The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10: 1970

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Motown survived some heavy turbulence in 1969, as the company settled into its new headquarters in Los Angeles while negotiating shifting musical tides, all before righting itself with the surprise success of the Jackson 5. The Jacksons were the engine that drove the label in 1970, helping to push Motown into a new era. This shift is documented in Hip-O Select's tenth volume of The Complete Motown Singles, a six-disc, 145-track set that -- like its nine predecessors -- is packaged as a hardcover book the shape of a 45-rpm single, with a vinyl replica of one of that year's hits embedded in the cover: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "The Tears of a Clown." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Motown survived some heavy turbulence in 1969, as the company settled into its new headquarters in Los Angeles while negotiating shifting musical tides, all before righting itself with the surprise success of the Jackson 5. The Jacksons were the engine that drove the label in 1970, helping to push Motown into a new era. This shift is documented in Hip-O Select's tenth volume of The Complete Motown Singles, a six-disc, 145-track set that -- like its nine predecessors -- is packaged as a hardcover book the shape of a 45-rpm single, with a vinyl replica of one of that year's hits embedded in the cover: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "The Tears of a Clown." That smash hit doesn't quite hint at larger trends at Motown in 1970, as it echoes the bright, bouncy beat of the mid-'60s, while almost all the other 45s from '70 do belong to a time when funk and bubblegum dominated radio. Of course, there's a good reason why "The Tears of a Clown" feels a bit like a holdover -- it is a holdover, originally released on the Make It Happen LP in 1967 but turned into a U.K. single in 1970, then leaping back across the Atlantic to top the U.S. charts. Such a convoluted story actually suits the ball of confusion that was Motown in 1970, when they were split between a maturing, sometimes rebellious group of older superstars and barreling into the future thanks to the Jackson 5 and Rare Earth, who finally gave the label a rock & roll group with some chart success. An old Smokey song, the Jackson 5, and funkified hippie rock only scrape the surface of what was going at Motown in 1970. Just a year before, they seemed a bit tentative, making concessions to the middle of the road and dabbling in worldbeat instead of diving headfirst into the thick uncertainty of the end of the '60s. The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10 shows no signs of hesitation from the label and even if a little incoherence comes with that boldness, this does make for a wildly entertaining and revealing listen. Remnants of Berry Gordy's middle-class supper-club aspirations can still be heard -- Joe Harnell's Muzaky "My Cherie Amour" provides a slick bump in the road early on -- but Motown was getting seriously funky thanks to Edwin Starr and the often unheralded Bobby Taylor, and the label wasn't ignoring black power either, with the Spinners cutting "Message from a Blackman," which may play a little bit like blaxploitation in retrospect but it does explicitly speak to politics in a way Motown never did just a few years earlier. Of course, the Spinners are better-known for gorgeous, lush soul, the kind that is best heard on their big '70 breakthrough, "It's a Shame," a Stevie Wonder production/co-write that manages to highlight two '70 trends at Motown at once: how Wonder was leading the charge for the label's artists to assert themselves on their own terms -- he had a kindred spirit in Marvin Gaye but Marvin spent much of 1970 in contemplation after the death of Tammi Terrell -- and how the label's newer harmony groups were sliding into smooth soul. The latter trend could also be heard on the Originals and their gorgeous single "The Bells" -- a Gaye production that was his only major new contribution that year -- while Stevie had another huge hit with "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," as big a breakthrough as Diana Ross' "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which established her as a solo success. As all this was happening, the Temptations continued to get far out with producer Norman Whitfield, who also helmed the recordings of Rare Earth, whose trippy, wah-wah-drenched funky rock & roll captured the garish paisleys of the '60s hangover like nothing else Motown ever recorded, yet they could slide onto AM pop radio in 1970. So could a lot of Motown's singles from 1970, as many of their productions were stamped with a fizzy, compressed sound where all the echoes, strings, and harmonies were cheerfully flattened; this is as true for Junior Walker's increasingly easy listening soul as it is for some early Kiki Dee sides and R. Dean Taylor's "Indiana Wants Me," a melodramatic mini-epic that belongs to the vibe of 1970 as much as his Beatles novelty did in 1964. That AM pop bent is the real surprise about The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 10: amidst that shimmering soft soul and hard-edged funk, there's a lot that is as driven by bubblegum as by a backbeat. And that is all down to the Jackson 5, who had their best year ever in 1970, chalking up the ebullient "ABC" early in the year, following it with "The Love You Save" and then the lovely "I'll Be There," before concluding the year with "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," as exuberant a holiday single as ever was recorded. The Jackson 5 were the catalyst of Motown's success in 1970 and gave the label much of its new character, but this box proves that there was so much more than this group and the rising Diana Ross that year. This is as thrilling a listen as any of its predecessors and yet more surprising, as this documents a year not commonly acknowledged as one of the label's best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517659209
  • Catalog Number: 001105602
  • Sales rank: 78,723


Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bells - The Originals (2:53)
  2. 2 I'll Wait for You - The Originals (2:35)
  3. 3 The Bells - The Originals (2:53)
  4. 4 Blackmail - Bobby Taylor (3:13)
  5. 5 My Cherie Amour (2:52)
  6. 6 Never Had a Dream Come True (3:10)
  7. 7 Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares (2:35)
  8. 8 Wat'cha Gonna Do - Terry Johnson (2:48)
  9. 9 Time (3:01)
  10. 10 Running Back and Forth (2:43)
  11. 11 Gotta H Old on to This Feeling - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:35)
  12. 12 Clinging to the Thought That She's Coming Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:10)
  13. 13 I Should Be Proud - Martha Reeves (2:56)
  14. 14 Love, Guess Who - Martha Reeves (3:05)
  15. 15 Message from a Blackman - The Spinners (3:21)
  16. 16 Life Beats - The Supremes (3:16)
  17. 17 Up the Ladder to the Roof - The Supremes (3:17)
  18. 18 Bill, When Are You Coming Back (4:07)
  19. 19 Expressin' My Love (2:38)
  20. 20 I Don't Dream No More (3:15)
  21. 21 Get Ready (2:48)
  22. 22 ABC - The Jackson 5 (3:12)
  23. 23 The Young Folks - The Jackson 5 (3:12)
  24. 24 You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You) (3:38)
  25. 25 You're My Everything (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Remember When - Ivory Joe Hunter (3:28)
  2. 2 Sorry Is a Sorry Word - Ivory Joe Hunter (2:24)
  3. 3 I Remember When - Ivory Joe Hunter (3:31)
  4. 4 The Onion Song - Tammi Terrell (2:58)
  5. 5 California Soul - Tammi Terrell (2:49)
  6. 6 It's All in the Game (2:51)
  7. 7 Love (Is the Answer) (2:28)
  8. 8 Reach out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - Diana Ross (3:00)
  9. 9 These Things Will Keep Me Loving You - Diana Ross (3:11)
  10. 10 Dark Side of the World - Diana Ross (3:03)
  11. 11 Indiana Wants Me (3:03)
  12. 12 Love's Your Name (2:20)
  13. 13 Indiana Wants Me (3:36)
  14. 14 Come on People (3:16)
  15. 15 Free Again (4:05)
  16. 16 On the Brighter Side of a Blue World - The Fantastic Four (2:48)
  17. 17 I'm Gonna Carry On - The Fantastic Four (2:45)
  18. 18 Who's Gonna Take the Blame (3:35)
  19. 19 I Gotta Thing for You (3:19)
  20. 20 My Baby's Love - Arthur Adams (2:30)
  21. 21 Loving You - Arthur Adams (2:37)
  22. 22 Two Feet from Happiness - Chuck Jackson (3:21)
  23. 23 Let Somebody Love Me - Chuck Jackson (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) (4:03)
  2. 2 It's Summer (2:37)
  3. 3 The Love You Save - The Jackson 5 (3:04)
  4. 4 I Found That Girl - The Jackson 5 (3:11)
  5. 5 The End of Our Road - Marvin Gaye (2:48)
  6. 6 Me and My Lonely Room - Marvin Gaye (3:00)
  7. 7 Just Another Morning (3:17)
  8. 8 Arma' Geden (2:57)
  9. 9 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (2:33)
  10. 10 I'm More Than Happy (I'm Satisfied) (2:58)
  11. 11 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (2:47)
  12. 12 War (3:27)
  13. 13 He Who Picks a Rose (2:27)
  14. 14 It's a Shame - The Spinners (3:08)
  15. 15 Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music - The Spinners (3:06)
  16. 16 Do You See My Love (For You Growing) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:31)
  17. 17 Groove and Move - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:55)
  18. 18 The Day Will Come Between Sunday and Monday - Kiki Dee (2:46)
  19. 19 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - Kiki Dee (3:30)
  20. 20 Everybody's Got the Right to Love - The Supremes (2:39)
  21. 21 But I Love You More - The Supremes (3:28)
  22. 22 We Can Make It - The Originals (2:50)
  23. 23 I Like Your Style - The Originals (2:52)
  24. 24 We Can Make It Baby - The Originals (2:48)
  25. 25 An Important Message from Barney Ales (Play Immediately) (3:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 (I Know) I'm Losing You (3:39)
  2. 2 When Joanie Smiles (2:54)
  3. 3 Stay a Little Longer (2:42)
  4. 4 We Should Never Be Lonely My Love (2:50)
  5. 5 How You Gonna Keep It (After You Got It) - Blinky (2:39)
  6. 6 This Time Last Summer - Blinky (3:07)
  7. 7 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (6:18)
  8. 8 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (4:05)
  9. 9 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross (3:31)
  10. 10 Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow - Diana Ross (3:15)
  11. 11 Young Gifted and Black (3:13)
  12. 12 Peace of Mind (2:29)
  13. 13 Still Water (Love) (3:14)
  14. 14 Still Water (Peace) (2:43)
  15. 15 Stone Soul Booster (3:15)
  16. 16 Sandy (2:38)
  17. 17 I'll Be There - The Jackson 5 (3:45)
  18. 18 One More Chance - The Jackson 5 (3:01)
  19. 19 Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) (4:13)
  20. 20 Hum Along and Dance (3:39)
  21. 21 As Long as I've Got You - Danny Hernandez & The Ones (2:03)
  22. 22 One Little Teardrop - Danny Hernandez & The Ones (2:25)
  23. 23 Stand by Me - Jimmy Ruffin (3:45)
  24. 24 Your Love Was Worth Waiting For - Jimmy Ruffin (2:49)
Disc 5
  1. 1 The Tears of a Clown (3:04)
  2. 2 Promise Me (3:05)
  3. 3 The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage (2:59)
  4. 4 Heaven Help Us All (3:13)
  5. 5 I Gotta Have a Song (2:32)
  6. 6 You Keep Me Hangin' On (3:27)
  7. 7 Make Me a Potion (3:23)
  8. 8 It's a Lonesome Road (2:34)
  9. 9 Yesterday's Love Is Over (2:52)
  10. 10 I Gotta Let You Go - Martha Reeves (2:30)
  11. 11 You're the Loser Now - Martha Reeves (3:38)
  12. 12 Stoned Love - The Supremes (3:00)
  13. 13 Shine on Me - The Supremes (4:10)
  14. 14 Stoned Love - The Supremes (3:47)
  15. 15 If I Were Your Woman (3:12)
  16. 16 The Tracks of My Tears (3:07)
  17. 17 Marionette (3:38)
  18. 18 After All (3:20)
  19. 19 River Deep-Mountain High - The Supremes (3:14)
  20. 20 Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music - The Supremes (3:05)
  21. 21 Coming Apart (3:13)
  22. 22 Let the Music Play (3:55)
  23. 23 Coming Apart (3:42)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Stop the War Now (3:44)
  2. 2 God Bless Whoever Sent You - The Originals (3:18)
  3. 3 Just to Keep You Satisfied - The Originals (3:57)
  4. 4 Desperate Young Man - The Originals (3:22)
  5. 5 Born to Wander (2:55)
  6. 6 Here Comes the Night (3:26)
  7. 7 Born to Wander (3:00)
  8. 8 Holly Holy - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:13)
  9. 9 Carry Your Own Load - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:15)
  10. 10 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5 (2:31)
  11. 11 Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year - The Jackson 5 (2:46)
  12. 12 Way Back Home (3:02)
  13. 13 Jackson! (2:33)
  14. 14 Remember Me - Diana Ross (3:16)
  15. 15 How About You - Diana Ross (2:48)
  16. 16 We'll Have It Made - The Spinners (3:28)
  17. 17 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - The Spinners (3:37)
  18. 18 Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten out My Life) (3:07)
  19. 19 I Wish I Were Your Mirror (3:11)
  20. 20 Maria (You Were the Only One) (3:07)
  21. 21 Living in a World I Created for Myself (3:14)
  22. 22 Living in a World I Created for Myself (3:15)
  23. 23 Can't Wait to See You - Arthur Adams (2:35)
  24. 24 It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams (3:11)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer, Producer
Wayne Henderson Arranger, Composer, Audio Production
Bob Andy Composer
Nina Simone Composer
Neil Diamond Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ben E. King Composer
Laura Lee Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Edwin Starr Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Masekela Arranger
Wayne Shorter Arranger
Lawrence Brown Composer
Jimmy Lewis Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Arthur Adams Composer, Audio Production
Gene Barge Composer
James Griffin Composer
Weldon Irvine Composer
Gloria Jones Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jimmy Webb Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Phil Spector Composer
Lee Garrett Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tom Baird Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bob Baldori Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Barry Composer
David Blumberg Arranger
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Vernon Bullock Composer
Al Cleveland Composer, Audio Production
Robert Colby Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Henry Cosby Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Hal Davis Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lamont Dozier Composer
Oma Drake Composer
Wilton Felder Composer
Paul Frank Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stu Gardner Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Audio Production
George Gordy Composer, Audio Production
Iris Gordy Composer
Cornelius Grant Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Don Hunter Composer, Audio Production
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer, Audio Production
Willie Hutch Composer
Terry Johnson Composer, Audio Production
Stewart Levine Audio Production
Jerry Long Arranger
Clay McMurray Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ronald Dean Miller Composer, Audio Production
Alphonso Mizell Composer, Audio Production
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Allan Nicholls Composer
Andrew Loog Oldham Producer, Audio Production
Clarence Paul Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Freddie Perren Composer, Audio Production
Deke Richards Composer, Audio Production
Paul Riser Arranger, Composer, Orchestra Director
Jimmy Roach Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Robb Royer Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Caiphus Semenya Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
Carl Sigman Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
C.P. Spencer Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Bobby Taylor Audio Production
Norma Toney Composer
David Van De Pitte Arranger, Composer
Kathy Wakefield Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Syreeta Wright Composer
Duke Browner Producer, Audio Production
Ellen Fitton Remastering
Allen Story Composer, Audio Production
Walter Gaines Composer
Danny Hernandez Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Arranger, Composer, Audio Production
Harry Johnson Audio Production
Rita Wright Composer
Autry DeWalt II Composer, Audio Production
Yennik Samoht Composer
Arthur Scott Composer
Ernie Shelby Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lou Stallman Composer
Elgie Stover Composer
Robert Beavers Composer
John Bristol Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
Vincent DiMirco Composer
LaVerne Ware Composer
Richard Wylie Composer
Armand Canfora Composer
Al Cleveland II Producer
Robert White Arranger
Michael Jourdan Composer
The Corporation Composer
Johnny Arthey Arranger
Roger Penzabene Composer
James Nyx Jr. Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Linda Glover Composer
Henry Dixon Composer
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Joe Jones Composer
James Carmichael Arranger
Freddie Gorman Composer
Bob West Arranger, Composer
Sherlie Matthews Composer
Theodore Licavoli Composer
Richard Drapkin Composer
Paul Frank Composer
Mary Balnius Composer
Marty Coleman Composer
Lawrence Perrault Composer, Audio Production
Joseph Norris Composer
Herman Weems Composer
Henry Dixon Composer
Floyd Lawson Composer
Ellene Levenson Composer
Earl Smiley Composer
Earl Levenson Composer
Donna Sekulidis Composer
Danny Hernandez Composer
Chisa Audio Production
Charles Laskey Composer
Charles Brucato Composer
Al Hamilton Composer
Arthur C. Scott Composer
John Myers Composer
Joseph Basile Composer
Warren Moore Composer, Audio Production
James Nyx Composer
Sandra Sanders Composer
Otis Stephens Composer
Vernon Williams Composer
Eddie Hollis Composer
Edward Composer
Pamela Sawyer Composer
Al Kent Producer, Audio Production
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