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The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7: 1967

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7/31/2007

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Listening to The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966 was a virtual party -- but there's nothing virtual about The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7: 1967 at all; it's a nonstop, high-octane party, with barely a bad track to be heard among its 120 songs spread across five CDs. Just like in 1966, almost every single that Motown released in 1967 made the charts, an amazing feat that's a testament to the sharpness of the label's machine and the astonishing quality of the music. And there is truly a dearth of misfires here -- both a reflection of Motown's abandonment of pursuing other markets and how even the newer acts were cutting songs worthy of the superstars (indeed, they were sometimes covers of the superstars, sometimes singing over the Funk Brothers backing tracks as the label was searching for the best match to bring the biggest hit). This, as it often is, is a result of serendipitous timing, as the label's enduring stars almost all had banner years, with the longtime producer/writer powerhouse of Holland-Dozier-Holland having another great year, Norman Whitfield beginning to rise, and Ashford & Simpson joining the team, penning songs for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, highlighted by "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Marvin & Tammi's hit is one of many major, major hits here: the duo also had "Your Precious Love," Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (now officially billed that way) had "I Second That Emotion" and "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage," the Supremes (now called Diana Ross & the Supremes) had "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" and "Reflections," the Four Tops had "Bernadette" and "Jimmy Mack," Stevie Wonder had "I Was Made to Love Her," and Gladys Knight & the Pips entered the first ranks of stars with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," a Marvin Gaye song that he didn't get released that year. As always, the story of the year is only partially told in the big hits -- true, it's a significant portion of the story, but how the smaller hits and unheard gems fill out the spaces around the anthems is always fascinating and revelatory on these boxes, and in this case, it's tremendously entertaining. Signs of the time begin to creep in -- that spacy echo that begins "Reflections" is a mild acknowledgement of psychedelia also heard on "7 Rooms of Gloom," but this is overshadowed by the increasing sophistication of the productions and arrangements, giving this a richness that is revealed with close listening -- something that needs to be done, as the initial listens of these singles, from the As to the Bs, is often just intoxicating in their excitement. And this doesn't just apply to the hits -- it also applies to the singles from Chris Clark (whose "From Head to Toe" is giddy fun), the Marvelettes ("My Baby Must Be a Magician"), Barbara McNair, and the wealth of great, underappreciated sides from the Isley Brothers and the Spinners. All of this is so good that it seems like everything was running smoothly at Motown, but behind the scenes there was tension, reflected in how Diana and Smokey now have their name above the title, but more significantly in how Holland-Dozier-Holland left the label at the end of the year. Listening to The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7, all this strife is never apparent: there is nothing but joy in these grooves, joy that is eternal, exuberant, and permanent. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love's Gone Bad The Underdogs 2:27
  3. 2 Mojo Hannah The Underdogs 2:48
  4. 3 Love Is Here and Now You're Gone The Supremes 2:47
  5. 4 There's No Stopping Us Now The Supremes 3:0
  6. 5 Pucker Up Buttercup Junior Walker & the All-Stars 3:14
  7. 6 Anyway You Wannta Junior Walker & the All-Stars 2:38
  8. 7 Chantilly Lace Shorty Long 2:28
  9. 8 Your Love Is Amazing Shorty Long 2:10
  10. 9 Till Johnny Comes Brenda Holloway 2:34
  11. 10 The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:56
  12. 11 Come Spy with Me Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:56
  13. 12 Jimmy Mack Martha & the Vandellas 2:51
  14. 13 Third Finger, Left Hand Martha & the Vandellas 2:44
  15. 14 Travlin' Man Stevie Wonder 2:52
  16. 15 Hey Love Stevie Wonder 2:53
  17. 16 Bernadette [Promo Version] Four Tops 3:0
  18. 17 I Got a Feeling Four Tops 3:1
  19. 18 Bernadette [Commercial Version] Four Tops 2:59
  20. 19 Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got Jimmy Ruffin 2:38
  21. 20 World So Wide, Nowhere to Hide (From Your Heart) Jimmy Ruffin 2:47
  22. 21 I Want to Go Back There Again Chris Clark 2:40
  23. 22 I Love You Chris Clark 2:29
  24. 23 It's So Hard Being a Loser The Contours 2:37
  25. 24 Your Love Grows More Precious Every Day The Contours 3:2
  26. 1 Just Look What You've Done Brenda Holloway 2:52
  27. 2 Starting the Hurt All Over Again Brenda Holloway 2:27
  28. 3 Here I Am Baby Barbara McNair 2:57
  29. 4 My World Is Empty Without You Barbara McNair 3:10
  30. 5 Take Me in Your Arms and Love Me Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:54
  31. 6 Do You Love Me Just a Little, Honey Gladys Knight & the Pips 3:8
  32. 7 The Happening The Supremes 2:50
  33. 8 All I Know About You The Supremes 1:55
  34. 9 Got to Have You Back The Isley Brothers 2:46
  35. 10 Just Ain't Enough Love The Isley Brothers 2:13
  36. 11 There's a Ghost in My House R. Dean Taylor 2:24
  37. 12 Don't Fool Around R. Dean Taylor 2:30
  38. 13 Festival Time The San Remo Golden Strings 2:29
  39. 14 Joy Road The San Remo Golden Strings 2:30
  40. 15 I Wonder Why (Nobody Loves Me) Billy Eckstine 2:38
  41. 16 I've Been Blessed Billy Eckstine 2:49
  42. 17 When You're Young and in Love The Marvelettes 2:37
  43. 18 The Day You Take One (You Have to Take the Other) The Marvelettes 2:41
  44. 19 All I Need The Temptations 3:15
  45. 20 Sorry Is a Sorry Word The Temptations 2:26
  46. 21 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye 2:27
  47. 22 Give a Little Love Marvin Gaye 2:47
  48. 23 7-Rooms of Gloom Four Tops 2:32
  49. 24 I'll Turn to Stone Four Tops 2:32
  50. 1 Chained [Promo Version] Paul Petersen 2:18
  51. 2 Don't Let It Happen to Us Paul Petersen 3:8
  52. 3 Chained [Commercial Version] Paul Petersen 2:19
  53. 4 For All We Know The Spinners 2:54
  54. 5 I Cross My Heart The Spinners 3:0
  55. 6 I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder 2:38
  56. 7 Hold Me Stevie Wonder 2:33
  57. 8 More Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:47
  58. 9 Swept for You Baby Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:59
  59. 10 It's Been a Long Long Time (A Long Time) The Elgins 2:56
  60. 11 I Understand My Man The Elgins 3:5
  61. 12 Everybody Needs Love Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:57
  62. 13 Your Unchanging Love Marvin Gaye 3:18
  63. 14 I'll Take Care of You Marvin Gaye 2:49
  64. 15 You're My Everything The Temptations 3:10
  65. 16 I've Been Good to You The Temptations 2:59
  66. 17 Ain't That the Truth Junior Walker 2:57
  67. 18 Don't You Miss Me a Little Bit Baby Jimmy Ruffin 2:57
  68. 19 That's the Way Love Is The Isley Brothers 2:19
  69. 20 One Too Many Heartaches The Isley Brothers 2:14
  70. 1 Reflections Diana Ross & the Supremes 2:50
  71. 2 Going Down for the Third Time Diana Ross & the Supremes 2:30
  72. 3 Love Bug Leave My Heart Alone Martha & the Vandellas 2:10
  73. 4 One Way Out Martha & the Vandellas 2:31
  74. 5 Steal Away Tonight Barbara McNair 3:1
  75. 6 For Once in My Life Barbara McNair 2:58
  76. 7 You're Made Me So Very Happy [Promo Version] Brenda Holloway 2:55
  77. 8 I've Got to Find It Brenda Holloway 2:25
  78. 9 You're Made Me So Very Happy [Commercial Version] Brenda Holloway 2:52
  79. 10 Your Precious Love Marvin Gaye 2:58
  80. 11 Hold Me Oh My Darling Marvin Gaye 2:40
  81. 12 You Keep Running Away Four Tops 2:48
  82. 13 If You Don't Want My Love Four Tops 3:27
  83. 14 From Head to Toe Chris Clark 2:43
  84. 15 The Beginning of the End Chris Clark 2:42
  85. 16 Window Shopping Messengers 2:46
  86. 17 California Soul Messengers 2:54
  87. 18 I Got a Feeling Barbara Randolph 3:6
  88. 19 You Got Me Hurtin' All Over Barbara Randolph 2:32
  89. 20 I'm Wondering Stevie Wonder 2:51
  90. 21 Every Time I See You I Go Wild Stevie Wonder 2:47
  91. 22 I'm Wondering [Alternate Mix] Stevie Wonder 2:52
  92. 23 (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need The Temptations 2:35
  93. 24 Don't Send Me Away The Temptations 2:50
  94. 1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:53
  95. 2 It's Time to Go Now Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:38
  96. 3 I Heard It Through the Grapevine [Alternate Mix] Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:52
  97. 4 I Want My Baby Back Edwin Starr 2:37
  98. 5 Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love Edwin Starr 2:45
  99. 6 What a Good Man He Is Tammi Terrell 2:59
  100. 7 There Are Things Tammi Terrell 2:25
  101. 8 I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:39
  102. 9 You Must Be Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:33
  103. 10 In and out of Love Diana Ross & the Supremes 2:37
  104. 11 I Guess I'll Always Love You Diana Ross & the Supremes 2:43
  105. 12 Honey Chile Martha Reeves 2:55
  106. 13 Show Me the Way 2:39
  107. 14 Come See About Me Junior Walker 3:4
  108. 15 Sweet Soul Junior Walker & the All-Stars 2:56
  109. 16 You Haven't Seen My Love Ones 3:18
  110. 17 Happy Day Ones 3:6
  111. 18 Two Can Have a Party Marvin Gaye 2:11
  112. 19 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You Marvin Gaye 2:20
  113. 20 If This World Were Mine Marvin Gaye 2:40
  114. 21 My Baby Must Be a Magician The Marvelettes 2:31
  115. 22 I Need Someone The Marvelettes 2:39
  116. 23 I Wish It Would Rain The Temptations 2:49
  117. 24 I Truly, Truly Believe [Alternate Mix] The Temptations 2:44
  118. 25 I Truly, Truly Believe The Temptations 2:43
  119. 26 You Marvin Gaye 2:26
  120. 27 At Last (I Found a Love) Marvin Gaye 2:38
  121. 28 Change What You Can Marvin Gaye 2:36

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