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Motown - The Early Years 1959-62
Motown - The Early Years 1959-62

Various Artists
Styles: Pop, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACTRCD9093
Probably more than any other single creative and production source, the Motown operation, founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records in January 1959, has made an extraordinarily powerful and significant contribution to popular music over the last 60 years, with a seemingly never-ending supply of uniquely talented artists and writers, chart hits and landmark albums. This great-value 80-track 3-CD set seeks to capture the essence and character of its musical output during the first few years of its existence, when it made its first highly significant impact on the pop and R&B scene. It includes all the entries in the US pop and R&B charts on the Tamla, Motown and Gordy labels during that time - from a standing start, there were 33 of them - including iconic hits like The Marvelettes’ pop No. 1 “Please Mr. Postman”, and the R&B No. 1s “Shop Around” and “You've Really Got A Hold On Me” by The Miracles, “You Beat Me To The Punch” and “Two Lovers” by Mary Wells, and The Contours’ “Do You Love Me”. Along with those hits are selected sides from the majority of the releases on the Tamla, Motown, Gordy, Mel-O-Dy and Divinity labels during this era, featuring many obscure and collectable artists and records along with early hits and releases by the likes of Marv Johnson, Barrett Strong, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Little Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and many more. It’s a feast of evocative recordings produced in a remarkable creative environment, which offers a hugely entertaining insight into the early evolution of one of a unique music industry powerhouse.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Come To Me Marv Johnson
2 Solid Sender Chico Leverett
3 Snake Walk (Part 1) The Swinging Tigers
4 It Ron & Bill
5 Bad Girl The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson
6 Way Over There The Miracles
7 My Beloved The Satintones
8 Ich-I-Bon #1 Nick & The Jaguars
9 You Never Miss A Good Thing Eugene Remus
10 Custer's Last Man Popcorn and The Mohawks
11 Money Barrett Strong
12 Oh I Apologize Barrett Strong
13 Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That Mable John
14 Who's The Fool Singin' Sammy Ward
15 Shop Around The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson
16 Who's Lovin' You The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson
17 Oh Lover Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward
18 True Love (That's Love) Herman Griffin
19 Bye Bye Baby Mary Wells
20 I've Got A Notion Henry Lumpkin
21 Don't Feel Sorry For Me Jimmy Ruffin
22 When I Needed You Little Iva & Her Band
23 Ain't It Baby The Miracles featuring Bill "Smokey" Robinson
24 Don't Let Him Shop Around  Debbie Dean 
25 Money (That's What I Want) Richard Wylie and His Band
26 He Lifted Me The Gospel Stars
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Poor Sam Jones Mickey Woods
2 Rosa Lee (Stay Off The Bell) André Williams
3 Come Into My Palace Lee & The Leopards
4 Same Thing Gino Parks
5 Mighty Good Lovin' The Miracles
6 Broken Hearted The Miracles
7 I Don't Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells
8 Please, Mr. Postman  The Marvelettes 
9 So Long Baby The Marvelettes 
10 I Am Bound The Golden Harmoneers
11 They Shall Be Mine Rev. Columbus Mann
12 Someone To Call My Own The Equadors
13 Love Me Pete Hartfield
14 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues The Miracles
15 Angel In Blue Joel Sebastian
16 The Day Will Come Freddie Gorman
17 Small Sad Sam Bob Kayli
18 Whose Heart (Are You Gonna Break Now) Don McKenzie
19 What's So Good About Good-Bye The Miracles
20 Xmas Twist The Twistin' Kings
21 That's What He Is To Me The Wright Specials
22 Twistin' Postman  The Marvelettes 
23 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
24 Your Baby's Back The Downbeats
25 I Out-Duked The Duke Little Otis
26 Dream Come True The Temptations
27 I'll Try Something New The Miracles
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Playboy  The Marvelettes 
2 Because I Love Her The Valadiers
3 Your Heart Belongs To Me The Supremes
4 I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues (Par Little Stevie Wonder
5 Same Old Story Mickey McCullers
6 Dearest One Lamont Dozier
7 This Is Our Night The Creations
8 Someday, Someway The Marvelettes 
9 Beechwood 4-5789 The Marvelettes 
10 Camel Walk Saundra Mallett & The Vandellas
11 Stubborn Kind Of Fellow  Marvin Gaye
12 Do You Love Me  The Contours
13 Move Mr. Man The Contours
14 You Beat Me To The Punch  Mary Wells
15 Old Love (Let's Try It Again) Mary Wells
16 I'll Have To Let Him Go Martha and The Vandellas
17 Jamie Eddie Holland
18 Two Lovers Mary Wells
19 Operator Mary Wells
20 You'll Never Cherish A Love So True ('Til You Lose It) The Vells
21 Let Me Go The Right Way The Supremes
22 You've Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles
23 Happy Landing The Miracles
24 Strange, I Know  The Marvelettes 
25 Hitch Hike Marvin Gaye
26 Shake Sherry  The Contours
27 Camel Walk LaBrenda Ben & The Beljeans
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