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    Greatest Hits and Rare Classics - Motown 1991

    I have two of the 1991 Greatest Hits and Rare Classics CDs that Motown released in 1991.

    The first is Isley Brothers 60's - Greatest Hits and Rare Classics - 22 songs
    UPC 3746354832

    The second is The Supremes 70's - Greatest Hits and Rare Classics - 22 songs
    UPC MOTD-5487

    Do any members know of any other artists that had the Greatest Hits and Rare Classics CDs issued? It is interesting to note the shift in the UPC #'s for the same year.

    Thanks.

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    Off the top of my head, I can recall cds in that series by Kim Weston and Brenda Holloway.

    They also used a similar cover design for a "Best of" series that had releases by Valerie Simpson, Thelma Houston, the Supremes and Four Tops, Switch, and others.

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    Rare Earth was another GH&RC issue. there have been some discussions over the years regarding these series. George Soloman has provided an excellent recap of what all happened with trying to get these out, in particular the 70s Supremes version. I know i've reposted his story at least twice over the years on here.

    do a search for "GH&RC" and you'll probably find it. most people use that abbreviation

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    Jermaine Jackson GH&RC 737463548427 (MOTD-5484)

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    The Greatest Hits & Rare Classics and the Best Of series had very similar covers - some blue, some green. You can see them all here -

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...57646383743173


    Here is the full list too

    GREATEST HITS & RARE CLASSICS
    MOTD-5482 RARE EARTH
    MOTD-5483 ISLEY BROTHERS
    MOTD-5484 JERMAINE JACKSON
    MOTD-5485 BRENDA HOLLOWAY
    MOTD-5486 KIM WESTON
    MOTD-5487 SUPREMES (70s)

    BEST OF
    MOTD-5488 SWITCH
    MOTD-5489 THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
    MOTD-5490 VALERIE SIMPSON
    MOTD-5491 SUPREMES & FOUR TOPS
    MOTD-5492 THELMA HOUSTON

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    All of the MOTD CDs were also released as 374635xxx2 CDs. I have them all so this is a fact.

    RARE EARTH, SUPREMES 70s, UNDISPUTED TRUTH were also released in Europe as WD72www.
    I believe JERMAINE JACKSON too.

    RARE EARTH and SUPREMES 70s were released in Europe once again by PolyGram in 1992 as 530 xxx-2.

    The original 1991 US cassette editions used alternate tracklistings / mixes in some cases. SUPREMES 70s is the most interesting cassette release.

    There’s a very informative thread somewhere with great input from George Solomon about the way those collections were made.

    JB

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    The Greatest Hits & Rare Classics and the Best Of series had very similar covers - some blue, some green. You can see them all here -

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...57646383743173


    Here is the full list too

    GREATEST HITS & RARE CLASSICS
    MOTD-5482 RARE EARTH
    MOTD-5483 ISLEY BROTHERS
    MOTD-5484 JERMAINE JACKSON
    MOTD-5485 BRENDA HOLLOWAY
    MOTD-5486 KIM WESTON
    MOTD-5487 SUPREMES (70s)

    BEST OF
    MOTD-5488 SWITCH
    MOTD-5489 THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH
    MOTD-5490 VALERIE SIMPSON
    MOTD-5491 SUPREMES & FOUR TOPS
    MOTD-5492 THELMA HOUSTON
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. This is great information. I'm surprised the numbers are consecutive from MOTD 5482 through and including 5492.
    Now I know what to look for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbpintus View Post
    All of the MOTD CDs were also released as 374635xxx2 CDs. JB
    This of course, is true and folks just need to use the (MOTD)5xxx number within the 35463 consist e.g. for The Supremes 70s GH&RC release on MOTD5487 the equivalent 37463 number would be 3746354872.

    The 5000 series began as a mid-line album series and, over time, CDs were issued that utilised the same 5xxx reference. In some cases you might have a vinyl re-issue, CD and cassette which utilise the same 5xxx reference in their catalogue number.

    However, some numbers will have NO CD equivalent (e.g. 5242ML Brenda Holloway "Every Little Bit Hurts"). Some numbers may have CDs but no vinyl equivalent (I can't recall ever seeing re-issues of the 16 Big Hits series on vinyl but please correct me if I'm wrong). Also some might have been issued on cassette only.

    A very useful catalogue of the numbers from 5101 to 5457 can be found on the BSNPUBS website here

    http://www.bsnpubs.com/motown/moto5000.html

    Hope you find this useful.

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    ...interestingly ...the Isley Brothers 60's - Greatest Hits and Rare Classics CD …included 2 non-Motown hits...

    ...Twist And Shout

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yhDvJ3UA3Q

    ...and ...

    ...It's Your Thing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs5NfRGiXJU


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    Quote Originally Posted by grapevine View Post
    ...interestingly ...the Isley Brothers 60's - Greatest Hits and Rare Classics CD …included 2 non-Motown hits...

    ...Twist And Shout

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yhDvJ3UA3Q

    ...and ...

    ...It's Your Thing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs5NfRGiXJU

    I have always wondered about this. It is not a common practice to include in Motown CDs songs that were recorded by the group for a different label. I wonder how much Motown had to compensate the other song companies for the right to include these songs in the compilation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    I have always wondered about this. It is not a common practice to include in Motown CDs songs that were recorded by the group for a different label. I wonder how much Motown had to compensate the other song companies for the right to include these songs in the compilation.
    Not knowing what labels the extra songs are from, by the time that CD was pressed, all the songs could have been owned by the parent company which would have helped (or negated) any additional compensations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    I have always wondered about this. It is not a common practice to include in Motown CDs songs that were recorded by the group for a different label. I wonder how much Motown had to compensate the other song companies for the right to include these songs in the compilation.
    It is also interesting in the Isleys case, as IT'S YOUR THING was one of the songs that Motown sued them over, alleging it was recorded while they were still under contract to the company.

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