Motown Classics: Gold

Motown Classics: Gold


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One of the most dominating forces in the history of popular music, the Motown imprint was more than a label, it was a juggernaut of soul music, a machine so finely honed and working with such efficiency that it wasn't uncommon for several chart topping hits to be recorded in one session. This anthology was previously issued in 2000 under the moniker Motown: The Classic Years. But a title more befitting of such a quality compilation would be Motown 101, for it contains practically every monumental chart topping hit that the label became known for across the globe. Nearly every song on this collection has been imprinted on the collective memory of popular culture, and with good reason. The insanely catchy, uptempo sound was the audio wallpaper for a generation facing dramatic changes socially, culturally and politically. Starting with the first major hits of the label courtesy of Barrett Strong ("Money") and the Miracles ("Shop Around"), the artists included here read like a venerable who's who A-list of soul music. Names like Marvin, Stevie, and Diana, as well as groups like the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Contours, and the Supremes. Songs that defined moments decades after their release ("Do You Love Me," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and songs that forever changed the face of popular music ("My Girl," "What's Going On," "War"). Sadly this collection only covers the first half of Gordy and company's run, ending in 1972 when Motown left its home base of Detroit for the sunny shores of California. But an examination of those years would also be worthy of its own double-disc set. For the die-hard Northern soul or Motown fanatic, there is little here that probably isn't already in your collection. But for those looking for all of the hits that defined the Motown sound, or for those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the label, this very well could be all the Motown you ever need to purchase.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602498632260
catalogNumber: 000312002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Love-Tones   Vocals,Accompaniment
Clarence Paul   Conductor
Paul Riser   Conductor
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Bongos

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer
Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Lee Garrett   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Cleveland   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Jerry Long   Orchestration
Alphonso Mizell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer,Producer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Clarence Paul   Arranger,Composer
Freddie Perren   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joe Porter   Producer
Deke Richards   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy Roach   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Jim Weatherly   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer,Producer
Harry Weinger   Annotation
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Jackey Beavers   Composer
Vincent DiMirco   Composer
BrianBert   Producer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Ronnie White   Producer
Ronnie White   Composer
James Dean   Composer

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