Friday, 7 September 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Collection Volume Twelve A (1972a)


Unfortunately, as undoubtedly great as this series has been, it is by now that Motown was clearly showing the signs of the beginning of the end. Yes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross were helping them hang on in there with some credible, best-selling albums, but their old bread and butter - the singles market, was now populated by others. As I have said for the last few box sets in the series, by 1972, Motown should have been putting all their singles out in stereo, as opposed to the mono that is still lingering around on quite a lot of these singles. There are a remarkable amount of "filler" singles on here from filler groups, which is a disappointing end to this remarkable document of some of best music the popular genre had ever known.

There are are still a few highlights though, and here they are:-

"A Simple Game" - The Four Tops
"Take A Look Around" - The Temptations
"Rockin' Robin" - Michael Jackson
"Walk In The Night" - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
"Help Me Make It Through The Night" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Little Bitty Pretty One" - The Jackson 5
"Automatically Sunshine" - The Supremes
"I Love Every Little Thing About You" - Stevie Wonder
"You're The Man (Parts 1 & 2)" - Marvin Gaye
"Funky Music Sure 'Nuff Turns Me On" - The Temptations
"Looking' Through The Windows" - The Jackson 5

As you can see, compared to the earlier sets, highlights are few and far between, which was a great shame.


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