Motown Classics Gold

March 1, 2005 | Format: MP3

$18.99
Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
30
1
2:36
30
2
2:48
30
3
2:28
30
4
2:52
30
5
2:44
30
6
3:10
30
7
2:43
30
8
2:51
30
9
2:29
30
10
2:38
30
11
2:58
30
12
2:56
30
13
3:04
30
14
2:53
30
15
2:44
30
16
2:55
30
17
2:52
30
18
2:45
30
19
2:31
30
20
2:59
Disc 2
30
1
2:45
30
2
3:00
30
3
2:52
30
4
3:03
30
5
2:46
30
6
3:14
30
7
3:28
30
8
2:51
30
9
2:59
30
10
3:32
30
11
3:12
30
12
4:04
30
13
2:38
30
14
3:07
30
15
3:20
30
16
3:00
30
17
3:51
30
18
3:16
30
19
6:58
30
20
4:21


Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Motown
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 2:04:13
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001O881J4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,925 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The music on the collection was really great!
Music_Nerd893
When listening to this CD you will be able to "see" the performers singing their great music when they were on t.v. way back when.
Debbi A. Reeves
It brings back special memories and makes me smile.
DebB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Long Distance Voyager on May 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the 5th Motown Classics compilation I have, the previous four are "20 Greatest Songs in Motown History" released in 1985, " Motown Elite 9000 series" in 1987, "Motown - the Hits Collection volume 1" in 1994 and "Motown 40 Forever" in 1998. I just love to buy these Motown compilations as everytime it will give a new look and experience of these classics even though most of the selections are the same. This latest installment of mine surprised me, by having the stereo version of "Please Mr. Postman". I have the two cds set "The Marvelettes - Deliver the singles 1961- 1971", the songs are all remastered from the original mono masters, and the mono version of "Please Mr. Postman" is a mandatory version included in some of the above compilations, so this is the first time that I heard it in stereo. Another surprise is "My girl", my No.1 favorite Motown Classics, the version here has a much clearer vocal, and the remastering sound is gorgeous. "Heatwave" by Martha and the Vandellas is another gem, the most common version is the 'fake stereo' version with lots of echo added, Martha's vocal is shifted to the left, here we have the genuine stereo version of different mix (the horns' playing in the bridge is longer than the usual version),the sound of the accompanying instruments can be clearly heard. When listening to this compilation, it seems that you are hearing new version of these classic songs.
One last thing to mention is that some of the tracks listed by amazon as mono version, only "Money","Shop around" and "Do you love me" on Disc 1,"Jimmy Mach" and "It's a shame" on Disc 2 are in mono, all other tracks are in stereo.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on April 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Over the years Motown Records has repackaged its legendary artists and hits to varying degrees of commercial and critical success. And as with many labels it seemed at times that the retrospectives became more important to the company coffers than developing new talent or promoting new releases by existing artists.

Without investing in the pricey boxed CD sets, this collection is perhaps the best of the Motown bunch, with 40 songs that captures the true essence of what made the label great; artists who believed in their music, songs that told real stories and hooks that are as infectious today as they were when initially issued all those years ago.

Barrett Strong's Money (That's What I Want), the Four Tops' I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Going To A Go Go by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and the Supremes' You Can't Hurry Love are great examples of complex themes that are wonderfully told within a commercial - Top 40 -radio format.

The juxtaposing of I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Gladys Knight & the Pips and Marvin Gaye is an especially nice touch. And though artists like Bruce Springsteen and Frankie Goes To Hollywood have recorded War, nothing beats the powerful vocals of Edwin Starr.

This is not a smorgasbord sampler that's tossed together with little thought; the two CDs are a treasure chest of legendary artists and the songs that defined a generation.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There isn't a song on this 40-track collection that hasn't already been permanently etched on my brain. When I was a teen in the Sixties, these songs were a part of the soundtrack of my life. [Only the final four tracks charted after 1970.]

Motown was already a proven hit-making label four years before the British Invasion when Barrett Strong charted with "Money" in 1960. The label also was a huge influence on at least one British group. The Beatles recorded their own versions of "Money" and "Please Mr. Postman" and others in the early Sixties. With artists like Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations and countless others; Motown didn't merely survive the British Invasion--they thrived. Motown would continue to have hits into the Seventies and Eighties, but this compilation covers their golden age.

Motown has released numerous collections over the years, including the definitive HITSVILLE USA box set. But this collection is one of the best. [It should be noted that MOTOWN GOLD was first released in 2000 under the title MOTOWN THE CLASSIC YEARS. But if you didn't make that purchase, GOLD is selling at a midline price and is clearly the better buy.] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Fever Tree Sigmon on August 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
All 40 of these songs were landmarks in the history of rhythm and blues, for these tracks managed to crossover to White America while retaining their black roots. The variety within this package is undeniable. The Supremes provided the slick pop, the Marvelettes and the Contours provided the gritty rock and roll numbers, and Jr. Walker offered blues and jazz flourishes. Smokey and Stevie discussed romance and the Temptations and Marvin sang of both romance and politics. And the lead-off cut comments about life in Detroit, later definitively rendered by those Beatles. The Funk Brothers are the background heroes on all these recordings and their funk unit smoked. Praise bassist James Jamerson and drummer Benny Benjamin. Also, the growth of the music and lyrics seemed to deepen with each successive year. The song consistency here is the most remarkable of any Motown reissue ever. Another plus of this recreation is compression (no artist gets more than five tracks apiece). This enables some of the lesser known artists to shine: Jimmy Ruffin, Edwin Starr and the Undisputed Truth. Even though every cut deserves its place on this well-priced CD, my only qualm is that it short-changes the Marvelettes. I love all three of Martha's entries, however, they should've squeezed two more from the Marvelettes. My nominees would be the bouncy "Too Many Fish In The Sea" and the sophisticated soul of "Don't Mess With Bill". Heck, there's room for "Beechwood 4-5789" and "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead" too. There's your five. Grab this anyway, young and old.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?