Complete Motown Singles - Volume 12B: 1972 (5-CD)
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Complete Motown Singles - Volume 12B: 1972 (5-CD)
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  • Number of Discs: 5
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  • Originally Released: 2013
  • Label: Motown Select

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love - The Supremes
  • 2.Wisdom of Time, The - The Supremes
  • 3.Green Grow the Lilacs - The Festivals
  • 4.So in Love - The Festivals
  • 5.Green Grow the Lilacs [Stereo Promo Version] - The Festivals
  • 6.What Is Black - Billy Proctor
  • 7.I Can Take It All - Billy Proctor
  • 8.What Is Black [Stereo Promo Version] - Billy Proctor
  • 9.Ben [From "Ben"] - Michael Jackson
  • 10.You Can Cry on My Shoulder - Michael Jackson
  • 11.That's How Love Goes - Jermaine Jackson
  • 12.I Lost My Love in the Big City - Jermaine Jackson
  • 13.Duck You Sucker - The Jerry Ross Symposium
  • 14.It Happened on a Sunday Morning - The Jerry Ross Symposium
  • 15.(It's the Way) Nature Planned It - The Four Tops
  • 16.I'll Never Change - The Four Tops
  • 17.Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love - Odyssey
  • 18.Broken Road - Odyssey
  • 19.Night, The - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • 20.Sun Country - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • 21.Daddy Could Swear, I Declare - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • 22.Can't Give It Up No More - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Keep on Running - Stevie Wonder
  • 2.Evil - Stevie Wonder
  • 3.Morning After, The - Michelle Aller
  • 4.Spend Some Time Together - Michelle Aller
  • 5.Just Not Gonna Make It - Michelle Aller
  • 6.Walk On, Don't Look Back - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • 7.Who Is the Leader of the People - Edwin Starr
  • 8.Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy - Edwin Starr
  • 9.Who Is the Leader of the People [Stereo Promo Version] - Edwin Starr
  • 10.Gospel Truth - Bob Babbitt
  • 11.Running Like a Rabbit - Bob Babbitt
  • 12.If You Let Me - Eddie Kendricks
  • 13.Just Memories - Eddie Kendricks
  • 14.I Guess I'll Miss the Man [From "Pippin"] - The Supremes
  • 15.Over and Over - The Supremes
  • 16.Good Things, The (Where Was I When Love Came By) - The Naturals
  • 17.Me and My Brother - The Naturals
  • 18.Good Things, The (Where Was I When Love Came By) [Stereo Promo Version] - The Naturals
  • 19.I Love Every Little Thing About You - Syreeta
  • 20.Black Maybe - Syreeta

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Papa Was a Rollin' Stone [Vocal] - The Temptations
  • 2.Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
  • 3.Corner of the Sky [From "Pippin"] - The Jackson 5
  • 4.To Know - The Jackson 5
  • 5.Good Time Sally - Rare Earth
  • 6.Love Shines Down - Rare Earth
  • 7.Genius - Valerie Simpson
  • 8.Silly Wasn't I - Valerie Simpson
  • 9.I Believe I'm Gonna Take This Ride - Valerie Simpson
  • 10.What If - Thelma Houston
  • 11.There Is a God - Thelma Houston
  • 12.Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - The Undisputed Truth
  • 13.Girl You're Alright - The Undisputed Truth
  • 14.With a Little Help from My Friends - The Undisputed Truth
  • 15.Girl You're Alright [Stereo Promo Version] - The Undisputed Truth
  • 16.She Said That - Lesley Gore
  • 17.Road I Walk, The - Lesley Gore
  • 18.Spanish Harlem - The Crusaders
  • 19.Papa Hooper's Barrelhouse Groove - The Crusaders

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Superstition - Stevie Wonder
  • 2.You've Got It Bad Girl - Stevie Wonder
  • 3.You've Got My Mind - The Sisters Love
  • 4.Try It You'll Like It - The Sisters Love
  • 5.Songwriter - Repairs
  • 6.Fiddler - Repairs
  • 7.Average People - Bobby Darin
  • 8.Something in Her Love - Bobby Darin
  • 9.Since I Met You There's No Magic - Celebration
  • 10.Circle Again, The - Celebration
  • 11.Come Get This Thang - G.C. Cameron / Willie Hutch
  • 12.My Woman - G.C. Cameron / Willie Hutch
  • 13.Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson
  • 14.Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) - Jermaine Jackson
  • 15.I Can't Stand to See You Cry - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 16.With Your Love Came - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 17.I Can't Stand to See You Cry [Stereo Promo Version] - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • 18.Happy [From "Lady Sings the Blues"] - Bobby Darin

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Trouble Man [From "Trouble Man"] - Marvin Gaye
  • 2.Don't Mess with Mr. "T" - Marvin Gaye
  • 3.Robot Man - Jay & the Techniques
  • 4.I'll Be Here - Jay & the Techniques
  • 5.Long Life and Success to the Farmer - Martin & Finley
  • 6.Half Crazed - Martin & Finley
  • 7.Take It Out on Me - The Jerry Ross Symposium
  • 8.It's the Same Old Love - The Jerry Ross Symposium
  • 9.Love Ain't Love (Till You Give It to Somebody) - The Courtships
  • 10.Oops, It Just Slipped Out - The Courtships
  • 11.We're Gonna Have a Good Time - Rare Earth
  • 12.Would You Like to Come Along - Rare Earth
  • 13.Ballad of the Unloved - Wolfe
  • 14.Tale of Two Cities - Wolfe
  • 15.It's Not the Last Time - Puzzle
  • 16.On with the Show - Puzzle
  • 17.Good Morning Heartache [From "Lady Sings the Blues"] - Diana Ross
  • 18.God Bless the Child [From "Lady Sings the Blues"] - Diana Ross
  • 19.I Want to Come Home for Christmas - Marvin Gaye
  • 20.Christmas in the City - Marvin Gaye
  • 21.Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Papa Was a RoLlin' Stone [Vocal] - The Temptations
  • 2.Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations

Product Description:

Liner Note Authors: Keith Hughes; Harry Weinger; Susan Whitall; Duke Fakir.
Recording information: Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, CA (02/26/1972); Los Angeles, CA (02/26/1972); Media Sound, New York, NY (02/26/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/26/1972); New York, NY (02/26/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (02/26/1972); Studio B (02/26/1972); United Recording, Las Vegas, NV (02/26/1972); Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, CA (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); Los Angeles, CA (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); Media Sound, New York, NY (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); New York, NY (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); Studio B (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); United Recording, Las Vegas, NV (08/03/1970-09/28/1972); Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, CA (08/15/1972); Los Angeles, CA (08/15/1972); Media Sound, New York, NY (08/15/1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/15/1972); New York, NY (08/15/1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (08/15/1972); Studio B (08/15/1972); United Recording, Las Vegas, NV (08/15/1972); Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, CA (11/1971-12/1971); Los Angeles, CA (11/1971-12/1971); Media Sound, New York, NY (11/1971-12/1971); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (11/1971-12/1971); New York, NY (11/1971-12/1971); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (11/1971-12/1971); Studio B (11/1971-12/1971); United Recording, Las Vegas, NV (11/1971-12/1971); Glen Glenn Sound, Hollywood, CA (1972); Los Angeles, CA (1972); Media Sound, New York, NY (1972); MoWest Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1972); New York, NY (1972); Snakepit, Detroit, MI (1972); Studio B (1972); United Recording, Las Vegas, NV (1972).
Editor: Harry Weinger.
Photographers: Gilles P‚tard; Jerry Ross ; Charles Maclin; Frances Maclin.
Appropriately enough for the final volume of Universal's monumental series The Complete Motown Singles, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972 is filled with endings. The last single the Four Tops cut for Motown is here (they'd re-sign about a decade later), as is the last song Smokey Robinson made as a member of the Miracles, and elsewhere there are transitions: Diana Ross made her silver screen debut and Michael Jackson stepped away from the Jackson 5 with "Ben," his first solo single to reach number one. All this is part of the bigger story of Motown firmly establishing its headquarters in Los Angeles, severing its ties to Detroit. Much of this story was told in the accompanying box set, The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A, which chronicled the first half of the year. Vol. 12B covers the last six months of 1972, taking in 100 songs over the course of five CDs. It's certainly possible to hear the fracturing of the great Motown coalition, not only through the fading of '60s stars but hearing the label pursue such ventures as MoWest (the modern-minded Californian subsidiary opened once the label relocated to the Left Coast) and also the variety of odd pop pursuits, which amounted to odd hippie singles by Bobby Darin, Lesley Gore, and Frankie Valli, groups that rode Rare Earth's coattails, and attempts to cash in on such early-'70s trends as the horn-fueled Chicago or AM bubblegum pop -- and there's also a fair amount of new soul that sounded indebted to Holland-Dozier-Holland's work at their label, Invictus. Amidst all of this, Marvin Gaye did his blaxploitation soundtrack Trouble Man, the Temptations had their last great hit with "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," and Stevie Wonder hit his stride with Talking Book and "Superstition" and produced his ex-wife Syreeta Wright. No matter how strong these iconic hits are, there aren't a lot of them, especially when compared to the bounty on previous Complete Motown Singles boxes, but what makes this box compelling are those detours, bad ideas, one-shot wonders, and oddities. Sometimes a gem can be found among all these songs but what really matters is the cumulative effect, how the chaff combines with the classics to form a complete picture of Motown in 1972 and, in the process, the sound of soul and pop in that year. It's a shame that the series has to reach a conclusion -- the late '70s would've provided fascinating listening -- but this splintering does indeed suggest how the classic Motown era had drawn to a close. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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