The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 12A: 1972 (5-CD)

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The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 12A: 1972
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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2013
  • Label: Motown

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.A Simple Game - Four Tops
  • 2.L.A. (My Town) - Four Tops
  • 3.Our Favorite Melody - Jimmy Ruffin
  • 4.You Gave Me Love - Jimmy Ruffin
  • 5.A Breath Taking Guy - The Marvelettes
  • 6.You're The One For Me Bobby - The Marvelettes
  • 7.I'm Someone Who Cares - The Originals
  • 8.Once I Have You (I Will Never Let Go) - The Originals
  • 9.I'm Someone Who Cares - The Originals [stereo promo version]
  • 10.Out In The Night - Blue Scepter
  • 11.Gypsy Eyes - Blue Scepter
  • 12.Out In The Night - Blue Scepter [stereo promo version]
  • 13.What It Is? - The Undisputed Truth
  • 14.California Soul - The Undisputed Truth
  • 15.Feel Like Givin' Up - Posse
  • 16.Take Somebody Like You - Posse
  • 17.Take A Look Around - The Temptations
  • 18.Smooth Sailing (From Now On) - The Temptations
  • 19.Take A Look Around - The Temptations [stereo promo version]
  • 20.I Want To Be Humble - The Devastating Affair
  • 21.My Place - The Devastating Affair
  • 22.I Want To Be Humble - The Devastating Affair [stereo promo version]
  • 23.Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson
  • 24.Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - Michael Jackson

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Can You Give Me Love With A Guarantee - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 2.If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 3.Can You Give Me Love With A Guarantee - Gladys Knight & The Pips [stereo promo version]
  • 4.Love Isn't Here (Like It Used To Be) - Frankie Valli
  • 5.Poor Fool - Frankie Valli
  • 6.Love Isn't Here (Like It Used To Be) - Frankie Valli [second pressing]
  • 7.Poor Fool - Frankie Valli [second pressing]
  • 8.Walk In The Night - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 9.I Don't Want To Do Wrong - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 10.Take Me Clear From Here - Edwin Starr
  • 11.Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today) - Edwin Starr
  • 12.I'm Gonna Get You (Part II) - G.C. Cameron
  • 13.I'm Gonna Get You (Part I) - G.C. Cameron
  • 14.Help Me Make It Through The Night - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 15.Mr. Fix-It Man - The Sisters Love
  • 16.You've Got To Make The Choice - The Sisters Love
  • 17.Taos New Mexico - R. Dean Taylor
  • 18.Shadow - R. Dean Taylor
  • 19.The Zoo (The Human Zoo) - The Commodores
  • 20.I'm Looking For Love - The Commodores

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.What'd I Say - Rare Earth
  • 2.Nice To Be With You - Rare Earth
  • 3.What'd I Say - Rare Earth [stereo promo version]
  • 4.Let Me Run Into Your Lonely Heart - Eddie Kendricks
  • 5.Eddie's Love - Eddie Kendricks
  • 6.Eddie's Love - Eddie Kendricks [promo version]
  • 7.Me And Bobby McGee - Thelma Houston
  • 8.No One's Gonna Be A Fool Forever - Thelma Houston
  • 9.What It Is, What It Is - G.C. Cameron
  • 10.You Are That Special One - G.C. Cameron
  • 11.Little Bitty Pretty One - The Jackson 5
  • 12.If I Have To Move A Mountain - The Jackson 5
  • 13.Automatically Sunshine - The Supremes
  • 14.Precious Little Things - The Supremes
  • 15.It's The Same Old Love - The Courtship
  • 16.Last Row, First Balcony - The Courtship
  • 17.It's The Same Old Love - The Courtship [stereo promo version]
  • 18.Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) - Xit
  • 19.End? - Xit
  • 20.Nihaa Shil Hozho (I Am Happy About You) - Xit [stereo promo version]
  • 21.I Can't Quit Your Love - Four Tops
  • 22.Happy (Is A Bumpy Road) - Four Tops
  • 23.I Can Make It Alone - Vincent DiMirco
  • 24.Come Clean - Vincent DiMirco

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) - Stevie Wonder
  • 2.I Love Every Little Thing About You - Stevie Wonder
  • 3.It's Too Much For Man To Take Too Long - Eric & The Vikings
  • 4.Time Don't Wait - Eric & The Vikings
  • 5.It's Too Much For Man To Take Too Long - Eric & The Vikings [stereo promo version]
  • 6.Long Way From Home - Howl the Good
  • 7.Why Do You Cry - Howl the Good
  • 8.Long Way From Home - Howl the Good [stereo promo version]
  • 9.You're The Man (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye
  • 10.You're The Man (Part 2) - Marvin Gaye
  • 11.I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson
  • 12.We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson
  • 13.We've Come Too Far To End It Now - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 14.Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Undisputed Truth
  • 15.Friendship Train - The Undisputed Truth
  • 16.Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - The Undisputed Truth [stereo promo version]
  • 17.Get Me Some Help - Chris Holland & T-Bone
  • 18.If Time Could Stand Still - Chris Holland & T-Bone
  • 19.Get Me Some Help - Chris Holland & T-Bone [stereo promo version]
  • 20.Tear It On Down - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 21.I Want You Back - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • 22.Label Me Love - Different Shades of Brown
  • 23.Life's A Ball (While It Lasts) - Different Shades of Brown

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Mother Nature - The Temptations
  • 2.Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On - The Temptations
  • 3.Mother Nature - The Temptations [stereo promo version]
  • 4.Sail Away - Bobby Darin
  • 5.Hard Headed Woman - Bobby Darin
  • 6.I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You - Suzee Ikeda
  • 7.Mind, Body And Soul - Suzee Ikeda
  • 8.A Little More Trust - David Ruffin
  • 9.A Day In The Life, Of A Working Man - David Ruffin
  • 10.A Little More Trust - David Ruffin [stereo promo version]
  • 11.Money (That's What I Want) - Blinky
  • 12.For Your Precious Love - Blinky
  • 13.Groove Thang - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 14.Me And My Family - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 15.Lookin' Through The Windows - The Jackson 5
  • 16.Love Song - The Jackson 5
  • 17.Somebody Up There - The Blackberries
  • 18.But I Love You More - The Blackberries
  • 19.To Know You Is To Love You - Syreeta
  • 20.Happiness - Syreeta
  • 21.Somebody Oughta' Turn Your Head Around - Crystal Mansion
  • 22.Earth People - Crystal Mansion

Product Description:

Liner Note Authors: Ralph Terrana; Russ Terrana; Harry Weinger; Susan Whitall.
Recording information: 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (02/27/1972); Detroit, MI (02/27/1972); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (02/27/1972); London (02/27/1972); Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1972); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1972); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/27/1972); New York, NY (02/27/1972); Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/27/1972); Olympic Studios, London (02/27/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (02/27/1972); Sound Factory (02/27/1972); Studio A (02/27/1972); Studio B (02/27/1972); Sunrise (02/27/1972); The Funky Monkey (02/27/1972); The Rehearsal Hall, Detroit, MI (02/27/1972); 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Detroit, MI (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); London (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Los Angeles, CA (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); New York, NY (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Olympic Studios, London (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Sound Factory (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Studio A (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Studio B (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); Sunrise (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); The Funky Monkey (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); The Rehearsal Hall, Detroit, MI (02/28/1969-04/25/1972); 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (05/05/1970); Detroit, MI (05/05/1970); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (05/05/1970); London (05/05/1970); Los Angeles, CA (05/05/1970); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/05/1970); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/05/1970); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/05/1970); New York, NY (05/05/1970); Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY (05/05/1970); Olympic Studios, London (05/05/1970); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (05/05/1970); Sound Factory (05/05/1970); Studio A (05/05/1970); Studio B (05/05/1970); Sunrise (05/05/1970); The Funky Monkey (05/05/1970); The Rehearsal Hall, Detroit, MI (05/05/1970); 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Detroit, MI (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); London (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Los Angeles, CA (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); New York, NY (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Olympic Studios, London (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Sound Factory (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Studio A (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Studio B (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); Sunrise (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); The Funky Monkey (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); The Rehearsal Hall, Detroit, MI (05/29/1968-03/23/1972); 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (06/20/1970); Detroit, MI (06/20/1970); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (06/20/1970); London (06/20/1970); Los Angeles, CA (06/20/1970); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/20/1970); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/20/1970); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/20/1970); New York, NY (06/20/1970); Olmstead Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/20/1970); Olympic Studios, London (06/20/1970); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (06/20/1970); Sound Factory (06/20/1970); Studio A (06/20/1970); Studio B (06/20/1970); Sunrise (06/20/1970); The Funky Monkey (06/20/1970); The Rehearsal Hall, Detroit, MI (06/20/1970); 914 Studios, Blauvelt, NY (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); Detroit, MI (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); London (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); Los Angeles, CA (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); Motown Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); Motown's Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/30/1971-04/18/1972); New York, NY (06/30/1971-04/18/1972).
Editor: Harry Weinger.
Photographers: Ralph Terrana; Gilles P‚tard; Suzee Ikeda; Weldon McDougal; Weldon A. McDougal III.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gary Johns; Lars "LG" Nillson.
Two songs into The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972, the Four Tops sing "L.A. (My Town)," an ode to the city that became Motown's new hometown in 1972. By the middle of the year, all Detroit operations closed and Motown now belonged to Los Angeles, and this five-disc box set chronicles the first six months of 1972, the time when Motown was in transition. Certainly, the 113 tracks here -- the uneven number of songs derives from the number of alternate mixes and promo versions -- showcase a label in the throes of change, its '60s superstars struggling to keep up with the times as the new groups never quite made waves. At this point in time, Motown's heavy hitters were Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5, and these three are responsible for the instantly recognizable songs here: Marvin's "You're the Man," Stevie's "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)," and Michael Jackson's "Rockin' Robin." The lack of big hits surely would've been concerning to Motown in 1972, but this paucity of pop hits makes The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A a fascinating listen, as there are covers of familiar songs (the Undisputed Truth's original version of "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," Edwin Starr's cover of "Ball of Confusion"), an early single from the Commodores, Bobby Darin covering Randy Newman, attempts at both bubblegum and Latin-tinged funk rock in the vein of War, plus a bunch of stuff that would've seemed comfortable on Invictus, the label founded by former Motown hitmakers Holland-Dozier-Holland. All these contradictory styles, when combined with an increasingly slick production polish, makes this particular Motown box feel very much of its time; it evokes an era of polyester knits, long sideburns, fuzz guitars, show biz strings, and productions larger than the songs themselves. Much of the fun of this box is enjoying certain portions for their feel, while digging deep in others to find the handful of gems scattered throughout. There may be no question that the glory days of Motown were over, but hearing the label struggle to find footing in a new decade in a new town makes The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972 nearly as compelling a listen as the boxes that showcased the label's best years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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