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  1. #1

    Motown "series" designations of releases.

    I was thinking last evening of all the different names that Motown assigned to compilations or collections of songs that were originally released mostly as singles. So I sat down and made a listing. I am certain it is incomplete so if you have anything else to add, please do so. I never realized that there were this many titles assigned to the compilations. UK releases included.

    Which ones are your favorites?

    Definitive Collection
    Ultimate Collection
    Best Of
    Anthology series
    Greatest Hits
    Millenium Collection
    The Very Best Of
    Cellarful Of
    Milestones
    Year by Year
    Masters Series
    A Collection of 16 Big Hits
    Greatest Hits and Rare Classics
    25th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
    Ultimate Motown
    Essential Collection
    Early Classics
    Motown Chartbusters
    Motown 25
    Legends
    Motown Superstars
    Compact Command Performances

    Thanks.

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    "Great Songs and Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary TV Special" was another series.

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    The list is seemingly endless.

    Some more -

    Motown Winners Circle
    Motown Memories
    Motown Is Hot Hot Hot
    Motown Disco Classics
    Big Hits & Hard To Find Classics
    The Complete Motown Singles
    Lost & Found
    Motown Elite 9000 Series
    Motown 5000 Midline Series
    Motown The History
    Motown Lucky Sounds (French)
    Motown Blues series.
    Motown Ultimate Collection (Reader's Digest)
    Las Grande Voces De La Musica Negra (Spain)
    Tamla Motown Connoisseurs
    Soul Satisfaction
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    MOTOWN: THE HISTORY series
    Motown - The History: In The Beginning (530 701)
    Motown - The History: The Dream (530 702)
    Motown - The History: Family Affair (530 703)
    Motown - The History: Movin' On Up (530 704)
    Motown - The History: Here To Stay (530 705)
    Motown - The History: The Love Songs (530 706/7/8)
    Motown - The History: The Happening (530 709)
    Motown - The History: Changing Times (530 710)
    Motown - The History: A New Direction (530 711)
    Motown - The History: Funky Psychedelia (530 712)
    Motown - The History: Silk 'n' Soul (530 713)
    Motown - The History: Musical Revolution (530 714)
    Motown - The History: Boogie Down (530 715-2)
    Motown - The History: A Quiet Storm (530 716-2)
    Motown - The History: On The Upside (530 717-2)
    Motown - The History: Cruisin' (530 718-2)
    Motown - The History: Behind The Groove (530 719-2)
    Motown - The History: Endless Love (530 720-2)
    Motown - The History: All Night Long (530 721-2)
    Motown - The History: Rhythm Of The Night (530 722-2)
    Motown - The History: One Heartbeat (530 723-2)
    Motown - The History: A New Era (530 724-2)

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    Motown Hits Of Gold

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    Motown Memories

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    Motown Master Series

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    Greatest Hitsn & Rare Classics

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    Big Hits & Hard To Find Classics (have been several versions over the years)

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    Another Master Series

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection ...

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    Motown Milestones (as mentioned in the first post)

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    As I have previously expressed on here, I honestly cannot comprehend how Motown was even ABLE to record and release the volume of music that they did. I mean that literally..........how was there enough TIME to get that many people into that building and do that much recording in just the 10-12 years that they functioned in Detroit? Quite a "miracle" and a "marvel" if you will and I often "wonder" how they did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    MOTOWN: THE HISTORY series
    Motown - The History: In The Beginning (530 701)
    Motown - The History: The Dream (530 702)
    Motown - The History: Family Affair (530 703)
    Motown - The History: Movin' On Up (530 704)
    Motown - The History: Here To Stay (530 705)
    Motown - The History: The Love Songs (530 706/7/8)
    Motown - The History: The Happening (530 709)
    Motown - The History: Changing Times (530 710)
    Motown - The History: A New Direction (530 711)
    Motown - The History: Funky Psychedelia (530 712)
    Motown - The History: Silk 'n' Soul (530 713)
    Motown - The History: Musical Revolution (530 714)
    Motown - The History: Boogie Down (530 715-2)
    Motown - The History: A Quiet Storm (530 716-2)
    Motown - The History: On The Upside (530 717-2)
    Motown - The History: Cruisin' (530 718-2)
    Motown - The History: Behind The Groove (530 719-2)
    Motown - The History: Endless Love (530 720-2)
    Motown - The History: All Night Long (530 721-2)
    Motown - The History: Rhythm Of The Night (530 722-2)
    Motown - The History: One Heartbeat (530 723-2)
    Motown - The History: A New Era (530 724-2)

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    I bought this mail order series.
    However the neglected to send me the Motown box ( pictured above)

    When I complained to them , they sent me a black case that held 12 cassette tapes!
    Eventually received my Motown box.

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    I compiled a CDr of The first two UK Motown Memories LPs pictured above earlier today.
    I'll get around to Volume 3, which was similar to the USA LP "Switched on Blues"...which I had once but not sure if I ever copied it.
    Last edited by snakepit; 07-18-2020 at 12:34 PM.

  9. #9
    Snake they are brilliant albums and where I first got to hear almost all of the tracks over the three volumes. You are correct in that Volume 3 is similar to "Switched On Blues" which I have on CD. Gino Parks "SameThing" and Shorty's "I'm Walkin' " were always the stand out tracks for me on Volume 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    As I have previously expressed on here, I honestly cannot comprehend how Motown was even ABLE to record and release the volume of music that they did. I mean that literally..........how was there enough TIME to get that many people into that building and do that much recording in just the 10-12 years that they functioned in Detroit? Quite a "miracle" and a "marvel" if you will and I often "wonder" how they did it.
    Absolutely, let alone find time to write all those songs.

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    Mysterysinger
    Yes great LPs.
    I'm not sure which I got first..vol 3 or switched on Blues.
    I love the Mable John " No love" but all good.

  12. #12
    The Motown: The History series looks fantastic!

  13. #13
    How about the 50th Anniversary Complete Singles Collections? I know they only did four of them (for the Supremes, Temptations, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas & Four Tops).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    How about the 50th Anniversary Singles Collections? I know they only did three of them (for the Supremes, Temptations & Four Tops).
    And Martha/Vandellas.

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    Big Wheels of Motown

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    There's a (confusing) array of The Big Chill releases in various volumes culminating in the Deluxe edition.

    Some great tracks and many non-Motown which is how the likes of Procol Harum, Wayne Fontana and even Bert Kaempfert got a release on Motown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    The Motown: The History series looks fantastic!
    It is excellent - they are well mastered and sound great to me. Also each CD comes with copious notes from Sharon Davis and Compilation Producer's Notes by Gordon Frewin highlighting unusual track choices, mixes etc.
    Some samples...
    Covers

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...h/10777552783/

    Compilation Producer's Notes - sample page

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...gRGD3Y-gRGHtU/


    Sharon Davis' notes - sample pages

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...-gL9qZq-e563Ky

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cookep...-gL9qZq-e563Ky

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    And Martha/Vandellas.
    Yes! I had forgotten about their set when I initially made my post (and corrected it when I realized my mistake). The 50th Anniversary set for them is a real gem since it contains a full set of songs from the vaults (as well as the unedited version of "Dancing In The Street", the stereo mix of the single version of "Jimmy Mack" & an alternate take of "I Can't Dance To That Music You're Playing") along with all of Martha & The Vandellas' A&B sides for Motown.

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