Monday, 26 November 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Collection Volume Twelve B (1972b)


So, here we are are then, the end of this truly outstanding series box box sets. I am lucky enough to have the complete set. A blessing indeed.

As I said when commenting on the previous set (1972a), it is a shame that the last few sets sees the overall quality drop considerably. While 1972 was a year where Stevie Wonder (pictured), Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Temptations were performing strongly, with some excellent "serious" albums, which yielded also some quality singles, that great sixties conveyor belt of classic Motown singles had ground to a halt. Things were changing. It was the end of an era. This set contains some true copper-bottomed classics, but also a lot of eminently disposable "filler", that makes me look back wistfully and think just how great 1965-1968's sets were.

The final track on this remarkable, life affirming, monumental box set is, appropriately, Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye). Quite.

Anyway, here are the highlights:-

Papa Was A Rolling Stone - The Temptations
Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Instrumental) - The Temptations
Your Wonderful, Sweet, Sweet Love - The Supremes
Ben - Michael Jackson
The Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Daddy Could Swear, I Declare - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Keep On Running - Stevie Wonder
Evil - Stevie Wonder
I Love Every Little Thing About You - Syreeta
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
You've Got It Bad Girl - Stevie Wonder
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) - Jermaine Jackson
Trouble Man - Marvin Gaye
Don't Mess With Mr. T - Marvin Gaye
Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
(It's The Way) Nature Planned It - The Four Tops
It'll Never Change - The Four Tops
Over And Over - The Supremes
If You Let Me - Eddie Kendricks
What If - Thelma Houston
Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - The Undisputed Truth
Robot Man - Jay & The Techniques
We're Gonna Have A Good Time - Rare Earth
God Bless The Child - Diana Ross


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