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  1. #1

    German Unofficial Motown Related CDs

    There have been a few discussions on this topic in the past, and there's currently a thread on the Vandellas Live albums which mentions these releases. Thought it might be useful to bring things together a bit. The guy who used to sell these on ebay is no longer registered there (not as dj-valentin-ny anyway). Also, trading of these CDs has been bannded on Discogs.

    Nonetheless, Discogs has information on some (but not all) of the unofficial CDs. I do know that he also made most of the Vandellas albums in expanded format including "Dance Party", "Watchout", "Ridin' High" plus the "Live" and "At The Copa" sets.

    Also made a few "Lost & Founds"by The 70s Supremes and Diana Ross. Then there was "TCB", Disney and "A Bit Of Liverpool" expandeds and also a Brenda Holloway "Every Little Bit Hurts" expanded (this list is far from exhaustive) ...

    DRATS & Temptations "On Broadway"
    https://www.discogs.com/Diana-Ross-A...lease/10096948

    Supremes "We Remember Sam Cooke" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/10417110

    Supremes "Sing Ballads & Blues" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/10216692

    DRATS "Funny Girl" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/10417208

    Diana Ross "Live At The Royal Albert Hall"
    https://www.discogs.com/Diana-Ross-L...lease/10216765

    Diana Ross "Baby It's Me" expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/Diana-Ross-B...lease/10096979

    Mary Wilson "Mary Wilson" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/Mary-Wilson-...lease/10417131

    Diana Ross "Ross" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/Diana-Ross-R...lease/10216791

    Diana Ross "Sings Songs From The Wiz"
    https://www.discogs.com/release/1041...The-Wiz/images

    Supremes "Sing Country Western & Pop" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/10216630

    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "Natural Resources" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/Martha-Reeve...lease/10715074

    Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "Black Magic" Expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/Martha-Reeve...lease/10715033

    What else do you know about / have?

  2. #2
    Universal brought an end to the bootleggers business as is their right!

  3. #3
    Some more...

    The Supremes (70s) - Remote Control Lost & Found
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/15330299

    The Supremes - "A Bit Of Liverpool" expanded
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/15329876

    DRATS "Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing Disney Classics"
    https://www.discogs.com/The-Supremes...lease/15330479

  4. #4
    Quote Originally Posted by copley View Post
    Universal brought an end to the bootleggers business as is their right!
    Absolutely - I'm with Universal on this - the artists deserve their dues as do the owners of the work. Personally, if Universal had produced these releases (or similar) I would have bought them all (instead of the odd one out of curiosity). I'm sure most of us would . I'm not advocating anyone creating bootleg releases but what's done is done and there does seem to be some interest here. It's all purely for information.

  5. #5
    You can add: "Heatwave"
    "Sugar N` Spice"
    "Everybody Needs Love"
    "Love Child"
    "Some Things You Never Get Used To"
    "From Broadway To Hollywood"
    " Let The Sunshine In"
    "Supremes At The Hollywood Palace"
    "DRATS Japanese Quad Hits"
    "Touch"
    "Floy Joy"
    "Promises Kept"

    I would love to be able to buy these legally and would do so should that happen.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Polhill View Post
    "Some Things You Never Get Used To"

    I would love to be able to buy these legally and would do so should that happen.
    have you the link for this.. i cannot find it on discogs.

    the only one i've purchased of these bootlegs was Martha Reeves - Rainbow.

  7. #7
    there's also:

    Lady Sings The Blues - Lost Sessions
    Blue Moon
    To The Baby
    Diana & Marvin
    For One And For All - Central Park 1983
    Workin' Overtime
    Take Me Higher
    Last edited by waldo; 09-22-2020 at 03:21 AM.

  8. #8
    Jimmy Webb
    Supremes 75
    Live At The Grove 1970

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    I understand that Universal weren't happy with this as they are illegal and have put an end to it. However, there is a demand for these titles that Universal can't or most likely won't fulfill. Physical releases of Motown product have almost dried up. Sure, we got "Funny Girl", but this is such a niche release that it pains me that a classic like "Baby It's Me" never made it to CD in an expanded form.

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by whitesoxx View Post
    I understand that Universal weren't happy with this as they are illegal and have put an end to it. However, there is a demand for these titles that Universal can't or most likely won't fulfill. Physical releases of Motown product have almost dried up. Sure, we got "Funny Girl", but this is such a niche release that it pains me that a classic like "Baby It's Me" never made it to CD in an expanded form.
    Universal has held back on many albums that still have not seen a CD release. There are tons of Decca albums that have never seen a digital release as well as A&M albums, ABC albums. It would be nice to have them available. As far as "Baby It's Me", with the release of "Funny Girl" it gives me hope that it will get an expanded issue on CD.

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    I have bought all of the German guy CDs. Iím glad I did.
    Itís because of bootleggers that weíve had the Cellarful of Motown series in the first place I understand. That weíve had the Beatles live at the BBC and Anthology series.
    Those bootlegs make people want more from their favourite artists. And it finally profits the artists and the record companies.

    For instance Iíve bought the FUNNY GIRL iTunes download.
    But I was happy to get the pirate physical cd.
    Did it prevent the artists to get royalties? No! Because all that was supposed to get them any was the official download. And people who have bought the German CDs have bought the download.
    And now that it finally came out on cd officially, could anyone think the bootleg was enough? Of course not... Iíve bought a couple of copies of the 2020 official cd.
    I never prevent the artists to get the royalties when there were some to get, and Iím sure all of those who bought the German CDs did likewise.

    I donít encourage anyone to produce or sell unauthorized products. Iíll always buy the genuine ones when released.
    But Iím glad to have REFLECTIONS EXPANDED, DISNEY CLASSICS or DIANA LIVE AT THE GROVE 70 on cd.
    Even if Iím dying to get an official product someday, someway

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    This sure would kill the limited market for some of these releases

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