VA – Motown Classics – Gold (2005)

A - Motown Classics - Gold (2005)

A – Motown Classics – Gold (2005)
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Label: Universal / Motown | Ukraine | Cat#: 0602498632260 | Genre: R&B

One of the most dominating forces in the history of popular music, the Motown imprint was more than a label, it was a juggernaut of soul music, a machine so finely honed and working with such efficiency that it wasn’t uncommon for several chart topping hits to be recorded in one session. This anthology was previously issued in 2000 under the moniker Motown: The Classic Years. But a title more befitting of such a quality compilation would be Motown 101, for it contains practically every monumental chart topping hit that the label became known for across the globe. Nearly every song on this collection has been imprinted on the collective memory of popular culture, and with good reason. The insanely catchy, uptempo sound was the audio wallpaper for a generation facing dramatic changes socially, culturally and politically. Starting with the first major hits of the label courtesy of Barrett Strong (“Money”) and the Miracles (“Shop Around”), the artists included here read like a venerable who’s who A-list of soul music. Names like Marvin, Stevie, and Diana, as well as groups like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Contours, and the Supremes. Songs that defined moments decades after their release (“Do You Love Me,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”) and songs that forever changed the face of popular music (“My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “War”). Sadly this collection only covers the first half of Gordy and company’s run, ending in 1972 when Motown left its home base of Detroit for the sunny shores of California. But an examination of those years would also be worthy of its own double-disc set. For the die-hard Northern soul or Motown fanatic, there is little here that probably isn’t already in your collection. But for those looking for all of the hits that defined the Motown sound, or for those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the label, this very well could be all the Motown you ever need to purchase. ― Allmusic

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• Released Date: March 1, 2005
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CD 1
01. Barrett Strong – Money (That’s What I Want) – 02:39
02. The Miracles – Shop Around – 02:51
03. The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman – 02:31
04. The Contours – Do You Love Me – 02:55
05. Mary Wells – You Beat Me To The Punch – 02:46
06. Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips Pt. 2 – 03:13
07. Martha & The Vandellas – (Love Is Like A) Heatwave – 02:46
08. Mary Wells – My Guy – 02:54
09. The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go – 02:32
10. Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street – 02:40
11. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – 03:01
12. The Temptations – My Girl – 02:58
13. Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun – 03:07
14. The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love – 02:56
15. The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – 02:47
16. The Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears – 02:58
17. Stevie Wonder – UpTight (Everything’s Alright) – 02:55
18. The Miracles – Going To A Go-Go – 02:48
19. The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – 02:34
20. Jimmy Ruffin – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – 02:59

CD 2
01. Diana Ross & The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love – 02:48
02. Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There – 03:03
03. Martha & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack – 02:55
04. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love – 03:06
05. Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – 02:49
06. Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine – 03:17
07. David Ruffin – My Whole World Ended [The Moment You Left Me] – 03:31
08. Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To You – 02:54
09. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – 03:02
10. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together – 03:35
11. Supremes – Up The Ladder To The Roof – 03:14
12. Temptations – Ball Of Confusion [That’s What The World Is Today] – 04:07
13. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – 02:41
14. Spinners – It’s A Shame – 03:10
15. Edwin Starr – War – 03:22
16. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown – 03:03
17. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – 03:54
18. Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes – 03:19
19. Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone – 07:01
20. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Neither One of Us [Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye] – 04:21

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