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Motown Meets The Beatles

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B000001A7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Hard Day's NightDiana Ross & The Supremes 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eleanor RigbyThe Four Tops 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. We Can Work It OutStevie Wonder 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hey JudeThe Temptations 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. YesterdayMarvin Gaye 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Long And Winding RoadDiana Ross 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Come TogetherThe Supremes 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. She's Leaving HomeSyreeta 4:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Can't Do ThatDiana Ross & The Supremes 2:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Fool On The HillThe Four Tops 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. MichelleThe Four Tops 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. And I Love HerSmokey Robinson 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. SomethingMartha Reeves & The Vandellas 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Let It BeGladys Knight & The Pips 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. ImagineDiana Ross 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. My LoveJunior Walker 5:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. My Sweet LordEdwin Starr 4:070.59  Buy MP3 

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3.0 out of 5 stars Motown Returns A Favour 6 Jan 2005
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Cunningly recycling a batch of album tracks by some of Motown's most prominent artists, recorded over a period of dozen years, the compilers have come up with another winner with this clutch of Beatles songs, which plays through with surprising cohesiveness. The Beatles loved Motown, and here they return the favour.
Stevie Wonder's We Can Work It Out is probably the stand-out listen, with an exuberance that made it a natural choice for a single in 1971, and one can also detect his influence in then-partner Syreeta's definitive cover version of the usually over-treacled She's Leaving Home. The Temptations' Hey Jude, from Puzzle People, comes with a suitably distinctive Norman Whitfield production, and Marvin Gaye's Yesterday is also a highlight. The Four Tops are called upon to deliver cabaret versions of three Paul McCartney ballads though none have the classic hallmark Levi Stubbs touch, although Eleanor Rigby comes closest.
Both the original Supremes tracks come from a 1964 curio entitled A Little Bit Of Liverpool and ought to be great. They have lots of gusto and fire, and are great fun, but the sound is muddy and the production sounds hurried, leaving a sense of what might have been with a little more trouble and care. Diana Ross appears again on Let It Be's The Long And Winding Road. Come Together comes from the 1970 incarnation of the Supremes led by Jean Terrell and is an excellent Frank Wilson production.
George Harrison's Something is well handled by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (from Natural Resources) and Gladys Knight and the Pips' version of Let It Be is another stand-out, equaling Aretha's version of Paul McCartney's tribute to his mother Mary. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' And I Love Her is rescued from the rather overlooked album What Love Has Joined Together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There were two aspects to the success of Motown, first was the excellent and unique production which was married to some absolutely brilliant song writing. It comes as no surprise therefore that over the years Berry Gordon nabbed a few songs from some of the greatest song smiths ever, the Beatles, for his artists to record. Some of the results are gathered here on this compilation CD.

It's a mixture of the good, the bad, and the downright loopy. For the most part it works well, the Beatles songs were well suited to the Motown style. Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves and Gladys Knight take `Yesterday', `We Can Work It Out', `Something' and `Let It Be' respectively and turn them into their own. Especially Stevie Wonder, whose version of `we can work it out' is an absolute classic. There are some duff tracks, normally those featuring Diana Ross, and I really can't bring myself to like Syreeta's `She's Leaving Home', which is pretty flat and emotionless. But there are some real missteps that are just so bonkers that t is worth getting the album for. Chief among these are The Temptations take on `Hey Jude', that defies description and has to be heard to be believed. Edwin Starr's rendition of `My Sweet Lord' will also either raise a smile or a wince, or possibly both, and again it is worth getting the album to hear just how bad it could get.

It's a mixed bag of some classic tracks, some that are so bad that they are good, and some lifeless ones. In all I have to give this collection 4 stars and say it is worth it for all fans of either the Beatles or Motown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just an album of Beatles covers 4 Nov 2006
By Richard
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Before the Beatles few had heard of Tamla Motown and in 1963 their biggest star was Mary Wells who did an entire album of Beatles songs for another label as well as being a special guest of the Beatles.

When they covered You really got a hold on me the song was less than a year old via the Miracles.Another Motown song they covered was Money (thats what I want).In the U K Motown music was issued on the London American and Oriole labels from 1960 to 1963 and was few and far between.

Motown's first foray into the music from England was via a Supremes album called A Littl Bit Of Liverpool-which by its ridiculous title showed it was going to be some time before America knew much about Liverpool when this collection included songs by the Animals and the Dave Clark 5 and the Supremes were shown on the sleeve standing on the platform of a London bus!.

Over the years most of Tamla Motown's artists recorded Beatles songs for sometimes their current singles eg Stevie Wonder

It came full circle when Wonder recorded a few songs with Paul McCartney
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Meets Liverpool.... 12 July 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This will always be a subjective album, with a liking of the distinct Motown sound probably more important than whether one enjoys the Beatles.

The Fab Four's songs are now so ingrained into our musical lives that they're universal - and a like a bit like, say, Dylan, even if you don't go for their actual sound, there can be no denying that the songs are about the best around.

Buying this CD, at a time when I was snapping up all the Beatles albums, this came up, secondhand and for pennies. Why not? So, though not my daily listening sort of stuff, all the great Motown stars are here - and they each bring their own style and slant to each song. Some sound like whole new songs!

Favourites of mine that stand out are Stevie Wonder's 'We Can Work It Out' and Marvin Gaye's 'Yesterday'. After Diana Ross' straightforward, but effective 'Long & Winding Road', the Supremes spacey and way-out 'Come Together' seems odd at first - but so was the original! It could be argued that versions of 'Imagine' and 'My Sweet Lord', both excellent, by Diana Ross and Edwin Starr as they are not Beatles songs, but solo projects. However, that would be nit-picking and many probably won't notice!

Whether this is a repackaged album or not, it's great to get a covers album by world-famous artists who had already made their name and style long before recording these, rather than the other way around, which often seems the way for today's wannabe's think they can noticed.

So, take this 17 track CD as a nice mixture of familiar songs done with a twist and as a Motown compilation. It is an album you can play all the way through but would probably want something quite different afterwards. Gently recommended.
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