The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11B: 1971

The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11B: 1971




Picking up in July 1971, precisely where its predecessor left off, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11B runs through the back half of 1971, collecting all the singles released on Motown and its subsidiaries during these six months. 1971 was the first year split in two by the archivists at Hip-O Select, a move that makes sense given the slowly expanding length of the singles and the sheer number of releases (not to mention alternate mixes) the label churned out in 12 months. This set runs 120 songs over the course of five discs, with its companion weighing in at 119 songs on six discs, and an 11-disc box set for a single year is simply too much to digest at once. Of course, having 1971 cleaved in two doesn't necessarily make it easier to digest, nor does it quite camouflage a year that was transitional at best and confused at worst. Much of this muddle is down to shifting times and fashions, as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder moved toward risky album-based projects, but R&B was getting funkier outside of Motown, and the label had a few worthy attempts to follow the flow, even if they didn't go far on the charts. Motown also had some stabs at interesting esoteric, almost psychedelic, soul, such as Jack Hammer's "Colour Combination," a rarity that fits in well with all the hippie rock and AM pop Motown's Rare Earth label churned out during these six months. There's more of this rock-oriented stuff here than one might initially think -- singles from Rare Earth themselves, but also Sunday Funnies (who came to Andrew Loog Oldham via Punch Andrews, wind up sounding like neither the Stones or Seger), a second single from Stoney & Meatloaf, and a brilliant piece of bubblegum by the Messengers called "That's the Way a Woman Is" that kicks off the set in a deceptive fashion. Or maybe it isn't quite so misleading to have this volume of The Complete Motown Singles open with such a sugary confection because it does indicate how thoroughly showbiz the label was in 1971, touching upon all manners of styles and trends. This was apparent on 11A, too, but the paucity of classic hits -- Marvin's "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," Stevie Wonder's "If You Really Love Me," and Michael Jackson, already breaking away from his brothers just two years after their first hit, with "Got to Be There" -- winds up emphasizing all the oddities here, whether it's Tony & Carolyn's shameless Carpenters rip-off, Bobby Darin attempting protest folk about five years too late, LA DJ Tom Clay's smarmy recitation "Whatever Happened to Love" and the Rustix's thoroughly depressing "We All End Up In Boxes." Plenty of good stuff surrounds these often bewildering shots in the dark -- it's good to hear Smokey Robinson bring quiet storm to shape with "Satisfaction," Eddie Kendricks get real seductive with "Can I," Virgil Henry's rarity "I Can't Believe You're Really Leaving" is a deserved cult classic -- enough for the devoted to find this necessary (although even some of these listeners might find their patience tested by all the stereo promo mixes that don't sound all that different from the issued mix; yes, they're collector bait and part of the reason for this series to even exist, but less fanatical devotees may find themselves wishing these mixes were excised so they can see the forest for the trees) but the overall picture of 1971 that the two box sets paint is one of a label that was turning into an institution, getting so big it was losing sight of many of its strengths.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2009
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602517876903
catalogNumber: 001222702


Disc 1

  1. That's the Way a Woman Is
  2. In the Jungle
  3. That's the Way a Woman Isereo Promo Version]
  4. Take Me Girl, I'm Ready
  5. Right on Brothers and Sisters
  6. Take Me Girl, I'm Readyeo Promo Version]
  7. Keep Me
  8. A Man Without Love
  9. Lo And Behold
  10. The Things We Have to Do
  11. Lo And Behold
  12. You Can Come Right Back to Me
  13. Dinah
  14. It Takes All Kinds of People
  15. The Way You Do the Things You Do
  16. It Takes All Kinds of People
  17. If You Really Love Me
  18. Think of Me as Your Soldier
  19. Can I
  20. I Did It All for You
  21. Can I
  22. My Piece of Heaven
  23. Down, Down
  24. My Piece of Heavenomo Version

Disc 2

  1. Surrender
  2. I'm a Winner
  3. Can't It Wait Until Tomorrow
  4. Back to Nowhere
  5. Happiness
  6. I Hope I See It in My Lifetime
  7. Happiness
  8. MacArthur Park (Pt. 2)
  9. MacArthur Park (Pt. 1)
  10. Funky Rubber Band
  11. Funky Rubber Band
  12. Funky Rubber Band
  13. I'm an Easy Rider
  14. Concrete and Clay
  15. I'm an Easy Rider
  16. Who You Gonna Run To
  17. Forgive My Jealousy
  18. Act Like a Shotgun
  19. Girl I Really Love You
  20. Act Like a Shotgunomo Version
  21. Walk Down the Path of Freedom
  22. It's Just a Dream
  23. Walk Down the Path of Freedom
  24. Heaven Must Have Sent Youereo Promo Version]

Disc 3

  1. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  2. Wholy Holy
  3. Touch
  4. It's So Hard for Me to Say Goodbye
  5. Touch
  6. Bless You
  7. Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke
  8. Bless You
  9. Colour Combination
  10. Swim
  11. Colour Combinationomo Version
  12. Got to Be There
  13. Maria (You Were the Only One)
  14. Got to Be There
  15. I'm Still Waiting
  16. A Simple Thing Like Cry
  17. Zip a Dee Doo Dah
  18. Bah Bah Bah
  19. Zip a Dee Doo Dah
  20. Whatever Happened to Love
  21. Baby I Need Your Loving
  22. Whatever Happened to Loveereo Promo Version]
  23. When Sundown Comes
  24. Flower Girl

Disc 4

  1. Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
  2. Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love
  3. Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
  4. Satisfaction
  5. Satisfaction
  6. We've Only Just Begun/I'll BeThere
  7. I Can Get Away from You (But I Can't Get Over You)
  8. We've Only Just Begun/I'll BeThere
  9. Hey Lordy
  10. Just a Little Bit Closer
  11. I Want to Go Back There Again
  12. Pick of the Week
  13. I Want to Go Back There Again
  14. Hey Big Brother
  15. Under God's Light
  16. Hey Big Brother
  17. Way Back Home
  18. Way Back Home
  19. Way Back Home
  20. We All End Up in Boxes
  21. We All End Up in Boxeso Promo Version]
  22. I Can't Believe You're ReallyLeaving
  23. You Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New
  24. I Can't Believe You're ReallyLeaving

Disc 5

  1. You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth
  2. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
  3. Make Me the Woman That You GoHome To
  4. It's All Over But the Shoutin'
  5. Sugar Daddy
  6. I'm So Happy
  7. Sugar Daddy
  8. Simple Song of Freedom
  9. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  10. Simple Song of Freedomnate Mix]
  11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonightternate Mix]
  12. The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived
  13. A Child Is Waiting
  14. What Christmas Means to Me
  15. Bedtime for Toys
  16. What Christmas Means to Metereo Promo Version]
  17. Floy Joy
  18. This Is the Story
  19. Floy Joy
  20. In and out of My Life
  21. Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile
  22. In and out of My LifePromo Version]
  23. T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care)
  24. T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care)Stereo Promo Version]

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Producer
Chris Clark   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Gladys Knight   Composer
Rare Earth   Audio Production
Smokey Robinson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
James Taylor   Composer
Dave Pell   Arranger
Lawrence Brown   Composer,Audio Production
Gloria Jones   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Gene Page   Arranger
Barrett Strong   Composer
R. Dean Taylor   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Joe Hinton   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Clay   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Ritchie Adams   Producer
Ronald Aitken   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Baird   Arranger,Audio Production
Renaldo Benson   Composer
David Blumberg   Arranger
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Artie Butler   Arranger,Composer
Cleveland   Composer,Audio Production
Henry Cosby   Producer,Audio Production
Miki Dallon   Producer,Audio Production
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Quitman Dennis   Arranger
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Wilton Felder   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Producer,Audio Production
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
George Gordy   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Patrice Holloway   Composer
Jack Hammer   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brenda Holloway   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer,Audio Production
Willie Hutch   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Gary Johns   Memorabilia
Terry Johnson   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Kosinski   Composer
Mel Larson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sam Locricchio   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Long   Arranger
Gene Marcellino   Composer
Jerry Marcellino   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Masser   Composer
Clay McMurray   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ronald Dean Miller   Composer
Ray Monette   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Olson   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Riser   Arranger
Jimmy Roach   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Pam Sawyer   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Willie Shorter   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bobby Taylor   Producer,Audio Production
Russ Terrana   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Terry   Arranger
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Harry Weinger   Writer
Norman Whitfield   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Nick Zesses   Composer
John Hoier   Composer
Duke Browner   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ollie McLaughlin   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Valvano   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bill Dahl   Annotation
Allen Story   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer,Audio Production
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Harry Balk   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Barkan   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Regan   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Robert Rogers   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Ken Rich   Composer
LaVerne Ware   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Cleveland   Producer
Robert White   Arranger
Roger Nichols   Composer
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Public Domain   Composer
Linda Glover   Composer
Patti Jerome   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Frank Beaty Wilson   Producer
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Lawrence D. Brown   Producer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Jack Goga   Composer
Bob West   Composer
Keith Hughes   Producer,Annotation
Eric Charge   Memorabilia
Andrew Flory   Liner Notes
Bobby Tony   Producer
David Bell   Memorabilia
Robert Cecchino   Composer
Robert Cavallo   Composer
Ralph Terrana   Producer,Audio Production
Peter Barans   Composer
John Glover   Composer
Herman Griffith   Composer
Edward Guzman   Composer
Clifford Burston   Composer
Richard Drapkin   Composer
Charles Brucato   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
Michael Morgan   Composer
Lodi   Arranger,Audio Production
Ella Jones   Composer
Richard Adams   Composer,Audio Production
James Dean   Composer

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