A self-explanatory 80-minute CD compilation of personal Motown favourites from both well-known and lesser known artists recording for Berry Gordy's Detroit-based labels (Tamla, Motown, Gordy, Soul etc.). Some have been my favourite track by a particular artist ever since they were released (Come See About Me, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Ooo Baby Baby). I remember buying some of these as 7" singles when they were released in the UK, in the familiar orange Tamla Motown paper sleeves, or even earlier when they came out on labels like Stateside and Oriole. It was necessary to confine myself to Early and Middle period Motown, so I gave myself a cut-off point of 1968. Obviously, this excludes some bona fide classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Undisputed Truth and so forth, but also means that they have that Motown sound stamped solidly on each one, thanks to the brilliant playing of the Funk Brothers


Miracles - Going to a go-go (1965)
Supremes - Come see about me (1964)
Temptations - My girl (1964)
Marvelettes - Too many fish in the sea (1964)
Jr Walker & the All Stars - (I'm a) Road runner (1966)
Brenda Holloway - Every little bit hurts (1964)
Four Tops - Loving you is sweeter than ever (1966)
Gladys Knight & the Pips - I heard it through the grapevine (1967)
Barbara Randolph - I got a feeling (1967)
Mary Wells - When I'm gone (1965)
Marvin Gaye - How sweet it is (to be loved by you)(1964)
Gladys Knight & the Pips - Just walk in my shoes (1966)
Velvelettes - Needle in a haystack (1965)
Elgins - Put yourself in my place (1965)
Marvelettes - Danger, heartbreak dead ahead (1965)
Tammi Terrell - I can't believe you love me (1965)
Martha & the Vandellas - Nowhere to run (1965)
Carolyn Crawford - My smile is just a frown turned upside down (1968)
Miracles - Ooo baby baby (1965)
Marvelettes - Don't mess with Bill (1965)
Velvelettes - Lonely, lonely girl am I (1965)
Mary Wells - What's easy for two is so hard for one (1963)
Temptations - I wish it would rain (1967)
Chris Clark - Love's gone bad (1966)
Kim Weston - Helpless (1966)
Brenda Holloway - You've made me so very happy (1967)
Marvin Gaye - Wherever I lay my hat (That's my home)(1962)
Martha and the Vandellas - I'm ready for love (1966)
Marvelettes - My baby must be a magician (1967)
Supremes - You keep me hangin' on (1966/6/30 R)


T: 79.55
compiled 9 September 2001 - 8 September 2004

Last updated October 19, 2004 07:03