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A Cellarful Of Motown Vol. 4

30 Aug 2010 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Universal-Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:19:49
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  • ASIN: B0040C2LCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,556 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dexter on 27 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Have just finished playing it so here are my initial thoughts.

In my view COM4 is different from the previous volumes as the tracks & artists chosen don't all have what I think of as having a distinct Motown sound. The compilers have mixed things up a bit and it's worked out for the better. It all begins with the Blackberries 'Kidnapped' which is a real Motown stomper even though it's from the '70's (I think). As side one progresses it goes through various styles & tempos which kept my interest although there are a couple of tracks which still have to grow on me. Side two is 24ct gold, again with a diverse range of artists and sounds. From Martha Reeves & The Vandellas brash 'Miss Lonely Heart' to Brenda Holloway's sublime 'Little Miss Loser' the quality never drops. Many of the tracks should have been singles and could have been hits. COM4 shows conclusively that Motown was just not always pumping out the same old song, however good it might be.

Picking out favourites is difficult as I have so many but I'll list a few. From side one I think that the big surprises are 'All I Need Is A Chance' - Robert Dobyne, 'Daddy, Cool' - Oma Heard & 'Have A Little Patience (And Wait) - Mary Wells. Stand outs from side two are 'Only A Lonely Man Would Know' - Ivy Jo Hunter, 'It's Gonna Be Always' - Blinky, 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely' - Tammi Terrell & 'Mobile Lil The Dancing Witch' - Shorty Long.

The liner notes are great & readable without a magnifying glass which is even better. The photos are lovely especially that new one of Blinky. Lastly the two most important words are the final two written in the introduction which are 'so far'!

Grateful thanks to Paul N, Keith, Chris and all those involved in what is probably the most interesting edition of the COM series.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Eric J. Charge on 27 Aug 2010
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Motown produced so much good stuff back in the sixties that a good portion of the songs went unreleased. Here we have the fourth in this wonderful series featuring names famous and names unfamiliar. It's great to have a sprinkling of groovy ballads in the mix this time.

There are too many highlights to mention but, in my humble opinion, the best vaulted track of all time has been discovered in the vaults and appears on this set, where it is attributed to Holland & Dozier (well, that's what was on the tape box). Why Universal isn't charging a fortune for these gems is beyond me, as each and every track is more valuable than the CD selling price.

Grab a copy - and if you don't have the three preceding volumes, grab them too.

Now, I must get back to bouncing round the room on my exercise ball.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2013
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The British label Tamla Motown has previously brought us 129 previously unreleased gems from the seemingly infinite Hitsville cellars in the first three volumes of this series, and now miraculously tempt us with a further fifty titles, including some that you just know would have been massive had they surfaced at the right time. How could The Day You Take One (You Have To Take The Other) as rendered by Gladys Knight and the Pips have been consigned to oblivion, not to mention their storming cover of A Bird In The Hand (Is Worth Two In The Bush)? This series is not the only outlet for previously unreleased Motown. Many re-releases have been expanded with extra tracks and there has been the Lost And Found series, each devoted to one Motown act, and yet even now there are newly recovered items by major artists such as Marvin Gaye (even if one is a rather excruciating duet with Oma Heard), Stevie Wonder, the Miracles and the Temptations, as well as the multitude of excellent signings who were never given the promotion and releases they might have expected at the time.

Most of the tracks here emanated from Hitsville in Detroit, but there is a significant contribution from IPG Studios in Los Angeles (the superb Brenda Holloway, Frank Wilson, Oma Heard) and even one track from New York (by the unknown Utopians), and many sides of the huge Motown operation are represented. The time period is from before the catastrophic move from Detroit to Los Angeles, but the set opens with one superb later track, the Blackberries, recorded by Sherlie Matthews and Deke Richards for an unreleased album in 1971. Even Berry Gordy's supper club aspirations are indulged, with two torch ballads, one by Barbara McNair and one by Brenda Holloway.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By djdiscs (Dave) on 29 Oct 2010
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This has got to be one of the best commercial ventures into the vaults of the great Tamla Motown Label for a long time, so much that i rate this higher than the previous three volumes. It just goes to show the talent that was at Berry Gordy's disposal in the golden years and the team must have found it hard not to put some of these tracks out for general release, i still get a buzz on hearing more from the vaults and have been collecting Motown for over 4 decades.

I personally never tire of the up-tempo tracks and there are plenty on display here, plus there are loads of classic soul tunes by legends such as Brenda Holloway, The Four Tops, The Originals and David Ruffin to name but a few. Well done to Paul Nixon and everyone in the team for uncovering some great tracks and at an excellent price too, can't wait for the next installment.

Marvin Gaye is still my all time Favourite, i still like discovering unheard tracks by him and never tire of his early tracks. Are there any more gems out there?

Yours Soulfully
DJJ
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