The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Motown Select
  • UPC: 602537532193
  • Catalog Number: 001921302
  • Sales rank: 75,506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love - The Supremes (3:02)
  2. 2 The Wisdom of Time - The Supremes (3:13)
  3. 3 Green Grow the Lilacs - The Festivals (2:46)
  4. 4 So in Love - The Festivals (2:52)
  5. 5 Green Grow the Lilacs - The Festivals (2:45)
  6. 6 What Is Black - Billy Proctor (3:19)
  7. 7 I Can Take It All - Billy Proctor (2:16)
  8. 8 What Is Black - Billy Proctor (3:17)
  9. 9 Ben - Michael Jackson (2:44)
  10. 10 You Can Cry on My Shoulder - Michael Jackson (2:28)
  11. 11 That's How Love Goes - Jermaine Jackson (3:27)
  12. 12 I Lost My Love in the Big City - Jermaine Jackson (3:36)
  13. 13 Duck You Sucker - The Jerry Ross Symposium (3:07)
  14. 14 It Happened on a Sunday Morning - The Jerry Ross Symposium (2:56)
  15. 15 (It's the Way) Nature Planned It - The Four Tops (3:40)
  16. 16 I'll Never Change - The Four Tops (2:43)
  17. 17 Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love - Odyssey (3:37)
  18. 18 Broken Road - Odyssey (2:43)
  19. 19 The Night - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (3:17)
  20. 20 Sun Country - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (4:06)
  21. 21 Daddy Could Swear, I Declare - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:44)
  22. 22 Can't Give It Up No More - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Keep on Running - Stevie Wonder (3:17)
  2. 2 Evil - Stevie Wonder (3:34)
  3. 3 The Morning After - Michelle Aller (3:05)
  4. 4 Spend Some Time Together - Michelle Aller (1:53)
  5. 5 Just Not Gonna Make It - Michelle Aller (2:58)
  6. 6 Walk On, Don't Look Back - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons (2:56)
  7. 7 Who Is the Leader of the People - Edwin Starr (2:30)
  8. 8 Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy - Edwin Starr (2:38)
  9. 9 Who Is the Leader of the People - Edwin Starr (2:20)
  10. 10 Gospel Truth - Bob Babbitt (2:46)
  11. 11 Running Like a Rabbit - Bob Babbitt (2:51)
  12. 12 If You Let Me - Eddie Kendricks (3:17)
  13. 13 Just Memories - Eddie Kendricks (5:52)
  14. 14 I Guess I'll Miss the Man - The Supremes (2:39)
  15. 15 Over and Over - The Supremes (3:17)
  16. 16 The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) - The Naturals (3:09)
  17. 17 Me and My Brother - The Naturals (2:48)
  18. 18 The Good Things (Where Was I When Love Came By) [Ver - The Naturals (3:12)
  19. 19 I Love Every Little Thing About You - Syreeta (3:43)
  20. 20 Black Maybe - Syreeta (4:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (6:57)
  2. 2 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (4:50)
  3. 3 Corner of the Sky - The Jackson 5 (3:40)
  4. 4 To Know - The Jackson 5 (3:21)
  5. 5 Good Time Sally - Rare Earth (2:53)
  6. 6 Love Shines Down - Rare Earth (3:39)
  7. 7 Genius - Valerie Simpson (3:36)
  8. 8 Silly Wasn't I - Valerie Simpson (2:10)
  9. 9 I Believe I'm Gonna Take This Ride - Valerie Simpson (3:03)
  10. 10 What If - Thelma Houston (2:58)
  11. 11 There Is a God - Thelma Houston (4:57)
  12. 12 Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - The Undisputed Truth (3:36)
  13. 13 Girl You're Alright - The Undisputed Truth (2:56)
  14. 14 With a Little Help from My Friends - The Undisputed Truth (4:26)
  15. 15 Girl You're Alright - The Undisputed Truth (2:57)
  16. 16 She Said That - Lesley Gore (3:30)
  17. 17 The Road I Walk - Lesley Gore (3:53)
  18. 18 Spanish Harlem - The Crusaders (4:05)
  19. 19 Papa Hooper's Barrelhouse Groove - The Crusaders (2:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Superstition - Stevie Wonder (4:09)
  2. 2 You've Got It Bad Girl - Stevie Wonder (4:58)
  3. 3 You've Got My Mind - The Sisters Love (3:45)
  4. 4 Try It You'll Like It - The Sisters Love (3:29)
  5. 5 Songwriter - Repairs (3:19)
  6. 6 Fiddler - Repairs (4:53)
  7. 7 Average People - Bobby Darin (3:40)
  8. 8 Something in Her Love - Bobby Darin (3:36)
  9. 9 Since I Met You There's No Magic - Celebration (3:25)
  10. 10 The Circle Again - Celebration (3:12)
  11. 11 Come Get This Thang - Willie Hutch (2:41)
  12. 12 My Woman - Willie Hutch (3:00)
  13. 13 Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson (3:05)
  14. 14 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Jermaine Jackson (3:09)
  15. 15 I Can't Stand to See You Cry - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:38)
  16. 16 With Your Love Came - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:19)
  17. 17 I Can't Stand to See You Cry - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:38)
  18. 18 Happy - Bobby Darin (4:06)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye (3:58)
  2. 2 Don't Mess with Mr. "T" - Marvin Gaye (2:44)
  3. 3 Robot Man - Jay & the Techniques (2:28)
  4. 4 I'll Be Here - Jay & the Techniques (2:22)
  5. 5 Long Life and Success to the Farmer - Martin & Finley (3:06)
  6. 6 Half Crazed - Martin & Finley (4:02)
  7. 7 Take It Out on Me - The Jerry Ross Symposium (3:19)
  8. 8 It's the Same Old Love - The Jerry Ross Symposium (3:20)
  9. 9 Love Ain't Love (Till You Give It to Somebody) - The Courtships (3:22)
  10. 10 Oops, It Just Slipped Out - The Courtships (3:11)
  11. 11 We're Gonna Have a Good Time - Rare Earth (3:26)
  12. 12 Would You Like to Come Along - Rare Earth (2:47)
  13. 13 Ballad of the Unloved - Wolfe (3:12)
  14. 14 Tale of Two Cities - Wolfe (4:39)
  15. 15 It's Not the Last Time - Puzzle (3:56)
  16. 16 On with the Show - Puzzle (2:47)
  17. 17 Good Morning Heartache - Diana Ross (2:21)
  18. 18 God Bless the Child - Diana Ross (2:44)
  19. 19 I Want to Come Home for Christmas - Marvin Gaye (3:32)
  20. 20 Christmas in the City - Marvin Gaye (3:18)
  21. 21 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (4:20)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Papa Was a RoLlin' Stone - The Temptations
  2. 2 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
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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 Jr. 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 Jr. Composer, Executive Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Jack Hayes Arranger
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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
Al Ruzicka Composer
James Sheppard Composer
John Bristol Composer
Victor Drayton Composer
Ellen Weston Composer
Andrew Cooper Composer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
The 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
Al 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 Jr. 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 Jr. Composer
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