More Motown Classics Gold

More Motown Classics Gold




There is a certain irony that Universal Music has now devoted two entries in its mid-priced double-CD series of hits compilations called "Gold" to "Motown Classics" because, during the period under consideration, 1962-1971, despite Motown's demonstrated commercial success, company president Berry Gordy, Jr., never once submitted a recording to the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) for gold certification. Maybe he didn't want his artists knowing how well their discs were selling, or maybe he just didn't want any outsider examining the company books, but no Motown records went gold in the '60s, no matter how popular they might have been. Nevertheless, many of the singles included on Motown Classics: Gold, released in 2005 (actually a retitled reissue of the 2000 collection Motown: The Classic Years) no doubt sold well enough to be gold records, and at least some of the ones included on this follow-up did, too. Compilation producer Harry Weinger might have opted to explore Motown's second decade in the second volume, but instead he has investigated the first one more fully. Of course, that means the results are necessarily less impressive, but the Motown hits catalog is so large that the fall-off is not very great. Every one of the 40 tracks included here hit the Top 40 of the Billboard pop and/or R&B charts, and a handful even became number one pop hits. The selection is studded with firsts: writer/production team Holland-Dozier-Holland's first big hit, Martha & the Vandellas' "Come and Get These Memories"; Diana Ross' first solo hit, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"; and Michael Jackson's first solo hit, "Got to Be There." The roughly chronological sequencing gives the listener a sense of the development of the Motown sound. For example, the bunching together of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On," the Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You," and the Four Tops' "Standing in the Shadows of Love," all Top Ten pop and R&B hits released in October and November 1966, shows the label at its '60s peak, each song treating romantic discord with the importance of world war. And "Love Child" and "Cloud Nine," released within a month of each other in the fall of 1968, show Motown's turn toward gritty social consciousness (even if Stevie Wonder chirps "For Once in My Life" in between). Presumably, the reissue specialists at Universal have the same kind of charge with regard to Motown as their counterparts at Sony BMG have for Elvis Presley, to keep churning out an endless stream of reissues to keep the revenues flowing indefinitely. This material has been packaged many, many times before, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been handled well here; it has. Combined with the first volume, there are four hours of prime Motown hits of the '60s and early '70s, and pop music doesn't get much better.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602517338784
catalogNumber: 000896702

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Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Edwin Starr   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
Johnny Bristol   Producer
Vernon Bullock   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Clay McMurray   Composer,Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Richard Morris   Producer
Freddie Perren   Composer,Producer
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Roach   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Yennik Samoht   Composer
LaVerne Ware   Composer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Jerry Ross   Composer

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