This is generally regarded as the strongest of the twelve volumes and it's not difficult to see why, although some of the other early volumes are also very strong.
The oldest track here is Dancing in the street (Martha Reeves and the Vandellas), which was only a minor UK hit when first released in 1964 but a UK top five hit when re-issued in 1969.
The set opens with I heard it through the grapevine (Marvin Gaye), one of Motown's biggest hits ever, which made number one in Britain and America when first released and returned to the UK top ten in 1986 following its re-issue after being used in a TV commercial.
The Isley brothers are not generally remembered for their Motown recordings but they had two UK top five hits with the label. This old heart of mine, a minor UK hit in 1966, made the UK top three when re-issued in 1968. Rod Stewart covered the song and did almost as well with it in 1975. Behind a painted smile made the UK top five for the Isley brothers in 1969.
Other classics include I'm gonna make you love me (Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations), My Cherie amour, For once on my life (Stevie Wonder), Tracks of my tears (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles), I'll pick a rose for my rose (Marv Johnson) and Get ready (Temptations), all of which made the UK top ten, as well as I'm a road runner (Junior Walker) and You're all I need to get by (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell), both of which made the UK top twenty.
Apart from their collaboration with the Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes are represented by Love child and No matter what sign you are - both brilliant though they don't stick in the memory as much as some of their other songs. The same can be said for I'm in a different world (Four Tops) and Stop her on sight (Edwin Starr).
I'm not sure if this is my favorite volume but it's definitely a contender. My favorites are the two Isley brothers tracks and Dancing in the street.