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Motown Disco [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B0002W15B4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Law Of The Land (1994 Alternate Mix)The Temptations 5:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Keep On Truckin' (Album Version)Eddie Kendricks 7:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Love Hangover (12" Version)Diana Ross 7:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Down To Love Town (12" Version)The Originals 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. High Energy (Album Version)The Supremes 5:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Date With The Rain (Album Version)Eddie Kendricks 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Extended Version)Thelma Houston 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Got To Give It Up (Album Version)Marvin Gaye11:50Album Only
Listen  9. You And I (Album Version)Rick James 7:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Standing On The Verge (Of Getting It On) (Album Version)Platinum Hook 5:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Get It Up For Love (12" Version)Tata Vega 5:500.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Need To Know You (Better) (Album Version)Finished Touch 5:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Leave Me This Way (Extended Version)Thelma Houston 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nowhere To Run (Album Version)The Dynamic Superiors 9:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. (I Love To See You) Dancin' (Album Version)Jerry Butler 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tailgate (12" Version)21st Creation 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Boss (12" Remix)Diana Ross 7:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Was Born This Way (Original 12" Vocal)Carl Bean 6:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Behind The Groove (Album Version)Teena Marie 6:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Big Time (Album Version)Rick James 6:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. (You Pulled A) SwitchSwitch 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. In And OutWillie Hutch 7:230.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

When people talk about the "Motown sound" they usually mean the golden period of the 1960s, the mighty pop soul ballads of Smokey Robinson, or jive-perfect dancers by the likes of the Supremes or Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. It's often forgotten that, along with many of its artists, Motown adapted well to the 70s disco boom and the new sounds coming out of labels such as Salsoul, Philadelphia International and TK. And, ironically, that it produced many of the 70s and early 80s disco classics on which today's dance sound is more genuinely based.

In the late 70s, with the demise of their Invictus label, the legendary Holland brothers (who had written so many of Motown's 60s classics with their partner Lamont Dozier) returned to the Motown camp to join multi-talented song writing teams such as Ashford & Simpson, Sawyer & McLeod and Mike & Brenda Sutton who were all able to perfectly capture the essence of the disco era. And the soulful vocalists and stellar musicians already in house at Motown were able to carry it all off with the sort of performances the material deserved.

Of course, Motown's two biggest hitters, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, also both made their very best records in the 70s, and both dabbled successfully in disco from time to time. Add funky new acts like Rick James, Stone City Band and Teena Marie and Motown pretty much had all soulful dancefloor bases covered during the disco era. They were also the first to "eye cue" their 12" disco discs, giving DJs the track's BPM and info on the exact length of the various sections of the song - one of the earliest examples of a record company recognising how important the DJ was to become. By `79, and very much with the DJ in mind, 12"s such as Diana Ross' `The Boss' were being purposely intro'd with mix-friendly drum beats, something that's become par for the course these days for most dance tracks released. But, as this compilation demonstrates, those disco beats were already infiltrating the Motown sound as early as 1972.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good but could have been better 29 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD
I do feel that Motown is ripping us off a bit these days. It seems as every year comes round, another must-have Motown collection is out there.

Ok here's my real gripe: On a "Motown Disco" CD, where is 'Brick House' by the Commodores? Where is 'All Night Long (All Night)' (US 12" Mix) by Lionel Richie; where is Stevie Wonder's 'I Wish' ?? Where is 'Let It All Blow' by the Dazz Band?? Where is 'Big Time' by Rick James???

Why don't we get the full length versions of Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up'? and Jermaine Jackson's fantastic 'Let's Get Serious.'??

We do get the full version of Thelma Houston's 'Don't Leave Me This Way' we do get the full length versions of Teena Marie's classic and Willie Hutch's excellent 'In and Out' (though there is a better version available by Junior Walker and the All Stars of 'In and Out' which Willie actually preferred!!!!)...

Well, lots of questions and very little answers in this CD. I have given it 3 stars as it is Motown after all, but one suspects we all have most of the tracks elsewhere on other compilations...?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable 24 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Mention the "Motown sound" and you are probably thinking of their golden period in the 1960s, when groups like Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Supremes, and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas put out timeless hit after hit.

But Motown, and its artists, actually adapted well to the disco boom, and the fierce competition that was provided by labels such as Salsoul and Philadelphia International at that time. This 16 track CD - that unfortunately shares its name with a similar compilation - looks to provide some of the evidence of that from the 1970s and the early 1980s.

Selections like Thelma Houston's 'Don't Leave Me This Way', Diana Ross's 'Upside Down', Jermaine Jackson's 'Let's Get Serious', and Eddie Kendricks' 'Keep On Truckin' provide an immediately favourable impression. The inclusion of slightly less well-known, but no less convincing choices such as Teena Marie's 'Behind the Groove', and Magic Disco Machine's '(I Could Never Make) A Better Man Than You', strengthen the argument further. Whilst it is very difficult not to be rapt by the pulsating grooves that underpin The Supremes' 'You're My Driving Wheel' and The Miracles' 'Love Machine' adaptations to the genre.

Of course, you could gripe at the fact that a compilation which claims to feature Motown's "finest disco moments" omits heavyweight contenders such as Diana Ross's 'Love Hangover', and The Commodores' 'Brick House', at the expense of Tata Vega's slightly less convincing 'Get It Up For Love'. And you could question whether the concluding track - The Jackson 5's multi-sectioned 'I Am Love (Parts 1 & 2)' - should really be bracketed as disco at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a selection of top tunes for a low price 28 Aug 2013
By David
Format:Audio CD
Especially good is the Jermaine Jackson, "Let's get serious", which surely wouldn't have been bettered by Stevie Wonder himself.
If you like this kind of music, then you'll love this LP. If you don't know, look at youtube then buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ok 17 Mar 2014
By bob
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this cd is good to listen too but some of the tracks I have to be honest and say I have never heard before but they are good
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