Monday, 4 June 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Volume Seven (1967)

 

By 1967, Motown had jettisoned the country singers and novelty recordings and we got, thankfully, one long roller coaster of "Motown Sound" classics. Unfortunately, and amazingly, it was to be the last year for the songwriting team of genius that was Holland/Dozier/Holland, but Whitfield/Strong were coming up strong, so to speak.

Beautifully remastered in the true MONO of the time with some notable and also excellent "Stereo Promo Versions" these box sets are very difficult to get hold of now for anything but extortionate prices. They can still be downloaded at reasonable prices though and, of course, individual tracks can be "cherry picked".

Gladys Knight & The Pips make their first appearance on here, Stevie Wonder is in full swing, as is Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, the Four Tops, Jimmy Ruffin, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Jr. Walker & The All Stars.... need I say more?

Personal pieces of Motown heaven:-

"Love Is Here And Now You're Gone' - Diana Ross & The Supremes
"Jimmy Mack" - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Bernadette" - The Four Tops
"Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" - Jimmy Ruffin
"My World Is Empty Without You" - Diana Ross & The Supremes
"Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"The Happening" - Diana Ross & The Supremes
"There's A Ghost In My House" - R. Dean Taylor
"Festival Time" - San Remo Strings
"When You're Long And In Love" - The Marvelettes
"7 Rooms Of Gloom" - The Four Tops
"You're My Everything" - The Temptations
"I'm Wondering" - Stevie Wonder
"I Second That Emotion" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
"I Wish It Would Rain" - The Temptations
"Pucker Up Buttercup" - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
"Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby" - Jimmy Ruffin

This marvellous box set also includes my all-time favourite Motown "rarity" - the Northern Soul glory that is "I Got A Feeling" by Barbara Randolph.

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