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

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2001
  • Label: Spectrum Audio Uk
  • UPC: 731454471428
  • Catalog Number: 5447142
  • Sales rank: 59,188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby I'm for Real - The Originals (3:18)
  2. 2 The Bells - The Originals (3:04)
  3. 3 Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:55)
  4. 4 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin (3:00)
  5. 5 I've Passed This Way Before - Jimmy Ruffin (2:44)
  6. 6 Walk Away from Love - David Ruffin (3:17)
  7. 7 My Whole World Ended (The Day You Left Me) - David Ruffin (3:30)
  8. 8 Get Ready - Rare Earth (2:49)
  9. 9 (I Know) I'm Losing You - Rare Earth (3:37)
  10. 10 War - Edwin Starr (3:23)
  11. 11 Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr (3:21)
  12. 12 It's a Shame - The Spinners (3:14)
  13. 13 I'll Always Love You - The Spinners (2:45)
  14. 14 Darling Baby - The Elgins (2:32)
  15. 15 Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins (2:38)
  16. 16 You've Made Me So Very Happy - Brenda Holloway (2:52)
  17. 17 Just Look What You've Done - Brenda Holloway (2:55)
  18. 18 Helpless - Kim Weston (2:41)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway (2:54)
  2. 2 When I'm Gone - Brenda Holloway (2:12)
  3. 3 Needle in a Haystack - The Velvelettes (2:28)
  4. 4 He Was Really Sayin' Something - The Velvelettes (2:30)
  5. 5 Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I - The Velvelettes (2:11)
  6. 6 I Can't Believe You Love Me - Tammi Terrell (2:35)
  7. 7 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong (2:36)
  8. 8 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - The Isley Brothers (2:41)
  9. 9 I Guess I'll Always Love You - The Isley Brothers (2:50)
  10. 10 Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long (2:40)
  11. 11 Function at the Junction - Shorty Long (2:57)
  12. 12 Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (3:16)
  13. 13 I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth (3:36)
  14. 14 Born to Wander - Rare Earth (2:59)
  15. 15 River Deep Mountain High - The Supremes (4:49)
  16. 16 Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor (3:45)
  17. 17 I've Never Been to Me - Charlene (3:53)
  18. 18 With You I'm Born Again - Syreeta (3:41)
  19. 19 Medley: What the World Needs Now Is Love/Abraham, Martin, and John - Tom Clay (6:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Kim Weston (3:00)
  2. 2 Looking for the Right Guy - Kim Weston (2:30)
  3. 3 Love Me All the Way - Kim Weston (2:55)
  4. 4 A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush) - The Velvelettes (2:52)
  5. 5 Come on and See Me - Tammi Terrell (2:22)
  6. 6 Operator - Brenda Holloway (3:14)
  7. 7 I'll Be Available - Brenda Holloway (2:40)
  8. 8 I'll Always Love You - Brenda Holloway (2:52)
  9. 9 Devil with the Blue Dress - Shorty Long (3:14)
  10. 10 He's My Man - The Supremes (2:58)
  11. 11 Agent Double O Soul - Edwin Starr (2:41)
  12. 12 Stop Her on the Sight (S.O.S.) - Edwin Starr (2:20)
  13. 13 Leaving Here - Eddie Holland (2:30)
  14. 14 Just Ain't Enough Love - Eddie Holland (2:28)
  15. 15 Candy to Me - Eddie Holland (2:28)
  16. 16 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - The Isley Brothers (2:54)
  17. 17 Behind a Painted Smile - The Isley Brothers (2:48)
  18. 18 Truly Yours - The Spinners (3:03)
  19. 19 Just a Little Misunderstanding - The Contours (2:44)
  20. 20 Do You Love Me - The Contours (2:55)
  21. 21 First I Look at the Purse - The Contours (2:59)
  22. 22 Stay in My Lonely Arms - The Elgins (2:58)
  23. 23 Put Yourself in My Place - The Elgins (2:40)
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