Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles

Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles


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Motown Around The World: The Classic Singles

Like many pop sensations of the '60s, Motown's impact was global, not local: the sound of the Motor City spread across America and then the U.K., opening doors in Europe that Berry Gordy ran through by having many of his artists re-record their hits in Italian, German, French, and Spanish. Hip-O Select's 2010 set Motown Around the World rounds up 38 of these oddities -- almost all dating from the '60s apart from a pair of "bonus tracks" from Jermaine Jackson and Smokey Robinson tacked onto the end, both sung in Spanish and dating from the early '80s -- in a handsomely produced double-disc package where the liner notes are cleverly presented as a mock passport. Such flair is collector bait, which is a fair assessment of the entire package: this is interesting stuff, but only if you're committed enough to spot the differences in mixes that are sometimes apparent, other times quite subtle, but almost always compelling only to the serious collector. For anybody who's not so dedicated, Motown Around the World is merely a curiosity that wears out its appeal rather quickly -- in fact, it's hard not to feel a little bit like Stevie Wonder on "I'm Wondering," who appears to be so tired of singing in Italian that he suddenly switches to English halfway through, returning to his comfort zone without explanation or apology.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527122649
catalogNumber: 001318702

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Marvelettes   Engineer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Mary Wells   Engineer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Paolo Dossena   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Marc Gordon   Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer,Overdub Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Ronald Dean Miller   Composer
Richard Morris   Composer,Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
Mike Piccirillo   Arranger,Producer
Piero Pintucci   Composer
Paul Riser   Composer
Jose Silva   translation
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
George Tobin   Arranger,Producer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pierre Berjot   Composer
Robert Gordy   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Greg Ross   Art Direction
Franco Califano   Composer
Mario Salinas   translation
Ronald White   Composer,Producer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Robert Hamilton   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Gunter Loose   Composer
Tony Sansone   Composer
Alberto Testa   Composer
Bryan Wells   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Kurt Feltz   Composer
John Schuning   Art Direction
Werner Scharfenberger   Composer
Fini Busch   Composer
Gabriella Ferri   Composer
Keith Hughes   Annotation
Andrew Flory   Liner Notes
Ted Hull   Composer
Giuseppe Cassia   Composer
Charles Hatcher   Composer
Cassia   Composer
Bob Calilli   Composer
Vittorio Ferri   Composer
Peter Ricci   Composer,Overdub Producer
Mike Lookofsly   Composer
James Dean   Composer
Hazel G. Jackson   Executive Producer
Gianpiero Ricci   Overdub Producer
Corrado Bonicatti   Composer
Cholo Baltazar   Composer
Antonio Latessa   Composer

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