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VINE VOICEon 13 January 2008
This budget album covers the period 1964 - 1972 & shows how much the Motown sound changed over time with almost nothing of the 60s trademark sound on show at all.

The earliest song is the great "My Guy" by the much underrated Mary Wells. Written by Smokey Robinson, its got a lovely looping beat, great lyrics & a catchy chorus. Really a perfect pop record though not really in the 60s style Motown became famous for.

Also from the 60s is perhaps the least known track on the album "Festival Time"; in truth not a great track, perhaps the weakest on the album but quite rhythmic.

We get 2 excellent post Diana Ross Supreme's hits "Automatically Sunshine" and "Floy Joy" both written by Smokey & both fair sized hits, being up tempo 'happy' sounding tracks.

In a similar vein is their collaboration with the Four Tops on "Love In Your Heart"

Other standout tracks include "Superstar" from the Temptations, which really motors, "Surrender" by you know who and "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder.

Many will enjoy the 'teeny bop' pop of Michael Jackson but for me the best track by a mile is "Walk In The Night"

Here we get Jnr. Walker's sax at its most mellow, over a sweet soul sounding girl backing group; catchy song with great swirling strings & sax that has just enough guts when it counts - absolutely fabulous and nothing like any other Motown hit I can think of!

Worth buying the album for although there are plenty of Jnr. Walker albums out on CD to choose from.

Overall a great album, featuring some great stars, with a very clean sound on all tracks even those from the 60s.
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VINE VOICEon 14 July 2008
This one was released at the end of 1972 and continued the legendary series. I remember the vinyl release had a fruit machine effect, where you turned a wheel and saw different artists and titles. I got mine in a second-hand shop and the wheel did not work. So much for that.

'My Guy' from Mary Wells was Motown's first ever hit in Britain in 1964, and hit again in '72. The writer/producer Smokey Robinson was still active with the ladies (if you'll pardon the expression). Both 'Automatically Sunshine' and the title track from the 1972 album he produced for The Supremes 'Floy Joy' made our top ten.

'Just Walk In My Shoes' from Glad & The Lads and 'Festival Time' from San Remo Golden Strings were hits following Northern Soul action. San Remo Golden Strings were really The Funk Brothers, moonlighting for a rival Detroit record company, that Motown bought out.

Diana Ross was still going strong, but Martha Reeves & The Vandellas were about to leave Motown. 'Bless You' is that moment when a fire burns brightly just before it goes out.

The Tempts were well into that funky Norman Whitfield produced sound, but like Stevie Wonder (amazingly), the records here did not chart too high

People forget that Michael Jackson made solo records at Motown. These three made our top ten. My fave of them is 'Rockin' Robin'.

Like all the chartbuster series, this one is just the thing to evoke the period, and bring back memories.
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This volume features Michael Jackson's first three solo hits (Got to be there, Rocking robin, Ain't no sunshine), which all made the UK top ten. The Supremes also made the UK top ten with their two tracks here (Automatically sunshine, Floy joy) but only had a minor UK hit with You've gotta have love in your heart, a joint effort with the Four Tops. Their former lead singer, Diana Ross, made the UK top ten with Surrender and just missed with Doobedoodn'doobe Doobedoodn'doobe
A re-issue of My guy (Mary Wells) made the UK top twenty in 1972, having originally made the top five in 1964. Elsewhere on this volume, you will find several minor UK hits including the rarely heard Festival time (San Remo strings).
There are several big hits here and plenty of great music, though the overall standard isn't quite as good as Motown's sixties music.
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on 27 August 2008
Dont do this very often but I would like to completely echo MJ King's views - a very well considered review - especially re the brilliance of "Walk in the Night" surely one of the 10 greatest soul singles ever
Worth buying for this and If you Really Love me - one of Sir Stevie's lesser known gems
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on 27 September 2015
Second hand but well worth it - many great memories!
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on 18 November 2014
Great songs
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on 8 March 2013
l got this cd to obtain one or two tracks and once l had them l gave the cd away
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