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5.0 out of 5 stars Motown Magic from '67, December 4, 2007
This review is from: Complete Motown Singles - Vol. 7: 1967 [5 CD] (Audio CD)
1967. I was 13 and my parents had given me a transistor radio for Christmas. I can remember taking that radio with me everywhere I went, listening intently for the local radio station (CHED) to play the Supremes "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", which eventually became my favourite Supremes single of all time. Fortunately, the song had gone "Top Ten" so it was frequently played. Unfortunately, other than the Supremes and the Temptations, the station didn't play a lot of Motown, but my father had also given me an amazing old tube-type radio which picked up signals from stations south of the border. Especially at night, I could get my "fix" of Motown and more. I have purchased all of the "Complete Motown Singles" volumes (1 -6), and I have to say this is an amazing collection. Hip-O-Select has done a great job! The songs are wonderfully annotated in a beautiful bound "booklet" which is modeled after an old 78rpm record collector's book (my father had lots of these!). Each volume includes a faithfully recreated copy of a popular Motown 45rpm single from that year. The notes and trivia about every song in the collection make for some fascinating reading (until this collection, I had no idea that Motown had actually dabbled in County music!). One of the highlights for me was hearing the mono version of the Supremes "My World Is Empty Without You" (on Volume 5) for the first time on CD. Volume 7 represents (for me) the first year that I actually began to appreciate and pursue an interest in the Motown genre. After that, I realized I had a lot of "catching up" to do, as the company had already been in production for 8 years. This collection is a must-have for anyone who is a musical history buff, and volume 7 represents one of the peak years for Motown. If you are an avid Motown collector or just someone who wants to recall musical memories of 1967, then this volume is highly recommended.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2008 8:44:05 PM PDT
Hey there Brian - your comment about having your ear glued to your transister radio brought a smile to my face and stirred up my own memories of the Supremes and Motown songs. In my case, I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and flipped out when I heard "You Can't Hurry Love" for the first time. My dad had a powerful radio too and I would listen to WABC from NYC at night, and remembered the thrill as they played those 1966/1967 era Motown gems and Aretha! Not much soul music got air play in Canada in those days and thank God the Supremes opened the door. Cheers!
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