next to You (2:51)
  5. 5 Baby I'm for Real (3:21)
  6. 6 Someday We'll Be Together (3:31)
  7. 7 I Want You Back (2:58)
  8. 8 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (3:03)
  9. 9 ABC (2:56)
  10. 10 Reach out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) (3:03)
  11. 11 It's All in the Game (2:45)
  12. 12 The Love You Save (3:03)
  13. 13 Get Ready (2:51)
  14. 14 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) (4:04)
  15. 15 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (2:38)
  16. 16 War (3:23)
  17. 17 The Tears of a Clown (2:59)
  18. 18 Ain't No Mountain High Enough (3:35)
  19. 19 I'll Be There (3:56)
  20. 20 Heaven Help Us All (3:12)
  21. 21 The Tears of a Clown (3:04)
  22. 22 Stoned Love (4:06)
  23. 23 If I Were Your Woman (3:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mama's Pearl (3:11)
  2. 2 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) (3:47)
  3. 3 What's Going On (3:54)
  4. 4 Never Can Say Goodbye (3:00)
  5. 5 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:13)
  6. 6 I'm Stilling Waiting (3:44)
  7. 7 Smiling Faces Sometimes (3:15)
  8. 8 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (5:26)
  9. 9 Got to Be There (3:23)
  10. 10 Rockin' Robin (2:33)
  11. 11 I Wanna Be Where You Are (2:58)
  12. 12 Ben (2:46)
  13. 13 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone (6:57)
  14. 14 Superstition (4:27)
  15. 15 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) (4:22)
  16. 16 Masterpiece (4:23)
  17. 17 You Are the Sunshine of My Life (2:51)
  18. 18 Touch Me in the Morning (3:48)
  19. 19 Let's Get It On (4:51)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Higher Ground (3:44)
  2. 2 Keep on Truckin' (Pt. 1) (3:33)
  3. 3 Living for the City (7:24)
  4. 4 Let Your Hair Down (2:40)
  5. 5 Boogie Down (3:50)
  6. 6 Last Time I Saw Him (2:48)
  7. 7 Dancing Machine (2:36)
  8. 8 Do It Baby (3:03)
  9. 9 You Haven't Done Nothin' (3:24)
  10. 10 Boogie on Reggae Woman (4:11)
  11. 11 Happy People (3:37)
  12. 12 Shoeshine Boy (3:16)
  13. 13 Shakey Ground (4:02)
  14. 14 Baby That's Backatcha (3:47)
  15. 15 Slippery When Wet (3:20)
  16. 16 Forever Came Today (6:22)
  17. 17 Walk Away from Love (5:30)
  18. 18 Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) (3:23)
  19. 19 Devil in the Bottle (2:47)
  20. 20 Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home (2:41)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Love Machine (Pt. 1) (2:59)
  2. 2 Love Hangover (3:45)
  3. 3 I Want You (3:54)
  4. 4 Just to Be Close to You (3:27)
  5. 5 Down to Love Town (5:54)
  6. 6 Don't Leave Me This Way (5:42)
  7. 7 I Wish (4:14)
  8. 8 Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1) (4:11)
  9. 9 Sir Duke (3:55)
  10. 10 Easy (4:19)
  11. 11 You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On) (3:31)
  12. 12 Too Hot Ta Trot (3:30)
  13. 13 You and I (3:10)
  14. 14 Three Times a Lady (3:38)
  15. 15 The Boss (3:50)
  16. 16 Sail On (3:53)
  17. 17 Still (3:44)
  18. 18 Send One Your Love (4:03)
  19. 19 Pastime Paradise (3:27)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Cruisin' (4:28)
  2. 2 Let's Get Serious (3:35)
  3. 3 I'm Coming Out (5:20)
  4. 4 Upside Down (4:04)
  5. 5 Master Blaster (Jammin') (5:09)
  6. 6 Beling with You (4:00)
  7. 7 Give It to Me Baby (4:08)
  8. 8 Super Freak (3:26)
  9. 9 One Day in Your Life (4:12)
  10. 10 Endless Love (4:28)
  11. 11 Lady (You Bring Me Up) (4:01)
  12. 12 That Girl (5:13)
  13. 13 Let It Whip (4:07)
  14. 14 I've Never Been to Me (3:53)
  15. 15 Do I Do (10:30)
  16. 16 Lately (4:06)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Truly (3:19)
  2. 2 You Are (4:06)
  3. 3 My Love (4:05)
  4. 4 All This Love (4:10)
  5. 5 Cold Blooded (4:29)
  6. 6 All Night Long (All Night) (4:19)
  7. 7 Time Will Reveal (4:14)
  8. 8 Somebody's Watching Me (3:57)
  9. 9 Hello (4:08)
  10. 10 Stuck on You (3:11)
  11. 11 I Just Called to Say I Love You (4:23)
  12. 12 Penny Lover (3:46)
  13. 13 Nightshift (4:21)
  14. 14 In My House (3:56)
  15. 15 Rhythm of the Night (3:54)
  16. 16 Glow (4:29)
  17. 17 You Wear It Well (3:55)
  18. 18 Don't Look Any Further (4:03)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Part-Time Lover (4:13)
  2. 2 Say You, Say Me (4:02)
  3. 3 Go Home (4:10)
  4. 4 If You Should Ever Be Lonely (4:15)
  5. 5 Overjoyed (3:42)
  6. 6 Who's Johnny (4:09)
  7. 7 Dancing on the Ceiling (4:34)
  8. 8 Love Will Conquer All (4:17)
  9. 9 Ballerina Girl (3:38)
  10. 10 Just to See Her (4:02)
  11. 11 Tina Cherry (5:07)
  12. 12 Skeletons (5:26)
  13. 13 You Will Know (5:02)
  14. 14 Dial My Heart (4:22)
  15. 15 Lucky Charm (3:56)
  16. 16 Girl I Got My Eyes on You (4:59)
  17. 17 Where Do We Go from Here (4:15)
  18. 18 Dreamin' (3:32)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Rub You the Right Way (4:15)
  2. 2 My, My, My (4:05)
  3. 3 Crazy (4:04)
  4. 4 Wrap My Body Tight (3:44)
  5. 5 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday (3:09)
  6. 6 I Love Your Smile (4:25)
  7. 7 Uhh Ahh (3:49)
  8. 8 Do It to Me (4:31)
  9. 9 End of the Road (5:50)
  10. 10 I'll Make Love to You (3:55)
  11. 11 On Bended Knee (5:32)
  12. 12 Take Me Higher (4:19)
  13. 13 4 Seasons of Loneliness (4:54)
  14. 14 A Song for Mama (5:04)
  15. 15 Stay (4:46)
  16. 16 Liar (3:59)
  17. 17 Bag Lady (4:05)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Babyface Composer
Chico DeBarge Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Rick James Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Roy Hamilton Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Shanice Wilson Composer
Frank deVol Composer
Val Young Composer
Angelo Bond Composer
Linda Allen Composer
Shirley King Composer
Renee Armand Composer
Bobby David Composer
Lee Garrett Composer
Nikita Germaine Composer
Franne Golde Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Khiry Abdulsamad Composer
Tajh Abdulsamad Composer
Reggie Andrews Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Jarvis la Rue Baker Composer
Renaldo Benson Composer
Michael Bivins Composer
Don Black Composer
Harry Booker Composer
Jeffrey Bowen Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Vernon Bullock Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Sally Jo Dakota Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Bobby DeBarge Composer
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Lee Drakeford Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Jimmy George Composer
Cary Gilbert Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Cornelius Grant Composer
Gene Griffin Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Ken Hirsch Composer
Duane Hitchings Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Brenda Holloway Composer
Harold Hudson Composer
Leon Huff Composer
LeMel Humes Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Fred Jenkins Composer
Elroy Kahanek Composer
Charles Kipps Composer
Ronald LaPread Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Terry Lewis Composer
Michael Masser Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Clay McMurray Composer
Narada Michael Walden Composer
Alonzo Miller Composer
Ronald Dean Miller Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Nathan Morris Composer
Wanya Morris Composer
Walter Orange Composer
Lou Pardini Composer
Weldon Dean Parks Composer
Clarence Paul Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Greg Phillinganes Composer
L.A. Reid Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Carlos Rios Composer
Paul Riser Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Walter Scharf Composer
T.G. Sheppard Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Daryl Simmons Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Ed Townsend Composer
Kathy Wakefield Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Jim Weatherly Composer
William Weatherspoon Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Elliot Willensky Composer
Milan Williams Composer
Ina Wolf Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Bobby Rogers Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Wesley Adams Composer
Georgia Dobbins Composer
Larry McCain Composer
Thomas McClary Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Larry Singletary Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
James Fischer Composer
Ronald White Composer
Michael Forte Composer
William Griffin Composer
William Garrett Composer
Rita Wright Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Andre Young Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Autry DeWalt II Composer
Orlando Murden Composer
Anita Poree Composer
Robert Bateman Composer
Arthur Ross Composer
Yennik Samoht Composer
Jackey Beavers Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
Don Fletcher Composer
Christine Yarian Composer
The Corporation Composer
Red Williams Composer
Roger Penzabene Composer
James Nyx Jr. Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Nathaniel Hale Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
III Sam Brown Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Buy

    Love having all my favorites in one place!

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    Lots of songs here very good ones I might add. Most important in our music history. Brings back some very fine memories.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This was the best boxed set I have purchased! All of the songs bring back wonderful and not-so-wonderful memories of growing up! I absolutely love it!

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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check out the TITTLE of Disc 2 #1 BED or maybe BEG!

    The over all review is good. <BR/>But, the tittle has me thinking, 'Have I been singing the wrong<BR/>word for over 40 years?

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