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    Motown Unreleased In Strange Places

    Well maybe not so strange but this thread relates to the odd tracks which appear on CDs that folks may have overlooked. Might be worth taking a second look at some of these if you've missed them. Perhaps you will know of other instances like this rather than the obvious ones like lost & found, Cellarful etc. Worth sharing them here.

    The two sets to kick this off with also include some tracks from albums not yet released on CD as well as less common stuff. See below.

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    Motown From Broadway To Hollywood
    Various Artists
    Motown / Spectrum CD

    01. Falling In Love With Love - Paula Greer (mono - Introducing Paula Greer)

    02. Hello Young Lovers - The Temptations (stereo - In A Mellow Mood)

    03. More - Martha And The Vandellas (stereo - Heat Wave)

    04. Wonderful Wonderful - The Supremes (stereo - I Hear A Symphony)

    05. On A Clear Day - Barbara McNair (stereo - # previously unreleased)

    06. Straighten Up And Fly Right - Marvin Gaye (stereo - A Tribute To Nat King Cole)

    07. The Windmills Of Your Mind - Joe Harnell (stereo - Moving On!!)

    08. Embraceable You - Brenda Holloway (stereo - Every Little Bit Hurts)

    09. I Only Have Eyes For You - Mary Wells (stereo - My Guy)

    10. I Wish You Love - Liz Lands (mono - # previously unreleased)

    11. My Funny Valentine - Marvin Gaye (mono - The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye)

    12. Blue Moon - The Supremes (stereo - Sing Rodgers & Hart)

    13. Unforgettable - Marvin Gaye (stereo - A Tribute To Nat King Cole)

    14. That's Life - The Temptations (stereo - In A Mellow Mood)

    15. Strangers In The Night - Barbara McNair (stereo - Here I Am)

    16. Mame - Four Tops (stereo - Four Tops On Broadway)

    17 Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston (stereo - The Marvin Gaye Collection)

    18. Don't Rain On My Parade - The Supremes (stereo - Funny Girl)

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    Motown Celebrates Sinatra
    Various Artists
    Motown CD 1998

    01– Diana Ross & The Supremes - The Lady Is A Tramp
    2 35 (stereo - Sing Rodgers & Hart).

    02– Four Tops - Nice 'N' Easy 3:01 (stereo - Four Tops On Broadway).

    03– The Temptations - Night And Day 3:56 (stereo - For Lovers Only).

    04– Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Best Is Yet To Come 3:05 (# stereo - previously unreleased)

    05– Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Something Stupid
    2:41 (stereo - United)

    06– Gladys Knight And The Pips - Just In Time 4:04 (stereo - All In A Knight's Work).

    07– Michael Jackson - All The Things You Are 2:58 (stereo - Music & Me)

    08– Marvin Gaye - Witchcraft 2:27 (mono - The Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye)

    09– Liz Lands - In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    2:36 (# mono - previously unreleased)

    10– Four Tops - In The Still Of The Night 2:36 (stereo - Four Tops On Top)

    11– Diana Ross & The Supremes - Strangers In The Night
    2:53 (# stereo - previously unreleased)

    12– Junior Walker & The All Stars - Moonlight In Vermont
    3:33 (mono - Soul Session)

    13– The Temptations - That's Life 3:01 (stereo - In A Mellow Mood)

    14– Stevie Wonder - The Lonesome Road 3:05 (stereo - Down To Earth)

    15– The Originals - My Way 3:56 (stereo - Portrait Of The Originals).

    16– Marvin Gaye - One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 4:29 (stereo - Moods Of Marvin Gaye)

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    Hi mystery, I reckon this will prove a very useful and helpful thread!!

    I remember coming across what looked like quite a rare CD series called Motown 50 Greatest Hits Collection.

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    Here it is on discogs: https://www.discogs.com/label/975680...its-Collection

    I can't find any more information about the series, nor can I find it listed (or available to buy) anywhere else! Anyway, one of the CDs in the series, Funky Beat, had a rare track on it, Rose Banks' "Whole New Thing", which I managed to download from a website called mp3caprice! The last CD in the series, Rarities, has some pretty, erm, rare tracks on it too.
    Last edited by TomatoTom123; 04-19-2018 at 07:21 PM.

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    Hey Tom that does look like an interesting series and particularly the Rarities CD - they're Italian releases and what is available is quite reasonably priced on Discogs but shipping prices tend to double the cost.

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    I like the Motown Celebrates Sinatra collection.

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    This one was never released in the US. When I bought it the Stephanie Mills track This Empty Place had not been released anywhere else.
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    An oddity on the Bacharach CD for me was the chopped down medley that produced a short version of "Do You Know The Way To San Jose".

    Motown Salutes Bacharach
    Various Artists
    Motown CD

    01 The Look Of Love (Album Version)
    by Gladys Knight & The Pips
    3:53 (stereo - Silk N' Soul)

    02 I Say A Little Prayer (Album Version)
    by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    3:05 (stereo - Ridin' High)

    03 This Guy's In Love With You
    by Jimmy Ruffin
    4:49 (stereo - The Groove Governor)

    04 I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Album Version / Stereo)
    by Smokey Robinson
    2:27 (stereo - Away We A Go Go)

    05 Message To Michael (Album Version)
    by The Marvelettes
    3:06 (stereo - The Marvelettes)

    06 Any Day Now
    by Eddie Kendricks
    5:00 (stereo - Eddie Kendricks)

    07 Alfie (Album Version)
    by Eivets Rednow
    3:12 (stereo - Alfie)

    08 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
    by The Four Tops
    3:32 (stereo - Changing Times)

    09 What The World Needs Now Is Love
    by Tom Clay
    6:20 (stereo - What The World Needs Now)

    10 Let The Music Play (Album Version)
    by Diana Ross & The Supremes
    2:37 (stereo - Let The Sunshine In)

    11 (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me (Album Version)
    by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    3:01 (stereo - Ridin' High)

    12 One Less Bell To Answer (Edit)
    by Gladys Knight & The Pips
    3:07 (stereo - If I Were Your Woman)

    13 Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Album Version)
    by The Temptations & The Supremes
    1:12 (stereo - TCB as part of medley)

    14 Anyone Who Had A Heart (Album Version)
    by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    3:54 (stereo - Black Magic)

    15 A House Is Not A Home
    by Stevie Wonder
    3:27 (stereo - Alfie)

    16 Close To You (Album Version)
    by Diana Ross
    3:41 (stereo - Everything Is Everything)

    17 Walk On By (Album Version / Stereo)
    by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
    2:45 (stereo - Away We A Go Go)

    18 This Empty Place
    by Stephanie Mills
    3:10 (stereo - For The First Time)

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    And that snippet of Do You Know The Way To San Jose is a bit odd. I don't understand why they went to the trouble of including it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    Hey Tom that does look like an interesting series and particularly the Rarities CD - they're Italian releases and what is available is quite reasonably priced on Discogs but shipping prices tend to double the cost.
    Ah they're Italian only releases! That might explain why there's so little info and availability out there. But as you say mystery the prices are pretty good considering!!

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    Christmas In The City
    Various Artists
    Motown CD


    01– Marvin Gaye Purple Snowflakes 2:51 [# previously unreleased]

    02– Diana Ross & The Supremes Christmas Greetings 0:08

    03– Diana Ross & The Supremes Won't Be Long Before Christmas 2:37

    04– Stevie Wonder Miracles of Christmas 2:24

    05– Marvin Gaye The Christmas Song 2:32

    06– Kim Weston Wish You A Merry Christmas 2:35 [# previously unreleased]

    07– Diana Ross & The Supremes Silent Night 2:39

    08– Marvin Gaye Christmas In The City 3:15 (# previously unreleased]

    09– Diana Ross This Christmas 4:09 [# previously unreleased]

    10– Stevie Wonder Everyone's a Kid at Christmas Time
    2:49 [# previously unreleased]

    11– The Funk Brothers Winter Wonderland 2:00 [# previously unreleased]

    12– Marvin Gaye I Want to Come Home for Christmas

    13– Diana Ross & The Supremes Just a Lonely Christmas 2:23 [# previously unreleased]

    14– Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Christmas Greetings 0:07

    15– Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Christmas Lullaby

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    UK 2on1 Series from 2000 to 2003

    I thought I’d cover these as one block and list all the bonus tracks which also include some previously unreleased tracks. Wonderful series. We’ll look at the separate Gladys Knight & The Pips 2fers from 2006 later.

    440-016-834-2 Edwin Starr – War & Peace + Involved (2002)
    Bonus – Love (The Lonely People’s Prayer) (non-lp b side)
    Bonus – Lonely Rainy Days In San Diego (non-lp b side)

    440-016-835-2 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Come & Get These Memories + Heatwave (2002)
    Bonus – Quicksand (stereo single mix)
    Bonus – Live Wire (stereo single mix)
    Bonus – My Baby Won’t Come Back (single b side)
    Bonus – Undecided Lover (previously unreleased stereo mix)

    440-016-836-2 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dance Party + Watchout! (2002)
    Bonus – Third Finger Left Hand (previously unreleased stereo mix)
    Bonus – Can’t Break The Habit (previously unreleased stereo mix)
    Bonus – No More Tearstained Make Up (previously unreleased alternative take)

    440-016-837-2 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Ridin’ High + Sugar n’ Spice (2002)
    Bonus – I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playin’ (single a side)
    Bonus – Sweet Darlin’ (previously unreleased alternative vocal version)
    Bonus – I Promise To Wait My Love (previously unreleased alternative version)

    440-016-838-2 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Natural Resources + Black Magic (2002)
    Bonus – I Gotta Let You Go (previously unreleased stereo mix)
    Bonus – Earthquake (previously unreleased commercially)
    Bonus – People Got To Be Free (alternative version)

    440-016-839-2 Edwin Starr – Soul Master + 25 Miles (2002)
    Bonus – Harlem (single b side)
    Bonus – Girls Are Getting’ Prettier (single b side)
    Bonus – It’s My Turn Now (single a side)

    440-017-080-2 Jr Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun + Soul Session (2003)
    Bonus – Willie’s Blues (non-lp single)
    Bonus – Break It Up

    440-017-081-2 Jr Walker & The All Stars – Road Runner + Home Cookin’ (2003)
    Bonus – Nothing But Soul (previously unreleased stereo mix)
    Bonus – Whiplash (previously unreleased)

    440-017-190-2 Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine + Soul On The Rocks (2002)
    Bonus – Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) (original 45 mix)
    Bonus – All Because I Love You (original 45 mix)
    Bonus – My Love Is Your Love (Forever) (Previously unreleased single mix)

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