Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Volume Ten (1970)

 

Much like 1969, 1970 saw big changes in Motown's output. The mid-sixties were now long gone. Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye were on the verge of becoming primarily "album" artists, using their own compositions. Diana Ross & The Supremes had gone and Diana Ross's highly successful solo career began here. Old mates The Supremes carried on without her and released some great songs. The Four Tops began to release more reflective, socially-conscious material and The Temptations continued to plough the same furrow. The Jackson 5, meanwhile continued their shot at world domination....

Most of the songs are in mono, which, although excellent, is now being found a bit wanting and nearly as the songs had better stereo versions out there. The Temptations' "Ball Of Confusion" is so much better in stereo, for example.

This is a good box set, but there is quite a lot of questionable quality material here too, alongside the brilliance. The difference between the two is quite marked on this set. Far more so than on the mid-sixties sets.

Highlights are:-

"Up The Ladder To The Roof" - The Supremes
"Get Ready" - Rare Earth
"ABC" - The Jackson 5
"You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"It's All In The Game" - The Four Tops
"Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand)" - Diana Ross
"Indiana Wants Me" - R. Dean Taylor
"Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)" - The Temptations
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" - Stevie Wonder
"It's A Shame" - The Spinners
"War" - Edwin Starr
"The Tears Of A Clown" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Diana Ross
"I'll Be There" - The Jackson 5
"Still Water (Love)" - The Four Tops
"Heaven Help Us All" - Stevie Wonder
"Stoned Love" - The Supremes
"If I Were Your Woman" - Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Remember Me" - Diana Ross
"Hum Along And Dance" - The Temptations

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