Monday, 26 November 2018

The Complete Motown Singles Collection Volume Twelve A (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, 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 (Dn'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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