Motown Number 1's

Performers Various Artists

UTV | April 24, 2007 | Compact Disc

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Owner of one of the deepest catalogs in music history, Motown/Universal allows very few recordings to escape the clutches of its archive. Once they're available, however, they're repackaged in endless permutations; such it was when Motown was ten years old, and such it was as the company approached its 45th anniversary. Motown 1*s, a collection of 24 number one hits enjoyed by the label, ranges through four decades for its material -- from "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes to "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men -- and provides the very broadest of hits anthologies. It is an excellent selection, perhaps skimping on Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, but never spending too much time with any one artist (which allows the disc to survey Junior Walker as well as latter-day artists Thelma Houston, the Commodores, and DeBarge). Motown 1*s is presented in chronological order, with a baker's dozen of tracks from the '60s, and 11 from the '70s or later. Unnecessary for soul fans much less collectors, Motown 1*s works best for its intended audience -- those with no prior experience who wish to understand why the Motown conglomeration of singers, songwriters, musicians, and executives comprised the premier pop music organization of all time. [The bonus track, a cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Michael McDonald, is a fine reminder of how far the label's influence has carried.] ~ John Bush

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 2007

Genre: Girl Groups

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: UTV

UPC: 602498614723

Found in: Girl Groups

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Motown Number 1's

Motown Number 1's

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: April 24, 2007

Genre: Girl Groups

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: UTV

UPC: 602498614723


Title Track Time
1.Intro --
2.Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes --
3.Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A) - Martha & The Vandellas --
4.My Guy - Mary Wells --
5.My Girl - The Temptations --
6.Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes --
7.Stop! In The Name Of Love - The Supremes --
8.Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars --
9.I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops --
10.Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder --
11.Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations --
12.Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops --
13.Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell --
14.I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye --
15.I Want You Back - Jackson 5 --
16.War - Edwin Starr' --
17.Tears Of A Clown, The - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles --
18.What's Going On - Marvin Gaye --
19.Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye --
20.Love Machine (Pt. 1) - The Miracles --
21.Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston --
22.Three Times A Lady - Commodores --
23.Endless Love - Diana Ross/Lionel Richie --
24.Rhythm Of The Night - Debarge --
25.I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men --
26.Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Michael McDonald (bonus track) --

Editorial Notes

Owner of one of the deepest catalogs in music history, Motown/Universal allows very few recordings to escape the clutches of its archive. Once they're available, however, they're repackaged in endless permutations; such it was when Motown was ten years old, and such it was as the company approached its 45th anniversary. Motown 1*s, a collection of 24 number one hits enjoyed by the label, ranges through four decades for its material -- from "Please Mr. Postman" by the Marvelettes to "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men -- and provides the very broadest of hits anthologies. It is an excellent selection, perhaps skimping on Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, but never spending too much time with any one artist (which allows the disc to survey Junior Walker as well as latter-day artists Thelma Houston, the Commodores, and DeBarge). Motown 1*s is presented in chronological order, with a baker's dozen of tracks from the '60s, and 11 from the '70s or later. Unnecessary for soul fans much less collectors, Motown 1*s works best for its intended audience -- those with no prior experience who wish to understand why the Motown conglomeration of singers, songwriters, musicians, and executives comprised the premier pop music organization of all time. [The bonus track, a cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Michael McDonald, is a fine reminder of how far the label's influence has carried.] ~ John Bush
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