Satisfaction Guaranteed! Motown Guys 1961-69

Satisfaction Guaranteed! Motown Guys 1961-69

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A de facto sequel to the set Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67, Ace's 2014 compilation Satisfaction Guaranteed! Motown Guys 1961-69 continues the label's deep dive into the vaults of Motown. Where Finders Keepers contained some unheralded 45s and album tracks, Satisfaction Guaranteed! consists of 24 sides that have never seen the light of day (or, if they did, it was as part of the digital-only Motown Unreleased 1963). Compilers Keith Hughes and Mick Patrick aren't picking tracks for the sake of rarity, either. These 24 cuts -- which heavily showcase such Motown superstars as Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Ruffin, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Junior Walker & the All-Stars, but also find time for cult favorites like Bobby Taylor, Marv Johnson, Shorty Long, and Gino Parks -- are pretty dynamic, whether they're following the immaculately tailored formula of early Motown or getting a little funky and gritty toward the end of the '60s. Arguing that some of these songs could've been singles is wrong (particularly in the case of the stiff supper-club rendition of "The Night We Called It a Day" by the Four Tops, easily the weakest thing here) but it also misses the point: what Satisfaction Guaranteed! reveals is not that the label was sitting on gems that could've stormed the charts but rather that Motown was a hotbed of talent -- writing, performing, production -- in the '60s. This much is known, but by shifting the focus away from what was released to what wasn't, the depth of the label becomes apparent. Even the rejected numbers crackle with excitement and invention and, some 50 years after these performances were recorded, that enduring vitality remains a bit of a welcome shock.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667242424
catalogNumber: 1079918
Rank: 86149

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monitors   Vocals
Temptations   Vocals
Sammy Turner   Vocals
Miracles   Vocals
Vandellas   Vocals
Hit Pack   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Engineer
Smokey Robinson   Producer
Andre Williams   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Tom Baird   Composer
Sidney Barnes   Composer
Jeffrey Bowen   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Henry Cosby   Producer
Hal Davis   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
George Gordy   Composer,Producer
Cornelius Grant   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
Lawrence Horn   Composer,Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Producer
Charles Jones   Composer
Eddie Kendricks   Composer
George Kerr   Composer,Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer,Producer
Clarence Paul   Composer,Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer
Willie Woods   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Norman Warner   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Lawrence Brown   Composer,Producer
Robert Staunton   Composer,Producer
Robert Rogers   Producer
Timothy Wilson   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Autry DeWalt   Composer
Arthur Scott   Composer
William Witherspoon   Composer,Producer
Joe Hunter   Composer
Thomas Kemp   Composer
Vernon Williams   Composer
Raynoma Liles   Producer
Keith Hughes   Liner Notes,Annotation
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Barbara Paul   Composer
James Dean   Composer,Producer
Frederick Long   Composer
Luke Gross   Composer
Robert Walker   Composer,Producer
Eugene Bunten   Composer
Marc Gordon   Producer
Howard Curry   Composer

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