Various – Motown – The Early Years 1959-62 – 3CD
This great-value 80-track 3-CD set seeks to capture the essence and character of it's musical output during the first few years of it's existence = Probably more than any other single creative and production source, the Motown operation, founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy Jr. As Tamla Records in January 1959, has made an extraordinarily powerful and significant contribution to popular music over the last 60 years, with a seemingly never-ending supply of uniquely talented artists and writers, chart hits and landmark albums. This great-value 80-track 3-CD set seeks to capture the essence and character of it's musical output during the first few years of it's existence, when it made it's first highly significant impact on the pop and R&B scene. It includes all the entries in the US pop and R&B charts on the Tamla, Motown and Gordy labels during that time - from a standing start, there were 33 of them - including iconic hits like The Marvelettes' pop No. 1 "Please Mr. Postman", and the R&B No. 1s "Shop Around" and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by The Miracles, "You Beat Me To The Punch" and "Two Lovers" by Mary Wells, and The Contours' "Do You Love Me". Along with those hits are selected sides from the majority of the releases on the Tamla, Motown, Gordy, Mel-O-Dy and Divinity labels during this era, featuring many obscure and collectable artists and records along with early hits and releases by the likes of Marv Johnson, Barrett Strong, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Little Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and many more. It's a feast of evocative recordings produced in a remarkable creative environment, which offers a hugely entertaining insight into the early evolution of one of a unique music industry powerhouse.
Marv Johnson: 1. Come To Me - 2:19 Chico Leverett: 2. Solid Sender - 2:32 The Swinging Tigers: 3. Snake Walk (Part 1) - 2:27 Ron & Bill: 4. It - 2:42 The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson: 5. Bad Girl - 2:43 The Miracles: 6: Way Over There - 2:57 The Satintones: 7. My Beloved - 2:41 Nick & The Jaguars: 8. Ich-I-Bon #1 - 2:28 Eugene Remus: 9. You Never Miss A Good Thing - 3:11 Popcorn And The Mohawks: 10. Custer's Last Man - 3:58 Barrett Strong: 11. Money - 2:39 12. Oh I Apologize - 2:22 Mable John: 13. Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That - 2:45 Singin' Sammy Ward: 14. Who's The Fool - 2:40 The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson: 15. Shop Around - 2:50 16. Who's Lovin' You - 3:04 Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward: 17. Oh Lover - 2:56 Herman Griffin: 18. True Love (That's Love) - 2:12 Mary Wells: 19. Bye Bye Baby - 2:49 Henry Lumpkin: 20. I've Got A Notion - 2:32 Jimmy Ruffin: 21. Don't Feel Sorry For Me - 2:23 Little Iva & Her Band: 22. When I Needed You - 2:55 The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson: 23. Ain't It Baby - 2:33 Debbie Dean: 24. Don't Let Him Shop Around - 2:46 Richard Wylie and His Band: 25. Money (That's What I Want) - 2:24 The Gospel Stars: 26. He Lifted Me - 4:02
Mickey Woods: 1. Poor Sam Jones - 2:38 Andre Williams: 2. Rosa Lee (Stay Off The Bell) - 2:27 Lee & The Leopards: 3. Come Into My Palace - 2:36 Gino Parks: 4. Same Thing - 2:32 The Miracles: 5. Mighty Good Lovin' - 2:38 6. Broken Hearted - 2:52 Mary Wells: 7. I Don't Want To Take A Chance - 2:47 The Marvelettes: 8. Please, Mr. Postman - 2:29 9. So Long Baby - 2:53 The Golden Harmoneers: 10. I Am Bound - 2:31 Rev. Columbus Mann: 11. They Shall Be Mine - 2:18 The Equadors: 12. Someone To Call My Own - 2:06 Pete Hartfield: 13. Love Me - 2:35 The Miracles: 14. Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues - 2:57 Joel Sebastian: 15. Angel In Blue – 2 :52 Freddie Gorman: 16. The Day Will Come - 2:20 Bob Kayli: 17. Small Sad Sam - 2:41 Don Mckenzie: 18. Whose Heart (Are You Gonna Break Now) - 2:24 The Miracles: 19. What's So Good About Good-Bye - 2:21 The Twistin' Kings: 20. Xmas Twist - 2:43 The Wright Specials: 21. That's What He Is To Me - 2:16 The Marvelettes: 22. Twistin' Postman - 2:30 Mary Wells: 23. The One Who Really Loves You - 2:27 The Downbeats: 24. Your Baby's Back - 2:34 Little Otis: 25. I Out-Duked The Duke - 2:29 The Temptations: 26. Dream Come True - 3:52 The Miracles: 27. I'll Try Something New - 2:37
The Marvelettes: 1. Playboy – 2:41 The Valadiers: 2. Because I Love Her - 2:37 The Supremes: 3. Your Heart Belongs To Me - 2:38 Little Stevie Wonder: 4. I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues (Part 1) - 2:29 Mickey McCullers: 5. Same Old Story - 2:21 Lamont Dozier: 6. Dearest One - 2:08 The Creations: 7. This Is Our Night - 2:15 The Marvelettes: 8. Someday, Someway - 2:44 9. Beechwood 4-5789 - 2:12 Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas: 10. Camel Walk - 2:39 Marvin Gaye: 11. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - 2:45 The Contours: 12. Do You Love Me - 2:55 13. Move Mr. Man - 2:09 Mary Wells: 14. You Beat Me To The Punch - 2:44 15. Old Love (Let's Try It Again) - 2:24 Martha and the Vandellas: 16. I'll Have To Let Him Go - 3:03 Eddie Holland: 17. Jamie - 2:24 Mary Wells: 18. Two Lovers - 2:47 19. Operator - 2:47 The Vells: 20. You'll Never Cherish A Love So True ('Til You Lose It) - 2:52 The Supremes: 21. Let Me Go The Right Way - 2:31 The Miracles: 22. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - 2:59 23. Happy Landing - 2:47 The Marvelettes: 24. Strange, I Know - 2:39 Marvin Gaye: 25. Hitch Hike - 2:34 The Contours: 26. Shake Sherry - 2:40 LaBrenda Ben & The Beljeans: 27. Camel Walk - 2:36
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