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

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Format: CD  (6 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Released: February 12, 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:

  • 1.Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
  • 2.Love Is My Destination - Edwin Starr
  • 3.I'm Livin in Shame - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 4.I'm So Glad I Got Somebody (Like You Around) - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 5.Good Lovin' Aint Easy to Come By - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • 6.Satisfied Feelin' - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • 7.We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals
  • 8.You're the One - The Originals
  • 9.We've Got a Way out of Love - The Originals (Alternate Mix)
  • 10.My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin
  • 11.I've Got to Find Myself a Brand New Baby - David Ruffin
  • 12.Muck-Arty-Park - Soupy Sales
  • 13.Green Grow the Lilacs - Soupy Sales
  • 14.I Don't Know Why - Stevie Wonder
  • 15.My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
  • 16.Don't Know Why I Love You - Stevie Wonder
  • 17.Runaway Child, Running Wild - The Temptations
  • 18.I Need Your Lovin' - The Temptations
  • 19.Don't Mess with My Weekend - Shorty Long
  • 20.I Had a Dream - Shorty Long
  • 21.Ain't No Justice - Shorty Long
  • 22.Didn't You Know (You'd Have to Cry Sometime) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 23.Keep an Eye - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.I'll Try Something New - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 2.Way You Do the Things You Do, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 3.Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson
  • 4.Your Wonderful Love - Chuck Jackson
  • 5.Are You Lonely for Me Baby - Chuck Jackson (Alternate Long Mix)
  • 6.I Feel Like Falling in Love Again - The Fantastic Four
  • 7.Pin Point It Down - The Fantastic Four
  • 8.(We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeves
  • 9.I'm in Love (And I Know It) - Martha Reeves
  • 10.Runnaway Child, Running Wild - Earl Van Dyke
  • 11.Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got - Earl Van Dyke
  • 12.For Better or Worse - Jonah Jones
  • 13.Don't Mess with Bill - Jonah Jones
  • 14.Composer, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 15.Beginning of the End, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 16.My Cup Runneth Over - Billy Eckstine
  • 17.Ask the Lonely - Billy Eckstine
  • 18.Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
  • 19.Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) - Marvin Gaye
  • 20.What Is a Man - The Four Tops
  • 21.Don't Bring Back Memories - The Four Tops
  • 22.Cherie - The Honest Men
  • 23.Baby - The Honest Men
  • 24.What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • 25.Brainwasher, Pt. 1 - Junior Walker & the All-Stars

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down - The Temptations
  • 2.Since I've Lost You - The Temptations
  • 3.Just Ain't Enough Love - The Isley Brothers
  • 4.Green Grow the Lilacs - The Originals
  • 5.No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 6.Young Folks, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 7.No Matter What Sign You Are - Diana Ross & the Supremes (Alternate Mix)
  • 8.I'm Still a Struggling Man - Edwin Starr
  • 9.Pretty Little Angel - Edwin Starr
  • 10.Nitty Gritty, The - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 11.Got Myself a Good Man - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 12.Doggone Right - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 13.Here I Go Again - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 14.Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 15.Abraham, Martin, And John - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
  • 16.I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved - David Ruffin
  • 17.We Have a Good Thing Going On - David Ruffin
  • 18.Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 19.Try It Baby - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 20.Luney Landing, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
  • 21.Luney Take-Off, The - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-Ups
  • 22.Oh, I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor
  • 23.It Should Have Been Me Loving Her - Bobby Taylor
  • 24.Cheating, Is Telling on You - The Lollipops
  • 25.Need Your Love - The Lollipops

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Oh How Happy - Edwin Starr / Blinky
  • 2.Ooo Baby Baby - Edwin Starr / Blinky
  • 3.My Springtime - Terry Johnson
  • 4.Suzie - Terry Johnson
  • 5.My Girl Has Gone - Bobby Taylor
  • 6.I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
  • 7.Running Away (Ain't Gonna Help You) - The Temptations
  • 8.That's the Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye
  • 9.Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love - Marvin Gaye
  • 10.Honey Come Back - Chuck Jackson
  • 11.What Am I Gonna Do Without You - Chuck Jackson
  • 12.Baby, I'm for Real - The Originals
  • 13.Moment of Truth - The Originals
  • 14.Taking My Love (And Leaving Me) - Martha Reeves
  • 15.Heartless - Martha Reeves
  • 16.In Bed - Wes Henderson
  • 17.Reality - Wes Henderson
  • 18.Weight, The - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 19.For Better or Worse - Diana Ross & the Supremes / The Temptations / Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  • 20.Whiter Shade of Pale, A - Shorty Long
  • 21.When You Are Available - Shorty Long
  • 22.Just Another Lonely Night - The Fantastic Four
  • 23.Don't Care Why You Want Me (Long as You Want Me) - The Fantastic Four
  • 24.Midnight Cowboy - Joe Harnell
  • 25.Green Grow the Lilacs - Joe Harnell

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.That's How Heartaches Are Made - The Marvelettes
  • 2.Rainy Mourning - The Marvelettes
  • 3.Home on the Range (Everybody Needs a Home) - Stu Gardner
  • 4.It's a Family Thing - Stu Gardner
  • 5.Mend This Generation - Stu Gardner
  • 6.Place in the Sun, A - Monk Montgomery
  • 7.Your Love - Monk Montgomery
  • 8.Never Had a Cream Come True - Stevie Wonder
  • 9.Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday - Stevie Wonder
  • 10.I'd Be a Fool Right Now - Stevie Wonder
  • 11.It's Private Tonight - Arthur Adams
  • 12.Let's Make Some Love - Arthur Adams
  • 13.These Eyes - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • 14.I've Got to Find a Way to Win Maria Back - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • 15.Friendship Train - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 16.Cloud Nine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 17.In My Diary - The Spinners
  • 18.(She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown - The Spinners
  • 19.I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
  • 20.Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5
  • 21.If You Will Let Me, I Know I Can - Jimmy Ruffin
  • 22.Farewell Is a Lonely Sound - Jimmy Ruffin
  • 23.Gonna Put It on Your Mind - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha / Dorothy Berry
  • 24.Henry Blake - Dorothy Oma & Zelpha / Dorothy Berry

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 2.He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • 3.Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me - The Four Tops
  • 4.Key, The - The Four Tops
  • 5.Baby, I'll Get It - Chuck Jackson
  • 6.Day the World Stood Still, The - Chuck Jackson
  • 7.What You Gave Me - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • 8.How You Gonna Keep It (After You Get It) - Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell / Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • 9.Generation (Light Up the Sky) - Rare Earth
  • 10.Magic Key - Rare Earth
  • 11.I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin
  • 12.I Pray Every Day You Won't Regret Loving Me - David Ruffin
  • 13.I'm So Glad I Fell for You - David Ruffin (Alternate Mix)
  • 14.Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 15.Darling Dear - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 16.Point It Out - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (Alternate Mix)
  • 17.Can We Talk to You? (For a Little While) - Anonymous Children of Today
  • 18.Love and Peace - Anonymous Children of Today
  • 19.Can't You Hear the Music Play - Rustix
  • 20.I Guess This Is Goodbye - Rustix
  • 21.I Will Never Love Another - The Five Smooth Stones
  • 22.Love Unto Me - The Five Smooth Stones
  • 23.How Can I Forget - Marvin Gaye
  • 24.Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got - Marvin Gaye
  • 25.Psychedelic Shack - The Temptations
  • 26.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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