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Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3
     

Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Vols. 1-3

 
The title should be a giveaway to serious fans that this is a U.K. collection, as "Tamla Motown" was what the Detroit-based label was called on the far side of the Atlantic. And this set is annotated from the standpoint of British listeners, which means that there are certain things explained that most Americans would already know. But beyond those caveats, this three

Overview

The title should be a giveaway to serious fans that this is a U.K. collection, as "Tamla Motown" was what the Detroit-based label was called on the far side of the Atlantic. And this set is annotated from the standpoint of British listeners, which means that there are certain things explained that most Americans would already know. But beyond those caveats, this three-CD set offers first-rate sound, 60 songs, and a low price, and those are just three of its virtues. The rest of the value lies in the songs, five dozen of them drawn from across the history of Motown records, and focused exclusively on acts that only generated a handful of hits each -- thus, there is nothing here (well, almost nothing) by, say, the Supremes, or Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, though the first disc opens with two choice sides produced by Gaye: the gorgeous "Baby I'm for Real" and "The Bells" by the Originals. The rest of that platter contains sides by Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers and the Elgins, alongside more familiar fare by Jimmy Ruffin ("What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "I've Passed This Way Before"), Brenda Holloway ("You've Made Me So Very Happy," "Just Look What You've Done"), and Kim Weston ("Helpless"). Disc two is no less impressive, juggling singles and rarities by Holloway, the Velvettes, Tammi Terrell, Barrett Strong, the Isley Brothers, Shorty Long, Tom Clay, Rare Earth, the Undisputed Truth, R. Dean Taylor, Charlene, and Billy Preston & Syreeta, while disc three intermingles Weston, the Velvettes, Terrell, Holloway, the Elgins, Long, the Supremes (in one of their latter-day incarnations, doing "He's My Man"), Edwin Starr, Eddie Holland, and the Contours. As one might gather from those artist lists, the selections jump around in time and style, but the material has been chosen to work well alongside each other. This is a singles collection, and most of the material will be familiar, but even the rarities (which are mostly that from the British standpoint) are worth hearing more than once. The producers have used the stereo masters, but the sound has been mastered very carefully so that there's no loss of impact, as has been the case with some of the stereo Motown reissues from BR Music. Released by Universal on its budget Spectrum label, the retail price works out to about 22 dollars -- there's no serious annotation for that price, but where it counts, in the music, this set delivers everything it promises.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2001
Label:
Spectrum Audio Uk
UPC:
0731454471428
catalogNumber:
5447142
Rank:
14608

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Baby I'm for Real
  2. The Bells
  3. Does Your Mama Know About Me
  4. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  5. I've Passed This Way Before
  6. Walk Away from Love
  7. My Whole World Ended (The Day You Left Me)
  8. Get Ready
  9. (I Know) I'm Losing You
  10. War
  11. Twenty-Five Miles
  12. It's a Shame
  13. I'll Always Love You
  14. Darling Baby
  15. Heaven Must Have Sent You
  16. You've Made Me So Very Happy
  17. Just Look What You've Done
  18. Helpless

Disc 2

  1. Every Little Bit Hurts
  2. When I'm Gone
  3. Needle in a Haystack
  4. He Was Really Sayin' Something
  5. Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I
  6. I Can't Believe You Love Me
  7. Money (That's What I Want)
  8. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
  9. I Guess I'll Always Love You
  10. Here Comes the Judge
  11. Function at the Junction
  12. Smiling Faces Sometimes
  13. I Just Want to Celebrate
  14. Born to Wander
  15. River Deep Mountain High
  16. Indiana Wants Me
  17. I've Never Been to Me
  18. With You I'm Born Again
  19. Medley: What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin, and John

Disc 3

  1. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
  2. Looking for the Right Guy
  3. Love Me All the Way
  4. A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush)
  5. Come on and See Me
  6. Operator
  7. I'll Be Available
  8. I'll Always Love You
  9. Devil with the Blue Dress
  10. He's My Man
  11. Agent Double O Soul
  12. Stop Her on the Sight (S.O.S.)
  13. Leaving Here
  14. Just Ain't Enough Love
  15. Candy to Me
  16. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
  17. Behind a Painted Smile
  18. Truly Yours
  19. Just a Little Misunderstanding
  20. Do You Love Me
  21. First I Look at the Purse
  22. Stay in My Lonely Arms
  23. Put Yourself in My Place

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