The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A Diana Ross & the Supremes B-side in 1969 was called "The Beginning of the End," and it's hard not to think that the title applies to Motown in 1969, especially as depicted in the six-disc, 148-track box set The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969. Berry Gordy uprooted Motown to Los Angeles at the end of 1968, a move that couldn't help but be seen as symbolic no matter what good business reasons there might have been behind it. It seemed that Gordy was abandoning Detroit in the wake of the 1967 Riots, leaving behind tumult in the Motor City and also severing ties with the label's roots, if not its history. It was ten years since the label's inception, and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A Diana Ross & the Supremes B-side in 1969 was called "The Beginning of the End," and it's hard not to think that the title applies to Motown in 1969, especially as depicted in the six-disc, 148-track box set The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969. Berry Gordy uprooted Motown to Los Angeles at the end of 1968, a move that couldn't help but be seen as symbolic no matter what good business reasons there might have been behind it. It seemed that Gordy was abandoning Detroit in the wake of the 1967 Riots, leaving behind tumult in the Motor City and also severing ties with the label's roots, if not its history. It was ten years since the label's inception, and in that decade Motown rose from a scrappy independent to a label with so much success it was almost an institution, and what better way to cement its mainstream institutional success than by relocating to the heart of show biz? It made sense on paper even if it nevertheless had the byproduct of removing some of the label's soul, as it seemed as if its heart belonged in Detroit. But most cultural change is slow, not sudden, so it's not like 1969 saw the debut of a brand-new Motown: instead, it was the beginning of the label's third act, one that saw it broadening its borders and eventually leading to the artistic triumphs of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye in the early '70s -- in other words, it was "the beginning of the end." Within that fledgling ending were remnants of the very beginning, of course, sometimes remnants that appeared to be just a shade too self-conscious, as when Gordy had Detroit TV legend Soupy Sales cut a single, almost as a way to illustrate how Motown still had ties to its hometown even if the 45 itself was an ultra-bizarre "Macarthur Park" parody non-too subtly titled "Muck-Arty Park." And, of course, the label's leading lights remained the superstars from the '60s -- Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder. But even if the names are familiar, the sounds reflected the time, as the productions are studded with wah wah guitars, fuzztones, and elastic funk beats. The feeling of the era is reflected most glaringly in the very title of "Psychedelic Shack," but also in how Smokey Robinson & the Miracles sang Dion's "Abraham Martin & John," the elegiac undertones of the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together," and the smooth, lush tones of Wonder's "My Cherie Amour." These lush, soft tones are improbably echoed in, of all places, Jr. Walker's recordings; once the toughest, hardest of the Motown stable, he is also held under the sway of the softer sophistication of the new era Motown quite fetchingly so on "What Does It Take To Win Your Love" unlike Marvin Gaye, whose "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" has a bounciness to it that is the closest thing to a throwback to classic Motown among the hits in 1969. Even if the sound recalled earlier days, there's a sophistication within his writing and the production, just as there is in Stevie Wonder's "Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday," which is one of his best moments. Nevertheless, these kind of mammoth hits -- hits that turned into pop classics -- didn't dominate Motown's year; they were the exception, not the rule, as the label had its most uneven year since 1963. From 1964 through 1968, almost every single the label released turned into a hit of some magnitude, and their bench was so deep the records that didn't appear on the charts were nevertheless by and large terrific. In 1969, Motown had hits that weren't memorable, singles that were exercises in fashionable styles and sounds, singles that suggested that the label was chasing trends instead of setting the pace. Part of this was due to cultural shifts, part was due to shifts within Motown, as Gordy decided to attack the times head-on by opening up a rock label with Rare Earth and started distributing Chisa, the label of world music pioneer Hugh Masekela and his partner Stewart Levine. Such digressions do dilute the consistency of the listening experience on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9, making it compare unfavorably to the almost all-killer sets from 1966, 1967 and 1968. But even if there is more pop culture archaeology here than there has been on one of these sets since 1963, most of these records sound good as artifacts of 1969; on these also-rans the production is appealing, all that is lacking is good material. But amidst this middling material are some very good, even excellent, singles thanks to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield and Ashford & Simpson, who helped give this year many great moments. But what really defined the year for Motown is the debut of the Jackson 5, whose debut "I Want You Back"/"Who's Lovin' You" arrived at the end of the year. On this set, it appears toward the end of the set, following several discs of music that vacillate between the good to the pleasingly mediocre, so it sounds every bit as bracing and exciting as it did upon its original release. It's a hit that closed the door on Motown's period of doldrums and opened the doors to a new decade, while giving the label its biggest new stars in years.
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  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Hip-O Select
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Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr (3:21)
  2. 2 Love Is My Destination - Edwin Starr (2:54)
  3. 3 I'm Livin in Shame - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:04)
  4. 4 I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:38)
  5. 5 Good Lovin' Aint Easy to Come By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (2:26)
  6. 6 Satisfied Feelin' - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (2:58)
  7. 7 We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (3:09)
  8. 8 You're the One - The Originals (3:12)
  9. 9 We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (3:07)
  10. 10 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin (3:27)
  11. 11 I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - David Ruffin (2:57)
  12. 12 Muck-Arty-Park - Soupy Sales (4:06)
  13. 13 Green Grow the Lilacs - Soupy Sales (3:06)
  14. 14 I Don't Know Why - Stevie Wonder (3:03)
  15. 15 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (2:54)
  16. 16 Don't Know Why I Love You - Stevie Wonder (2:47)
  17. 17 Runaway Child, Running Wild - The Temptations (4:47)
  18. 18 I Need Your Lovin' - The Temptations (2:30)
  19. 19 Don't Mess with My Weekend - Shorty Long (2:41)
  20. 20 I Had a Dream - Shorty Long (3:41)
  21. 21 Ain't No Justice - Shorty Long (2:48)
  22. 22 Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime) - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:34)
  23. 23 Keep an Eye - Gladys Knight & the Pips (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (2:25)
  2. 2 The Way You Do the Things You Do - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (1:43)
  3. 3 Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (3:05)
  4. 4 Your Wonderful Love - Chuck Jackson (2:57)
  5. 5 Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (3:21)
  6. 6 I Feel Like Falling in Love Again - The Fantastic Four (3:14)
  7. 7 Pin Point It Down - The Fantastic Four (3:05)
  8. 8 (We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeves (2:40)
  9. 9 I'm in Love (And I Know It) - Martha Reeves (2:31)
  10. 10 Runnaway Child, Running Wild - Earl Van Dyke (3:16)
  11. 11 Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Earl Van Dyke (3:30)
  12. 12 For Better or Worse - Jonah Jones (2:55)
  13. 13 Don't Mess with Bill - Jonah Jones (3:52)
  14. 14 The Composer - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:54)
  15. 15 The Beginning of the End - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:29)
  16. 16 My Cup Runneth Over - Billy Eckstine (2:27)
  17. 17 Ask the Lonely - Billy Eckstine (2:56)
  18. 18 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye (2:56)
  19. 19 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye (2:18)
  20. 20 What Is a Man - The Four Tops (2:35)
  21. 21 Don't Bring Back Memories - The Four Tops (2:58)
  22. 22 Cherie - The Honest Men (3:01)
  23. 23 Baby - The Honest Men (2:54)
  24. 24 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:30)
  25. 25 Brainwasher, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (2:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down - The Temptations (4:39)
  2. 2 Since I've Lost You - The Temptations (2:41)
  3. 3 Just Ain't Enough Love - The Isley Brothers (2:18)
  4. 4 Green Grow the Lilacs - The Originals (2:44)
  5. 5 No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:55)
  6. 6 The Young Folks - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:15)
  7. 7 No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:58)
  8. 8 I'm Still a Struggling Man - Edwin Starr (2:29)
  9. 9 Pretty Little Angel - Edwin Starr (2:14)
  10. 10 The Nitty Gritty - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:01)
  11. 11 Got Myself a Good Man - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:09)
  12. 12 Doggone Right - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:58)
  13. 13 Here I Go Again - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:58)
  14. 14 Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:52)
  15. 15 Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:00)
  16. 16 I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved - David Ruffin (2:47)
  17. 17 We Have a Good Thing Going On - David Ruffin (2:37)
  18. 18 Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (3:06)
  19. 19 Try It Baby - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (3:48)
  20. 20 The Luney Landing - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups (2:24)
  21. 21 The Luney Take-Off - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups (1:19)
  22. 22 Oh, I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor (2:50)
  23. 23 It Should Have Been Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor (2:59)
  24. 24 Cheating, Is Telling on You - The Lollipops (2:41)
  25. 25 Need Your Love - The Lollipops (2:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Oh How Happy - Blinky (2:46)
  2. 2 Ooo Baby Baby - Blinky (2:41)
  3. 3 My Springtime - Terry Johnson (2:33)
  4. 4 Suzie - Terry Johnson (2:47)
  5. 5 My Girl Has Gone - Bobby Taylor (2:56)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations (2:54)
  7. 7 Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You) - The Temptations (2:51)
  8. 8 That's the Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye (3:35)
  9. 9 Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - Marvin Gaye (2:53)
  10. 10 Honey Come Back - Chuck Jackson (3:35)
  11. 11 What Am I Gonna Do Without You - Chuck Jackson (2:31)
  12. 12 Baby, I'm for Real - The Originals (3:18)
  13. 13 Moment of Truth - The Originals (3:13)
  14. 14 Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) - Martha Reeves (3:03)
  15. 15 Heartless - Martha Reeves (3:04)
  16. 16 In Bed - Wes Henderson (2:51)
  17. 17 Reality - Wes Henderson (3:28)
  18. 18 The Weight - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (3:02)
  19. 19 For Better or Worse - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations (2:38)
  20. 20 A Whiter Shade of Pale - Shorty Long (2:59)
  21. 21 When You Are Available - Shorty Long (2:49)
  22. 22 Just Another Lonely Night - The Fantastic Four (2:53)
  23. 23 Don't Care Why You Want Me (Long as You Want Me) - The Fantastic Four (3:12)
  24. 24 Midnight Cowboy - Joe Harnell (2:44)
  25. 25 Green Grow the Lilacs - Joe Harnell (2:51)
Disc 5
  1. 1 That's How Heartaches Are Made - The Marvelettes (2:59)
  2. 2 Rainy Mourning - The Marvelettes (2:53)
  3. 3 Home on the Range (Everybody Needs a Home) - Stu Gardner (3:17)
  4. 4 It's a Family Thing - Stu Gardner (2:11)
  5. 5 Mend This Generation - Stu Gardner (2:58)
  6. 6 A Place in the Sun - Monk Montgomery (2:28)
  7. 7 Your Love - Monk Montgomery (2:22)
  8. 8 Never Had a Cream Come True - Stevie Wonder (3:06)
  9. 9 Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder (3:05)
  10. 10 I'd Be a Fool Right Now - Stevie Wonder (2:54)
  11. 11 It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams (3:12)
  12. 12 Let's Make Some Love - Arthur Adams (2:24)
  13. 13 These Eyes - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:38)
  14. 14 I've Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars (3:10)
  15. 15 Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:46)
  16. 16 Cloud Nine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:11)
  17. 17 In My Diary - The Spinners (2:47)
  18. 18 (She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown - The Spinners (2:35)
  19. 19 I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (3:00)
  20. 20 Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5 (4:22)
  21. 21 If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can - Jimmy Ruffin (3:02)
  22. 22 Farewell Is a Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin (3:02)
  23. 23 Gonna Put It on Your Mind - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha (2:36)
  24. 24 Henry Blake - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha (2:42)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes (3:26)
  2. 2 He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:21)
  3. 3 Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me - The Four Tops (2:36)
  4. 4 The Key - The Four Tops (2:36)
  5. 5 Baby, I'll Get It - Chuck Jackson (2:39)
  6. 6 The Day the World Stood Still - Chuck Jackson (3:02)
  7. 7 What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (2:36)
  8. 8 How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (2:58)
  9. 9 Generation (Light Up the Sky) - Rare Earth (2:47)
  10. 10 Magic Key - Rare Earth (3:29)
  11. 11 I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (3:07)
  12. 12 I Pray Every Day You Won't Regret Loving Me - David Ruffin (3:06)
  13. 13 I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (4:16)
  14. 14 Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:39)
  15. 15 Darling Dear - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (3:13)
  16. 16 Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:35)
  17. 17 Can We Talk to You? (For a Little While) - Anonymous Children of Today (2:18)
  18. 18 Love and Peace - Anonymous Children of Today (2:59)
  19. 19 Can't You Hear the Music Play - Rustix (2:18)
  20. 20 I Guess This Is Goodbye - Rustix (2:55)
  21. 21 I Will Never Love Another - The Five Smooth Stones (2:45)
  22. 22 Love Unto Me - The Five Smooth Stones (2:08)
  23. 23 How Can I Forget - Marvin Gaye (2:03)
  24. 24 Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Marvin Gaye (3:28)
  25. 25 Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations (3:50)
  26. 26 That's the Way Love Is - The Temptations (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shorty Long Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
Hal Davis Accompaniment
Hal Singers Davis Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer, Producer
Wayne Henderson Arranger
Marvin Gaye Composer, Producer
Gladys Knight Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Edwin Starr Composer
Arthur Adams Composer, Photo Courtesy
Randy Bachman Composer
Gary Brooker Composer
Lincoln Chase Composer
Burton Cummings Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Barrett Strong Composer
R. Dean Taylor Composer
Joe Hinton Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger, Producer
Nick Ashford Composer
Tom Baird Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jimmy Barnes Composer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Bert Berns Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Billie Jean Brown Composer, Producer
Vernon Bullock Composer
Henry Cosby Arranger, Composer, Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Oma Drake Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Wilton Felder Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer, Producer
Gwen Fuqua Producer
Stu Gardner Arranger, Composer, Adaptation
Anna Gordy Gaye Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
George Gordy Composer, Producer
Bill Halley Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Don Hunter Composer, Producer
Terry Johnson Producer, Photo Courtesy
Jerry Long Arranger
Clay McMurray Producer
Ronald Dean Miller Composer, Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer, Producer
Richard Morris Composer, Producer
Clarence Paul Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Keith Reid Composer
Deke Richards Producer
Paul Riser Arranger, Composer
Jimmy Roach Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Willie Shorter Arranger
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
C.P. Spencer Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Producer
William Weatherspoon Composer, Producer
Harry Weinger Augmenting
Norman Whitfield Composer, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer
Willie Woods Composer
Nick Zesses Composer
Suzanne de Passe Composer, Producer
Duke Browner Composer, Producer
Bobby Rogers Composer
Bill Dahl Track Annotations
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Composer
Harvey Schmidt Composer
Robert Gordy Composer
Merald "Bubba" Knight Composer
Raynard Miner Composer
Allen Story Composer, Producer
Walter Gaines Composer
Wes Henderson Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Margaret Johnson Composer
Harry Balk Producer
Janie Bradford Composer
Dick Bakker Composer
Elgie Stover Composer
William Witherspoon Composer
Jackey Beavers Composer
Beatrice Verdi Composer
Al Cleveland II Producer
Robert White Arranger
Raynoma Gordy Singleton Composer
The Corporation Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Thomas Kemp Composer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Dick Holler Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Tom Jones Composer
Henry Dixon Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson Producer
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
James Frank Dean Producer
Freddie Gorman Composer
Lynn Henderson Composer
Kenny Folick Composer
Keith Hughes Producer, Track Annotations
Jack Eschew Arranger
Frank Kavelin Arranger, Composer
Larry Perrault Composer
Doris McNeil Composer
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