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:
1944

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

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

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