Something New: Motown Lost & Found

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
As one of the first signees to the Motown label, a young Mary Wells helped define the early sound of the label that would change the tides of American music forever. Though she left the label at the peak of her popularity in late 1964, Wells wrote and recorded feverishly in her four short years at Hitsville U.S.A., leaving behind a vault of unreleased recordings along with her well-known chart-toppers. Enter Something New: Motown Lost & Found. This collection gathers together 47 tracks, about half of which are completely unreleased archival material and the other half are previously unreleased stereo mixes of songs that found release in various places over the years. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
As one of the first signees to the Motown label, a young Mary Wells helped define the early sound of the label that would change the tides of American music forever. Though she left the label at the peak of her popularity in late 1964, Wells wrote and recorded feverishly in her four short years at Hitsville U.S.A., leaving behind a vault of unreleased recordings along with her well-known chart-toppers. Enter Something New: Motown Lost & Found. This collection gathers together 47 tracks, about half of which are completely unreleased archival material and the other half are previously unreleased stereo mixes of songs that found release in various places over the years. The weighty collection shows that Mary's creative trajectory walked a remarkably similar path as that of the Motown label as a whole. The set begins with smooth and soulful post-doo wop numbers from 1961 recording sessions. The girl group soul of "Why Do You Want to Let Me Go" fades into a series of collaborations with Smokey Robinson like the happy-go-lucky calypso tinge of "To Lose You" and the smoky heartbreak of "My Heart Is Like a Clock." As the months burned on and Motown began to explode into worldwide popularity, Wells grew into the Motown sound. Tracks like "Have a Little Patience (And Wait)" feature backing vocals by the Supremes and capture the mixture of caffeinated soul and youthful rock & roll that Motown owned the trademark to. The same 1963 sessions yielded coulda-been-hits like "Free from Your Spell" and the spirited "Your Loss, My Gain," which later became a hit for Wells as "You Lost the Sweetest Boy." The set is rounded out by seven duets with Marvin Gaye and a host of standard tunes from the era when Berry Gordy was pushing his artists toward more adult material. Gordy's attempt to win over the fanfare (and larger expendable incomes) of the sophisticated supper club set resulted in some of the more questionable Motown material, and Wells' loungy standards are lacking when compared to the teenage kicks of the other material here. Even four tunes backed by the Four Tops can't completely save the dip in energy and vibe for the second half of Something New. That said, this collection will be a must for Motown completists, and soul fans will appreciate the spirit of fun and camaraderie captured in the earlier soul tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602537117758
  • Catalog Number: 001728502
  • Sales rank: 98,935

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Wells Primary Artist
The Four Tops Vocals, Background Vocals
The Supremes Background Vocals
The Temptations Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Duet
Smokey Robinson Producer
Mary Wells Composer
Andre Williams Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Johnny Allen Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Sammy Fain Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
George Gordy Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Riley Hampton String Arrangements
Eddie Holland Composer, Producer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Obie O'Brien Remixing
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer, Producer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
William Robinson Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Mike Valvano Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Sylvester Potts Composer, Producer
Ronald White Composer, Producer
Stu Hackel Liner Notes
Robert Hamilton Composer, Producer
Harold Adamson Composer
Victor Schertzinger Composer
Janie Bradford Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Alan Lerner Composer
Michele Horie Producer, Art Direction
Keith Hughes Track Annotations
Paul Webster Composer
Teresa Tsuzaki Licensing
Sadie Vimmerstedt Composer
Betty Leshman Composer
Joe Marles Composer
Slyvesters Potts Producer
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