Friday, 7 September 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Collection Volume Eleven B (1971b)

  

The review for 1971b is the same as for 1971a, except that I feel that part 'b' is inferior in quality to part 'a' and has far more superfluous tracks and less classics.

The fact that the box sets for both 1971 and 1972 had "a" and "b" parts would lead one to believe that there was such a wealth of quality Motown material that it overflowed into the box sets for each year. Unfortunately, the opposite is pretty much the case. There is one hell of a lot of "filler" by now. Yes, all these excellent box sets had their share of non-essential material on them, but it seemed that by the early seventies, there was considerably more as Motown was starting to struggle a bit, for the first time. There are some artists on here who really do not cut the mustard, let's be brutally honest.

Having made that point, it should not take away from the fact that there is still some wonderful material on here. My personal favourites are listed below.

With regard to the sound, it is now becoming annoying that two thirds of the singles were still being released in mono. Their stereo versions are all available on their respective albums and are much better, it has to be said. It is 1971. Things had moved on. Motown, as a pioneer of some great early stereo recordings, should have known better. They took their eyes off the ball. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)  for example, should not be in mono. Still, that how these singles were released at the time and true to history, they are here in that original format.

Anyway, here are those favourites (nowhere near as many on previous sets in the series):-

"Take Me Girl I'm Ready" - Jr. Walker  The All Stars
"If You Really Love Me" - Stevie Wonder
"Funky Rubber Band" - Richard "Popcorn Wylie
"Heaven Must Have Sent You" - The Elgins
"Inner City Blues (Make Wanna Holler)" - Marvin Gaye
"It's So Hard For Me To Say Goodbye" - The Supremes
"Bless You" - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Got To Be There" - Michael Jackson
"I'm Still Waiting" - Diana Ross
"Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" - The Temptations
"Way Back Home" - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
"Make Me The Woman You Go Home To" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Floy Joy" - The Supremes

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