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on 23 January 2004
This collection has been superbly remastered and provides a wide selection of Jimmy Ruffin's recordings from his time at Motown.
The first disc includes the 45 r.p.m. masters of most of his big hits in the U.K. (Jimmy was far more successful here than in his native USA where he is a bit of a one hit wonder, scoring with "What becomes of the brokenhearted" and not a lot else). It also has album tracks culled from the various albums Motown issued (some only came out in the UK and one only in the USA).
The second disc includes rarer material, such as Jimmy's first single on Miracle in 1961 (he was drafted to the army so couldn't record a follow up for a couple of years) and several unreleased tracks of good quality. They were probably never issued only because Jimmy wasn't one of the major Motown artists, at least from a US perspective.
So this is a great collection for fans, filling in gaps left by earlier CD releases.
But it is far from comprehensive, and ignores superior recordings, such as "World so wide" and "As long as there is
L.O.V.E. love" in favour of less interesting album tracks. So to get the full picture you would also have to buy the "Motown hits" CD issued a few years ago. It would also have been nice to see Jimmy's 2 non-Motown hits licensed for this collection, "Hold on to my love" and "Tell me what you want". That way his fans would have everything you could possibly want to listen to from this very talented singer.
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on 30 June 2010
Jimmy Ruffin had a lot of hits in the 60's but seemed to become the forgotten man after that. I caught him at a Motown review at Butlins ot Bognor in the late 80's and he almost stole the show from the Four Tops.! This Anthology of nearly 50 tracks has all the hits, including the different versions which is interesting. The second cd has several unreleased cuts from the Motown cellars. Some of these early tracks are a bit raw .. but the style is showing through. If you really do love the Motown sound this package is for you. Everybody else should buy it for the first cd to remind them how good he was, and then possibly, let cd number two grow on you.
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on 10 August 2014
I always thought Jimmy Ruffin was underated and this album certainly proves it. Plently of excellent tracks that never made it to mainstream play - they certainly should have.
If you like collecting Motown this one is a must.
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on 6 January 2012
Superb CD if you like Motown music, some great oldies and sounds really well produced, great value for money, really enjoyed it
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on 14 May 2015
An excellent compilation - great quality sound with fantastic bass and a good mix of songs. There's an alternative arrangement (with spoken intro) of 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' and even a version in Italian ! Just buy it and listen to 'proper' music made by real human beings.
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on 17 June 2012
this is a brilliant album,i have listened to it 3 times now and its just great to sing along to.
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on 18 July 2013
A fabulous album, with lyrics as good and true today as they ever were. I would recommend this album to all age groups, for the older members you will find yourself transported back to an age of beauty, for younger members you will hear a unique sound and fantastic classics.
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on 4 April 2015
Love this CD some of the songs are fairly rare and its well worth buying to keep and enjoy...Jimmy has the most sweet soft voice ..sadly he has now died so this is a treasure.
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on 8 April 2012
Brilliant compilation of Jimmy Ruffin tracks, some of which I've not heard before including some original 'b' sides, great collection from a great Motown artist.
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on 4 June 2015
Execllent CD with all of Jimmy's hits, which brought back memories of seeing him in Liverpool Shakespere venue. Cd was extremely good and glad to hear those dulset tones once again.
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