The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two songs into The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972, the Four Tops sing "L.A. (My Town)," an ode to the city that became Motown's new hometown in 1972. By the middle of the year, all Detroit operations closed and Motown now belonged to Los Angeles, and this five-disc box set chronicles the first six months of 1972, the time when Motown was in transition. Certainly, the 113 tracks here -- the uneven number of songs derives from the number of alternate mixes and promo versions -- showcase a label in the throes of change, its '60s superstars struggling to keep up with the times as the new groups never quite made waves. At this point in time, Motown's heavy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two songs into The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972, the Four Tops sing "L.A. (My Town)," an ode to the city that became Motown's new hometown in 1972. By the middle of the year, all Detroit operations closed and Motown now belonged to Los Angeles, and this five-disc box set chronicles the first six months of 1972, the time when Motown was in transition. Certainly, the 113 tracks here -- the uneven number of songs derives from the number of alternate mixes and promo versions -- showcase a label in the throes of change, its '60s superstars struggling to keep up with the times as the new groups never quite made waves. At this point in time, Motown's heavy hitters were Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5, and these three are responsible for the instantly recognizable songs here: Marvin's "You're the Man," Stevie's "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)," and Michael Jackson's "Rockin' Robin." The lack of big hits surely would've been concerning to Motown in 1972, but this paucity of pop hits makes The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A a fascinating listen, as there are covers of familiar songs (the Undisputed Truth's original version of "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," Edwin Starr's cover of "Ball of Confusion"), an early single from the Commodores, Bobby Darin covering Randy Newman, attempts at both bubblegum and Latin-tinged funk rock in the vein of War, plus a bunch of stuff that would've seemed comfortable on Invictus, the label founded by former Motown hitmakers Holland-Dozier-Holland. All these contradictory styles, when combined with an increasingly slick production polish, makes this particular Motown box feel very much of its time; it evokes an era of polyester knits, long sideburns, fuzz guitars, show biz strings, and productions larger than the songs themselves. Much of the fun of this box is enjoying certain portions for their feel, while digging deep in others to find the handful of gems scattered throughout. There may be no question that the glory days of Motown were over, but hearing the label struggle to find footing in a new decade in a new town makes The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972 nearly as compelling a listen as the boxes that showcased the label's best years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2013
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527044453
  • Catalog Number: 001293502
  • Sales rank: 75,031

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Simple Game - The Four Tops (2:58)
  2. 2 L.A. (My Town) - The Four Tops (2:43)
  3. 3 Our Favorite Melody - Jimmy Ruffin (3:14)
  4. 4 You Gave Me Love - Jimmy Ruffin (3:01)
  5. 5 A Breath Taking Guy - The Marvelettes (2:49)
  6. 6 You're the One for Me Bobby - The Marvelettes (2:31)
  7. 7 I'm Someone Who Cares - The Originals (2:37)
  8. 8 Once I Have You (I Will Never Let Go) - The Originals (3:18)
  9. 9 I'm Someone Who Cares - The Originals (2:46)
  10. 10 Out in the Night - Blue Scepter (2:47)
  11. 11 Gypsy Eyes - Blue Scepter (4:58)
  12. 12 Out in the Night - Blue Scepter (2:43)
  13. 13 What it is - The Undisputed Truth (3:26)
  14. 14 California Soul - The Undisputed Truth (3:55)
  15. 15 Feel Like Givin' Up - Posse (3:01)
  16. 16 Take Somebody Like You - Posse (3:03)
  17. 17 Take a Look Around - The Temptations (3:10)
  18. 18 Smooth Sailing (From Now on) - The Temptations (2:45)
  19. 19 Take a Look Around - The Temptations (3:08)
  20. 20 I Want to Be Humble - Devastating Affair (3:08)
  21. 21 My Place - Devastating Affair (2:51)
  22. 22 I Want to Be Humble - Devastating Affair (2:50)
  23. 23 Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson (2:33)
  24. 24 Love is Here and Now You're Gone - Michael Jackson (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Can You Give Me Love With a Guarantee - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:11)
  2. 2 If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:37)
  3. 3 Can You Give Me Love With a Guarantee - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:09)
  4. 4 Love Isn't Here (Like it Used to Be) - Frankie Valli (3:43)
  5. 5 Poor Fool - Frankie Valli (4:07)
  6. 6 Love Isn't Here (Like it Used to Be) - Frankie Valli (3:26)
  7. 7 Poor Fool - Frankie Valli (4:10)
  8. 8 Walk in the Night - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:44)
  9. 9 I Don't Want to Do Wrong - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:39)
  10. 10 Take Me Clear From Here - Edwin Starr (3:22)
  11. 11 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World is Today) - Edwin Starr (5:00)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Get You, Pt. II - G.C. Cameron (2:46)
  13. 13 I'm Gonna Get You, Pt. I - G.C. Cameron (2:28)
  14. 14 Help Me Make it Through the Night - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:21)
  15. 15 Mr. Fix-It Man - The Sisters Love (3:01)
  16. 16 You've Got to Make the Choice - The Sisters Love (3:10)
  17. 17 Taos New Mexico - R. Dean Taylor (3:10)
  18. 18 Shadow - R. Dean Taylor (2:48)
  19. 19 The Zoo (The Human Zoo) - The Commodores (3:19)
  20. 20 I'm Looking for Love - The Commodores (2:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 What'd I Say - Rare Earth (3:09)
  2. 2 Nice to Be With You - Rare Earth (2:23)
  3. 3 What'd I Say - Rare Earth (3:12)
  4. 4 Let Me Run Into Your Lonely Heart - Eddie Kendricks (3:17)
  5. 5 Eddie's Love - Eddie Kendricks (3:30)
  6. 6 Eddie's Love - Eddie Kendricks (3:27)
  7. 7 Me and Bobby McGee - Thelma Houston (3:23)
  8. 8 No One's Gonna Be a Fool Forever - Thelma Houston (3:14)
  9. 9 What it is, What it is - Willie Hutch (3:34)
  10. 10 You Are the Special One - Willie Hutch (3:26)
  11. 11 Little Bitty Pretty One - The Jackson 5 (2:50)
  12. 12 If I Have to Move a Mountain - The Jackson 5 (3:19)
  13. 13 Automatically Sunshine - The Supremes (2:41)
  14. 14 Precious Little Things - The Supremes (3:24)
  15. 15 It's the Same Old Love - The Courtship (3:11)
  16. 16 Last Row, First Balcony - The Courtship (2:51)
  17. 17 It's the Same Old Love - The Courtship (3:12)
  18. 18 Nihaa Shil Hozho - Xit (2:59)
  19. 19 End? - Xit (3:07)
  20. 20 Nihaa Shil Hozho [Version - Xit (3:01)
  21. 21 I Can't Quit Your Love - The Four Tops (2:52)
  22. 22 Happy (is a Bumpy Road) - The Four Tops (2:56)
  23. 23 I Can Make it Alone - Vincent DiMirco (5:04)
  24. 24 Come Clean - Vincent DiMirco (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) - Stevie Wonder (3:33)
  2. 2 I Love Every Little Thing About You - Stevie Wonder (3:57)
  3. 3 It's Too Much for Man to Take Too Long - Eric & the Vikings (3:32)
  4. 4 Time Don't Wait - Eric & the Vikings (2:44)
  5. 5 It's Too Much for Man to Take Too Long - Eric & the Vikings (3:31)
  6. 6 Long Way From Home - Howl the Good (3:27)
  7. 7 Why Do You Cry - Howl the Good (2:47)
  8. 8 Long Way From Home - Howl the Good (3:27)
  9. 9 You're the Man, Pt. 1 - Marvin Gaye (3:13)
  10. 10 You're the Man, Pt. 2 - Marvin Gaye (3:05)
  11. 11 I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson (2:59)
  12. 12 We've Got a Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson (3:01)
  13. 13 We've Come too Far to End it Now - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:49)
  14. 14 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Undisputed Truth (3:34)
  15. 15 Friendship Train - The Undisputed Truth (4:48)
  16. 16 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Undisputed Truth (3:34)
  17. 17 Get Me Some Help - Chris Holland (3:18)
  18. 18 If Time Could Stand Still - Chris Holland (2:05)
  19. 19 Get Me Some Help - Chris Holland (3:07)
  20. 20 Tear it Down - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (3:02)
  21. 21 I Want You Back - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:53)
  22. 22 Label Me Love - The Different Shades of Brown (3:08)
  23. 23 Life's a Ball (While it Lasts) - The Different Shades of Brown (2:42)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mother Nature - The Temptations (3:08)
  2. 2 Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me on - The Temptations (3:08)
  3. 3 Mother Nature - The Temptations (3:11)
  4. 4 Sail Away - Bobby Darin (3:37)
  5. 5 Hard Headed Woman - Bobby Darin (3:20)
  6. 6 I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You - Suzee Ikeda (2:48)
  7. 7 Mind, Body and Soul - Suzee Ikeda (3:03)
  8. 8 A Little More Trust - David Ruffin (3:05)
  9. 9 A Day in the Life of a Working Man - David Ruffin (2:35)
  10. 10 A Little More Trust - David Ruffin (3:04)
  11. 11 Money (That's What I Want) - Blinky (3:16)
  12. 12 For Your Precious Love - Blinky (3:30)
  13. 13 Groove Thang - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:34)
  14. 14 Me and My Family - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (5:14)
  15. 15 Lookin' Through the Windows - The Jackson 5 (3:37)
  16. 16 Love Song - The Jackson 5 (3:27)
  17. 17 Somebody Up There - The Blackberries (2:52)
  18. 18 But I Love You More - The Blackberries (3:20)
  19. 19 To Know You is to Love You - Syreeta (3:00)
  20. 20 Happiness - Syreeta (5:18)
  21. 21 Somebody Oughta' Turn Your Head Around - Crystal Mansion (3:26)
  22. 22 Earth People - Crystal Mansion (3:59)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Somebody Up There - The Blackberries
  2. 2 But I Love You More - The Blackberries
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Clifton Davis Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Ray Charles Composer
The Commodores Arranger
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Michael Jackson Source Material
Marv Johnson Composer
Gladys Knight Composer, Source Material
Randy Newman Composer
Rare Earth Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer, Source Material
David Ruffin Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Gary Wright Composer, Producer
Brooks Arthur Composer
Otis Williams Source Material
Crystal Mansion Producer
John Glover Composer
Gloria Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Arranger, Composer, Producer
Sharon Davis Source Material
Wade Marcus Arranger
Dick Taylor Composer
James Dean Composer
Jerry Ross Executive Producer
The Andantes Source Material
Gil Askey Arranger, Producer
Tom Baird Arranger, Orchestra Director
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Tom Bee Composer
David Bianco Source Material
David Blumberg Arranger
Johnny Bristol Producer
Richard Brooks Composer
Charles Calello Arranger
Leonard Caston Composer
Johnny Caswell Composer
David Cole Source Material
Bill Crawford Composer
Hal Davis Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Ronald Dunbar Composer
Ben Edmonds Source Material
Dino Fekaris Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer, Producer
Ronnie Gentile Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Executive Producer, Source Material
George Gordy Composer, Producer
Al Gorgoni Arranger
Arthur Greenslade Arranger
Haydn Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Peter Hoorelbeke Composer
Willie Hutch Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Dick Jacobs Source Material
Gary Johns Contributor
Terry Johnson Producer
David Jones Composer
Eddie Kendricks Composer, Producer
Mel Larson Composer, Producer
Steve Lodder Source Material
Jerry Long Arranger, Orchestra Director
Jerry Marcellino Composer, Producer
Michael Masser Composer
Eryke McClinton Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Clay McMurray Composer, Producer
Ray Monette Composer
John Myles Arranger
Lawrence Payton Producer
Joe Porter Producer
Gary Quackenbush Composer
Glenn Quackenbush Composer
Martha Reeves Source Material
Deke Richards Arranger, Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, Orchestra Director
Pete Rivera Source Material
Sal Rota Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
Russ Terrana Producer, Liner Notes
Dave White Tricker Composer, Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger, Orchestra Director
Kathy Wakefield Composer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes, Text
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Nick Zesses Composer
William Guest Composer
David Ritz Source Material
Nelson George Source Material
David Nathan Source Material
Al Slutsky Source Material
Mike Valvano Composer, Producer
Bill Dahl Track Annotations, Source Material
Leon Ware Composer
Daniel Vangarde Composer
Robert Gordy Composer, Producer
Michael Heatley Source Material
Spencer Leigh Source Material
Bobby Miller Composer, Producer
Bill Randle Source Material
Allen Story Composer
Tommy Bell Arranger
Robert Byrd Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Composer, Producer
Artie Kaplan Producer
Don Waller Source Material
Al Diorio Source Material
Gordon Frewin Source Material
Barry Shaw Arranger, Composer, Producer
Marc Taylor Source Material
Janie Bradford Composer
Anita Poree Composer
Arthur Ross Composer
Al Ruzicka Composer
Gene Allan Composer, Producer
Stephen Bowden Composer
John Bristol Composer
Henry Crosby Arranger
Vincent DiMirco Composer
Brit Gaudio Composer
Edith Wayne Composer
Tony Brown Source Material
Robert White Arranger
Raynoma Gordy Singleton Source Material
The Corporation Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tony Clarke Producer
Joe Scott Arranger
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Leroy Fleming Arranger
Mark Olson Composer
Gregory Wright Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Michel Ruppli Source Material
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Susan Whitall Liner Notes, Source Material
James Carmichael Arranger
Gary Knight Composer, Producer
Steve Towne Source Material
Bob West Producer
Dennis Lussier Composer
Mark Bego Source Material
John A. Jackson Source Material
Sherlie Matthews Composer, Producer
Pam Moffett Composer
Harold Johnson Composer
Ken Charmer Source Material
Keith Hughes Producer, Track Annotations, Source Material
Patricia Romanowski Source Material
Eric Charge Sheet Music
Larry Brown Composer, Producer
Ralph Terrana Producer, Liner Notes, Source Material
Brenda Wayne Composer
Nelly Byl Composer
Katherine Anderson Schaffner Composer
Mike Pinder Composer
Wade Brown Composer
Weldon A. McDougal III Source Material
Fred L. Foster Composer
Pamela Sawyer Composer, Producer
Jeff Bleiel Source Material
Kenneth Stover Composer
Jimmie Thomas Composer
Ed Novitsky Source Material
Nickolas Ashford Composer, Producer
John Abbey Source Material
Harriet Jacobs Source Material
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Bob McGrath Source Material
Julius Chambers Composer
Merald Knight Composer
Richard Haddad Composer
David Leacraft Arranger
Ian Stirling Composer
Ronald Matlock Composer
David A. Carson Source Material
Co-Creations Inc. Producer
Carl Chapman Composer
Bryan Brown Source Material
Bill White Arranger
Ira "Wiley" Pack Composer
Elmer Clawson Composer
Debbie Burr Source Material
Rick Morley Composer
Reginald J. Bartlette Source Material
Phillip Taylor Composer
Neil Warwick Source Material
Neil Faigenbaum Composer
Mim Eichler Source Material
Mikel Toombs Source Material
Maty Wilson Source Material
Lars "LG" Nillson Contributor
Larry Stephens Source Material
Jon Kutner Source Material
John Swendon Source Material
John Richardson Composer
Vickie Wright Source Material
Steve Armitage Source Material
Roy Dickson Composer
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