As the sixties gave way to the seventies, Motown were still going very strongly as this collection shows. The oldest track is I can't help myself (Four Tops), which was only a minor UK hit first time around (although it was an American number one hit in 1965) but made the UK top ten when re-issued in 1970. The Temptations made the UK top twenty three times in the period covered by this volume - once with Diana Ross and the Supremes (I second that emotion) and twice by themselves (Cloud nine, I can't get next to you) although none of these tracks made the top ten. Although the Temptations now get the recognition they deserve in the UK, they were far more popular in America back then.
Apart from her collaboration with the Temptations, Diana Ross is represented here by Reach out and touch (a minor UK hit - her first solo hit) and her last hit billed as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Someday we'll be together) but this was really a Diana Ross solo record - it made the UK top twenty. The Supremes began their career without Diana by making the UK top ten with Up the ladder to the roof.
The Jackson 5 started their career with two UK top ten hits (I want you back, ABC). Other UK top ten hits here are Farewell is a lonely sound (Jimmy Ruffin), Too busy thinking about my baby (Marvin Gaye), Onion song (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - except that it wasn't Tammi at all as she was terminally ill and unable to sing - another singer took Tammi's place), Yester-me yester-you, yesterday and Never had a dream come true (both Stevie Wonder).
Only two tracks here failed to make the UK top ten - Do what you gotta do (Four Tops) and What does it take to win your love (Junior Walker) - but both came close.
This is a very strong compilation of some of Motown's classic songs that hit the charts at rhe end of the sixties and the start of the seventies.