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Motown Box Box set, Original recording remastered


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Editorial Reviews

"But wait," you're thinking, "There've been other Motown boxes." Well, right you are, but none of them has been *all in stereo*-in fact, 30 of the 72 songs here appear here with brand-new stereo mixes! And not just any songs, either: Shop Around; Going to a Go-Go; The Tracks of My Tears Miracles; Stop! In the Name of Love Supremes; My Girl Temptations; Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder; (Love Is Like a) Heatwave Martha & the Vandellas; Reach Out I'll Be There Four Tops; Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell; Do You Love Me Contours; Please Mr. Postman Marvelettes, and more!

Disc: 1
1. The Miracles SHOP AROUND (hit version stereo mix)*
2. The Marvelettes- PLEASE MR. POSTMAN (extended stereo mix)*
3. The Contours- DO YOU LOVE ME (hit version stereo mix)*
4. Mary Wells- TWO LOVERS
5. The Miracles- YOU’VE REALLY GOT A HOLD ON ME (extended stereo mix)
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Disc: 2
1. Martha & The Vandellas- DANCING IN THE STREET
2. The Temptations- GET READY
3. Kim Weston- TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE)
4. The Supremes- BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN (extended stereo mix)*
5. The Miracles- GOING TO A GO-GO (extended stereo mix)*
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Disc: 3
1. Martha & The Vandellas- NOWHERE TO RUN
2. The Temptations- SINCE I LOST MY BABY (first-time stereo mix)*
3. The Temptations- YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING
4. The Miracles- (COME ’ROUND HERE) I’M THE ONE YOU NEED
5. The Supremes- MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU (extended stereo mix)
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Disc: 4
1. The Miracles- I’VE BEEN GOOD TO YOU (extended stereo mix)*
2. Stevie Wonder- PURPLE RAINDROPS (first-time stereo mix)*
3. Marvin Gaye- PRETTY LITTLE BABY (first-time stereo mix)*
4. The Supremes- LET ME GO THE RIGHT WAY
5. The Temptations- YOU’LL LOSE A PRECIOUS LOVE (extended stereo mix)*
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000A0GPOK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

The Temptations' "Since I Lost My Baby" is a better example...it's first-time stereo mix sounds great to me.
B. Margolis
I recommended it highly for its great music should be preserved for musical heritage and a plus for us who were teenages during this time.
Peggy A. Pickron
THis box set is magnificently remastered and shows what a contribution the Funk Brothers were to these songs.
Donald J. Herring

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By B. Margolis on August 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had been eagerly awaiting this reissue, since I'm a stereo freak, and unlike some of the Top 40 purists, I love extra verses and elements that were recorded but not included at the time. But now that I've sampled the set, I have to admit that some of the remixes are mighty disappointing.

Sorry to say that Tom Moulton, the fellow who remixed many of the extended versions, buried the lead vocals on many of the remixes, and upset some of the most essential balances that the original recording demanded.

For example:
To my ears, both "Shop Around" and "Do You Love Me" sound like a DES remix. The vocals sound like they were dropped in the middle over the backing track mixdown. So the vocals don't sound like they belong to the same recording.

"Please Mr. Postman"'s drums are buried....not the crisp powerful drums on the original version. On "Shotgun", the vocals are also really buried down deep.

The Temptations' "Since I Lost My Baby" is a better example...it's first-time stereo mix sounds great to me.

Part of Martha & The Vandellas' "Jimmy Mack"'s original charm was how flat the recording was. The remixing introduced some echo and/or ambience that was never there.

It's great include added material edited out at the time (missing strings or added verses and longer endings), but the body of the songs have more echo than found on the original. (For example, Bob Irwin at Sundazed - another noted remix producer - certainly understands this and his remixes are much closer to the original sound than is found here.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Shepherd on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I heard the stereo version of The Supremes' "Nothing But Heartaches" in the Summer of Love from their Greatest Hits album (I had purchased "More Hits By The Supremes" in mono in the summer of '65) I wondered if their were any more stereo surprises because usually the stereo LP versions were so much shorter than the 45s. When they finally started mastering the single versions on countless of anthologies, I felt vindicated.

While collecting some of the individual artists albums (most recently The Millennium Collection by Kim Weston), I was greatly impressed with some of the full-length stereo versions, especially the duets with Marvin Gaye and "Helpless". Then, the latest anthologies by The Temptations and The Miracles with their many extended stereo mixes more than made my decade!

This latest collection of Motown re-mixes is remarkable because it shows our old favorites in a new setting. I understand the first reviewer's frustration in that some of the vocals or instrumentation is hard to hear (for instance, Joe Swift's "what key, what key?" question during the latter part of "Fingertips"). One has to come to grips with the fact that if the piano track is brought up, the reeds may not be so audible. The purpose of this set is not to bring the original product as we heard it on AM radio, but to present it in a different light. The constant cluck cluck cluck of the guitar in "Dancing In The Street", the banjo-like rhythm guitar in "Helpless" (heard on "The Best Of Kim Weston" and not here, unfortunately) and even things we've never heard like the alternate vocal of "I Hear A Symphony". The only waste of time on this set was "This Old Heart Of Mine", which was not an extended mix at all.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. hirschl on March 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
with so many hits to choose from there is bound to be debate about what should be included in this set. there are some great works here, not my 1st choices, but as a 50 year old human i find myself reliving part of my childhood with each listening. the problem is with cd #4 which clocks in at 34 minutes which blows my mind. there are literally 1000s of hours of motown available and to fill a cd to less than 1/2 of it's capacity is a total rip-off. shame on you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on November 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have despaired for years at the proliferation of mono Motown CD re-issues when these days even the humblest CD/radio player has two built-in speakers and a stereo jack. Therefore I am delighted to see that this 72-track collection is one hundred per cent stereo. Furthermore, thirty of the tracks are brand new stereo mixes, a labour of love for Tom Moulton, who has really brought out the best in these songs and the Funk Brothers' unparalleled playing while retaining the feel of the mono originals. I especially relished those in previously unheard full-length mixes. Several of the previously released titles are still relatively hard to find, though of course this still leaves the set more attractive to newcomers to Motown, as long-term fans are likely to have most of the other 42 titles, even if not in such good sound and in stereo like these.

For me the most revelatory moment came with the full-length mix of The Tracks Of My Tears. You just haven't heard the song properly until you've heard this 3:58 version. It is quite extraordinary that after the massive success of the single, Motown left the full, glorious version in the vaults for 40 years, when they could have put it on the Going To A Go Go album or subsequent compilations.

In some cases these are the first time the well-known single versions of songs have been mixed into stereo, as previously available album versions may have had different vocals, overdubs or edits. Jimmy Mack, for example, first appeared at the end of 1966 on the stereo album Watch Out!, two and a half years after it was recorded, but was given a complete makeover before it became a hit single in 1967. The single version now appears in stereo for the first time and with an extra climactic 20 seconds or so before it fades.
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