Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972

Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972


Appropriately enough for the final volume of Universal's monumental series The Complete Motown Singles, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972 is filled with endings. The last single the Four Tops cut for Motown is here (they'd re-sign about a decade later), as is the last song SmokeySee more details below


Appropriately enough for the final volume of Universal's monumental series The Complete Motown Singles, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972 is filled with endings. The last single the Four Tops cut for Motown is here (they'd re-sign about a decade later), as is the last song Smokey Robinson made as a member of the Miracles, and elsewhere there are transitions: Diana Ross made her silver screen debut and Michael Jackson stepped away from the Jackson 5 with "Ben," his first solo single to reach number one. All this is part of the bigger story of Motown firmly establishing its headquarters in Los Angeles, severing its ties to Detroit. Much of this story was told in the accompanying box set, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A, which chronicled the first half of the year. Vol. 12B covers the last six months of 1972, taking in 100 songs over the course of five CDs. It's certainly possible to hear the fracturing of the great Motown coalition, not only through the fading of '60s stars but hearing the label pursue such ventures as MoWest (the modern-minded Californian subsidiary opened once the label relocated to the Left Coast) and also the variety of odd pop pursuits, which amounted to odd hippie singles by Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore, and Frankie Valli, groups that rode Rare Earth's coattails, and attempts to cash in on such early-'70s trends as the horn-fueled Chicago or AM bubblegum pop -- and there's also a fair amount of new soul that sounded indebted to Holland-Dozier-Holland's work at their label, Invictus. Amidst all of this, Marvin Gaye did his blaxploitation soundtrack Trouble Man, the Temptations had their last great hit with "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," and Stevie Wonder hit his stride with Talking Book and "Superstition" and produced his ex-wife Syreeta Wright. No matter how strong these iconic hits are, there aren't a lot of them, especially when compared to the bounty on previous Complete Motown Singles boxes, but what makes this box compelling are those detours, bad ideas, one-shot wonders, and oddities. Sometimes a gem can be found among all these songs but what really matters is the cumulative effect, how the chaff combines with the classics to form a complete picture of Motown in 1972 and, in the process, the sound of soul and pop in that year. It's a shame that the series has to reach a conclusion -- the late '70s would've provided fascinating listening -- but this splintering does indeed suggest how the classic Motown era had drawn to a close.

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Disc 1

  1. Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love  -  Supremes
  2. The Wisdom of Time  -  Supremes
  3. Green Grow the Lilacs  -  Festivals
  4. So in Love  -  Festivals
  5. Green Grow the Lilacs  -  Festivals
  6. What Is Black  - Billy Proctor
  7. I Can Take It All  - Billy Proctor
  8. What Is Black  - Billy Proctor
  9. Ben  - Michael Jackson
  10. You Can Cry on My Shoulder  - Michael Jackson
  11. That's How Love Goes  - Jermaine Jackson
  12. I Lost My Love in the Big City  - Jermaine Jackson
  13. Duck You Sucker  -  Jerry Ross Symposium
  14. It Happened on a Sunday Morning  -  Jerry Ross Symposium
  15. (It's the Way) Nature Planned It  -  Four Tops
  16. I'll Never Change  -  Four Tops
  17. Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love  -  Odyssey
  18. Broken Road  -  Odyssey
  19. The Night  -  Four Seasons
  20. Sun Country  -  Four Seasons
  21. Daddy Could Swear, I Declare  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips
  22. Can't Give It Up No More  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips

Disc 2

  1. Keep on Running  - Stevie Wonder
  2. Evil  - Stevie Wonder
  3. The Morning After  - Michelle Aller
  4. Spend Some Time Together  - Michelle Aller
  5. Just Not Gonna Make It  - Michelle Aller
  6. Walk On, Don't Look Back  -  Four Seasons
  7. Who Is the Leader of the People  - Edwin Starr
  8. Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy  - Edwin Starr
  9. Who Is the Leader of the People  - Edwin Starr
  10. Gospel Truth  - Bob Babbitt
  11. Running Like a Rabbit  - Bob Babbitt
  12. If You Let Me  - Eddie Kendricks
  13. Just Memories  - Eddie Kendricks
  14. I Guess I'll Miss the Man  -  Supremes
  15. Over and Over  -  Supremes
  16. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By)  -  Naturals
  17. Me and My Brother  -  Naturals
  18. The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) [Ver  -  Naturals
  19. I Love Every Little Thing About You  -  Syreeta
  20. Black Maybe  -  Syreeta

Disc 3

  1. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
  2. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
  3. Corner of the Sky  -  Jackson 5
  4. To Know  -  Jackson 5
  5. Good Time Sally  -  Rare Earth
  6. Love Shines Down  -  Rare Earth
  7. Genius  - Valerie Simpson
  8. Silly Wasn't I  - Valerie Simpson
  9. I Believe I'm Gonna Take This Ride  - Valerie Simpson
  10. What If  - Thelma Houston
  11. There Is a God  - Thelma Houston
  12. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)  -  Undisputed Truth
  13. Girl You're Alright  -  Undisputed Truth
  14. With a Little Help from My Friends  -  Undisputed Truth
  15. Girl You're Alright  -  Undisputed Truth
  16. She Said That  - Lesley Gore
  17. The Road I Walk  - Lesley Gore
  18. Spanish Harlem  -  Crusaders
  19. Papa Hooper's Barrelhouse Groove  -  Crusaders

Disc 4

  1. Superstition  - Stevie Wonder
  2. You've Got It Bad Girl  - Stevie Wonder
  3. You've Got My Mind  -  Sisters Love
  4. Try It You'll Like It  -  Sisters Love
  5. Songwriter  -  Repairs
  6. Fiddler  -  Repairs
  7. Average People  - Bobby Darin
  8. Something in Her Love  - Bobby Darin
  9. Since I Met You There's No Magic  -  Celebration
  10. The Circle Again  -  Celebration
  11. Come Get This Thang  - Willie Hutch
  12. My Woman  - Willie Hutch
  13. Daddy's Home  - Jermaine Jackson
  14. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)  - Jermaine Jackson
  15. I Can't Stand to See You Cry  -  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  16. With Your Love Came  -  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  17. I Can't Stand to See You Cry  -  Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  18. Happy  - Bobby Darin

Disc 5

  1. Trouble Man  - Marvin Gaye
  2. Don't Mess with Mr. "T"  - Marvin Gaye
  3. Robot Man  -  Jay & the Techniques
  4. I'll Be Here  -  Jay & the Techniques
  5. Long Life and Success to the Farmer  -  Martin & Finley
  6. Half Crazed  -  Martin & Finley
  7. Take It Out on Me  -  Jerry Ross Symposium
  8. It's the Same Old Love  -  Jerry Ross Symposium
  9. Love Ain't Love (Till You Give It to Somebody)  -  Courtships
  10. Oops, It Just Slipped Out  -  Courtships
  11. We're Gonna Have a Good Time  -  Rare Earth
  12. Would You Like to Come Along  -  Rare Earth
  13. Ballad of the Unloved  -  Wolfe
  14. Tale of Two Cities  -  Wolfe
  15. It's Not the Last Time  -  Puzzle
  16. On with the Show  -  Puzzle
  17. Good Morning Heartache  - Diana Ross
  18. God Bless the Child  - Diana Ross
  19. I Want to Come Home for Christmas  - Marvin Gaye
  20. Christmas in the City  - Marvin Gaye
  21. Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)  -  Gladys Knight & the Pips

Disc 6

  1. Papa Was a RoLlin' Stone
  2. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Riser   Conductor
David Van De Pitte   Horn

Technical Credits

Bobby Darin   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Lesley Gore   Composer
Gladys Knight   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Odyssey   Arranger
Rare Earth   Arranger,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Chuck Sagle   Arranger
Brute Force   Producer
Patti Dahlstrom   Composer
Gloria Jones   Composer,Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
John Pantry   Composer,Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
Bob Crewe   Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Jerry Ross   Producer
Tommy Amato   Composer
Tom Baird   Arranger,Composer,Producer
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Billie Holiday   Composer
Don Black   Composer
David Blumberg   Arranger
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Billie Jean Brown   Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Charles Calello   Arranger
Leonard Caston   Composer
Malcolm Cecil   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
George Clinton   Composer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Scott English   Composer
Dino Fekaris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Benny Golson   Arranger
Berry Gordy   Composer,Executive Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Jack Hayes   Arranger
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Jim Honeycutt   Composer
Peter Hoorelbeke   Composer
Willie Hutch   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Terry Johnson   Producer
David Jones   Composer
Bob Kreinar   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
John Livigni   Composer
Sam Locricchio   Producer
Jerry Long   Arranger
Leroy Lovett   Arranger
Robert Margouleff   Arranger
Ennio Morricone   Composer
David Martin   Composer
Clay McMurray   Composer
Ray Monette   Composer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Dale Oehler   Arranger
Lenny Pakula   Arranger
Joe Porter   Producer
Deke Richards   Producer
Ralf Richert   Arranger
Paul Riser   Arranger
Pete Rivera   Composer
Nick Ryan   Composer,Producer
Walter Scharf   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larry Treadwell   Composer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Kathy Wakefield   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Yvonne Wright   Composer
Nick Zesses   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Karl Bornstein   Producer
Michael Randall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Scott Regen   Interviewer
Mike Valvano   Composer
Bill Dahl   Annotation
William Miller   Composer
Earl Moss   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer,Producer
Jo Armstead   Composer
Leo Shuken   Arranger
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Anita Poree   Composer
Ruzicka   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
John Bristol   Composer
Victor Drayton   Composer
Ellen Weston   Composer
Andrew Cooper   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joe Scott   Arranger
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Mark Olson   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Christian Arnold   Composer
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Richard Rajewski   Arranger
Susan Whitall   Liner Notes
James Carmichael   Arranger
Gary Knight   Composer,Producer
Forrest Hairston   Composer
Sherlie Matthews   Composer,Producer
Pam Moffett   Composer
Reginald Turner   Composer
Keith Hughes   Liner Notes,Annotation
Satomi Tanaka   Artwork
Edward Guzman   Composer
Clifford Burston   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Michael Goldberg   Producer
Duke Fakir   Liner Notes
Gilbert Bridges   Composer
Wade Brown   Composer
Johnny Bellmon   Composer
Pamela Sawyer   Composer,Producer
Andrew Oldham   Producer
Jerry Akines   Composer
Peter McCann   Composer
Nickolas Ashford   Composer,Producer
Andrew Smith   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lummie Fowler   Composer
Merald Knight   Composer
Nesbert Hooper   Composer
Ronald Miller   Composer
Kathleen Warren   Composer
Gene Allan   Composer,Producer
Tony Martin   Composer
Geoffrey Morrow   Composer
Billy Proctor   Producer
Dana Spears   Composer
C.L. Robert James   Composer
Suzanne Honeycutt   Composer
ABDT   Producer
Lawrence Klimas   Composer
Larry Finley   Composer

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