Detroit Special: Motor City Roots (2-CD)
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Detroit Special: Motor City Roots (2-CD)
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  • Released: February 4, 2014
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Jasmine

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Money - Barrett Strong
  • 2.Way Over There - The Miracles
  • 3.Shop Around - The Miracles
  • 4.Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells
  • 5.Oh Lover - Singin' Sammy Ward / Sherri Taylor
  • 6.(You Can) Depend On Me - The Miracles
  • 7.Please Forgive Me - Mary Wells
  • 8.Who's Lovin' You - The Miracles
  • 9.Oh I Apologize - Barrett Strong
  • 10.That's Why I Love You So Much - Singin' Sammy Ward / Sherri Taylor
  • 11.Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide - Marvin Gaye
  • 12.Buttered Popcorn - The Supremes
  • 13.Who's Lovin' You - The Supremes
  • 14.Oh Mother Mine - The Temptations
  • 15.Romance Without Finance - The Temptations
  • 16.Do You Love Me - The Contours
  • 17.Check Yourself - The Temptations
  • 18.Your Wonderful Love - The Temptations
  • 19.I'll Have To Let Him Go - Martha & the Vandellas
  • 20.My Baby Won't Come Back - Martha & the Vandellas
  • 21.Mind Over Matter (I'm Gonna Make You Mine) - Pirates
  • 22.I'll Love You till I Die - Pirates
  • 23.Little Water Boy - Stevie Wonder
  • 24.La La La La La - Stevie Wonder
  • 25.Let Me Go the Right Way - The Supremes
  • 26.Time Changes Things - The Supremes
  • 27.Shake Sherrie - The Contours
  • 28.Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells
  • 2.Take a Chance On Me - Eddie Holland
  • 3.I've Been Good To You - The Miracles
  • 4.I Want a Guy - The Marvelettes
  • 5.Greetings (This is Uncle Sam) - The Valadiers
  • 6.Jamie - Eddie Holland
  • 7.Twistin' Postman - The Marvelettes
  • 8.I'm Gonna Stay - Mary Wells
  • 9.What's So Good About Good Bye - The Miracles
  • 10.Take a Chance - The Valadiers
  • 11.Whole Lotta Woman - The Contours
  • 12.I Want a Guy - The Supremes
  • 13.Never Again - The Supremes
  • 14.(You're My) Dream Come True - The Temptations
  • 15.Isn't She Pretty - The Temptations
  • 16.All the Love I've Got - The Marvelettes
  • 17.Your Heart Belongs To Me - The Supremes
  • 18.(He's) Seventeen - The Supremes
  • 19.I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues, Pt. 1 - Stevie Wonder
  • 20.I Call It Pretty Music But the Old People Call It the Blues, Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
  • 21.Stubborn Kind of Fellow - Marvin Gaye
  • 22.Strange I Know - The Marvelettes
  • 23.Too Strong To Be Strung Along - The Marvelettes
  • 24.Paradise - The Temptations
  • 25.Slow Down Heart - The Temptations
  • 26.You Really Got a Hold On Me - The Miracles
  • 27.Contract On Love - Stevie Wonder
  • 28.Sunset - Stevie Wonder

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Sam Hick.
Berry Gordy probably wasn't planning on changing the world when he launched Motown Records in 1959, but if that was his ambition, one could reasonably say he succeeded. Motown Records became one of America's most iconic independent labels, achieving remarkable commercial and critical success and launching some of the biggest stars to grace the pop and R&B charts during their glory days in the '60s and '70s, while also breaking down barriers between "white" pop and "black" rhythm & blues. Detroit Special: Motor City Roots is a collection of hits and rare sides from Motown's early years, fittingly kicking off with the label's first nationwide hit, Barrett Strong's "Money," and following with 55 more tracks that include some of the label's biggest stars, including the Miracles, the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Mary Wells. These recordings capture the archetypical "Motown Sound" in its most primitive form, and while there are plenty of brilliant tunes here, the polish that would become one of the label's hallmarks wasn't fully in place yet, and there's a raw edge to this music that makes it some of the most exciting stuff that Motown would ever release. There are also some interesting oddities on board, such as the Temptations' "Check Yourself" with its curious shifts of time signature, the wild doo wop stylings of their "Romance Without Finance," and Little Stevie Wonder's exciting but genuinely weird "Little Water Boy." Detroit Special: Motor City Roots falls short of a definitive picture of Motown's first days of glory, but it's a solid and consistently entertaining overview of a great R&B label finding its feet, and it's a fine archival release for anyone interested in the rise of '60s soul and Detroit's place in R&B history. ~ Mark Deming
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