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The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 8: 1968

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

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517431775
  • Catalog Number: 000970802
  • Sales rank: 123,578


Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You (2:40)
  2. 2 Something on My Mind (2:09)
  3. 3 Night Fo' Last - Shorty Long (2:30)
  4. 4 Night Fo' Last - Shorty Long (2:37)
  5. 5 Walk Away Renee (2:45)
  6. 6 Your Love Is Wonderful (2:31)
  7. 7 The End of Our Road (2:22)
  8. 8 Don't Let Her Take Your Love from Me (2:51)
  9. 9 (You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You - Chuck Jackson (3:01)
  10. 10 Girls, Girls, Girls - Chuck Jackson (2:44)
  11. 11 Why Am I Lovin' You (2:46)
  12. 12 Stay My Love (2:47)
  13. 13 Thank You Love - Billy Eckstine (2:39)
  14. 14 Is Anyone Here Goin' My Way - Billy Eckstine (2:44)
  15. 15 If You Can Want (2:27)
  16. 16 When the Words from Your Heart Get Caught Up in Your Throat (2:51)
  17. 17 Whisper You Love Me Boy - Chris Clark (2:13)
  18. 18 I'll Say Forever My Love (3:02)
  19. 19 Everybody Needs Love (2:48)
  20. 20 Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:54)
  21. 21 Fading Away - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:52)
  22. 22 Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:48)
  23. 23 Forever Came Today (3:19)
  24. 24 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) (2:41)
  25. 25 Why When Love Is Gone (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (2:47)
  2. 2 Why Don't You Lead Me to Love (3:12)
  3. 3 I Am the Man for You Baby (2:35)
  4. 4 My Weakness Is You (2:21)
  5. 5 Where Would I Be Without You (2:51)
  6. 6 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Tammi Terrell (2:17)
  7. 7 Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl - Tammi Terrell (2:43)
  8. 8 Bring Back the Love - The Monitors (3:03)
  9. 9 I Promise to Wait My Love - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:08)
  10. 10 Forget Me Not - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (3:01)
  11. 11 Gotta See Jane (3:08)
  12. 12 Gotta See Jane (3:07)
  13. 13 If I Were a Carpenter (2:49)
  14. 14 Wonderful Baby (2:35)
  15. 15 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) (3:38)
  16. 16 Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got (2:46)
  17. 17 Linda Sue Dixon - Detroit Wheels (2:29)
  18. 18 Tally Ho - Detroit Wheels (2:28)
  19. 19 Here I Am Baby (2:48)
  20. 20 Keep off, No Trespassing (2:39)
  21. 21 Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long (2:35)
  22. 22 Sing What You Wanna - Shorty Long (2:23)
  23. 23 Ain't That Lovin' You - The Volumes (2:43)
  24. 24 I Love You Baby - The Volumes (2:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Yester Love (2:19)
  2. 2 Much Better Off (2:51)
  3. 3 It Should Have Been Me (3:00)
  4. 4 You Don't Love Me No More (2:37)
  5. 5 What the World Needs Now Is Love (2:46)
  6. 6 Your Kiss of Fire (2:43)
  7. 7 Some Things You Never Get Used To (2:24)
  8. 8 You've Been So Wonderful to Me (2:32)
  9. 9 Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me (2:34)
  10. 10 Lonely Lonely Man Am I (2:40)
  11. 11 You Met Your Match (2:44)
  12. 12 My Girl (2:55)
  13. 13 I Am Your Man - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (3:17)
  14. 14 If You Love Her - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:33)
  15. 15 Yesterday's Dreams (2:57)
  16. 16 For Once in My Life (2:45)
  17. 17 You're All I Need to Get By - Tammi Terrell (2:38)
  18. 18 I Care About Detroit (3:07)
  19. 19 Please Return Your Love to Me (2:22)
  20. 20 How Can I Forget (1:45)
  21. 21 Hip City, Pt. 2 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:13)
  22. 22 Hip City, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:53)
  23. 23 I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playin' - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:37)
  24. 24 I Tried - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Special Occasions (2:19)
  2. 2 Give Her Up (3:08)
  3. 3 A Little Bit for Sandy (2:35)
  4. 4 Your Love's Got Me Burning Alive (2:49)
  5. 5 I Wish It Would Rain (2:55)
  6. 6 It's Summer (2:22)
  7. 7 For Love of Ivy - Billy Eckstine (3:11)
  8. 8 A Woman - Billy Eckstine (3:33)
  9. 9 Can I Get a Witness (2:22)
  10. 10 Chained - Marvin Gaye (2:36)
  11. 11 Don't Let Me Lose This Dream - Ones (2:32)
  12. 12 I've Been Good to You - Ones (3:16)
  13. 13 Step by Step (Hand in Hand) - The Monitors (3:00)
  14. 14 Time Is Passin' By - The Monitors (2:47)
  15. 15 Alfie (3:13)
  16. 16 More Than a Dream (3:39)
  17. 17 Destination: Anywhere (2:40)
  18. 18 What's Easy for Two Is Hard for One (2:41)
  19. 19 Think (About the Good Things) - Detroit Wheels (3:03)
  20. 20 For the Love of a Stranger - Detroit Wheels (2:22)
  21. 21 His Eye Is on the Sparrow - Marvin Gaye (3:50)
  22. 22 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (4:32)
Disc 5
  1. 1 I'm in a Different World (3:07)
  2. 2 Remember When (3:07)
  3. 3 I Love You Madly - The Fantastic Four (3:07)
  4. 4 I Love You Madly - The Fantastic Four (3:04)
  5. 5 Keep on Lovin' Me Honey - Tammi Terrell (2:30)
  6. 6 You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin' - Tammi Terrell (2:48)
  7. 7 Love Child (2:59)
  8. 8 Will This Be the Day (2:49)
  9. 9 Love Child (2:53)
  10. 10 You Could Never Love Him (Like I Love Him) (2:42)
  11. 11 Fancy Passes (3:31)
  12. 12 I'll Pick a Rose for My Rose - Marv Johnson (2:36)
  13. 13 You Got the Love I Love - Marv Johnson (2:32)
  14. 14 Malinda - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:40)
  15. 15 It's Growing - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:57)
  16. 16 Malinda - Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (2:46)
  17. 17 Sweet Darlin' - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (3:07)
  18. 18 Without You - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (2:11)
  19. 19 For Once in My Life (2:51)
  20. 20 Angie Girl (3:10)
  21. 21 I Comma Zimba Zio (Here I Stand the Mighty One) - Abdullah (2:34)
  22. 22 Why Them, Why Me - Abdullah (3:53)
  23. 23 Bad, Bad Weather (Till You Come Home) - The Spinners (2:32)
  24. 24 I Just Can't Help But Feel the Pain - The Spinners (2:35)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Cloud Nine (3:36)
  2. 2 Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go) (3:10)
  3. 3 Way Over There (2:44)
  4. 4 If My Heart Could Tell the Story (2:27)
  5. 5 All Because I Love You (2:36)
  6. 6 Behind a Painted Smile (2:48)
  7. 7 I Wouldn't Change the Man He Is - Blinky (3:28)
  8. 8 I'll Always Love You - Blinky (2:38)
  9. 9 Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love (3:16)
  10. 10 Sad and Lonesome Feeling (2:13)
  11. 11 The Impossible Dream - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:17)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:06)
  13. 13 A Place in the Sun - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:29)
  14. 14 Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (2:58)
  15. 15 Silent Night, Holy Night (2:22)
  16. 16 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (3:13)
  17. 17 You're What's Happening (In the World Today) - Marvin Gaye (2:19)
  18. 18 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (2:31)
  19. 19 Just Too Much to Hope For (2:54)
  20. 20 Baby, Baby Don't Cry (3:58)
  21. 21 Your Mother's Only Daughter (2:25)
  22. 22 Home Cookin' - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:58)
  23. 23 Mutiny - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:53)
  24. 24 I'm Gonna Hold on Long as I Can (2:32)
  25. 25 Don't Make Hurting Me a Habit (2:52)
Disc 7
  1. 1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  2. 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
Al 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 Jr. 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
Sir 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
Ellen Fitton Remastering
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
Al Cleveland II 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
Al 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
The Clan Audio Production
Bob Calilli Composer
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