Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968

Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968


Few years in American history were as turbulent as 1968, so it's only appropriate that Motown -- the record label that arguably defined American pop culture in the '60s -- also had a tumultuous, historic year. To a certain extent in Motown's case, they were dealing from the aftershocks of 1967, coping with the year-end departure of See more details below


Few years in American history were as turbulent as 1968, so it's only appropriate that Motown -- the record label that arguably defined American pop culture in the '60s -- also had a tumultuous, historic year. To a certain extent in Motown's case, they were dealing from the aftershocks of 1967, coping with the year-end departure of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the production/writing team responsible for much of the classic Motown sound, handling upheavals in the Supremes (Flo Ballard left, Diana Ross moved to top billing) and the Temptations (Jimmy Ruffin left, Dennis Edwards was brought in) and coping with the aftermath of the Detroit riots. Smokey Robinson wrote and recorded a love letter to the city called "I Care About Detroit" that sees a rare reissue on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968, a six-disc, 144-track set that documents every A- and B-side, plus alternate mixes and promos, from that turbulent year. Robinson's explicit attempt to calm the storm isn't the only time that the outside world comes crashing into Motown: 1968 is the year that the sonic and conceptual world of the label is forever broadened, as Bobby Taylor's "Does Your Mama Know About Me" touches on a previously unheard carnality and "Cloud Nine" pushes the Temptations into psychedelic soul, while Diana Ross & the Supremes tackle unwed mothers on "Love Child." Motown starts pushing into rock & roll again, releasing singles both psychdelicized and tough from Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels and longstanding second-thought R. Dean Taylor gets a dense bit of AM pop on "Gotta See Jane," while the Four Tops sing the Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee." But perhaps the quintessential single of the year is Marvin Gaye's finally released version of his own "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," an ominous, dramatic take that contrasts greatly with Gladys Knight's exuberant version, released in 1967 before Gaye's, even if it was cut afterward. Gladys' high energy suited 1967, but Gaye's paranoid, cinematic single suited 1968, as it brought tensions to the surface and had a broader, richer musicality. Much of Motown's 1968 had a similar range -- there are certainly a lot of dance tunes here, as wonderful as they always are, but they aren't the rule the way they had been in the last several years. Shorty Long recycles Pigmeat Markham's "Here Comes the Judge," Jr. Walker keeps the groove going with "Hip City," Marvin & Tammi's "You're All I Need to Get By" is positively sensual in its softness, Smokey's "If You Can Want" has an urgency, and Stevie Wonder begins his startling growth spurt, including with "For Once in My Life" and a marvelous reimagined "My Girl." If the stars were themselves stretching into new territory, the new signings also illustrate that the label was looking beyond the traditional Motown sound, partially out of the necessity as Holland-Dozier-Holland no longer was around, but also because they were reflecting the shifting sounds of the time, whether it's through Abdullah's fledgling worldbeat or Edwin Starr's gutsy soul. Some of this stuff weathers better than others, but hearing fuzz tones and polyrhythms sneak alongside the uptown grooves and strings of Motown's pop-soul is exhilarating even when it doesn't always work. It also is high indication that Motown was no longer the scrappy upstart soul label from Detroit -- they had grown far from their roots, almost always in satisfying ways, but the ambition that drove Berry Gordy to make Motown the biggest sound in the Motor City also drove him out of the city, as he uprooted for Los Angeles at the end of the year, thereby making the glory days depicted on this box both the beginning of a brave new world and an end of an era.

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Disc 1

  1. I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You
  2. Something on My Mind
  3. Night Fo' Last  - Shorty Long
  4. Night Fo' Last  - Shorty Long
  5. Walk Away Renee
  6. Your Love Is Wonderful
  7. The End of Our Road
  8. Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me
  9. (You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You  - Chuck Jackson
  10. Girls, Girls, Girls  - Chuck Jackson
  11. Why Am I Lovin' You
  12. Stay My Love
  13. Thank You Love  - Billy Eckstine
  14. Is Anyone Here Goin' My Way  - Billy Eckstine
  15. If You Can Want
  16. When the Words from Your Heart Get Caught Up in Your Throat
  17. Whisper You Love Me Boy  - Chris Clark
  18. I'll Say Forever My Love
  19. Everybody Needs Love
  20. Does Your Mama Know About Me  -  Bobby Taylor
  21. Fading Away  -  Bobby Taylor
  22. Does Your Mama Know About Me  -  Bobby Taylor
  23. Forever Came Today
  24. Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)
  25. Why When Love Is Gone

Disc 2

  1. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
  2. Why Don't You Lead Me to Love
  3. I Am the Man for You Baby
  4. My Weakness Is You
  5. Where Would I Be Without You
  6. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing  - Tammi Terrell
  7. Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl  - Tammi Terrell
  8. Bring Back the Love  -  Monitors
  9. I Promise to Wait My Love  - Martha Reeves
  10. Forget Me Not  - Martha Reeves
  11. Gotta See Jane
  12. Gotta See Jane
  13. If I Were a Carpenter
  14. Wonderful Baby
  15. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
  16. Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got
  17. Linda Sue Dixon  -  Detroit Wheels
  18. Tally Ho  -  Detroit Wheels
  19. Here I Am Baby
  20. Keep off, No Trespassing
  21. Here Comes the Judge  - Shorty Long
  22. Sing What You Wanna  - Shorty Long
  23. Ain't That Lovin' You  -  Volumes
  24. I Love You Baby  -  Volumes

Disc 3

  1. Yester Love
  2. Much Better Off
  3. It Should Have Been Me
  4. You Don't Love Me No More
  5. What the World Needs Now Is Love
  6. Your Kiss of Fire
  7. Some Things You Never Get Used To
  8. You've Been So Wonderful to Me
  9. Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me
  10. Lonely Lonely Man Am I
  11. You Met Your Match
  12. My Girl
  13. I Am Your Man  -  Bobby Taylor
  14. If You Love Her  -  Bobby Taylor
  15. Yesterday's Dreams
  16. For Once in My Life
  17. You're All I Need to Get By  - Tammi Terrell
  18. I Care About Detroit
  19. Please Return Your Love to Me
  20. How Can I Forget
  21. Hip City, Pt. 2  -  Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  22. Hip City, Pt. 1  -  Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  23. I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playin'  - Martha Reeves
  24. I Tried  - Martha Reeves

Disc 4

  1. Special Occasions
  2. Give Her Up
  3. A Little Bit for Sandy
  4. Your Love's Got Me Burning Alive
  5. I Wish It Would Rain
  6. It's Summer
  7. For Love of Ivy  - Billy Eckstine
  8. A Woman  - Billy Eckstine
  9. Can I Get a Witness
  10. Chained  - Marvin Gaye
  11. Don't Let Me Lose This Dream  -  Ones
  12. I've Been Good to You  -  Ones
  13. Step by Step (Hand in Hand)  -  Monitors
  14. Time Is Passin' By  -  Monitors
  15. Alfie
  16. More Than a Dream
  17. Destination: Anywhere
  18. What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One
  19. Think (About the Good Things)  -  Detroit Wheels
  20. For the Love of a Stranger  -  Detroit Wheels
  21. His Eye Is on the Sparrow  - Marvin Gaye
  22. Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Disc 5

  1. I'm in a Different World
  2. Remember When
  3. I Love You Madly  -  Fantastic Four
  4. I Love You Madly  -  Fantastic Four
  5. Keep on Lovin' Me Honey  - Tammi Terrell
  6. You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'  - Tammi Terrell
  7. Love Child
  8. Will This Be the Day
  9. Love Child
  10. You Could Never Love Him (Like I Love Him)
  11. Fancy Passes
  12. I'll Pick a Rose for My Rose  - Marv Johnson
  13. You Got the Love I Love  - Marv Johnson
  14. Malinda  -  Bobby Taylor
  15. It's Growing  -  Bobby Taylor
  16. Malinda  -  Bobby Taylor
  17. Sweet Darlin'  - Martha Reeves
  18. Without You  - Martha Reeves
  19. For Once in My Life
  20. Angie Girl
  21. I Comma Zimba Zio (Here I Stand the Mighty One)  -  Abdullah
  22. Why Them, Why Me  -  Abdullah
  23. Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home)  -  Spinners
  24. I Just Can't Help But Feel the Pain  -  Spinners

Disc 6

  1. Cloud Nine
  2. Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)
  3. Way Over There
  4. If My Heart Could Tell the Story
  5. All Because I Love You
  6. Behind a Painted Smile
  7. I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is  -  Blinky
  8. I'll Always Love You  -  Blinky
  9. Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love
  10. Sad and Lonesome Feeling
  11. The Impossible Dream  -  Diana Ross & the Supremes
  12. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  -  Diana Ross & the Supremes
  13. A Place in the Sun  -  Diana Ross & the Supremes
  14. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  15. Silent Night, Holy Night
  16. I Heard It Through the Grapevine  - Marvin Gaye
  17. You're What's Happening (In the World Today)  - Marvin Gaye
  18. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
  19. Just Too Much to Hope For
  20. Baby, Baby Don't Cry
  21. Your Mother's Only Daughter
  22. Home Cookin'  -  Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  23. Mutiny  -  Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  24. I'm Gonna Hold on Long as I Can
  25. Don't Make Hurting Me a Habit

Disc 7

  1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine  - Marvin Gaye
  2. You're What's Happening (In the World Today)  - Marvin Gaye

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer,Producer
Etta James   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Chris Clark   Engineer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Marv Johnson   Composer,Engineer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Billy Eckstine   Producer,Audio Production
Quincy Jones   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Shorty Long   Audio Production
James Dean   Audio Production
Jerry Ross   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Baird   Composer
Bob Baldori   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Barnes   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Billie Jean Brown   Audio Production
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Jimmy Clark   Composer
Cleveland   Audio Production
Ed Cobb   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Darion   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Hal Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Berry Gordy   Producer,Audio Production
George Gordy   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lawrence Horn   Producer,Audio Production
Leon Huff   Composer
Don Hunter   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Audio Production
Gary Johns   Contributor
Terry Johnson   Audio Production
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
Mitch Leigh   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Ronald Dean Miller   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer,Producer
Richard Morris   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Clarence Paul   Composer
Lawrence Payton   Producer,Audio Production
Mack Rice   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Riser   Arranger
Bob Russell   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Dean Taylor   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Eddie Willis   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Nick Zesses   Composer
Suzanne de Passe   Composer
Duke Browner   Composer
Guy Draper   Composer
Robert Gordy   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer,Audio Production
Margaret Johnson   Composer
Harry Balk   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ronald White   Composer
Herb Boyd   Liner Notes
William Garrett   Composer
Rhonda Malmlund   Legal Counsel
Robert Rogers   Composer
Vance Wilson   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer
Beatrice Verdi   Composer
Stephen Bowden   Composer
Fred Briggs   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Debbie Dean   Composer
Shena DeMell   Composer
Cleveland   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
João Daltro de Almeida   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Andrew Skurow   Tape Vault Research
Fuller B. Gordy   Composer
Jack Goga   Composer
James Frank Dean   Producer
Mike Hanks   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Wilbur "Slim" Jackson   Composer
Avery Vandenberg   Composer
Dennis Lussier   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Otis Williams New Group   Liner Notes
Keith Hughes   Producer,Audio Production
Warren Moore   Audio Production
Clan   Audio Production
Bob Calilli   Composer

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