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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00004SA4B
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Shake Sherrie 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. You Get Ugly 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Whole Lotta Woman 2:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
  5. Don't Let Her Be Your Baby 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Baby Hit And Run 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. It's So Hard Being A Loser 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. First I Look At The Purse 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Just A Little Misunderstanding 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Determination 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Your Love Grows More Precious Everyday 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Can You Do it 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Can You Jerk Like Me 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Searching For A Girl 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. The Stretch 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. So Grateful 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. You Better Get In Line 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Move Mr. Man 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The Contoursl Essential Collection

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2005
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While so many other Motown stars of the sixties remain popular today, the Contours are largely forgotten. This is a pity but not really surprising as their biggest hit by far (Do you love me) became an even bigger hit when covered by others.
Originally featuring Billy Gordon (lead singer), Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea and Sylvester Potts, they were soon joined by Hubert Johnson, a cousin of Jackie Wilson. Jackie helped them to get a recording contract with Motown.
After a few unsuccessful singles, they hit big with Do you love me. It topped the R+B charts and made the top three in the American pop charts. In Britain, both the Dave Clark Five and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes covered the song. Brian's version topped the British charts (it was the high point of Brian's career, although his backing group eventually had greater success without him) while Dave's version topped the American pop charts.
Meanwhile, the Contours continued to record great music but they didn't quite fit in with Motown's image - they weren't as slick as the other acts. Nevertheless, they had some success in America with Shake Sherrie, Don't let her be your baby, Can you do it, Can you jerk like me, First I look at the purse, Just a little misunderstanding and It's so hard being a loser - this last track being their last new hit in 1967. They had just one (minor) British hit - Just a little misunderstanding, which briefly charted in 1970, four years after its original release in America.
During the sixties, the Contours underwent many line-up changes. Joe Stubbs (cousin of Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops) and Dennis Edwards (later of the Temptations) were the most notable names to join the group. The group continued for many years as a live act, performing on the oldies circuit at least until the nineties.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Vaughan on 6 July 2004
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I thought I was in possession of just about every Motown album that has ever been recorded and although I have the Fab..... "First I look at the purse"...... "Baby hit and run".... and the fantastic "Just a little misunderstanding" from compilations, I stumbled over this album "Essential" while taking a browse today and low and behold....forgot all about another couple of dynamite sounds......"It's so hard being a loser" and "Determination".
If you're a sixties Motown fan and you have not come across the Contours before, I guarantee you won't be diappointed !!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2009
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I bought this album on the strength of the song Do You Love Me? Which I actually only knew in its original context anyway, and also based on my love of Motown music in general.

This is very early Motown and it's great to see its contribution to the overall development of that genre of music. The album is sort of a cross between early 1950s rock n roll and early motown, so historically very important and significant as you can hear how rock n roll began to develop into the Motown phenomenon that we now know and love.

This is in addition to the entire album being really pleasant and easy to listen to. Essential for any fans of The Contours, Motown and early rock n roll music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Oct. 2011
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The Contours were one of Motown's earlier acts, and recorded some classic stuff during their existence. Unfairly never achieving the fame and status of later acts, they were nonetheless a talented group who recorded some classic soul tracks. The most famous is `Do You Love Me?', later recorded by the Dave Clarke Five. The other material found on this album is just as good, with the Motown trademarks of great production, great songwriting and infectous, feelgood music and singing. This is an essential part of any Motown collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Francis on 11 Feb. 2010
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This album lives up to its name ESSENTIAL, having listen to Tamla Motown all my life, this one of my favourite albums, its got the lot from soft ballad to get up and dance,its got great hard to find classics like baby hit and run,have a listen to some of the tracks and see for yourself, then buy it for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou B on 22 Nov. 2009
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This product arrived when promised and turned out to be a very pleasant surprise! Only bought it for that famous dirty dancing track but lots of others are well worth a listen. Its Frankies and Bennys music at its best!
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a mixture of hits from this under rated group along with several lesser known songs and "B" sides-great value and definitely worth buying-motown music at it's best including some Northern soul classics
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