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Motown A Journey Through Hitsville USA

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2007 release, a tribute to the classic sounds of Motown from Boyz II Men, hailed by the world as the most commercially successful R&B group of all time. Down through the decades, the stars and songs of Motown Records have been the subject of countless tributes and cover versions but few have displayed the level of vocal artistry and the faithfulness to the sound and spirit of the originals that Boyz II Men capture on this album.

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"Boyz II Men are certainly well equipped to polish gems from the storied label's vault with their vocal range and penchant for harmonizing" -- USA Today

"Boyz II Men, possibly the only vocal group today that can expertly handle a Motown retrospective." -- Ebony Magazine

"The album has the duel task of reinventing classics for old fans and introducing them to new ones and succeeds mightily; embodying the music's spirit but adding an undeniable Boyz II Men twist" -- The Boston Herald

"The set does not attempt to re-invent the wheel. Rather, it seems ready and willing to just shine a light on the staples of the 60's, 70's and beyond for those who came too late to appreciate the originals." -- Philadelphia Daily News

"Toss one of the greatest R&B vocal groups of the last 20 years into the pot with some of the best Motown songs ever written, Add Randy Jackson as producer, and you get one of the most listenable records of the year." -- New York Post
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • ASIN: B000UNMUG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's disgusting and disheartening that a great group like Boyz II Men even has to MAKE a tribute album or that their last full-length album was released exclusively online and in Japan.

Worse yet is the seemingly rampant idea that the Boyz should stop recording because they "just don't sound the same" without Bass (Mike McCary).

Unforgivable is the statement by one idiotic reviewer (who, incidentally, can't even spell or use proper grammar) that this sounds like something a "soccer mom" would make and that it was cheesy because of Randy Jackson's involvement.

The fact of the matter is that people went out and made Ja Rule's remake/sampling of Stevie Wonder's "Do I do" (featuring Case-CASE!!!) a multi-platinum hit. No one complained about a classless rapper "tainting" an old song.

No one pointed out that Lauryn Hill's vocals on "Killing me Softly" were, well, SOFT and nowhere NEAR the original version.

I mean, really...PHARRELL comes out and gets FEATURED as a GUEST VOCALIST on rap songs...and people just laugh it off.

J. Lo, Britney Spears, Mya, Ciara...the list goes on and on of artists who are WHOLLY unworthy to even think about sampling great artists.

And let's not even THINK about forgetting good 'ole Mary J. Blige, who jacked a whole album worth of classic soul songs to PUT HERSELF ON THE MAP.

And with that, I begin my short argument.

First of all, Boyz II Men is--hands down--the greatest male vocal group of the past 17 years of R&B. It's not even close. ONE--JUST ONE--of their albums--II--sold more records and won more awards that Jagged Edge's and 112's ENTIRE CATALOGS PUT TOGETHER...
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Their vocals are beyond amazing, and if you've ever heard them sing live, a capella (like I had the pleasure of doing not so long ago), then you can't deny their talent. They are true vocalists, and something the music industry is SORELY lacking. This album is wonderful, and listening to the old classics in their familiar voices was a pleasant treat. I hope I have the next 20+ years to enjoy their beautiful harmonies and soul stirring songs!
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Even though I grew up on the Western side of MI, I knew not much about Boys II Men, till I ordered this CD for my WMU Roommate living out of these states. After hearing how much she loved the sounds living now in Puerto Rico, I had to order one of these myself...I totally enjoy it am glad I have it to listen to!
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At one point Boyz II Men were the biggest R&B group in the world but as Hip Hop and Rap took over, four part harmony and good old fashioned R&B sadly disappeared from the charts. With their eighth CD and second cover album, the Boyz II easily provides the listener with plenty of ear candy. The CD opens with an amazing cover of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination" where Shawn Stockmen's vocals are easily on par with Eddie Kendrick's classic falsetto. Other notable covers include Debarge's All This Love, The Commodores Easy and one of my personal favorite's Smokey Robinson's & The Miracles' The Tracks Of My Tears. Although impossible at this point to add anything to the likes of "It's the Same Old Song," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," or "Money (That's What I Want)" -- no matter how well they are handled, the Boyz easily get the listener's attention again with acapella covers of Ribbon In The Sky and their classic slow jam End Of The Road. All in all a great album for the young and the young at heart.
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I saw Boyz live last night in concert and let me tell you, they are still as good as ever! They sang a few songs from this new cd and the audience was blown away. They even did old school dance moves to them. My hubby and I bought the cd right away! This is a much recommended cd to any true Boyz II Men fan!!!
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That the guys are even still out there doing their thing...yes Mike McCrary will be missed and he was the part of the group that solidified Boys II Men's singing. But it's cool that they released a collection of Motown covers now i didnt enjoy everyone of the songs. I did find that i enjoyed the vast majority especially the Ribbon in the Sky (A Capella) and All This Love to name a couple.

It's a collection that most Boyz II Men fans should check out even if you only listen to it here and download a song or two. Give this one a try if you don't like it. Its all good its something that takes a few listens to appreciate a bit more.

Solid effort by the guys but i would prefer a new cd of their songs to this anyday.
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I love Boys II Men, BUT I only gave this album two stars because I only liked two songs. Tracks of my Tears and Imagination. Both songs sung so beautifully. I just didn't like the other songs like I thought I would. B2M will forever be a favorite, its just the songs I don't like on this album
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Ever since I saw them live in Mississauga singing these Motown Hits I was waiting for this album to come along. I picked it up the day it released just before my Tuesday 3 hour commute and those 3 hours flew by like nothing!! Their voices are incredible and that acapella "End of the Road" is just such a treat. Beautiful... it's perfect, simply put. Whether you're in the mood for something smooth and soulful or something upbeat that you can move to - this is it. This is the album. It's been playing in my car since November 13th and I am not planning on taking it out anytime soon... unless my car breaks down!! I've never heard any amount of voices come together so perfectly - no one can come close to these guys.
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