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The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5: 1965

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11//2006

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Far from losing momentum in the wake of their massive mass-market breakthrough in 1964, Motown continued to build upon strengths in 1965 as the six-disc box The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5: 1965 illustrates. The Supremes, the Temptations, and the Four Tops all turned into stars in 1964, but in 1965 they entrenched themselves into the white mainstream, with the Supremes even appearing on the cover of Time magazine. The Supremes were everywhere in 1965, acting as the face of Motown, racking up chart-toppers with "Stop! in the Name of Love," "Back in My Arms Again," "Nothing But Heartaches," "I Hear a Symphony," and "My World Is Empty Without You," each one a piece of pop-soul so elegant it seemed effortless -- and with enough elegance to get the group a headlining spot at the Copacabana that year. So powerful and perfect was this blend of pop style and rhythmic R&B that it became the dominant sound of Motown, with Brenda Holloway (who had the wonderful "When I'm Gone") and many of the new acts -- the Elgins, Chris Clark, Barbara McNair, Tammi Terrell -- working this sound, fueled by the house band of the Funk Brothers and often written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. The formula may have been flourishing, but it's not quite right to say that it was the only sound at Motown in 1965 -- the label was too magnificent and monumental for that. There were still lingering echoes of the label's earlier, grittier R&B, not to mention the oddities that Berry Gordy's various subsidiaries released. It's a bit of a shock to realize that as late as 1965 not only did Howard Crockett still pop up on Mel-o-Dee, but Dee Mullins showed up with lean, driving country straight out of Bakersfield, as if Gordy gave the country market one last hurrah by serving up a Buck Owens soundalike. These forays outside of R&B aren't that common, as the other active subsidiaries pursued jazz, but this is funky, groove-oriented jazz that fits well alongside the other Motown sides here (especially when it's Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers grinding out instrumental versions of the label's earlier hits), particularly the pile-driving Junior Walker & the All-Stars singles here, highlighted by their breakthrough, "Shotgun." As thrilling as the Junior Walker & the All-Stars singles still are, the harder edge of that group and longstanding Motown staples the Contours -- whose "First I Look at the Purse" is as good and funky as Motown ever got -- feels a bit like the remnants of the label's early years, as Motown's music began to get smooth and stylish around this time. Some earlier acts like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder were able to negotiate this transition by deepening their own signatures with grace, often producing big hits while doing so: this year, Marvin had the irresistible, irrepressible "Ain't That Peculiar," which Smokey & the Miracles matched with "Going to a Go-Go," but they also had the silky "Ooo Baby Baby" and "The Tracks of My Tears." Martha & the Vandellas also had a hallmark year highlighted by "Nowhere to Run," perfectly balanced between the harder edge of the early Motown singles and the style of this era, a claim that also held for the Temptations and, especially, the Four Tops, whose two big hits were "It's the Same Old Song" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." These are the songs that dominate The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 5 just as they dominated 1965 -- there are lost gems here, but not as many as you might think, as almost everything the label released in this glorious year turned into a big hit. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Ask the Lonely Four Tops 2:57
  3. 2 Where Did You Go Four Tops 2:24
  4. 3 Do You Know What I'm Talkin' About The Downbeats 2:59
  5. 4 You Say You Love Me The Downbeats 2:27
  6. 5 Conscience I'm Guilty Hattie Littles 3:2
  7. 6 You Got Me Worried Hattie Littles 2:56
  8. 7 Shotgun Junior Walker & the All-Stars 2:56
  9. 8 Hot Cha Junior Walker 3:1
  10. 9 All for You Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:55
  11. 10 Too Many Fish in the Sea Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:17
  12. 11 Love Makes the World Go `Round, But Money Greases the Wheel Dee Mullins 2:8
  13. 12 Come On Back (And Be My Love Again) Dee Mullins 2:20
  14. 13 I'm Still Loving You Kim Weston 2:47
  15. 14 Go Ahead and Laugh Kim Weston 2:55
  16. 15 Nowhere to Run Martha & the Vandellas 2:50
  17. 16 Motoring Martha & the Vandellas 2:44
  18. 17 Stop! In the Name of Love The Supremes 2:52
  19. 18 I'm in Love Again The Supremes 2:19
  20. 19 Stop! In the Name of Love The Supremes 2:50
  21. 20 When I'm Gone Brenda Holloway 2:6
  22. 21 I've Been Good to You Brenda Holloway 3:4
  23. 22 When I'm Gone Brenda Holloway 2:10
  24. 23 I'll Be Doggone Marvin Gaye 2:51
  25. 24 You've Been a Long Time Coming Marvin Gaye 2:13
  26. 25 I'll Be Doggone Marvin Gaye 2:49
  27. 26 Ooo Baby Baby 2:42
  28. 27 All That's Good The Miracles 2:52
  29. 28 It's Growing The Temptations 2:56
  30. 29 What Love Has Joined Together The Temptations 2:54
  31. 1 Never Say No to Your Baby Hit Pack 2:29
  32. 2 Let's Dance Hit Pack 2:5
  33. 3 Kiss Me Baby Stevie Wonder 2:11
  34. 4 You Only Pass This Way One Time The Hillsiders 2:3
  35. 5 Rain Is a Lonesome Thing The Hillsiders 2:34
  36. 6 My Baby The Freeman Brothers 2:32
  37. 7 Beautiful Brown Eyes The Freeman Brothers 2:28
  38. 8 Back in My Arms Again The Supremes 2:53
  39. 9 Whisper You Love Me Boy Diana Ross & the Supremes 2:38
  40. 10 Back in My Arms Again The Supremes 2:55
  41. 11 A Thrill a Moment Kim Weston 2:59
  42. 12 I'll Never See My Love Again Kim Weston 2:52
  43. 13 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops 2:42
  44. 14 Sad Souvenirs Four Tops 2:38
  45. 15 I Can't Help Myself Four Tops 2:43
  46. 16 All the Good Times Are Gone Howard Crockett 2:57
  47. 17 The Great Titanic Howard Crockett 2:41
  48. 18 Lonely, Lonely Girl Am I The Velvelettes 2:8
  49. 19 I'm the Exception to the Rule The Velvelettes 2:18
  50. 20 I'll Keep Holding On The Marvelettes 2:25
  51. 21 No Time for Tears The Marvelettes 2:34
  52. 22 Do the Boomerang Junior Walker 2:19
  53. 23 Tune Up Junior Walker & the All-Stars 3:3
  54. 24 Operator Brenda Holloway 3:8
  55. 25 I'll Be Available Brenda Holloway 2:36
  56. 26 Down to Earth Billy Eckstine 3:1
  57. 27 Had You Been Around Billy Eckstine 2:44
  58. 1 Buttered Popcorn The Vows 2:44
  59. 2 Tell Me The Vows 2:36
  60. 3 He's an Oddball The Lewis Sisters 2:50
  61. 4 By Some Chance The Lewis Sisters 2:58
  62. 5 Why Do You Want to Let Me Go Marv Johnson 3:2
  63. 6 I'm Not a Plaything Marv Johnson 2:7
  64. 7 The Only Time I'm Happy The Supremes 2:27
  65. 8 Supremes Interview The Supremes 5:41
  66. 9 Since I Lost My Baby The Temptations 2:49
  67. 10 You've Got to Earn It The Temptations 2:36
  68. 11 I'll Always Love You The Spinners 2:44
  69. 12 Tomorrow May Never Come The Spinners 2:27
  70. 13 This Time Last Summer Danny Day 3:5
  71. 14 Please Don't Turn the Lights Out Danny Day 2:54
  72. 15 Why Break My Heart (Just to Run Around) Dorsey Burnette 2:44
  73. 16 They're Only Words Dorsey Burnette 2:32
  74. 17 Pretty Little Baby Marvin Gaye 2:34
  75. 18 Now That You've Won Me Marvin Gaye 2:31
  76. 19 First I Look at the Purse The Contours 3:1
  77. 20 Searching for a Girl The Contours 2:47
  78. 21 The Tracks of My Tears The Miracles 2:58
  79. 22 A Fork in the Road The Miracles 3:17
  80. 23 Shake and Fingerpop Junior Walker 2:41
  81. 24 Cleo's Back Junior Walker & the All-Stars 2:29
  82. 25 It's the Same Old Song Four Tops 2:45
  83. 26 Your Love Is Amazing Four Tops 2:21
  84. 27 It's the Same Old Song Four Tops 2:43
  85. 1 Mother Dear The Supremes 2:38
  86. 2 Nothing But Heartaches The Supremes 2:40
  87. 3 He Holds His Own The Supremes 2:29
  88. 4 Nothing But Heartaches The Supremes 2:42
  89. 5 Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead The Marvelettes 2:21
  90. 6 Your Cheating Ways The Marvelettes 2:55
  91. 7 Your Cheating Ways The Marvelettes 2:51
  92. 8 You've Changed Me Brenda Holloway 3:2
  93. 9 Who's Lovin' You Brenda Holloway 2:42
  94. 10 You've Been in Love Too Long Martha & the Vandellas 2:59
  95. 11 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) Martha & the Vandellas 2:53
  96. 12 High Heel Sneakers Stevie Wonder 3:4
  97. 13 Funny How Time Slips Away Stevie Wonder 3:48
  98. 14 Music Talk Stevie Wonder 2:55
  99. 15 The Bigger Your Heart Is (The Harder You'll Fall) Tony Martin 2:38
  100. 16 The Two of Us Tony Martin 2:29
  101. 17 I Don't Know What to Do Richard Anthony 1:58
  102. 18 What Now My Love Richard Anthony 2:35
  103. 19 Hang On Bill Little Lisa 2:48
  104. 20 Puppet on a String Little Lisa 2:2
  105. 21 You Can Cry on My Shoulder Brenda Holloway 2:48
  106. 22 How Many Times Did You Mean It Brenda Holloway 2:59
  107. 23 You Can Cry on My Shoulder Brenda Holloway 2:52
  108. 24 You Need Me The Lewis Sisters 2:47
  109. 25 Moonlight on the Beach The Lewis Sisters 2:47
  110. 26 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) Kim Weston 2:54
  111. 27 Don't Compare Me With Her Kim Weston 2:36
  112. 28 Things Are Changing The Supremes 2:56
  113. 1 Ain't That Peculiar Marvin Gaye 2:48
  114. 2 She's Got to Be Real Marvin Gaye 2:50
  115. 3 Ain't That Peculiar Marvin Gaye 2:56
  116. 4 My Girl Has Gone The Miracles 2:52
  117. 5 Since You Won My Heart The Miracles 2:13
  118. 6 My Girl Has Gone The Miracles 2:50
  119. 7 My Baby The Temptations 2:58
  120. 8 Don't Look Back The Temptations 2:49
  121. 9 My Baby The Temptations 2:56
  122. 10 Don't Look Back The Temptations 2:51
  123. 11 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:42
  124. 12 How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You) Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:48
  125. 13 I Hear a Symphony The Supremes 2:41
  126. 14 Who Could Ever Doubt My Love The Supremes 2:34
  127. 15 As Long as There Is L-O-V-E, Love Jimmy Ruffin 2:50
  128. 16 How Can I Say I'm Sorry Jimmy Ruffin 2:30
  129. 17 We Call It Fun The Headliners 2:12
  130. 18 Voodoo Plan The Headliners 2:25
  131. 19 Something About You Four Tops 2:48
  132. 20 Darling, I Hum Our Song Four Tops 2:21
  133. 21 I've Been Cheated Dalton Boys 2:33
  134. 22 Take My Hand Dalton Boys 2:46
  135. 23 Something's Bothering You Dalton Boys 2:57
  136. 24 Let's Go Somewhere R. Dean Taylor 2:50
  137. 25 Say You The Monitors 2:31
  138. 26 All for Someone The Monitors 2:16
  139. 27 I Can't Believe You Love Me Tammi Terrell 2:35
  140. 28 Hold Me Oh My Darling Marvin Gaye 2:36
  141. 1 You're Gonna Love My Baby Barbara McNair 2:55
  142. 2 The Touch of Time Barbara McNair 3:1
  143. 3 Children's Christmas Song The Supremes 2:44
  144. 4 Twinkle Twinkle Little Me The Supremes 3:1
  145. 5 Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder 2:51
  146. 6 Purple Rain Drops Stevie Wonder 3:6
  147. 7 A Bird in the Hand (Is Worth Two in the Bush) The Velvelettes 2:50
  148. 8 Since You've Been Loving Me The Velvelettes 2:13
  149. 9 Don't Mess With Bill The Marvelettes 2:48
  150. 10 Anything You Wanna Do The Marvelettes 2:22
  151. 11 The Flick Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:51
  152. 12 The Flick Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers 2:49
  153. 13 Do Right Baby Do Right Chris Clark 2:55
  154. 14 Don't Be Too Long Chris Clark 2:33
  155. 15 Do Right Baby Do Right Chris Clark 2:48
  156. 16 Going to a Go-Go The Miracles 2:47
  157. 17 Choosey Beggar The Miracles 2:30
  158. 18 Ask Any Man Tony Martin 2:37
  159. 19 Spanish Rose Tony Martin 2:46
  160. 20 Cleo's Mood Junior Walker 2:39
  161. 21 Baby You Know You Ain't Right Junior Walker & the All-Stars 2:30
  162. 22 My World Is Empty Without You The Supremes 2:33
  163. 23 Everything Is Good About You The Supremes 3:10
  164. 24 Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) Frank Wilson 2:30
  165. 25 Sweeter as the Days Go By Frank Wilson 2:50
  166. 26 Put Yourself in My Place The Elgins 2:25
  167. 27 Darling Baby The Elgins 2:34

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