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Motown Classics Gold

March 1, 2005

$18.99
  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
Money (That's What I Want) (Single Version (Mono)) Barrett Strong
2:36
2
Shop Around (Single Version / Mono) The Miracles
2:48
3
Please Mr. Postman (Single Version) The Marvelettes
2:28
4
Do You Love Me (Single Version / Mono) The Contours
2:52
5
You Beat Me To The Punch (Single Version (Mono)) Mary Wells
2:44
6
Fingertips, Part 2 (Live At The Regal Theater/1963/ Single Version) Stevie Wonder
3:10
7
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (Single Version) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
2:43
8
My Guy (Single Version) Mary Wells
2:51
9
Where Did Our Love Go (Stereo) The Supremes
2:29
10
Dancing In The Street (Single Version) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
2:38
11
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Single Version (Mono)) Marvin Gaye
2:58
12
My Girl (Single Version (Stereo)) The Temptations
2:56
13
Shotgun (Album Version) Jr. Walker And The All Stars
3:04
14
Stop! In The Name Of Love (Juke Box Single Version (Stereo)) The Supremes
2:53
15
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Album Version / Stereo) The Four Tops
2:44
16
The Tracks Of My Tears (Single Version / Mono) Smokey Robinson
2:55
17
Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Single Version) Stevie Wonder
2:52
18
Going To A Go-Go (Album Version / Stereo) The Miracles
2:45
19
Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Album Version) The Temptations
2:31
20
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Single Version) Jimmy Ruffin
2:59
Disc 2
1
You Can't Hurry Love The Supremes
2:45
2
Reach Out, I'll Be There (Single Version (Mono)) The Four Tops
3:00
3
Jimmy Mack (Album Version) Martha & The Vandellas
2:52
4
Your Precious Love (Album Version) Tammi Terrell
3:03
5
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Single Version) Gladys Knight & The Pips
2:46
6
I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
3:14
7
My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) (Album Version) David Ruffin
3:28
8
I Can't Get Next To You (Single Version (Mono)) The Temptations
2:51
9
I Want You Back (Album Version) Jackson 5
2:59
10
Someday We'll Be Together (Album Version (Stereo)) Diana Ross & The Supremes
3:32
11
Up The Ladder To The Roof (Single Version) The Supremes
3:12
12
Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) (Single Version (Mono)) The Temptations
4:04
13
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) (Album Version) Stevie Wonder
2:38
14
It's A Shame (Album Version) Spinners
3:07
15
War (Single Version) Edwin Starr
3:20
16
The Tears Of A Clown (Album Version (Stereo)) Smokey Robinson
3:00
17
What's Going On (Single Version / Stereo) Marvin Gaye
3:51
18
Smiling Faces Sometimes (Album Version) The Undisputed Truth
3:16
19
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Single Version) The Temptations
6:58
20
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) (Single Version) Gladys Knight & The Pips
4:21


Product Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Motown
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  • Total Length: 2:04:13
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  • ASIN: B001O881J4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Motown Classics CD 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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Chest Of Artists And Their Classic Cuts 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.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Motown 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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own Of Motown's Classic Years 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted!
Great music choice if you are looking for that classic Motown feel. It is a great arraignment of music that everyone has heard of and knows.
Published 3 days ago by Cristy
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of what is played on the radio these days?
This CD is my disconnect from the noise dominating the airwaves today. What an incredible collection of some of Motown's legends. All right here on this two CD set!
Published 25 days ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown classics Gold
The best music ever made in my day have true meaning. The stars were great and made your life feel real specially if you were really in love or had a boyfriend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motowm
It was amazing how many artits and songs were included. It made me have so many memories of growing up
Published 2 months ago by Judi Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Classics Gold
If you want to bring back those good memories of times past this CD has the music you are looking for. Only wish that there was more music as a set.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Y Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
As I wrote in a previous rating, my husband and I saw a Motown review concert at our local theater. He loved the production so much that finding this CD was perfect as a Christmas... Read more
Published 3 months ago by missrn
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched.
I bought this CD as a christmas present. Unfortunaltely the first CD skipped so bad it's not usuable. Not pleased.
Published 3 months ago by Stephani Disney
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I really have enjoyed this visit to the oldies that I enjoyed so many years ago. This is exactly as described. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Classics: Gold
After hearing these tunes on movies like Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, I decided it was time to get some of this in my own collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Iklwa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Motown Songs
A great CD with the Motown sounds and the actual artists. I like listening to the great hits of Motown, and the music I danced to; bringing back so many memories.
Published 3 months ago by Old Lady in Ohio
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