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Great, but not definitive
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.