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4.7 out of 5 stars
Cellarful of Motown Vol 2
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on 20 May 2017
vary sweet music
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on 5 April 2017
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on 8 July 2005
This second volume of Motown rarities is a wonderful companion to the initial one; in fact, it is arguably more interesting because a greater variety of artists are represented. Although there are no duds at all, standouts include Eddie Holland's "Take Me in Your Arms" (same backing track as Kim Weston's hit), Hattie Littles' "Love Trouble Heartache and Misery" (a really "tough" sound), Supremes' (Jean Terrell) "You've Got to Pay the Price" (what a voice!) and Blinky's rockin' take on Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" (same producer as the original hit). With two hidden, bonus tracks and talk of Volume 3 in the liner notes, there's nothing else to say except "Get it"!
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on 21 April 2008
Amazing how much stuff the TM labels recorded and then dumped in the vaults! Were they doing it for a bet?.
Fortunately the CD Age came about and there was no reason to keep so much stuff hidden.
But their logics are more difficult to comprehend.They sign up a 9 year old girl Lisa Lewis whose mother was one of the Lewis Sisters.I mean great to revive the idea of the Hot Boppin' Girl but why not run with it?
TM were into signing up ex band singers like Billy Eckstine and Connie Haines.They signed up Sammy Davis Jr and they even signed up Pat Boone who cut 2 albums for their Melody sub.
Obviously aimed at collectors but so much here is better than some of what became the hits to my mind
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VINE VOICEon 31 March 2006
When A Cellarful Of Motown appeared in 2002 the general consensus was that it was astonishing that so many tracks of such amazing quality could have remained languishing unheard in an archive, lost and undocumented for so many years. Even the compilers registered their surprise and doubted there would be enough fresh discoveries to warrant a sequel of previously unreleased material.
Motown was on a phenomenal roll throughout the sixties, with the Hitsville studio in Detroit augmented by a second studio in the Davison area, and further recording and talent spotting operations setting up in New York, Chicago and especially in Los Angeles, where the company eventually relocated. Hitsville seemed to operate around the clock, like a factory, with songs being tried out with various groups and singers in a highly competitive and creative ferment, and an extremely discard rate.
A few tracks into Volume 2, three years later, having heard new classic cuts by Earl Van Dyke, Eddie Holland and Gladys Knight, any fears that quality control may have been lowered to fill another double-CD collection were blown away. How could any of these have been deemed unworthy of release at the time?
Sometimes a recording remained in the can because the song was released by another artist (often using the same backing track), but often both song and recording were consigned to oblivion.
Here, for example is The Boy From Crosstown in its original 1965 version by the Marvelettes, featuring Gladys Horton. A re-recording appeared the following year on an obscure compilation called Year By Year, and the song turned up on Gladys Knight and the Pips' 1968 album Feelin' Bluesy, but was never the single it deserved to be despite two other attempts featuring the Velvelettes, also unreleased at the time. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Hoping The Pause Is Helping The Cause could only have improved the Special Occasion album had it been included, and there are six other masterful Smokey songs, five of which have not been heard before, one co-written with his wife Claudette, her only known Jobete composer credit.
Chris Clark recently benefitted from a 2CD Anthology with a whole second disc of previously unheard recordings, yet another choice gem not included there, Sweet Lovin', surfaces on this collection. The same could be said of After The Rain by Kim Weston, and the closer Crying Time by Brenda Holloway.

There are new finds by artists legendary for not getting released as they deserved at the time - Carolyn Crawford, Patrice Holloway, Hattie Littles and Debbie Dean are just a few who appear once each here and just whet the appetite for more.
Some go beyond obscure - the Beatle-influenced Dalton Boys song is a B-side that was replaced by a different track at the last moment, and so was unreleased, but here is an alternative version to that. There are too many highlights to cite individually, but it was intriguing to hear a Monitors recording (Words) with a female lead, presumably Sandra Fagin. There are some towering vocals from Martha Reeves and the Vandellas from 1967 and 1969, and a fresh version by Blinky of Rescue Me produced by Raynard Miner, who co-wrote and produced the Fontella Bass smash original, in stereo, as are seven others including a great Marvelettes track that was almost the follow-up to The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game.
I now have every confidence that Volume 3 will contain further revelations.
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on 26 October 2011
Just a taste of some of the rare previously unreleased tracks at motowns archives to finnaly be released to the general record buying public. It is a welcome addition to my collection and I cant wait for future releases as this one is brilliant. It has tracks on it or artist that I myself have never heard of. It has prompted me to start reading again mainly sbout Motown.
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on 6 January 2012
This CD has some amazing tracks on it, and to think they have never been officially released. All the tracks are better than the vast majority of the rubbish being put out as 'Soul' or R&B today - and this is just the stuff Motown never even bothered to promote. Highly recommended.
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on 15 February 2015
Once again some more fantastic music from Motown, this is from the best of them still as great now as when first released if you enjoy the very best then you wont be found wanting any more i drive around a lot so i like to hear good songs ext fully recommended to all
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on 16 May 2014
Detroit, Soul, Northern Soul, Blues, classic xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx zzzz zzzz xxxx zzzzz dance music, Blackpool, Wigan, Sheffield, Stoke, don the 'dancers again and drift back to the 70's and 80's - even still a strong following today......so they tell me!
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on 16 August 2012
I was very unsure about other Motown music, but when I received Cellarful of Motown Vol 2 boy did I discover just how good all Motown music was. The variety and the sound were reminders of Northern Soul and to me that was a 2 in 1. Brilliant.
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