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What's in Store
 
 
Various Artists
Motortown Revue - 40th Anniversary Collection
 
 
Disc 01
1. Introduction 
2. Whole Lotta Woman - The Contours 
3. Let Me Go The Right Way - The Supremes 
4. What Kind Of Fool Am I - Marvin Gaye 
5. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye 
6. Strange I Know - The Marvelettes 
7. Someday, Someway - The Marvelettes 
8. Don't You Know - Little Stevie Wonder 
9. Two Lovers - Mary Wells 
10. Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells 
11. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles 
12. Way Over There - The Miracles 
Disc 02
1. Introduction 
2. Dream Come True - The Temptations 
3. I Want A Love I Can See - The Temptations 
4. Love Me All The Way - Kim Weston 
5. He's Alright - Kim Weston 
6. Just Loving You - Kim Weston 
7. Medley: Please Mr. Postman/Playboy/Strange I Know/Someday, Someway - The Marvelettes 
8. You Lost The Sweetest Boy - Mary Wells 
9. What's Easy For Two Is Hard For One - Mary Wells 
10. Pride And Joy - Marvin Gaye 
11. Quicksand - Martha & The Vandellas 
12. It's Alright - Martha & The Vandellas 
13. Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas 
14. I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues - Stevie Wonder 
15. Moon River - Stevie Wonder 
16. Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles 
Disc 03
1. Introduction 
2. Too Many Fish In The Sea Earl Van Dyke And The Soul Brothers 
3. Stop! In The Name Of Love The Supremes 
4. Baby Love The Supremes 
5. Somewhere The Supremes 
6. Ooo Baby Baby The Miracles 
7. Mickey's Monkey The Miracles 
8. If I Had A Hammer Martha & The Vandellas 
9. Nowhere To Run Martha & The Vandellas 
10. Dancing In The Street Martha & The Vandellas 
11. High Heel Sneakers Stevie Wonder 
12. Funny How Time Slips Away Stevie Wonder and Accompanied by Clarence Paul 
13. Fingertips Stevie Wonder 
Disc 04
1. Introduction 
2. Sing A Simple Song The Originals 
3. I Can't Turn You Loose Blinky 
4. I Wouldn't Change The Man He Is Blinky 
5. Who's Making Love Bobby Taylor 
6. Does Your Mama Know About Me Bobby Taylor 
7. Malinda - Bobby Taylor 
8. Cloud Nine The Temptations 
9. Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone Gladys Knight & The Pips 
10. I Wish It Would Rain Gladys Knight & The Pips 
11. Monologue - Gladys Knight & The Pips 
12. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over Gladys Knight & The Pips 
13. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips 
14. For Once In My Life Stevie Wonder 
15. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day Stevie Wonder 
16. Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder 
 
Price: $69.98
 

RELEASE DATE: August 26th 2005
CD Edition limited to 5000 non-numbered limitied edition copies.


“One of, if not, the most successful entertainment Rhythm, Blues and Pop package shows in the nation, entitled the "Motor Town Revue" is probably the greatest showcase for the "MOTOWN SOUND." This talent-packed production, which thrills record-breaking audiences wherever it appears, always consists of the current top recording artists in the United States.” – from an original Motortown Revue tour program, reproduced in the box set booklet

Berry Gordy, starting in 1962, decided the best way to market his artists and their songs and, by extension, his labels and company, was to take them on the road. No matter that certain residents of the South might shoot at the bus (they did), or that the schedule was impossible to maintain health or sanity (it wasn’t, but they had fun), or that being on the road meant no hits were being cut back in Detroit (there were enough stockpiled): the Motortown Revue rolled on and on, becoming an annual event for several years, including a now-legendary (though, looking back, sparsely attended) European tour.

Subsequently, there were Motortown Revue albums every year for three years (1963-65), then a final one in 1969. The early ones were raw but drenched in excitement: your then-and-future Motown stars tearing up crowds at New York’s Apollo, Detroit’s Fox and Paris’s Olympia. That excitement shows surpasses even language, as you will discover on disc three of this four-CD set when the MC in Paris announces “Le Tamla-Motown show…avec Earl Van Dyke et sien sextet!” As Van Dyke and company launch into “Too Many Fish In The Sea,” the French crowd goes ballistic. And while Smokey Robinson apologizes to the audience for not being able to speak French, the audience hangs on every word of “Ooo Baby Baby.”

One of the great joys of hearing this set for the first time is how some of the less famous names on the Motown Roster, such as Kim Weston, Blinky, The Originals and Bobby Taylor all get their turn in the spotlight.

Available for the first time on CD (disc 4, from the Fox in 1969, made it to CD for a moment but was quickly deleted), and painstakingly remastered from the original tapes, The Motortown Revue Collection isn’t content with merely being a welcome escapee from the vaults. It’s packaged in a breathtaking oversize book jacket; each disc is housed in a sleeve that’s a mini of the original LP jacket. The awesome booklet, using most of the original artist bios and essays and photographs from the old tour programs, replicates the look and feel of sitting at one of the original Revue shows. And how about this bonus: a repro of an original tour poster us included in the package (our special thanks to ICE magazine publisher Pete Howard for the loan).

The Revue contains all the hits of the day (“Dancing In The Street,” “Mickey’s Monkey,” “Who’s Making Love,” etc.), but it also includes some unexpected gems. Stevie Wonder covering “Moon River.” Martha & The Vandellas’ rendering of “If I Had A Hammer.” Marvin Gaye asking “What Kind Of Fool Am I.” The Motortown Revue Collection is a vivid snapshot of some of the most influential artists in the history of pop music as they made their way to the top.

Hipocrates Says:

The only artist who appears on all four volumes of the Revue is Stevie Wonder.

 


Price: $69.98
 

 

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