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Motown Classics: Gold

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31//2005

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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. ~ Rob Theakston
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong 2:34
  3. 2 Shop Around The Miracles 2:47
  4. 3 Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes 2:28
  5. 4 Do You Love Me The Contours 2:51
  6. 5 You Beat Me to The Punch Mary Wells 2:42
  7. 6 Fingertips, Pt. 2 Stevie Wonder 3:9
  8. 7 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Martha & the Vandellas 2:42
  9. 8 My Guy Mary Wells 2:50
  10. 9 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes 2:28
  11. 10 Dancing in the Street Martha & the Vandellas 2:37
  12. 11 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) Marvin Gaye 2:56
  13. 12 My Girl The Temptations 2:52
  14. 13 Shotgun Junior Walker & the All-Stars 3:3
  15. 14 Stop! In the Name of Love The Supremes 2:51
  16. 15 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops 2:42
  17. 16 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:53
  18. 17 Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder 2:52
  19. 18 Going to a Go-Go The Miracles 2:44
  20. 19 Ain't Too Proud to Beg The Temptations 2:30
  21. 20 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin 2:57
  22. 1 You Can't Hurry Love The Supremes 2:45
  23. 2 Reach Out, I'll Be There Four Tops 2:58
  24. 3 Jimmy Mack Martha & the Vandellas 2:51
  25. 4 Your Precious Love Marvin Gaye 3:0
  26. 5 I Heard It Through the Grapevine [Single Version] Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:43
  27. 6 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye 3:12
  28. 7 My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) David Ruffin 3:27
  29. 8 I Can't Get Next to You The Temptations 2:51
  30. 9 I Want You Back The Jackson 5 2:56
  31. 10 Someday We'll Be Together Diana Ross & the Supremes 3:30
  32. 11 Up the Ladder to the Roof The Supremes 3:10
  33. 12 Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) The Temptations 4:3
  34. 13 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) Stevie Wonder 2:37
  35. 14 It's a Shame The Spinners 3:6
  36. 15 War Edwin Starr 3:19
  37. 16 The Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:58
  38. 17 What's Going On Marvin Gaye 3:48
  39. 18 Smiling Faces Sometimes The Undisputed Truth 3:13
  40. 19 Papa Was a Rolling Stone The Temptations 6:56
  41. 20 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) Gladys Knight & the Pips 4:19

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