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on 11 August 2014
LOVE MOTOWN... BUT THIS IS AWLFUL
Unless you are a completest as I am, avoid this expensive example of motown dragging money out of their loyal fans.
As other reviewers have stated this is as usual got a fantastic booklet including essays and all the information you would ever need re make up of songs and writers, singers etc.
But unfortunately thats about it.
The music is no longer the motown sound we all love which are covered in volumes one to ten, this as well as volumes 11 (a) and (b) is a different sound altogether, almost half the tracks are M.O.R. the sort of thing you would have heard on the Val Doonican show on the beeb on a Saturday night.
Mostly performed by white folk or light (very) rock acts most if not all never to be heard again, the move to Vegas was perfect for these acts!.
Berry Gordy was looking to take over the M.O.R.music world and he as always did not do it by half measures.
Also the old favourites who were still there were given inferior songs that were a pale imitation of their former glories i.e Smokey,Four Tops, Tempts, Gladys Night etc.
Stevie and Marvin were just getting their freedom to do as they wanted (thank god) but were just starting to show their true talents.
As a previous reviewer said alot of duplicate songs with little if any obvious differences, this and the volume 11 C.Ds would have been better put in one box without the duplication of songs.
Any looking for great Motown sounds get first 9 volumes or the originators of the sound, Holland Dozier Hollands box set, you get 14 C.Ds and pure motown majic.Far far better than this,
I feel I have been duped into buying this and although I still love motown I feel people should be warned........I have never used my skip button as much on a C.D.