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The Motown Anthology


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  • Audio CD (21 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B002L5R73K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Nowhere To Run (Mono Version) 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stop! In The Name Of Love (Mono Version) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (Single Version (Mono)) 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Take Some Time Out For Love (Mono Version) 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Guess I'll Always Love You (Mono Version) 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Baby Don't You Do It (Mono Version) 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love (Mono Version) 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Put Yourself In My Place (Mono Version) 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Hear A Symphony (Mono Version) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Just Ain't Enough Love (Mono Version) 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. There's No Love Left (Mono Version) 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Seek And You Shall Find (Mono Version) 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Got To Have You Back (Mono Version) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. That's The Way Love Is (Mono Version) 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Whispers (Gettin Louder) (Mono Version) 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tell Me It's Just A Rumor (Baby) (Mono Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. One Too Many Heartaches (Mono Version) 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. It's Out Of The Question (Mono Version) 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Why When Love Is Gone (Mono Version) 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Save Me From This Misery (Mono Version) 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Little Miss Sweetness (Mono Version) 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Good Things (Mono Version) 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Catching Up On Time (Mono Version) 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Behind A Painted Smile (Mono Version) 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (Single Version) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. All Because I Love You (Stereo Version) 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. It Moves Me To Tears (Mono Version) 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (Smile) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) (Mono Version) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Leaving Here (Mono Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Mono Version) 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Weakspot In My Heart (Mono Version) 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sure Is A Lotta Woman (Mono Version) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You've Got So Much To Shout About (Mono Version) 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Trouble (Mono Version) 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nevermore (Mono Version) 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No Good Without You (Mono Version) 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. My Love Is Your Love (Forever) (Alternate Version) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Born To Love You (Mono Version) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sad Souvenirs (Mono Version) 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Share A Little Love With Me (Somebody) (Mono Version) 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Can't Help It (I Love You) (Mono Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love (Cellarful Of Motown Version) 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (Alternate Mix) 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Guess I'll Always Love You (Mono Version) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Tell Me It's Just A Rumor (Baby) (Alternate Mono Mix) 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Guess I'll Always Love You (Album Version) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. My Love Is Your Love (Forever) (Album Version) 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) (Mono Version) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (Single Version) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. All Because I Love You (Single Version) 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The Isley Brothers Motown Anthology The

BBC Review

For a group with such a lengthy and fruitful history, The Isley Brothers’ tenure at Motown has always been seen as rather problematic. Signing to the label in 1965, by the end of the decade they had departed. While at Motown, they seemed unloved, underused; a talent squandered.

As a result, popular histories of the band dismiss the years with Berry Gordy as some inappropriate stop-gap between the glory of their earlier post-doo wop experiments (Shout, Twist and Shout) and the later, super-cool agit-funk of their T-Neck years (Fight the Power, Summer Breeze). Well, as with all of these long-standing myths, a lot of it is false, but then some of it is very true.

Being established as artists, and very much their own men, meant that Rudolph, Ronald and O’Kelly Isley were not cheerily going to visit the charm school and perform all the ditzy promotional routines that Motown expected of its roster. What they were happy to do was work, and record some of the best material that writers Holland-Dozier-Holland had to offer.

This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) remains exhibit ‘A’ in the case for the brothers’ time in Detroit. It is one of the foremost pristine pop-soul dramas, with such drive and force that Ronald gave Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops a very decent run for his money. If you ever doubt the potency of soul music, listen to the delivery of the line, “Like a fool, I start grinning, because my heart keeps spinning and I love you”.

Behind a Painted Smile and I’ll Guess I’ll Always Love You keep the hits quotient up, but the real joy here is in lesser tracks like their version of Stop! In The Name of Love (a great deal more beef than the Supremes standard) and the Wigan Casino anthem Tell Me it’s Just Another Rumour (Baby).

Well annotated and presented, there is more than enough here to enjoy on The Motown Anthology, namely the sound of Ronald Isley’s voice and a selection of material across the two discs that, while maybe not touching the glory of their 70s sides, is far from filler. --Daryl Easlea

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dg Truby on 11 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
When Universal had a Tamla Motown website about 18 momths ago they said this was going to be released in about Sept 2007 and this has only just been released. I thought the sound and songs were great but Universal unfortunately can not seem to get the sound quality and extensive packaging that Hip O Select do. I think Universal seem to have lost the plot. They must have lots of unreleased Motown on CD including the I'll Pick a Rose for My Rose LP which has not been available for at least 40 years and a Marv Johnson Anthology would be a fantastic Release.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Shepherd on 20 Mar 2010
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I think that this is a great set and well worth five stars.

CD1
I can live with the mastering. It isn't the absolute best but it's very acceptable. Remember that this is CD, and all mastering for CD involves trade offs in one way or another. Also, the quality of the original UK mono LP of "This Old Heart Of Mine" was much worse than this; so for me this CD is a real improvement upon what has gone before.

Regarding the unexpected stereo mixes found on CD1 ("This Old Heart Of Mine", "There's No Love Left" and "Seek And You Shall Find"), it turns out that the first two songs ARE in their original "mono" versions and that what was done for these two tracks was that special and unique stereo mixes were created back in the mid 60s, probably before the TOHOM album had even been conceived (they turned up as the A and B sides of the original TOHOM single) and then folded into mono for single and later mono album release. Why is not clear, but these are not the normal stereo mixes that are available elsewhere. Pressing the mono button on these tracks (if you have a mono button on your sound system) brings you the mono versions that you thought that you hadn't got. As for "Seek And You Shall Find", this is the one let down, but I can live with it as the differences aren't killing and the track is still a killer.

One other track on the "TOHOM" album ("Who Could Ever Doubt My Love") has always sounded like stereo folded into mono, even on the original LP release. All of the other tracks on the two featured original albums are the original mono tracks. I have original mono albums and can vouch for this. For instance, the slightly wobbly pitch of the flute and piano during the intro of "Behind A Painted Smile" was there on the original mono album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julschof on 30 May 2014
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This is a double CD with some tracks repeated on both. I have really enjoyed listening to it and reliving my youth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angbri on 10 Mar 2014
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Love Motown tells a story we can all relate to, good to dance to, cheers you up even the ballads.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tedham Porterhouse on 4 Oct 2009
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The idea was great, a comprehensive collection of the Isley Brothers recordings for Motown. Unfortunately, the execution is simply awful. The artwork is totally inappropriate for the period covered, utilising just two photographs of the Isley Bros, both of which date from a period many years earlier than their stint with Motown. The collage of LP covers is better but why give pride of place to the frankly dreadful This Old Heart Of Mine LP cover. Yes, the original LP is superb but the artwork is patently rubbish.
But I was prepared to forgive all of this because the compilers had the good taste to use mono mixes. Motown stereo mixes of this vintage have always left a lot to be desired whoever the artist so the use of mono mixes is to be applauded. But this has not been done. Though the sleevenotes claim that all tracks on CD1 are "Transfers from the original mono LP tapes" anybody with a working pair of ears and a stereo system will know that some of these tracks are actually the stereo mixes. This is unforgiveable and disappointing in the extreme. Overall the sound of these discs is fairly terrible. Comparing the sound of the alleged mono mixes where used [which may just be the stereo mixes folded down] to the recently remastered Beatles In Mono box is like comparing chalk and cheese, this set lacks any punch whatsoever.
So, in conclusion I have to say this set was a great idea, ruined by its poor, botched execution and I wouldn't recommend that anybody purchase it. A real shame.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Milne on 3 Nov 2009
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good cd but what we really need is the tracks that still sitting in the vaults ,imo they could have been added on to this cd but it is worth buying .
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I bought this CD so that I could have a lot of my Isley Brothers collection in thesame place. I have no complaints about the quality of the tracks, but was it really necessary to have stereo and mono versions of several tracks, on the same CD? I Guess I'll Always Love You appears three times on the double CD collection; strangely within two tracks on disc 2.

That said, its a great collection from a group that didnt really get a fair shake at Motown. Favourite tracks for me: Tell Me Its Just A Rumour, Take Some Time Out For Love.
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