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Motown - The Musical - Originals [2 CD][Special Edition] Special Edition

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As the perfect companion piece to Motown: The Musical, this special two-disc, expanded version features over 20 additional tracks to the single disc version including Motown's very first national hit, 'Money (That's What I Want)' by Barrett Strong. This 1960 hit single was co-written by Gordy and helped fund the purchase of the iconic white framed house, Hitsville U.S.A., that served as a twenty-four hour hit-making and artist development factory, fostering the artistic talent of the singers, writers, producers as well as corporate executives, and was headquarters for the next decade.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 2013)
  • special_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B00B3HJLCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This past weekend I saw Motown: The Musical when I was in New York. Since this Broadway musical was such a great experience (more on that later), I first decided to check out the original Broadway cast recording. I was in for quite a surprise (and not in the best of ways). Then I noticed that there is this compilation, a parallel release that is intended to give a more complete overview of the songs heard in the musical.

"Motown: The Musical - The Classic Songs That Inspired The Broadway Show" (2 CDs; 40 tracks; 133 min.) offers a generous sampling from the 50 or so songs that appear in the Broadway show. Better yet: unlike the Broadway cast recording, these songs are NOT mashed up in medleys but in fact are the originals songs (by the original artists of course). Starting with the Temptations' "Get Ready", the songs on this compilation more or less follow the order in which they appear on the Broadway show (but not always). There are a couple of nice surprises on here, including the Contours' "Do You Love Me', which I didn't realize was a Motown release, but also "Shotgun" by J. Walker and the Allstars (which are featured in the show, but are not included in the Broadway cast recording). Most of the other songs and the tried-and-true Motown classics. And yes, Diana Ross (solo or with the Supremes) gets about 10 songs on here (1/4 of the total), as it reflects the prominent role that Diana Ross plays in the Broadway musical. Bottom line: if you are looking for a souvenir of the Broadway show, you are much better served with this generous 2 CD compilation, as opposed to the 45 min. Broadway cast recording, which in my book does not work well as a stand-alone (without the visuals of the actual Broadway show).

Finally, as to the show itself: it's a blast!
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Forget the musical. This is the best compilation of Motown classics for anyone just starting their collection. You'll recognize every song on this CD and the price is nice. I highly recommend it.
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The Best. I saw the show in SF, and loved it, loved the music. I purchased the Broadway soundtrack at the souvenir stand, but didn't get this CD. I regretted not buying this, but Amazon had it. Loving it. Thank you. Buying it from Amazon, I got the added MP3 addition in our computer to listen as well.
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I recently saw the Musical in NY. I tried to buy the CD at the theater, but they were sold out. I checked Amazon and found it cost less than at the show ! I love the memories listening to this CD trigger.
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This music is the Supremes epitome of Smokey music that is pure musical Temptations; it includes 4 of my Tops favorite singles ever and really puts me on Cloud Nine every time I hear it. Mercy Mercy Me, these are great songs; My World is Empty Without You Motown and For Once in my Life I got 'em all together and can go Cruising while listening to them all! I Hear a Symphony every time I listen to them. I sure didn't need to Shop Around much to know I wanted this Brick House of a collection. Now that I have it, I am Dancing in the Street! Both My Girl and My Guy ( and Ooo, Baby Baby, my Fingertips like both!) really love these jams. If you still don't know why so many people are Motown fanatics well,Get Ready, because this collection will really let you know "you can really shake 'em down", so Do You Love Me for recommending it?? Motown is still What's Goin' On after all these years and I'll Be There anytime they offer a cool collection like this one! Where Did Our Love go for great music on the radio? All I hear nowadays is a Ball of Confusion!! Guess I'm just a Stubborn Kind of Fella. These are the originals, Baby Love, as reproduced in The Motown Musical so get it, you'll love it! Just dial Beechwood 4-5789 and say" Please Mr. Postman, won't you Stop in the Name of Love and deliver some Motown to me' cause I Heard it Through the Grapevine this is one Super Freak monster of music and Ain't No Mountain High Enough to keep me from this Heat Wave of beautiful music that makes me wanna Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand). Trust me, once you get it you'll be listenin' to it All Night Long. These are The Tracks of My Tears and the joyous soundtrack to my life as well as many others. Thank you, Motown! When it comes to great music, if I was abandoned on an island in the middle of the ocean, You're all I Need to Get By! MOTOWN RULES. -- Signed, Sealed, Delivered via amazon
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There are so many good songs on this CD that you can't sit still. One of my favorite Four Tops songs is Sugar Pie, Honey Bun, ( I can't help myself). Every time I hear that song, I have to get up and dance. You will also be singing along to every track on the CD.
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Of course this is a great collection out of the vast Motown catalogue, but I cannot help but note that it is heavily skewed to Diana Ross, with and without, the Supremes, including a few of their tunes of little, to no significance (then or now). Yet somehow, The Four Tops are given little love, with only one song. That is hardly representative of their place in Motown history. The immortal Stevie Wonder inexplicably only gets two songs. At least Smokey literally the Godfather of Motown gets four cuts. But Ross, with and without the Supremes, accounts for eleven out of forty. Of those eleven, a few are certainly marginal choices, while other Supremes classics somehow missed the cut. Surely I cannot be the only one who sees something wrong with this picture. Perhaps it has something to do with the content of the Broadway show, I admit that I am unfamiliar with the show or it's content. Even if that is the case, some of the reviewers are way off base when they refer to this as "all the essentials", or "the best of the best". A great collection sure, but not without it's flaws.
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