Thursday, 28 February 2019

Tamla Motown Connoisseurs Volume One

This is a highly impressive compilation of lesser-known Motown tracks. Along with Stax, Atlantic and Northern Soul, there are so many truly wonderful comparative rarities in the Motown vaults, it is a pleasure coming across them. The sound quality on here is good too, nice and bassy, and mostly stereo too. The mono tracks are punchy too, with a solid bass sound thumping right from the middle of your speakers, such as on Marvin Gaye's "Sunny". Check out that huge bass on The Contours' marvellous "It's Growing". I never tire of listening to this album.


1. Here Are The Pieces Of My Broken Heart - Gladys Knight & The Pips
2. My Love Is Your Love (Forever) - The Isley Brothers
3. Tell Me Your Story - Brenda Holloway
4. Sunny - Marvin Gaye
5. Lone, Lonely Town - Tammi Terrell
6. Don't Stop Now - The Originals
7. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Chris Clark
8. That'll Be The Day - The Temptations
9. Ain't That The Truth - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
10. Forget You Ever Met Me Baby - Barbara McNair
11. It's Growing - The Contours
12. No One There - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
13. You Got The Love I Need - The Undisputed Truth
14. Don't Be Afraid - Bobby Taylor
15. Don't Make Hurting Me A Habit - The Marvelettes
16. Where Did You Go? - The Four Tops
17. Hey Love - Stevie Wonder
18. Where Is That Girl - The Spinners
19. When We're Together - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
20. Flying High Together - Smoke Robinson & The Miracles

The tracks sort of speak for themselves. For me, "Don't Stop Now" by The Originals is an uplifting, lively rarity and it is interesting to hear Chris Clark's female vocal take on Frank Wilson's Northern Soul classic "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)". The Isley Brothers' "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)" is  excellent too, as is Jr. Walker & The All-Stars' pumping (and in great stereo) "Ain't That The Truth". The Temptations' "That'll Be The Day" is bassily beautiful and ebullient (and not the Buddy Holly song). The tracks by Bobby Taylor, Barbara McNair and Brenda Holloway are quality too. McNair's "Forget You Ever Met Me Baby" is brassy, and full of soul. I also love anything by The Marvelettes. My beloved Undisputed Truth are on here too, with the criminally underrated, pounding "You Got The Love I Need". In fact, there isn't a duff track on the album. Highly recommended, particularly as you can pick it up for next to nothing.


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