The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 9: 1969 (6-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 6
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  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Hip-O Select

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.83
4 stars out of 5 -- "[M]any of the best moments here are romantic....[such as] saxman Junior Walker's magnificent Top Five ballad 'What Does It Take'..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.121
5 stars out of 5 -- "The stories of Motown, pop music and the USA in 1969 are illuminated and inter-twined across six CDs."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
  • Buy for $0.992.Love Is My Destination - Edwin Starr
  • Buy for $0.993.I'm Livin in Shame - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.994.I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.995.Good Lovin' Aint Easy to Come By - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Buy for $0.996.Satisfied Feelin' - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Buy for $0.997.We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals
  • Buy for $0.998.You're the One - The Originals
  • Buy for $0.999.We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (Alternate Mix)
  • Buy for $1.2910.My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $1.2911.I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $0.9912.Muck-Arty-Park - Soupy Sales
  • Buy for $0.9913.Green Grow the Lilacs - Soupy Sales
  • Buy for $0.9914.I Don't Know Why - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $1.2915.My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $1.2916.Don't Know Why I Love You - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $1.2917.Runaway Child, Running Wild - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9918.I Need Your Lovin' - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9919.Don't Mess with My Weekend - Shorty Long
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Had a Dream - Shorty Long
  • Buy for $0.9921.Ain't No Justice - Shorty Long
  • Buy for $0.9922.Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Buy for $0.9923.Keep an Eye - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.992.Way You Do the Things You Do, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.993.Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $0.994.Your Wonderful Love - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $0.995.Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (Alternate Long Mix)
  • Buy for $0.996.I Feel Like Falling in Love Again - The Fantastic Four
  • Buy for $0.997.Pin Point It Down - The Fantastic Four
  • Buy for $1.298.(We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeves
  • Buy for $1.299.I'm in Love (And I Know It) - Martha Reeves
  • Buy for $0.9910.Runnaway Child, Running Wild - Earl Van Dyke
  • Buy for $0.9911.Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Earl Van Dyke
  • Buy for $0.9912.For Better or Worse - Jonah Jones
  • Buy for $0.9913.Don't Mess with Bill - Jonah Jones
  • Buy for $0.9914.Composer, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.9915.Beginning of the End, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.9916.My Cup Runneth Over - Billy Eckstine
  • Buy for $0.9917.Ask the Lonely - Billy Eckstine
  • Buy for $1.2918.Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $1.2919.Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $0.9920.What Is a Man - The Four Tops
  • Buy for $0.9921.Don't Bring Back Memories - The Four Tops
  • Buy for $0.9922.Cherie - The Honest Men
  • Buy for $0.9923.Baby - The Honest Men
  • Buy for $1.2924.What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • Buy for $1.2925.Brainwasher, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.992.Since I've Lost You - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.693.Just Ain't Enough Love - The Isley Brothers
  • Buy for $0.994.Green Grow the Lilacs - The Originals
  • Buy for $0.995.No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.996.Young Folks, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.697.No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (Alternate Mix)
  • Buy for $0.998.I'm Still a Struggling Man - Edwin Starr
  • Buy for $0.999.Pretty Little Angel - Edwin Starr
  • Buy for $0.9910.Nitty Gritty, The - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Buy for $0.9911.Got Myself a Good Man - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Buy for $0.9912.Doggone Right - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Buy for $0.9913.Here I Go Again - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Buy for $0.9914.Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Buy for $0.9915.Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
  • Buy for $1.2916.I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $1.2917.We Have a Good Thing Going On - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $0.9918.Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $1.2919.Try It Baby - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9920.Luney Landing, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
  • Buy for $0.9921.Luney Take-Off, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
  • Buy for $0.9922.Oh, I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor
  • Buy for $0.9923.It Should Have Been Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor
  • Buy for $0.9924.Cheating, Is Telling on You - The Lollipops
  • Buy for $0.9925.Need Your Love - The Lollipops

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Oh How Happy - Edwin Starr / Blinky
  • Buy for $0.992.Ooo Baby Baby - Edwin Starr / Blinky
  • Buy for $0.993.My Springtime - Terry Johnson
  • Buy for $0.994.Suzie - Terry Johnson
  • Buy for $0.995.My Girl Has Gone - Bobby Taylor
  • Buy for $1.296.I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.997.Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You) - The Temptations
  • Buy for $1.298.That's the Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $0.999.Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $0.9910.Honey Come Back - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $0.9911.What Am I Gonna Do Without You - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $1.2912.Baby, I'm for Real - The Originals
  • Buy for $0.9913.Moment of Truth - The Originals
  • Buy for $1.2914.Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) - Martha Reeves
  • Buy for $1.2915.Heartless - Martha Reeves
  • Buy for $0.9916.In Bed - Wes Henderson
  • Buy for $0.9917.Reality - Wes Henderson
  • Buy for $1.2918.Weight, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9919.For Better or Worse - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9920.Whiter Shade of Pale, A - Shorty Long
  • Buy for $0.9921.When You Are Available - Shorty Long
  • Buy for $0.9922.Just Another Lonely Night - The Fantastic Four
  • Buy for $0.9923.Don't Care Why You Want Me (Long as You Want Me) - The Fantastic Four
  • Buy for $0.9924.Midnight Cowboy - Joe Harnell
  • Buy for $0.9925.Green Grow the Lilacs - Joe Harnell

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • Buy for $1.291.That's How Heartaches Are Made - The Marvelettes
  • Buy for $1.292.Rainy Mourning - The Marvelettes
  • Buy for $0.993.Home on the Range (Everybody Needs a Home) - Stu Gardner
  • Buy for $0.994.It's a Family Thing - Stu Gardner
  • Buy for $0.995.Mend This Generation - Stu Gardner
  • Buy for $0.996.Place in the Sun, A - Monk Montgomery
  • Buy for $0.997.Your Love - Monk Montgomery
  • Buy for $1.298.Never Had a Cream Come True - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $1.299.Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $1.2910.I'd Be a Fool Right Now - Stevie Wonder
  • Buy for $0.9911.It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams
  • Buy for $0.9912.Let's Make Some Love - Arthur Adams
  • Buy for $0.9913.These Eyes - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • Buy for $0.9914.I've Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • Buy for $0.9915.Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Buy for $0.9916.Cloud Nine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Buy for $0.9917.In My Diary - The Spinners
  • Buy for $0.9918.(She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown - The Spinners
  • Buy for $1.2919.I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
  • Buy for $1.2920.Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5
  • Buy for $0.9921.If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can - Jimmy Ruffin
  • Buy for $0.9922.Farewell Is a Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin
  • Buy for $0.9923.Gonna Put It on Your Mind - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha / Dorothy Berry
  • Buy for $0.9924.Henry Blake - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha / Dorothy Berry

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • Buy for $1.291.Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.992.He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Buy for $0.993.Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me - The Four Tops
  • Buy for $0.994.Key, The - The Four Tops
  • Buy for $0.995.Baby, I'll Get It - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $0.996.Day the World Stood Still, The - Chuck Jackson
  • Buy for $1.297.What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Buy for $0.998.How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Buy for $0.999.Generation (Light Up the Sky) - Rare Earth
  • Buy for $0.9910.Magic Key - Rare Earth
  • Buy for $0.9911.I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $1.2912.I Pray Every Day You Won't Regret Loving Me - David Ruffin
  • Buy for $1.2913.I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (Alternate Mix)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Buy for $0.9915.Darling Dear - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Buy for $0.9916.Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
  • Buy for $0.9917.Can We Talk to You? (For a Little While) - Anonymous Children of Today
  • Buy for $0.9918.Love and Peace - Anonymous Children of Today
  • Buy for $0.9919.Can't You Hear the Music Play - Rustix
  • Buy for $0.9920.I Guess This Is Goodbye - Rustix
  • Buy for $0.9921.I Will Never Love Another - The Five Smooth Stones
  • Buy for $0.9922.Love Unto Me - The Five Smooth Stones
  • Buy for $0.9923.How Can I Forget - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $0.9924.Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Marvin Gaye
  • Buy for $1.2925.Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations
  • Buy for $0.9926.That's the Way Love Is - The Temptations

Product Description:

Adapter: Stu Gardner.
Personnel: Shorty Long (vocals, trumpet, piano).
Arrangers: Jerry Long; Willie Shorter; Robert White ; Gene Page; Jack Eschew; Frank Kavelin; H.B. Barnum; Henry Cosby; Paul Riser; Stu Gardner; Tom Baird; Wade Marcus; Wayne Henderson .
A Diana Ross & the Supremes B-side in 1969 was called "The Beginning of the End," and it's hard not to think that the title applies to Motown in 1969, especially as depicted in the six-disc, 148-track box set The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9: 1969. Berry Gordy uprooted Motown to Los Angeles at the end of 1968, a move that couldn't help but be seen as symbolic no matter what good business reasons there might have been behind it. It seemed that Gordy was abandoning Detroit in the wake of the 1967 Riots, leaving behind tumult in the Motor City and also severing ties with the label's roots, if not its history. It was ten years since the label's inception, and in that decade Motown rose from a scrappy independent to a label with so much success it was almost an institution, and what better way to cement its mainstream institutional success than by relocating to the heart of show biz? It made sense on paper even if it nevertheless had the byproduct of removing some of the label's soul, as it seemed as if its heart belonged in Detroit. But most cultural change is slow, not sudden, so it's not like 1969 saw the debut of a brand-new Motown: instead, it was the beginning of the label's third act, one that saw it broadening its borders and eventually leading to the artistic triumphs of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye in the early '70s -- in other words, it was "the beginning of the end."
Within that fledgling ending were remnants of the very beginning, of course, sometimes remnants that appeared to be just a shade too self-conscious, as when Gordy had Detroit TV legend Soupy Sales cut a single, almost as a way to illustrate how Motown still had ties to its hometown even if the 45 itself was an ultra-bizarre "Macarthur Park" parody non-too subtly titled "Muck-Arty Park." And, of course, the label's leading lights remained the superstars from the '60s -- Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder. But even if the names are familiar, the sounds reflected the time, as the productions are studded with wah wah guitars, fuzztones, and elastic funk beats. The feeling of the era is reflected most glaringly in the very title of "Psychedelic Shack," but also in how Smokey Robinson & the Miracles sang Dion's "Abraham Martin & John," the elegiac undertones of the Supremes' "Someday We'll Be Together," and the smooth, lush tones of Wonder's "My Cherie Amour." These lush, soft tones are improbably echoed in, of all places, Jr. Walker's recordings; once the toughest, hardest of the Motown stable, he is also held under the sway of the softer sophistication of the new era Motown (quite fetchingly so on "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)") unlike Marvin Gaye, whose "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" has a bounciness to it that is the closest thing to a throwback to classic Motown among the hits in 1969. Even if the sound recalled earlier days, there's a sophistication within his writing and the production, just as there is in Stevie Wonder's "Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday," which is one of his best moments.
Nevertheless, these kind of mammoth hits -- hits that turned into pop classics -- didn't dominate Motown's year; they were the exception, not the rule, as the label had its most uneven year since 1963. From 1964 through 1968, almost every single the label released turned into a hit of some magnitude, and their bench was so deep the records that didn't appear on the charts were nevertheless by and large terrific. In 1969, Motown had hits that weren't memorable, singles that were exercises in fashionable styles and sounds, singles that suggested that the label was chasing trends instead of setting the pace. Part of this was due to cultural shifts, part was due to shifts within Motown, as Gordy decided to attack the times head-on by opening up a rock label with Rare Earth and started distributing Chisa, the label of world music pioneer Hugh Masekela and his partner Stewart Levine. Such digressions do dilute the consistency of the listening experience on The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 9, making it compare unfavorably to the almost all-killer sets from 1966, 1967 and 1968. But even if there is more pop culture archaeology here than there has been on one of these sets since 1963, most of these records sound good as artifacts of 1969; on these also-rans the production is appealing, all that is lacking is good material. But amidst this middling material are some very good, even excellent, singles thanks to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Norman Whitfield and Ashford & Simpson, who helped give this year many great moments. But what really defined the year for Motown is the debut of the Jackson 5, whose debut "I Want You Back"/"Who's Lovin' You" arrived at the end of the year. On this set, it appears toward the end of the set, following several discs of music that vacillate between the good to the pleasingly mediocre, so it sounds every bit as bracing and exciting as it did upon its original release. It's a hit that closed the door on Motown's period of doldrums and opened the doors to a new decade, while giving the label its biggest new stars in years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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