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Ultimate Motown Rarities Collection, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Ultimate Motown Rarities Collection essentially posits a kind of bizarro-world take on the sound of young America, an alternate reality where familiar favorites like "I Want You Back," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," and "Stop! In the Name of Love" were popularized not by the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes but by David Ruffin, Smokey Robinson, and Kim Weston instead. This eye-opening compilation unearths some 21 tracks from the Motown vaults, each the result of a musical assembly line that saw songs pass through any number of artists and producers before all the pieces finally fell into place. The pairing of familiar compositions and familiar artists yields ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Ultimate Motown Rarities Collection essentially posits a kind of bizarro-world take on the sound of young America, an alternate reality where familiar favorites like "I Want You Back," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," and "Stop! In the Name of Love" were popularized not by the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes but by David Ruffin, Smokey Robinson, and Kim Weston instead. This eye-opening compilation unearths some 21 tracks from the Motown vaults, each the result of a musical assembly line that saw songs pass through any number of artists and producers before all the pieces finally fell into place. The pairing of familiar compositions and familiar artists yields most unfamiliar results, and while it's no doubt jarring to hear the Isley Brothers tackle "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You" or the Supremes take on "Can I Get a Witness," it's equally difficult to understand just why some of these recordings were rejected outright, the songs themselves then moving on to the artists who made them famous. As a glimpse into the label's creative process, Ultimate Motown Rarities Collection is invaluable, but on a less academic level, it's a consistently engaging set that takes overplayed classics and gives them a new and entirely different life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453096028
  • Catalog Number: 530960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Jackson 5 (2:51)
  2. 2 I Want You Back - David Ruffin (2:50)
  3. 3 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - The Isley Brothers (2:57)
  4. 4 Everybody Needs Love - The Velvelettes (3:19)
  5. 5 My Girl - Marvin Gaye (2:41)
  6. 6 If This World Were Mine - The Fantastic Four (2:49)
  7. 7 I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (2:54)
  8. 8 Stop! In The Name Of Love - Kim Weston (3:58)
  9. 9 In My Lonely Room - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:25)
  10. 10 Come See About Me - The Originals (2:46)
  11. 11 The Girl's Alright With Me - The Spinners (3:25)
  12. 12 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Jimmy Ruffin (2:45)
  13. 13 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted - The Contours (2:52)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:38)
  15. 15 I Hear A Symphony - Stevie Wonder (2:41)
  16. 16 The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game - Blinky (3:00)
  17. 17 Truly Yours (3:14)
  18. 18 The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Underdogs (2:42)
  19. 19 Can I Get A Witness - Diana Ross & the Supremes (2:52)
  20. 20 Forever - Martha & the Vandellas (2:29)
  21. 21 My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down) (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Contours Track Performer
The Fantastic Four Track Performer
Marvin Gaye Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
The Jackson 5 Track Performer
David Ruffin Track Performer
Jimmy Ruffin Track Performer
The Spinners Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
Kim Weston Track Performer
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Jack Brokensha Vibes
Larry Nozero Saxophone
Dennis Coffey Guitar
Johnny Griffith Keyboards
Herbie Williams Trumpet
Blinky Track Performer
Martha & the Vandellas Track Performer
Jack Ashford Percussion, Vibes
Lanny Austin Saxophone
George Bohannon Trombone
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Percussion
Angelo Carlisi Saxophone
Russell Conway Trumpet
Henry Cosby Saxophone
Bob Cousar Trombone
Lefty Edwards Saxophone
Eli Fontaine Saxophone
Danya Hartwick Flute, Piccolo
Billy Horner Trumpet
Ivy Jo Hunter Keyboards
James Jamerson Bass
Uriel Jones Drums
Patrick Lanier Trombone
Joe Messina Guitar
Bernie Peacock Saxophone
Carl Raetz Trombone
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Paul Riser Trombone
Ernie Rodgers Saxophone
Don Slaughter Trumpet
Andrew Smith Drums
Gordon Staples Conductor
Andrew "Mike" Terry Saxophone
Johnny Trudell Trumpet
Earl Van Dyke Keyboards
Don White Trombone
Jimmy Wilkins Trombone
Eddie Willis Guitar
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Eddie Jones Trumpet
The Underdogs Track Performer
The Velvelettes Track Performer
Diana Ross & the Supremes Track Performer
Gladys Knight & the Pips Track Performer
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Track Performer
Robert White Guitar
John Wilson Trumpet
Eugene Rodgers Saxophone
Dan Turner Saxophone
Ted Buckner Alto Saxophone
Floyd Jones Trumpet
Maurice Davis Trumpet
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Don Covay Composer
James Dean Producer
Al Cleveland Producer
Henry Cosby Producer
Hal Davis Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Oscar Fields Executive Producer
Mickey Gentile Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Fred Hammond Executive Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
David Irvin Art Direction
Terry Johnson Producer
Clay McMurray Producer
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Clarence Paul Producer
Freddie Perren Composer
Deke Richards Composer
William Weatherspoon Producer
Harry Weinger Producer, Liner Notes, Essay
Norman Whitfield Producer
Adam White Liner Notes, Essay
Frank Wilson Producer
George Ward Producer
Joe Talley Executive Producer
The Corporation Composer
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