The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Berry Gordy moved Motown from Detroit to Los Angeles at the end of 1968 but, like an earthquake, not all of the aftershocks were felt after the initial shift. It took a while for all the dust to settle, for Motown to start feeling like it belonged to Hollywood instead of the Motor City, for the label to get to the point where the showbiz began to eclipse the soul, and that year was 1971. That year, Gordy slowly started to recede from the day-to-day operations of the label, choosing to pursue interests in film and television, but Motown hardly shut down in his absence: they churned out more 45s than ever, releasing so many singles in the course of a single year ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Berry Gordy moved Motown from Detroit to Los Angeles at the end of 1968 but, like an earthquake, not all of the aftershocks were felt after the initial shift. It took a while for all the dust to settle, for Motown to start feeling like it belonged to Hollywood instead of the Motor City, for the label to get to the point where the showbiz began to eclipse the soul, and that year was 1971. That year, Gordy slowly started to recede from the day-to-day operations of the label, choosing to pursue interests in film and television, but Motown hardly shut down in his absence: they churned out more 45s than ever, releasing so many singles in the course of a single year that when it came time for Hip-O Select to cover 1971 in their comprehensive The Complete Motown Singles series, they had to split the year into two multi-disc box sets. This, Vol. 11A, covers the first six months of 1971, six months that had enough activity for a year -- a full six discs of material, to be precise. The entirety of Motown's 1970 singles output fit onto a six-disc set for Vol. 10, so it stands to reason that 1971 either was an embarrassment of riches or found the label stretching itself a little thin. The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971 proves the latter to be true, containing moments of blinding genius surrounded by cinematic schmaltz and funky filler. Genius is none too strong a word for the best music Motown produced in the first half of 1971, especially the album that defined the year for the label and much of pop music in general, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. This was the first Motown LP to be an artist-driven concept album, a seismic shift within the label that is just as palpable when it's sampled here by its two hit singles, "What's Going On" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," as they sit respectively next to R. Dean Taylor's AM pop and Hearts of Stone's bubblegum soul, two pieces of agreeable fluff that have more to do with the label at large than Marvin's two masterworks. Gaye was hardly the only artist working at a peak during these six months: Stevie Wonder began to enter his mature phase, rearranging the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," which was backed with the extraordinary "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer"; Smokey Robinson had the great "I Don't Blame You at All"; the Jackson 5 had "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Mama's Pearl"; Gladys Knight & the Pips had the slow-burner "I Don't Want to Do Wrong"; the Temptations hit a high watermark with "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" while David Ruffin had a few great singles that didn't quite take off; Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate" was the peak of Motown's hippie rock; and the Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes" proved that it wasn't just Motown's legacy acts that were turning out great music. Nevertheless, it's those Marvin Gaye singles that point out the gap between what Motown's artists were capable of achieving and the product that the label was cranking out. Blinded by the stars of Tinsel Town, the label signed up Sammy Davis, Jr. to cut a single of show tunes, granted Bobby Darin the permission to indulge in his soulman fantasies, and had Bill Cosby mug with Diana Ross on Randy Newman's "Love Story" for Ross' TV variety show -- and this splashy, schmaltzy sound isn't just heard here, but throughout the lesser-known sides. Often, these justly neglected 45s don't sound like singles buried in the back of some dusty record store but rather incidental soundtrack music for a forgotten television show. There are naturally exceptions to the rule -- the great Chuck Jackson gamely struggles with the novelty "Pet Names," Eddie Kendricks' melodramatic "This Used to Be the Home of Johnnie Mae" has some symphonic force, Stoney & Meatloaf's "What You See Is What You Get" is a terrific hippie blues-rock number, and Arthur Adams' scrapped slow blues "Uncle Tom" has a terrific flip, the insistent dance number "Morning Train" -- but for the most part the lesser-known singles here are cornball cultural artifacts, interesting for collectors and soul fanatics, but they pale too easily next to the unadulterated brilliance of the best music here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517776555
  • Catalog Number: 001157902
  • Sales rank: 362,633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5 (3:13)
  2. 2 Darling Dear - The Jackson 5 (2:38)
  3. 3 Let's All Save the Children (3:46)
  4. 4 You Are Blue (2:32)
  5. 5 Sweet Water - Brass Monkey (2:52)
  6. 6 You Keep Me Hangin' On - Brass Monkey (3:47)
  7. 7 Pet Names - Chuck Jackson (2:54)
  8. 8 Is There Anything Love Can't Do - Chuck Jackson (3:06)
  9. 9 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations (3:54)
  10. 10 You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth - The Temptations (2:49)
  11. 11 Ain't It a Sad Thing (2:29)
  12. 12 Back Street (3:33)
  13. 13 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (3:55)
  14. 14 God Is Love - Marvin Gaye (2:52)
  15. 15 Save My Love for a Rainy Day - The Undisputed Truth (3:54)
  16. 16 Since I've Lost You - The Undisputed Truth (3:23)
  17. 17 Don't Pay Me No Mind - Ken Christie & The Sunday People (2:40)
  18. 18 Listen to Your Soul - Ken Christie & The Sunday People (4:11)
  19. 19 Each Day Is a Lifetime - David Ruffin (3:14)
  20. 20 Don't Stop Lovin' Me - David Ruffin (2:52)
  21. 21 Love Makes the World Go 'Round - Kiki Dee (2:47)
  22. 22 Jimmy - Kiki Dee (3:21)
  23. 23 Love Makes the World Go 'Round - Kiki Dee (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We Can Work It Out (2:55)
  2. 2 Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer (2:54)
  3. 3 I Don't Blame You at All (3:07)
  4. 4 That Girl (3:00)
  5. 5 This Used to Be the Home of Johnnie Mae (5:57)
  6. 6 It's So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye (3:09)
  7. 7 This Used to Be the Home of Johnnie Mae (3:54)
  8. 8 In My Own Lifetime (2:35)
  9. 9 I'll Begin Again (2:32)
  10. 10 In My Own Lifetime (2:36)
  11. 11 Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 (3:03)
  12. 12 She's Good - The Jackson 5 (3:01)
  13. 13 Gotta See Jane (3:07)
  14. 14 Gotta See Jane (3:06)
  15. 15 Strung Out - Gordon Staples & The Motown Strings (2:45)
  16. 16 Sounds of the Zodiac - Gordon Staples & The Motown Strings (2:33)
  17. 17 Strung Out - Gordon Staples & The Motown Strings (3:16)
  18. 18 Strung Out - Gordon Staples & The Motown Strings (2:58)
  19. 19 Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (3:09)
  20. 20 Cloud Nine (3:23)
  21. 21 When My Love Hand Comes Down - David & Jimmy Ruffin (2:50)
  22. 22 Steppin' on a Dream - David & Jimmy Ruffin (2:28)
  23. 23 I Won't Weep No More - Letta Mbulu (2:45)
  24. 24 You Touched Me - Letta Mbulu (3:43)
  25. 25 Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Diana Ross (4:06)
  2. 2 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Diana Ross (3:48)
  3. 3 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Diana Ross (5:03)
  4. 4 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Diana Ross (4:03)
  5. 5 (I've Given You) The Best Years of My Life - P.J. (2:24)
  6. 6 It Takes a Man to Teach a Woman How to Love - P.J. (2:37)
  7. 7 What You See Is What You Get (2:20)
  8. 8 Lady Be Mine (3:19)
  9. 9 What You See Is What You Get (2:22)
  10. 10 Nathan Jones - The Supremes (3:03)
  11. 11 Happy (Is a Bumpy Road) - The Supremes (3:07)
  12. 12 Nathan Jones - The Supremes (3:01)
  13. 13 Melodie (2:50)
  14. 14 Someday We'll Be Together (2:58)
  15. 15 Never Can Say Goodbye - Impact of Brass (2:44)
  16. 16 So Far, So Good - Impact of Brass (3:37)
  17. 17 Never Can Say Goodbye - Impact of Brass (2:49)
  18. 18 Heartaches (2:39)
  19. 19 Together We Can Do Anything (2:24)
  20. 20 Feelin' Alright - Diana Ross (2:17)
  21. 21 Love Story - Diana Ross (3:17)
  22. 22 I Don't Want to Do Wrong (3:22)
  23. 23 Is There a Place (In His Heart for Me) (3:32)
  24. 24 I Don't Want to Do Wrong (3:30)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart - The Supremes (2:49)
  2. 2 I'm Glad About It - The Supremes (3:18)
  3. 3 You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart - The Supremes (2:29)
  4. 4 Smiling Faces Sometimes (3:19)
  5. 5 You Got the Love I Need - The Undisputed Truth (3:03)
  6. 6 I'd Still Love You - Ivy Jo (3:21)
  7. 7 I Can Feel the Pain - Ivy Jo (2:45)
  8. 8 I'd Still Love You - Ivy Jo (3:19)
  9. 9 In These Changing Times (3:25)
  10. 10 Right Before My Eyes (3:09)
  11. 11 Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Diana Ross (4:02)
  12. 12 Pass the Plate - Crusaders (2:44)
  13. 13 Greasy Spoon - Crusaders (2:50)
  14. 14 Pass the Plate - Crusaders (2:45)
  15. 15 Dyambo (De-Yambo) Weary Day Is Over - Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa (2:41)
  16. 16 Shebeen - Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa (4:03)
  17. 17 Dyambo (De-Yambo) Weary Day Is Over - Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa (2:53)
  18. 18 Uncle Tom - Arthur Adams (3:57)
  19. 19 Mornin' Train - Arthur Adams (2:45)
  20. 20 What Is Love - Stylists (3:31)
  21. 21 Where Did the Children Go - Stylists (3:37)
  22. 22 Crazy About the La La La (2:54)
  23. 23 Oh Baby Baby I Love You (2:36)
  24. 24 Crazy About the La La La (2:56)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye (2:31)
  2. 2 Sad Tomorrow - Marvin Gaye (2:24)
  3. 3 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye (2:30)
  4. 4 If I Could Give You the World (3:05)
  5. 5 You Gotta Sacrifice (We Gotta Sacrifice) (2:45)
  6. 6 If I Could Give You the World (3:04)
  7. 7 The Reverend John B. Daniels - Ken Christie & The Sunday People (2:40)
  8. 8 Jesus Is the Key - Ken Christie & The Sunday People (2:52)
  9. 9 The Reverend John B. Daniels - Ken Christie & The Sunday People (3:01)
  10. 10 Candy Apple Red (3:37)
  11. 11 Woman Alive (2:36)
  12. 12 Candy Apple Red (3:34)
  13. 13 I Just Want to Celebrate (2:53)
  14. 14 The Seed (3:28)
  15. 15 I Just Want to Celebrate (2:55)
  16. 16 Maybe Tomorrow - The Jackson 5 (4:34)
  17. 17 I Will Find a Way - The Jackson 5 (3:01)
  18. 18 Maybe Tomorrow - The Jackson 5 (4:33)
  19. 19 What the World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin and John (6:20)
  20. 20 The Victors (4:35)
  21. 21 What the World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin and John (5:25)
  22. 22 It's Summer - The Temptations (2:52)
  23. 23 I'm the Exception to the Rule - The Temptations (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blackberries Vocals, Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Wayne Henderson Producer
Clifton Davis Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Chuck Jackson Producer
Deon Jackson Composer
Chris Kenner Source Material
Gladys Knight Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Hugh Masekela Producer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Arthur Adams Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joe Hinton Composer
Tom Clay Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger, Audio Production
King Floyd Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tom Baird Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Harold Battiste Jr. Arranger, Audio Production
Renaldo Benson Composer
Jimmy Bowen Producer, Audio Production
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Vernon Bullock Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Henry Cosby Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Hal David Composer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Oma Drake Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Ernie Freeman Arranger, Audio Production
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Audio Production
George Gordy Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Peter Hoorelbeke Composer
Gary Johns Memorabilia
Terry Johnson Producer, Audio Production
Mel Larson Composer, Producer
Stewart Levine Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Long Arranger, Orchestra Director
Jerry Marcellino Composer, Producer
Clay McMurray Composer, Producer
Ronald Dean Miller Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Ray Monette Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer, Producer
Paul Nixon Photo Courtesy
Lawrence Payton Producer
Freddie Perren Composer
Deke Richards Composer, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestra Director
Jimmy Roach Arranger
Caiphus Semenya Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bobby Taylor Producer, Audio Production
Russ Terrana Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger, Orchestra Director
Kathy Wakefield Composer
Harry Weinger Augmenting
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Nick Zesses Composer
William Guest Composer
William Robinson Composer
Duke Browner Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ellen Fitton Remastering
Ollie McLaughlin Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Valvano Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bill Dahl Track Annotations
Doug Flett Composer
Jonas Gwangwa Composer
Merald "Bubba" Knight Composer
Allen Story Composer
Candice Ghant Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Harry Langdon Photo Courtesy
Barry Feinstein Photo Courtesy
Jim Hendin Photo Courtesy
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Weldon McDougal III Photo Courtesy
Elgie Stover Composer
Delores Wilkinson Composer
John Barnett Composer
Jackey Beavers Composer
Al Cleveland II Producer
The Corporation Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Dick Holler Composer
James Nyx Jr. Composer
Harry Webber Liner Notes
Patti Jerome Composer
Leslie Milton Composer
Carl Cutler Composer
Lindsey Griffin Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Michele Horie Art Direction
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Lawrence D. Brown Producer
James Carmichael Arranger
Fuller B. Gordy Composer
Jack Goga Composer
Melanie Dancy Composer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Mac "Doctor John" Rebbenack Contributor
Ed Nuccilli Arranger
Keith Hughes Producer, Track Annotations
Eric Charge Photo Courtesy
Andrew Flory Liner Notes
Ralph Terrana Producer
Ralph Terrnan Audio Production
Ivy Jo Audio Production
Warren Moore Audio Production
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